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  1. PC in Mac Pro Case

    As far as I can tell, that board does not have a FireWire 800 port, so you'll need a FireWire 800 card in any event. I don't particularly feel as though the Mac Pro case is anything special, and you can get a nice looking non-Mac case anywhere. Also, you might want to make sure the MIO works on that board - one of the people on NewEgg posted saying the MIO didn't work or wasn't available or something.
  2. [HowTo] Turn mouse tearing OFF :)

    I'm running an iDeneb 10.5.7 on a Thinkpad T60 with an ATI Mobility X1400. I've been able to get the video to work at my resolution (by forcing it, and I can't change it to anything else but oh well) and I have QE/QI and everything in the video area is fine except for the mouse stuff. So I installed the Mouse Locator and while my mouse tends to blink and stuff when scrolling, it no longer leaves any artifacts behind. So, not perfect, but it'll do. Thanks a bunch for the tip on this one, it's good. Now, if only my Intel Pro 1000 PL would work every time.. seems I need to boot into Linux first, and then when I reboot the LAN will work in OSX. Annoying to say the least.
  3. Hi, I've encountered the same problems with the Pro 1000 PL in my Thinkpad T60. It works sometimes. Most of the time, it does not. After install, the network worked great. After a couple rebooted it stopped, and then last night it worked again. This morning it's not working. It always works in Windows and Linux so I don't believe it's the NIC itself. I'll try the PCI Bridge stuff, but that just doesn't seem likely because it DOES work sometimes. Maybe sometimes the machine boots up with a specific IRQ setup and it either works or not? I'll try to manually assign some IRQ's to the slots and see what happens.
  4. Hackintosh

    That's really not enough information, but I'll tell you that an older Pentium 4 (it's only four years old?) will present a lot of challenges. I had a lot more luck getting 10.4 running on various machines then I've had with 10.5. I haven't been able to get a workable installation of 10.5 on any machine I have, and I've tried every release out there. 10.4 worked like a charm (Well, with some coaxing. But I always got it to work. With 10.5 released I always get system hangs on boot.) Try one of the DVD's and see if it works. Past that, you'll basically be on your own. Once the OS is installed getting help for various devices and such is a lot easier to come by. Your best bet is to build a machine from scratch with known-to-work components. The motherboard chipset and CPU are the two single most important pieces to the puzzle. Almost everything else can be worked around with add-on cards or driver patches. With the right hardware, you can even use a "real" OSX install disk to install the system (after booting from a loader first.) Good luck, sounds like you'll need it.
  5. Just bought the Apple keyboard

    Hence the problem with Macs. They're expensive. If Apple had a mid-range offering for Desktops I might have considered buying one at some point but they don't. It's iMac or Mac Pro, and I'll never buy a computer with the LCD as part of the system. Monitors last a lot longer than the machine they're attached to so I want to be able to use that screen on other machines in the future. I don't feel as though OSX is the best Operating System at all. It's RAM hungry, it's not as efficient as even Windows, and it has a whole lot of usability issues that I have a problem with. I've use Windows and OSX on the same machine plenty of times and OSX is usually slower at the same task. Not much, and certainly not enough to be a big problem but it's there. I also dislike the utility community around it - it's like going back to the early 90's when you couldn't get anything for free. Every little tool or utility is shareware. I mean, sorry, I'm not going to pay someone $20 to have a small feature that should be part of the system. All that being said, I do enjoy using OSX, and it's a good system. There's some fun applications for it that I like playing with. But, what I've come to realize is that no matter what system I'm using - OSX, Windows, or Linux - I still use many of the same applications. Firefox, Office, e-mail. For every day use it really doesn't matter what system you're using. And I hate the chicklet keyboards.
  6. Just bought the Apple keyboard

    Yes, it will work just like it was on a Mac. I did this awhile back. The main difference is that the alt and ctrl are sort of reversed in Windows when you use the Mac keyboard. But it'll work fine in both, and the key mappings will be correct in OSX. I liked the Mac keyboard for awhile - it was one of the ones with the white keys and the clear underside. Unfortunately, it only took a few months before the keys started sticking and starting to get hard to push. They keys got a polished shine only after a few weeks. Bad quality, in my opinion. I have an 8 year old generic keyboard I usually use and it still works great, and a 6 year old Dell keyboard that works just like it did when it was new.
  7. I know this is an old thread.. But no, you don't have to reinstall, but it's become more difficult with newer versions of Windows (Vista, 7, 2008) because VMware can no longer use a physical disk in your virtual machine. You can still do it with Linux (and there's a bunch of other stuff you can do on Linux you can't do with anything else) so I keep a Linux install around for things like this. So, assuming you can use XP or Linux, you can attach your physical disk to your virtual machine. Then, you'd boot into a MacOS DVD, and DD the entire VM's disk to the physical disk. This will copy all of the data, but it still won't boot until you fix the MBR and bootloader. I don't know that process off the top of my head, but once you do it, you can boot from it - assuming you're set up to do so. I've used this method to "reinstall" MacOS on my PC if I screw it up. But, I actually have a real partition with MacOS on it that I use as the source. I'm still using MacOS 10.4 since I haven't been able to get a single version of 10.5 to work on this machine - which sucks because 10.4 works so flawlessly with full support for my NIC, Sound, Video card, etc. (Most of the DVD's don't even boot, but some do, and it installs, but then I get a kernel panic when I start no matter what kernel I use. It sucks.) The backup partition has helped me out a bit because I can fall back on that when my latest attempt at 10.5 fails.
  8. MacPro with PC graphics card

