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  1. XFX 7300 Dual Display not working on Leo4all v2

    Unfortunately, it may not be possible to easily enable the second video port. It's a question of driver support; the Mac OS doesn't know how to use all of the video card's abilities. I'm not sure what drivers you might have installed; if you don't have NVinject installed already, try that (or a variant of it, such as NVKush.) If none of the third party video drivers work, your card isn't fully supported (yet anyway) and you will either just have to live with it, or get a new video card, or learn how to do some more technical modifications like editing NVCAP values (which still may not work.) I recently get a cheap Zotac brand 7300GT (256 Meg) that DOES work with dual monitors after adding the NVKush driver (NVinject probably works too.) When looking for a video card for a hackintosh, I would recommend only buying specific brands and models that other people have already reported are working properly. Not all 7300GT cards (for instance) are alike or will work as well; the brand can matter.
  2. I picked up a cheap ($30 shipped from Newegg) Zotac branded GeForce 7300 GT, 256 MEG. To my very pleasant surprise, all it took was NVKush (a variant of NVinject, either will probably work) to get it running with QE and CI, but more importantly, both display outputs worked properly (D-Sub and DVI (using a DVI-Dsub adapter) without any additional messing around. I'm still running 10.5.1, but I expect it would still work with 10.5.2 for sure, and probably with 10.5.3 (maybe some tweaking needed.) So far, this particular card seems like an excellent low-cost option for a dual display system.
  3. Confused about editing NVCAP strings

    I've been trying to figure out how to edit the NVCAP strings in NVInject in order to enable dual display support, but I'm confused about how/where to add the strings. When I open the plist, I find a section like this: The discussion on editing NVCAP strings seems to use a format like this: "NVCAP" = <04000000000003000c0000000000000700000000> Where does this string go? Does it replace the string of letters? Is it simply inserted somewhere, without replacing any of the original text? Several people have asked this question before but nobody's answered.
  4. Core 2 Duo T7000 Speed Problem

    The OS can't change the clocking of the processor; that's set by the BIOS/motherboard. So, it's not that your computer is running slow; it's just that the OS is incorrectly identifying the processor's specifications. It's a very minor bug that won't have any effect on performance.
  5. Problem: My aluminum Apple keyboard kept 'losing' keystrokes; you'd hit a key and nothing would happen until you hit it a second time. It seemed almost like the keyboard was falling asleep (the first key press would 'wake' it, then it would work normally until it sat unused for at least a few minutes.) Solution: Turned OFF "Legacy USB support" in the motherboard's BIOS. Notes: This one drove me nuts for a while because I was thinking it was a keyboard or OS problem (these keyboards have had firmware problems.) Motherboard: Intel Badaxe 2. The low-profile 'aluminum' Apple keyboard design is very nice; good key feel, very solidly built, handsome, and much easier to clean than a traditional keyboard. It even seems to resist spilled water/beverages a bit (because of the small gaps between the keys and the housing.) Recommended. :-)
  6. Kalyway Boot Time?

    I had very slow bootups with Kalyway when I had installed it as 10.5.1, then upgraded it to 10.5.2 with just the Kalyway updater. I re-installed it using the Kalyway 10.5.2 DVD image and that took care of the problem.
  7. Pretty much as the title says; when my Shuffle is connected to a USB port, the machine won't boot up into Mac OS. I assume it's getting stuck looking for a system or such on the Shuffle (which is, after all, a USB drive of sorts.) This may be due to not having a boot loader installed on the system hard drive itself. (The Kalyway 10.5.2 DVD I used apparently didn't get the job done, so I just leave the DVD in during bootup; the machine gets the boot loader from the DVD, then can load the system from the hard drive. It's not that hard to get a boot loader installed, I just haven't been motivated enough yet to do it.) Anyway, it's one more possible bug that people might run into. Obviously, you can just disconnect the Shuffle during startup if it's an issue. System: Intel Badaxe 2 (BX2KR) motherboard Kalyway 10.5.2 Core 2 Duo
  8. Machine: Badaxe 2 motherboard, EVGA 7300GT video card. If the machine is booted from a Mac OS DVD or from a clean install (no third-party video drivers) both monitors operate in mirror mode, but the system doesn't recognize the second monitor or even that there's hardware support for one (can't change to extended desktop, doesn't show up in System Profiler.) No resolution changes are available. After installing the NVinject (.22) driver, the normal range of resolutions becomes available (including the resolution native to the monitor.) However, the second monitor now goes blank when the computer shifts from the 'gray apple' startup screen to the Finder. Now, System Profiler knows that there's a second monitor port, but says nothing is connected. The second monitor is connected to the DVI port using a VGA-DVI adapter (I've tried several different ones.) Any ideas about how to make this work? Does it seem worth trying a DVI monitor on the DVI port, or is that unlikely to make a difference? Edit: Running Kalyway 10.5.2
  9. What would you tell Apple?

