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  1. GA-Z68X - Wake from Sleep-USB issues

    Same here on Z68. The system also takes a very long time to shut down from that state. Apparently a fix is being worked on, seems everybody with a Z68 based Gigabyte board is having the same problem.
  2. Post your Geekbench score

    In 32 bit mode:
  3. Dual 533 G4 and nVidia 6600gt

    Unless I had surface mount soldering equipment I wouldn't even think of attempting that. You can buy a brand new ATI Radeon 9600 Pro 256MB cheaply which should work in your G5 after flashing.
  4. Dual 533 G4 and nVidia 6600gt

    There is no add-on ROM chip so you can put your soldering irons away. ROM refers to the card's firmware. To boot a Mac with a PC card you need to re-flash the firmware much as you would flash a PC BIOS to update it. The Mac Elite have a selection of Mac compatible ROMs and the flashing software. Basically, you install your card in a PC and boot from a floppy or USB stick that contains the Mac ROM and the flashing app. Then it's a case of following the instructions and crossing your fingers. Always make a backup of the original ROM before flashing so that you can get back to square 1 if the flash is bad or you flashed with the wrong ROM. On earlier G4s, you only have AGP 4x and so to run an AGP 8x card in there you need to either tape off or physically cut the pins on the card's edge connector. The Mac Elite has information on this. All AGP G5s are AGP 8x so you can miss that step out. Do your research thoroughly before buying a card for flashing, some will never work in a Mac with any amount of flashing.
  5. G5 PowerMac

    Kexts are going to be the least of your worries with a Radeon HD on a PPC Mac. For the machine to boot, the card needs to be re-flashed with a Mac ROM. You're only going to find a Mac ROM for cards that were officially supported by Apple on PPC, basically nVidia 6000 series and Radeon 9000 series cards. Any Radeon HD ROM is going to be compiled for Intel Macs and isn't going to work on a PPC Mac. Assuming all goes well with flashing the card, you shouldn't need any extra kexts for an "official" card. You can probably pick up a PC version of the nVidia 6800 Ultra on eBay relatively cheaply. These are generally reckoned to be the ultimate G5 graphics card. Have a dig around the Mac Elite website for lots of information on flashing PC cards to work in a Mac.
  6. G5 PowerMac

    Maximum OS on any G5 is 10.5.8, and if memory serves me right your mono-processor 1.8 will have PCI-X slots and AGP graphics. Your PCI-X slots are backward compatible with PCI cards BUT you will need 3.3v cards. These cards have 2 notches on the connector strip as opposed to a single notch on the more common 5v cards. SSD drives are no problem and a worthwhile upgrade on any G5. The maximum memory you can fit is 8gb. This must be fitted in pairs of 2gb modules. The G5s are notoriously memory fussy, go for Kingston or Crucial memory unless you enjoy kernel panics. Your graphics choices are fairly limited, and a mac edition card is going to be unbelievably expensive. This is the major sticking point as unless you have been very lucky you're going to have a 64mb card in there. Consider a 128mb card as an absolute minimum for serious work. It is possible to flash a PC card if you have access to a PC with an AGP slot. Reality check: No matter how much money you throw at your 1.8 SP it will still struggle if you intend to do anything serious with it. Even Office 2008 will be sluggish on there. We have a 2.0 DP here that is used professionally for graphic design work. It has its memory maxed out, a 256mb graphics card and it runs Adobe CS4 (at least, the apps that can run on PPC) acceptably well. In all honesty I would consider it to be the absolute minimum you need to run fairly modern software. UT2004 is blisteringly fast on it too. Having said that, the G5 is a beautifully built machine and I can understand anybody being reluctant to gut one. They are also quiet enough to use as a media centre computer. albeit a very large one. Ultimately, wether or not you leave it as it is depends on what you want to do with it. About a year ago I parted a 1.8 SP out. The 64mb graphics card went for £30, the power supply for £70, the airport card fetched £25, the bluetooth module sold for £25 and I think i got £30 or so for the memory. That's very nearly enough to put together an mATX Sandybridge G-620 based hack that can run Lion. Not the last word in performance but respectable all the same.
  7. Broadcom bcm43xx wireless driver [beta]

    BCM4306 (Belkin FD-57001) working on 10.6.7 but I have to manually connect to my WPA2 Personal network at each boot. The card wasn't detected at all after the 10.6.7 update until installing the driver and under 10.6.6 it was detected but refused to connect. Deleting the network and re-adding to the list didn't solve the problem. At least it can connect now but clicking the Airport icon in the taskbar doesn't show a list of available networks, just "Airport not configured". More of a minor annoyance than a deal breaker really. It's a shame that BCM43xx support seems to have been broken since 10.6.6, these cards have always worked well in everything from real Macs to hacks.
  8. Another recycled G5 case mod

    Sorry I have to work away for long periods and haven't been around to reply. The enamel paint was Revell 99 aluminium, it's a pretty decent match for the anodised finish of the G5 case. To use part of another case inside the G5 case like this you need to strip the G5 case all the way down. Get the "core" out of the big wrap around sleeve (it's tricky but not complicated) and you can split that into two L shaped pieces, the new case parts form the base and back panel. It's possible to do this without cutting the G5 case at all so you end up with a factory finish on everything which appealed to me.
  9. Best Webcam?