    I suppose you could try the Hackintosh kext's like Natit and such. Although, I don't know if they'd work because the GPU probably needs to be initialized by a BIOS beforehand. Even if it did work, it would be a bit of a pain because you wouldn't be able to see the bootup graphics and stuff. Just a thought. I've never owned a "real" Mac so I don't know exactly how those things work. I know a bit about EFI but not specific to Apple computers.
  9. How do I store iPhotos on an external drive?

    You could change the permissions for the entire disk from the bash shell. So, let's say your disk is called "External." You'd have to login as an admin user, then run the shell. Then issue the following commands: cd /Volumes/External chmod -R ugo+rw * You'd replace "External" with whatever the disk is called. If the name has a space in it, you have to put the whole path in quotes like: cd "/Volumes/External Disk" This will crawl the entire file system on the disk and grant the owner (u), group (g), and "others" (o) both read and write permissions to every file. You might get some warnings about special system files (maybe lost+found or something, who knows) but you can ignore those. Of course, this won't necessarily help if your super user creates a NEW file in there if iPhoto doesn't honor the permissions inheritance. That's assuming the problem is in face file system permissions and not something specific to the application itself. Worth a shot.
  10. Sky broadband and Time Capsule

    Ohh no, I wouldn't worry about that. The Ethernet connection will be nice and fast, a full duplex 100Mbit connection. The wireless connection will be much slower than that, so you'd never be able to come close to fully utilizing the Ethernet link. An Ethernet switch (your router) will only add maybe .01 ms or less to response time. The router will simply act as an Ethernet bridge between the wireless network and the wired one. It won't be any worse then any other method of connecting to the time capsule over wireless.
  11. Sky broadband and Time Capsule

    Sounds like the solution is pretty simple. Just connect the Time Capsule to your router with an Ethernet cable and you're done. Don't use the wireless part of the time capsule device, use your existing wireless network and that should be it. Unless the Time Capsule doesn't have an Ethernet port. But I'm pretty sure it does, so you're all set. I mean, it would be pretty silly if you couldn't back up your desktop Macs.
  12. Buying a Mac Pro question!

    Almost all power supplies in computers these days are able to handle both 110 and 220. You should check the manual for the Mac first but my guess is the only difference between the machines is going to be language and the power supply cable.
  13. And that's the single biggest problem with OSX on a notebook. When there's just NO driver, you're completely SOL. On a Desktop, at least you might have the option of replacing the video card or adding a new one, but with a Notebook that's not a possibility. Hopefully someone has a workaround that might allow you to run a different driver and force it to run, but those Mobile GPU's are notoriously bad for that. Even the nVidia ones are all sorts of problems - even if you're running Windows.
  14. As far as I know, the 2009 model uses a similar panel to the 2008 model. Both are 6-bit color displays. Not only are the 6-bit displays easier to manufacture - they can be made brighter and they have faster response times. I've seen the 2009 iMac 20" in person and it's a fine looking display. I would never buy an iMac, but it looked fine. I've used both 8-bit and 6-bit displays extensively. You can sometimes tell when the 6-bit displays are using their "trickery" to get more color depth, but to me it's such a non-issue it's almost not worth mentioning. I do a fair amount of photo work, and it's never affected my ability to generate great looking prints. The only time I could reasonably assume there could be a problem is if you're working for print, and your screen to scanner to printer calibration must be 100% accurate. Which in case, you probably wouldn't be using an LCD display anyways. http://pcworld.about.com/od/desktops/20--a...minum-IMacs.htm
  15. External HD deleting files?

    Yea well that is one benefit. NTFS on MacOS is great to have now; it's a life saver. But, if you can, HFS will always be faster on MacOS since it's native and much better supported. The good thing is that MacDrive on Windows works pretty good (and the newer versions won't trash your MacOS filesystem when using Vista) and is flexible - you can use USB drives and stuff just like they were native Windows drives.