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    Not sure if it's already been done, but I thought seeing as it's started to get quite big it would be pretty cool to make a thread to share soundcloud links, so we can check out what other members of the forum are making, offer constructive criticism and the like. Maybe a bit of information about software being used and what on would be cool as well. I use Logic on a 15" MacBook Pro 2011 and make mostly dubstep, although over summer I'm planning on expanding outside of one genre. http://soundcloud.com/stemodubstep
  2. So, anyone know if this is a scam? or not a scam? http://www.laptopsforeducation.org.uk/?ref=92352 I'm intrigued to try it out, but if i'm going to be spammed to hell, or have my details sold, i'm not in. Any help would be great.
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    Logitech Orbicam (webcam)

    Hi, My laptop has a logitech orbicam 1.3mp webcam built in above the screen. The kind that you can rotate 180 degrees. It's not working currently in leopard, and I've searched countless times and found little to no useful posts. Some more information here: Camera: Product ID: 0x0892 Vendor ID: 0x046d (Logitech Inc.) Version: 1.00 Speed: Up to 480 Mb/sec Manufacturer: OEM Location ID: 0xfd600000 Current Available (mA): 500 Current Required (mA): Unknown (Device has not been configured) from system profiler. I have tried macam, which crashes every time i open it. It's not essential that I get this working, but seeing as it's built in, i'd rather have it usable.
  4. I have a USB Fatal1ty HS-1000 headset by creative. It works fine with leopard, tiger, and all versions of windows on my laptop. For some reason however, when i'm using it with snow, i get perfect sound quality for a while (anywhere from 10 seconds to half an hour) before it begins to crackle. The crackle gets to the point where all i can hear is white noise, and the only way to get sound back is to unplug/plug back in. I've installed a firmware update for the headphones to see if that will solve the problem, but no luck. Any help would be appreciated.
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    Shrinking Leopard!

