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  1. exscape

    Buying my first mac (MBP)

    I don't think installing warez on it just to sell is a very good idea... Get the Vista business install back there instead.
  2. I find it a bit ironic that both repliers appear to be running (only?) hackintoshes. If I started this thread I'd be a bit weary; have you actually tried the cards/chipsets together with a G4 CPU?
  3. exscape

    VERY loud beep from MBP

    Hm, actually, yes. Not sure if it counts as third party though, as it's sold as "Corsair Mac memory", complete with made for macbook/pro/imac sticker and stuff.
  4. I have NO idea what is going on here. I've got a Macbook Pro "2,2" (not 2.2GHz, but the hardware version is 2,2), that is, the first gen with a Core 2 Duo (2.16GHz). Now and then, perhaps a week or two apart, there's a VERY loud beep (just a single one) from the left side. I'm not sure if it comes from the speaker or not. The only thing I've noticed is that right afterwards, the volume of everything is really low. Restarting iTunes usually returns the music to normal volume. Nothing else seems to happen, and I haven't noticed anything causing it, either, seems to be pretty random. The computer is always standing perfectly still on a desk, btw (I found something about the sudden motion sensor when googling IIRC). Nothing interesting in the logs. Any ideas?
  5. exscape

    OS X feeling very, very slow at times

    It's been a while since I reinstalled (at the Leopard release), but I'm pretty darn sure I had at least some slowness long before that. I just had the slow hotkey thing, with 1GB *free* RAM (recently rebooted) and 0 page outs, so it's not a lack of RAM for sure. No warranty. I'm not sure it's a hardware problem to be honest, it could be caused by pretty much *any* program I have running most of the time. I'm unsure how to figure out which one, except removing them all and adding them back one at a time... Which would be a pretty huge pain. Edit: The problem hasn't reoccured since I started keeping track of my memory usage (via the activity monitor dock icon -> show memory usage). It appears to only happen after I've used up all my memory (i.e. using VMware). It does NOT only happen when I'm out of memory though, which is weird! I can have 512-1024MB free and it still happens... I suppose it's because something semi-important gets swapped out. RAM is cheap, so instead of avoiding VMware I'll probably grab a 2GB stick for ~$75 to get 2+1 = 3GB instead (the max for my MBP generation).
  6. The short version: My computer feels reaaaally slow at times. Tasks such as switching between apps and typing text can take 5-15 seconds at its worst. See sig for specs. Clean install, have repaired permissions/disk and cleaned up etc. Long version: OK, I've had this problem for a long time, but it seems to be getting worse. In any case, it's getting more annoying! Specs: see sig. Symptoms: Simple operations are *really* slow. Things like Cmd+B for bold text and type a sentence... Sometimes I finish typing before it appears on screen. Switching windows, opening simple documents, starting apps... etc. Things that should be fast can take a long time. At its worst, creating a tab in firefox can take 15 seconds, but it's not always that bad. Oh! And my Quicksilver hotkeys for iTunes (such as next track, play/pause, lower volume) can also be REALLY slow. Again, at its worst, it takes 15 seconds to react. By that time I've usually switched to iTunes to skip the track myself, but soon thereafter the hotkey press goes through and switched tracks again. Grrrr. It seems to happen pretty randomly, but I *never* consider my computer really fast, just "really bad" or "good enough". Running Leopard, 10.5.2, but I've had smaller problems all along (since 10.4.8 IIRC). Several clean installs since then. I haven't noticed any CPU spikes or such, but I'm not completely sure where to look except activity monitor/top when it happens - and by then, the beachball is spinning and I can't start the monitoring app before it's too late. According to top, iTunes seem to use ~4% CPU (while playing an MP3) and firefox ~5-8% - while idle! A bit odd, but surely not the explanation to my problem. Oh, and yeah, I have repaired permissions (which is voodoo anyway), the startup disk, cleaned up with OnyX and probably a bunch of things I'm forgetting. 1GB of free memory at the moment, and to be honest it feels great right now. I wonder if having no free memory, but plenty inactive, makes OS X slow... It shouldn't, but still. It's really snappy now, probably better than it's been in a long time. Ugh. Any advice is appreciated Edit: I forgot, Xbench results: http://db.xbench.com/merge.xhtml?doc1=274082
  7. exscape

    Trailing @ sign after permissions

    From the ls man page: If the file or directory has extended attributes, the permissions field printed by the -l option is followed by a '@' character. I wondered the very same thing a while ago, took me a while to find out.
  8. exscape

    Weird Trash Bug

    Haha, wtf. Try starting up a terminal, and do rm -i ~/.Trash/* (-i means ask yes/no for each file; just in case)
  9. exscape

    gordon miller stolen mtr version

    Gordon Miller? MTR? Am I missing something, what is this even about?
  10. exscape

    Whats all the SIUD Warnings.?

    Which programs would overwrite them and cause their permissions to go 'bad'? And what would the consequences be? Disk errors have NO relation to file permissions whatsoever. Also, having a firewall in stealth mode may be good (it's arguable), but calling it 'sad' that people don't do so is, well, sad really.
  11. exscape

    Whats all the SIUD Warnings.?

    Ahh, I'm not alone with that opinion. I actually recall it fixing some odd problem for me way back, but that was likely caused by yours truly when fooling around with .kext's in the terminal. Except in such rare cases, repairing permissions will likely not help (and you should certainly not waste time doing it when everything works!).
  12. exscape

    Whats all the SIUD Warnings.?

    It means you're repairing permissions too often Seriously, though, it's a known bug in Leopard.
  13. Your computer will likely explode soon I have it too. See sig.
  14. Hold option and it'll turn into copy. Or option+command and it turns into create alias.
  15. exscape

    Where are the OS X icons stored

    Be specific Which OS X icons? Applications, prefpanes, toolbars, ...?