    Creative Live! Cam Socialize HD works with everything from Skype to iChat, good picture quality and a decent mic to boot. Shop around to find one much cheaper than the rather steep RRP. There is a Mac edition available too.
  10. Another recycled G5 case mod

    The tray, back panel and floor panel were removed from an old budget Antec case that I had lying around. The way it's constructed is basically half a PC case joined to the top "L" section of the G5 case. Round the back you can see where the new curved closer panel section will fit at the top, this will just be fixed using the existing M3 studs that are already in the G5 case.
  11. A while back I bought a G5 1.8 uniprocessor from ebay for next to nothing, it had a logic board fault but the idea was to use the case for a 2.7 quad we have here in a tatty case. Everything went really well right up until the couriers got their hands on it. The seller was a decent guy and we agreed a partial refund, and the G5 was parted out which more than covered the cost of buying it - result! I found another case for the 2.7 and got it all fitted in nicely, which meant I had a trashed G5 case to dispose of. It almost got itself thrown out, but then I thought I might see if it could be saved and used as a hack case. The sleeve section was removed from the case, and much bashing of panels took place until it was pretty straight. Looking at the "core" section of the case, I set about marking it out for cutting but then decided I didnt want to cut the case up irreversibly. The core was split into its two halves, and the rear panel and floor were put to one side (eventually I will build another Hack into this case using the back panel but I want it to be completely untouched) and I grafted on an ATX back panel, tray and floor section. The top divider was cut in half to clear the ATX mobo (the cut off section was saved) and the original hard drive cage was attached beneath the front section using M3 button head screws into the original screw holes. The refitted sleeve section was held on with M4 machine screws countersunk into the sleeve and filled over. The sleeve was sprayed using enamel paints because these are very tough and very good at sticking to aluminium. A mask was cut from masking film for the Apple logo, and that was airbrushed using enamel paint again. I used a satin finish enamel to match the finish of the original logo. Once that was dry the case looked fairly presentable. Looking at it closely I can still make out a couple of ripples and bumps here and there but then again I know where to look and they arent that noticeable at all. Thanks to the great work of the people on this forum, I was able to make up a front panel lead for power, usb and audio (I didn't bother with Firewire, I never use the front Firewire connectors and the Asus M3A board I was using has no Firewire header) and also work out how to wire up the original fans. I used the dual exhaust fans as intake fans, and the PCI fan was used for the exhaust. The front fans run on 7V, the rear on 5V. Without all the info on here I doubt very much that I'd ever have been able to work the connections out so kudos to everybody who has sat down and figured this out and shared their knowledge here. The Asaka PSU was stripped and I removed the cabling I didn't need to keep everything as neat as possible. Most of the power cables are routed behind the motherboard tray, only the main ATX bundle sits on top, zip tied to a couple of L brackets. Looks quite tidy and apart from cutting the top divider I havent had to chop the case to pieces to do it. The spec isn't exactly monster, it's an Asus M3A with AMD 4050e CPU, 4GB DDR2 800, PNY 9600GT 512MB graphics, Seagate Barracuda 400GB 7200RPM SATA HDD and a Samsung SATA optical drive. There is also an NEC based FW400 card and a Belkin F5D7000 wireless card. It runs 10.6.5 nicely and as soon as I get around to fitting a passive cooler to the 9600GT it will make a good media centre computer. Edit: A cousin of mine is fabricating a perforated aluminium closer panel for the top rear section to save cutting a section from the original back panel. The side panel is held on with tiny rare earth magnets hidden in the case frame which "grab" the steel subframe of the side panel very securely.
  12. Apple Airport in PowerMac G4?

    You need the original Airport card, not the Airport Extreme. Be aware that the Airport is only 802.11b and so can only handle up to 11mb/s. If you need more than that a Broadcom based Airport native PCI card might be a better choice (and cheaper).
  13. Apple Magic Mouse OSX86 - external bluetooth dongle

    Here's a screenshot from the G5 it's currently plugged into Hope that helps
  14. The first Mac you ever used.

    The first one I used was a Macintosh IIx, my work machine for a couple of years. The first one I owned was a Quadra 660AV running System 7 (and you thought Apple TV was a new thing...). Since then I've either owned or had on my desk at work every generation of Powermac apart from the beige G3. It's funny how you think they can't possibly get better with each one that comes your way. Switching from a B&W G3 to a dual G4 had me convinced that anything in the future would be evolutionary rather than revolutionary. Then I had my first dual 2.0 G5, a couple of years later that was replaced by a 2.7 quad, then a 2007 Pro and in the last few weeks my desk at work has been graced by a shiny new 12 core thing with a monster BTO spec. Might have to sell a kidney to get one of those at home.
  15. Apple Magic Mouse OSX86 - external bluetooth dongle

    If you happen to be in the UK you can wander down to your nearest Tesco and pick up their own brand dongle (Technika TKB109) or buy online from Tesco direct http://direct.tesco.com/q/R.100-7710.aspx Works 100% natively in 10.5.x and 10.6.x on both real Macs and OSX86. Bluetooth wake from sleep works, every BT device I have tried with it connects perfectly including the Magic Mouse, and the connection is rock solid - no annoying drop-outs unlike some other dongles. It's based around the same Cambridge Silicon Radio chipset that Apple have used since the Powerbook G4, just plug it in and you're away.