    You create a new disk image from the DVD (rip it to a DMG), and remove all un-necessary components such as printer drivers, xcode and X11. This brings the size of the image down to around 4GB. This can then be burned to a DVD and used normally. I had to do it for the same reason. If you need the extras, just copy them onto a flash drive and sort that post install.
  6. I'm going to throw together a tutorial for other people who have this ageing beast, or laptops with similar hardware configurations, seeing as it's taken me a good couple of days to get this laptop working without the need for any external devices (monitor, keyboard, mouse) Hardware: Intel Core Duo 1.6 GHz (2mb L2, 32 Bit) 1GB DDR2 SDRAM Intel 945 Graphics, 1280x800 - Device ID: 0x27a2 Intel HDAudio Synaptics Touchpad PS/2 compliant Keyboard Intel 3945abg Wireless adapter 80GB HDD Logitech Orbicam, 1.3MP - Device ID: 0x0892 USB2.0 WLAN - Zydas1211B 802.11abg Hardware in Italics either does not work, or has limited functionality. I'm working on it. Things which will/should work out of the box: Ethernet DVD Drive VGA Port QE/CI (on external display) Installation: First off, You'll need to connect the laptop to an external display, and plug in a USB mouse and keyboard. I installed using a retail copy of 10.6 Snow Leopard, using the Boot 132 method. If you need explanation of how to do this, look around the forum, it's pretty straight forward so far. Once the disk has loaded up the installer, I formatted my hard drive using disk utility, into two partitions (GUID), one for snow leopard, one for time machine backup - Thank god. Customise the install however you want it, I removed all unnecessary items (printer drivers etc.). It should take around 15-20 minutes to install a vanilla system. Once the install has completed, use your boot 132 disk again to load OS X from the hard disk drive. If, like me, you have the 3945 wireless adapter, you won't be able to use it with security. I decided to go ahead and use a USB adapter instead of unsecuring my network. The Zydas website no longer has drivers, and the disk that came with my adapter only had drivers for tiger, which worked in leo, but not in snow. I managed to find some working drivers for the card on this forum however, and here they are: http://www.insanelymac.com/forum/index.php?showtopic=196379 The next issue was getting the built in keyboard and mouse to work. For this you will need Kext Helper - http://cheetha.net/ And Kext Utility - http://www.insanelymac.com/forum/index.php?showtopic=140647 Download VoodooPS2controller.kext from the voodoo forums: http://forum.voodooprojects.org/index.php?topic=235.0 and drag this onto the Kext Helper icon. Type in your password and hit install. When it finishes, close Kext helper, and open Kext utility to clean up, and reboot. With any luck, you should now have a working trackpad and keyboard, you can change settings in System Preferences. You can follow the exact same instructions for installing any kexts. Next up on the voodoo forums, find VoodooHDA and install it. The install gave me a Kernel Panic, but sound was working perfectly on reboot. again, you can change settings in System Preferences. The next task is getting your laptop to stay lower than the temperature of the sun. On the voodoo forums, download Voodoopower.kext, and voodoobattery.kext and follow the same process as above. Now you'll have a much more comfortable experience. Voodoo battery is pretty buggy, at least on my laptop, and if, like me you spend most of your time with the battery removed, plugging it in will cause a KP, and you'll need to reboot to change over. I'm still looking for a fix. Now, the screen is possibly the easiest part of your laptop to fix. You need to download a modified framebuffer kext from this thread: http://www.insanelymac.com/forum/index.php...199572&st=0 ONLY INSTALL THE FRAMEBUFFER KEXT. NO OTHERS. And now you should have Wireless internet, Ethernet which works OOB, Working graphics with full QE/CI, Acceptable temperatures and no need for usb keyboards and mice. Now, You need to install a bootloader. Most people will suggest chameleon, which is a great bootloader, but for some reason it would cause my laptop to hang at boot, with the apple logo, requiring a reinstall from a time machine image. Install chameleon RC3 (you can find this on google as the first result), by simply following the instructions. Before you reboot, download EFI v10.6 from here: http://www.insanelymac.com/forum/index.php?showtopic=210003 Open up a terminal, and simply overwrite the chameleon boot file with the one you just downloaded sudo cp /PATHTOBOOTFILE / and you'll now be able to reboot happily. I copied across the extra's from the boot 132 disk as well, but thats not neccessary. Next up is patching your DSDT, download the patcher from here: http://www.insanelymac.com/forum/index.php?showtopic=133683 and follow the instructions there, they are far better than any I could give. Then, if like me, you decide to copy the files from boot 132 into your root volume, open up /Extra/smbiost.plist and change the model from MacPro 4,1 to MacbookPro 4,1. Then, where it says <key>SMmaximalclock</key>, change the string to 1600. Now the about this mac window will display the correct information about your processor. So thats as far as I have got with getting this laptop working perfectly with Snow. You can update to 10.6.5 without fear of KP, using software update, and all applications work as they should. To remove the icon for the wireless adapter from your dock, google dockless, run it, deleting the utility from the list, and log out and back in. Issues I'm working on (suggestions would be appreciated): The logitech orbicam simply doesn't work. It's detected as a high speed USB device, but macam and other software simply can't use it. I'm almost sure this is a lost cause. My USB Headset (Creative Fatal1ty) has some issues with sound. It will play to a point, after which sound will become very distorted and require unplugging and re-plugging the device. It's quite annoying, but the headphone jack works as it should, so it's not the end of the world. Fixing Kernel Panics caused by Voodoobattery.kext "empowering technology" hotkeys Sleep. I know I could get this to work, but that would require changing from vanilla kernel for a feature I never use. The forum search feature is your friend if you want this functionality. Things which I haven't tested or tried: PCMIA Port Card Reader Modem Hope this helps some of you, seeing as I had to spend 2 days searching through a countless number of unanswered forum posts until I had everything running correctly.
  7. Hey, I came into ownership of an old laptop. a Dell Latitude C840, with an amazing: 256mb of ram 20gb hard drive 1.8ghz pentium 4 mobile Geforce 440 GO 32mb video card It's the one with 2 battery bays, so you can stick in a second dvd/rw or floppy, or have 2 batteries giving you about 5hrs of battery life, pretty good for the age (6yrs). So, I was wondering if i could get a hand. I managed to install tiger on this little pup, and got resolution working using an old macvidia install i had lying around. Everything but QE/CI works, which is alright I guess. But I'm not happy with tiger, It's such a massive step backwards, so I want leo at least (If its possible). If i were to upgrade the ram, and stick in the 440 GO 64mb (the only upgrade available), is there any chance this will run without hanging at boot from the iAtkos dvd and actually be a useful little laptop?
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    No sound after install, sorry if this topic is everywhere!

    Could you tell us what cards you have? like your wifi card and sound card. There may be a fix here somewhere
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    iWeb 09 empty pages

    had the very same issue. Would love to see a fix or someone who knows how to get around it. No QE/CI here btw.
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    Noob compatibility question here

    if it hangs at the boot screen, try typing this at the boot console -f -v cpus=1 and see if it works. Its a common problem.
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    Clocking Issue

    It's simply cosmetic. There are fixes available, and the "x.xxghz unknown" fix may work for this issue.
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    Run snow leopard off VMWare and seperate partition

    I thought snow leopard wasn't supposed to be discussed until it has been officially released? also, wrong board for questions, did you not read the bar at the top?
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    Just a live DVD, no installer

    you need access to an installed version of os x, whether it be on a mac or a pc running os x86. I am assuming this is possible using VMware as well, as it is possible to install os x onto vmware from what I have read.
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    Just a live DVD, no installer

    any time.
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    Just a live DVD, no installer

    you should go to the section about the os x live cd, it has instructions on making your own, which would be much smaller. Thats if this doesn't work.