    Have the balls to actually take on Microsoft. First, meditate on the significant of WINE, a software package that allows software to be easily ported to Mac (and other platforms) as well as letting Macs (and others) to run Windows software without installing Windows. Pour money into developing a robust, comprehensive WINE technology for OS X. Apple really could eat MS's lunch if that new Mac could run most Windows software natively without buying a copy of Windows. (Oh, and where the devil is ad blocking in Safari? You'd have to be mentally challenged (or a Microsoft designer) not to have this functionality in a browser by now.)
  10. For watching DVD movies there's no reason to change the resolution; video scaled up onto a higher resolution screen usually looks very nice. (The software is designed to give high-quality scaling, and video is much more forgiving of the occassionally blurry edge than program graphics.) (Speaking of video, be sure to download a copy of the VLC video player; it handles .avi's and lots of odd video formats nicely.) Yes, you'll get a bit of a blurred image if you set an LCD at most non-native resolutions. The one possible exception is if you can run a perfect fractional resolution (so, if your screen is 1920x1200 native but you can set it to run at 960x600 or 640x400) the image should still be crisp (if slightly 'jaggie' from the pixel-doubling or tripling.) I don't know if the 24" iMac (or your games) supports those resolutions or not; I would suspect so but can't say for sure.
  11. If you don't mind blowing the cash, there's the X1900 XT option on the Pro (which as I understand it is substantially faster than the 7600.) Maybe, maybe not. Many games don't even benefit much from going from 1 core to 2. The reason is that to really exploit multiple cores/processors, a program has to be 'threaded'. Threads are just smaller chunks of code that can be run on their own, so while the main program is running on core 1, it can send a thread (a part of itself) to run on core 2 (and 3 and 4, if it generates that many threads.) A program that isn't designed to split itself up like this generally doesn't see much advantage from multi-CPU systems. Probably in the same ballpark. I wouldn't regard gaming as a make-or-break issue between them. There have always been a few (usually high-end and expensive) fully supported (no hacks) Mac versions of video cards available. You'll pay more than the PC people, but they can be had. (Look around ATI's or NVidia's sites.) (The cost of mac video cards is a long-running complaint; the short version is that manufacturers are screwing us a bit.) Maybe; much depends on how well it threads (splits itself across multiple processors.) There are two less obvious differences between the Pro and iMac that can make a real difference when manipulating very large files. First, the Pro has a much faster 'front side bus'; it can move data between memory and processor considerably faster than the iMac can. Again, for most purposes that won't really matter, but if you find yourself applying an effect to HD video or such the difference could be substantial. The second difference is the availability of hard drive RAIDs on the Pro. Say your regular hard drive can read and write data at 40 Meg/second. With the iMac, that's just the limit of things. But with the Pro's RAID system, you can stick in two hard drives and have them act as one drive, reading and writing data from both at once, giving you closer to 80 meg/second transfers. (And you can do that with up to four drives, making the potential disk access speeds staggering; imagine loading an entire 4.5 gig DVD from hard drive to memory in thirty seconds.) For dealing with truly massive files, it's the capacity to use a RAID (redundant array of inexpensive drives) that makes the Pro the compelling performance leader over an iMac. You say you work with 30 meg PS files? Well...saving half a second on save and load times may not be so compelling at that level, although I assume the actual memory space is considerably larger, so the faster memory system could still make a significant difference. The Core 2 Duo is a very impressive little processor; I'll speak no ill of it. :-) Still...if you find yourself manipulating extremely large files, I think there will be a substantial performance advantage for the Pro due to its faster memory system (and potentially much faster drive options.) I would agree with the advice to get 2 gig of memory if you're using the machine for serious work. 1 Gig is enough to work quite well for most people, but when you start using the machine hard (large files open, lots of programs running) you're likely to run into that annoying 'delay' when it hits the virtual memory (temporarily storing data on the hard drive because there isn't enough real RAM to hold it all.) If you use a virtualization program to run Windows alongside the Mac OS (like Parallels), that will further increase memory demands. (Apple will screw you pretty badly for RAM and hard drive upgrades; I'd buy them seperately from sources like NewEgg.) Bottom line, if the extra grand or so for a Pro system doesn't bother you and you want more expansion options than the iMac provides, get it and be done with it. :-) If the cost (and bulk) is an issue, give some careful thought to how severely your usage will tax a computer's power.
  12. In day-to-day processor performance I expect that the 24" iMac would feel about as fast as the Pro. So, if you aren't doing something that really pounds on processor power (such as 3D modelling or HD video work) the seemingly vast difference in processor power is a bit of an illusion. To me, the real seduction of the Pro is the expandability, particularly the hard drives. Stick in four 500 gig SATAs, stripe and mirror them (RAID). You'd have a terabyte of very fast, REDUNDANT storage; if a drive crashes and burns, just stick in a replacement and let the RAID system re-build the lost data from the mirrored drive(s). (And trust me, all drives will eventually fail. One day you WILL wake up to a failed hard drive with any computer, at which point you'd better have anything valuable backed up.) The day may come when you really want a PCI slot or two as well. Yes, the iMac is gorgeous, and for most people it would serve them very well. But, if you don't mind the additional bulk on (or under) your desk and can take the sticker shock, I think the Pro is a much more attractive machine for a tech geek due to the expandability. I've seen one report of a generic (sold for PC) 7800 GT working: http://forums.macnn.com/65/power-mac-and-m...o-card-working/ It seems likely some other cards would also work, but no promises.
  13. The obvious difference is that Pros have larger, higher resolution screens. The less obvious difference is that the Pros have much better graphics systems. For most daily uses you'll never notice the difference, but if you plan on playing video games on it or running 3D-intensive software such as engineering/architecture/design programs, then the Pro will definately out-perform the regular MacBook. If you expect to beat the heck out of your computer, a Pro might be the better buy. For people who aren't artists/engineers and don't mind the smaller screens, the regular MacBook is a tremendous value. (Happily, both can drive a second (external) monitor, so you can buy a big LCD to use at home/dorm.) Either way, one thing you probably should do is upgrade the memory. The standard 512 MB RAM that comes with them simply isn't enough to keep working smoothly when you get a bunch of programs running at once. 1 Gig RAM should make most people happy. If you get a MacBook (regular), you should also note that the base model can only burn CDs (and read DVDs); it can't write DVDs. This is due to Apple being a bunch of cheap, thieving bastards. (Really, what are they saving...$10 a drive?) So, there's a good chance you'd want to go to the next model up (which has the DVD-R.)
  14. Ken Miller on Intelligent Design

