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About schmoppa

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  1. Awesome, thanks for the quick response! It looks like Twisted Melon still sell stuff. http://twistedmelon.com/shop/ Would you recommend just the hardware (manta), or the software (Mira), or both? I would love to be able to leave the HTPC tuned into XBMC, and when it's not playing content, go to sleep after 5 minutes or so. And when I want to use XBMC, use my universal remote to wake the computer via the USB IR receiver (Manta in this case). Does this sound feasible?
  2. I have a freshly built ML HTPC with an i5 3570k and Gigabyte GA-B75M-D3P motherboard. I would like to use a remote control (I have a Harmony One) with the XBMC for improved WAF. I actually have a USB-UIRT, but I can't find much information regarding Mac compatability. Anyone know if USB-UIRT is workable in Mountain Lion? Or anyone have a known-compatable IR receiver (USB?) that I could purchase and use without much trouble? Thanks!
  3. Really slow SSD write speed...

    I'm realizing that I never ran trim enabler in [url="http://www.insanelymac.com/forum/topic/279450-why-insanelymac-does-not-support-tonymacx86/"]#####[/url]. In the "About this Mac" bit it said no trim support for the SSD. I ran Trim Enabler, and now it says I have trim support. And copying and cloning go much faster. Phew!
  4. a little background: I made the mistake of formatting my OS drive as case-sensitive. My OS drive is a OCZ Vertex Series 120GB SATA II MLC Internal SSD. So I cloned the SSD to a partition on my internal HDD, booted from it, and started to clone back to the SSD with Carbon Copy Cloner, but the progress was excruciatingly slow. Say, 10GB in 3 hours. I stopped the clone operation, and did some testing. I tried copying directly from the HDD to the SSD, still very slow writes, and slow to estimate the time to copy; we're talking copying the iTunes app (about 170MB). "slow" is subjective, but on one copy (Copying an 18MB file), it hit 17MB fairly quickly, but then the transfer bar stopped for about 15 seconds until it finished. On another copy test, an 82 MB file stalled at 10MB, then to 23 for a couple seconds, then hung on 81/82 for about 5 seconds before finishing. This doesn't seem like normal behavior. Copying to/from a USB HDD resulted in about the same performance. I'm running Lion 10.7.2. Is there anything I'm missing? did I need to format / erase the SSD in a particular way?
  5. I came into this forum for help but found this post... if I understand correctly, is this why my BIOS seems to be resetting to a non-good configuration with crashes and sometimes (maybe? not sure) going to sleep? Important configurations like ICH SATA Control Mode, Onboard SATA/IDE Ctrl Mode, and more are changed. Thanks
  6. fermi/gtx 480/gtx 470

    Is everyone having trouble with with the new drivers, or should a 480 GTX work at full 3D performance in games?
  7. Update: The problem I had was I am using a Dell monitor, which has a built-in USB hub. When the computer is asleep, the monitor must go into some power-saving mode where USB ports are not powered, and therefore since my mouse was plugged into one of these ports, the mouse was inactive and could not wake the computer. Switching the mouse to a port on the tower made the difference... I can now wake the computer from sleep by moving the mouse.
  8. Hi James, I may try this tomorrow. One (dumb) question: what do I do with the Chamelion 2 RC5 bootloader?
  9. Thanks James! when I get home I'll have to image my OS partition *just in case*, but I am keen to get this working properly. One thing is, according to the Gigabyte site, I either need windows or a floppy drive to use one of the three methods to update the BIOS, but I have none of them. I wonder if Q-Flash will work with a USB memory drive. What method did you use to update the BIOS? And I saw your response to my other post... funny how the day came where out of frustration I sort of cross-posted... I finally get an answer
  10. Thanks for your response! I use a USB keyboard and a USB mouse with the system. I don't think it's a BIOS configuration setting issue... but I'm really not sure. Did wake from USB work out of the box, as it were, for you? What was your setup method? (Kakewalk, tonymacx86?)
  11. fermi/gtx 480/gtx 470

    I didn't mean to imply that you were doing anything like that, (Haha, what a terrible moderator that would be ) ; on the contrary, you were very helpful in your interaction with me. Just in general, I like how quoting is a record of what was originally said and responded to, and it could be useful in a few situations. But yeah, it sure can add a lot of overhead to a page! In terms of forums features, maybe the right approach is a revision history, where you always display the latest version, but the changes to a comment are recorded, which would prevent the need to overquote like I had been doing.
  12. fermi/gtx 480/gtx 470

    OK. Though it was my intention to retain the entirety of the quote as I sensed some anxiety and defensiveness from the OP, and then you, and a quote is a good record of what was actually responded to before edits are made. Re-reading the posts, I think for the most part I imagined it, and I'm sorry for that. This is how these things usually start, but now this thread is one of THE references on this issue, which is why I made the suggestion. But you're right, perhaps it should have been done in a private message. Anyway... after all this (and "this" was really trying to be constructive criticism), and especially your helpful summary for me, which I really do appreciate, I'll probably not upgrade to one of these cards, especially in light of of the new ATI cards in the new MBPs. EDIT: See, this is partially why I quote. Before this edit, it looks like I ignored your suggestion to create my own guide, but that was something you added in an undocumented edit. Anyway, at this point in time I am exploring options for video card upgrades. I am not at this time interested in writing a guide on an issue I have very little understanding on, and will not likely have the need to learn as I will likely not be purchasing the card. But I hear you. As a general rule of thumb, instead of complaining about something (not that I think I am complaining, I am offering constructive criticism), people should try to add value themselves.
  13. fermi/gtx 480/gtx 470

    I apologize. I did not mean to agitate anyone. But what you say there regarding the first post being old is a great reason for what I suggested. In my opinion the OP should update the original post in the thread with the current status of the thread, including high-level commentary and some current details. This is an example of what I consider to be a thread with a helpful, current first post: http://www.insanelymac.com/forum/index.php...95248&st=60 I appreciate that you jumped in here, but I was not asking you or anyone to create a calendar of events. I simply suggesting occasional updating of the original post. I don't suggest that for every thread out there, but for very large threads with a lot of people looking for answers, it is very helpful to people to be able to see at a glance from the first post what is going on. For example, the freeze issue is something that would prevent many people from buying this card. Having that detail clearly spelled out as an unsolved issue in the first post of the thread would be very useful. The user can then decide 1) am I willing to buy this card and have potential issues? 2) am I willing to help come up with a solution if I buy this card anyway? Again, these are all suggestions, and you and the OP are clearly welcome to ignore. If suggestions geared towards clarity and ease of consuming a very large thread like this are unwelcome, I am sorry.
  14. fermi/gtx 480/gtx 470

    Thanks My final suggestion, and please understand it is not a demand, is that this type of information be put back in the first thread. Moreover, the above example is great, but I'm even suggesting something more high-level. What is being solved in the thread and why? What have we accomplished so far? What challenges remain to be solved? The perspective I bring is that of a user new to this issue, and in the end it's just a suggestion that in my opinion will help new users to figure out what's going on at a glance so they can decide if they want to dive in and learn more.
  15. fermi/gtx 480/gtx 470

    You missed the point of my comment. I was suggesting a quick digest of the current status of the thread. "Big improvements" was part of an example of the type of comment that would help new readers to monster, though somewhat curated, threads like this to understand what's going on. A case in point from my perspective, your detail about opencl and video acceleration is hardly "obvious" to someone new to the thread and topic, hence my suggestion.