    In the end, the argument of the Intelligent Design camp is 'if I don't understand how something could have happened naturally, it couldn't have happened naturally.' If they don't understand how a particular biological structure could have evolved, then they don't believe it could have evolved. If they don't know how a particular piece of geological evidence was formed, then it couldn't have formed naturally, etc. Intelligent Design is another manifestation of the 'God of the Gaps' phenominon, where Believers try to make their dogma the default answer for any question that doesn't have a definitive answer yet (gaps in knowledge.) Early 'gaps' that were populated with the supernatural included explanations of everything from the causes of disease to weather to success on a hunt. To put it mildly, this is terrible logic in the first place, but it finds fertile soil in the broad gaps of knowledge left by the remarkably low level of scientific competence most IDers/creationists exibit. The next time you meet an IDer, ask them to explain how their computer works. If they can't explain it, demand that they admit that it must work by magic. :-)
  15. Pre-installing OSX86 question

    Assuming that OS X supports your ATA controller (mostly there have been problems with i965 chipsets), there shouldn't be a problem installing and running it off a seperate hard drive. Accessing the RAID is another question. If it were a hardware RAID you might have a decent shot, but I would be somewhat surprised if OS X can figure out a software-based RAID created in Windows. I have been able to read single Windows-formatted hard drives from OSx86, for what that may be worth, although some weird little problems popped up on the drive later; it's possible that there is a data corruption risk from using a Windows disk from OS X.