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WhatTheTech last won the day on April 6 2013

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  1. WhatTheTech

    [worklog] Darkmac Pro

    YOU ARE A LIFESAVER!!! I lost a hard drive and only had a few of the photos from the pre-anodizing stage left! Thank you SO SO MUCH. I've been wanting to repost this project for years but didn't have the photos. For anyone finding this worklog, I will be re-hosting this project on my own site - you can find them here shortly: https://gradivis.com/projects
  2. Listen up - if anyone ever needs info on modding a G5 or Mac pro, I can send you what I still have (pictures, wiring diagrams, tutorials...whatever) if you shoot me an email -> info@gradivis.com


    Be kind to each other. 

  3. WhatTheTech

    G5 Mod, is it worth it?

    Modding a G5 is definitely going to cost more than a regular PC case. Once you account for getting the case, the backplate, the front panel and various other bits and pieces, we're looking right around the figure you mentioned. I think the value though, of bringing this work of art back to life with new parts merits the extra cost. It's a fun project, challenging but very rewarding. If you want plug and play, a regular PC case is the way to go, If you want a case with the mac aesthetic, there are aluminum cases out there.
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    When your job hands you a G5...

    I'm currently pricing out my new build, as well as getting the Ultimate G5 Modding Resource thread back up and running! I know this was a huge help to many (with tens of thousands of visits) so I think it's about time to goes back up on the web ey? http://www.macmodders.com/the-ultimate-g5-modding-thread/ This will be the link once it's live. I've already done an anodized Mac Pro mod - I'm trying to figure out what else can be done...any suggestions on a cool mod I can do?
  5. WhatTheTech

    When your job hands you a G5...

    Hey man, good to see you around! Any current projects? Because those were the original disks that came with it! Also because it's kind of like stepping back in time - Panther was the first Apple OS I ever used on a regular basis
  6. ...and says "do whatever you want with it" - it's VERY hard to stay in retirement. Hi to everyone who remembers me! For those who don't, I ran the short-lived G5Modders.com website as well as the soon-to-be-relaunched MacModders.com site! I have backups of the Ultimate G5 Modding thread as well as various other tutorials, guides, builds and whatnot that will be put back online - it's awesome to see people still modding away! With a 24" iMac and a 15" Macbook Pro from work for home use, as well as a last-gen Mac Pro with a 30" ACD at my desk at work, it was easy to go into a retirement. I had two computers at home, one at work - what else could I want? Well all that changed when we were clearing out some old junk (I work at a printing company) and came across an old dusty G5 in perfect condition besides a few minor scratches and labels stuck to it. After replacing the hard-drive and RAM...BLAM - up and running, well currently installing OS X Panther. I was told to keep it, since I'm pretty sure it doesn't run the Adobe CC 2014 suite... As much as I love that this is a fully-functional G5, for it to be useful for me, it's going to have to be gutted and replaced with a hackintosh. Besides, what's the fun of having a G5 case without ripping it open?? This will be a slow worklog - I have to pull all of my modding supplies out of storage, choose my parts, order one of TLH's fantastic trays... Nice to be back, looking forward to seeing some old faces!
  7. I have a 2008 24" iMac (LOVE it), but I'm having FireWire issues. 1) FireWire is recognized in Sys Profiler, so it's not a catastrophic failure. 2) When connected, I am getting power from the FireWire port. 3) Hard-Drives and Cameras are not recognized by the OS. Any suggestions? I have reset the PRAM and all that...but if anyone has any thoughts or has experienced similar, I would be very interested in hearing them! It's not a huge deal, but I do have a FireWire hard-drive and would love to free up one of my USB ports. Thanks in advance!
  8. WhatTheTech

    "Permanent" MAC Spoof?

    If he's only one of the network admins, there should be someone you can go to. Sabotaging someone at work is a serious offence, and any serious company would discipline or fire him. The good news? There's no way for him to set up a rule like this without leaving some sort of trace, and I wouldn't be surprised if this sort of thing was in plain sight. Grab his/your boss, another network admin, and have them take a look. Play it off as a "this is really strange" troubleshooting sort of issue at first, in case he actually didn't do anything wrong, but if they find a rule set up that blocks your mac address, that isn't something that happens by chance.
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    Permanently Banned From Tonymacx86

    Hyprocrisy on Tonymac's website? Unthinkable! (Sarcasm not at your expense - as with all of these stories, it's a shame that such a website, built upon theft, still exists.)
  10. Personally the design doesn't bother me - sure it looks a little bit like a trash can and it's black instead of the silver we all love, but I know tons of creative professionals who will be pleased at the space-saving design. I think getting rid of the DVD drive is a mistake - not a HUGE one, but enough to inconvenience users. I thought I was done with DVDs until I started editing video more - though many professionals share work in the cloud now, most CLIENTS are still going to want a DVD copy of the work they pay for. I still get funny looks when I hand over wedding photos to clients on a USB drive, let alone video work. Now if Apple offers a CHEAP DVD add-on (hell, it should be free) that could sit under the new Mac Pro and fit seamlessly, that's a little bit different, but looking at the bottom of the new MP I think it would destabilize it some. The hardware, on the other hand, seems to be aimed at maximizing profit over convenience. While this is in line with Apple's M.O., at least older MP have some level of user-based upgradeability. In regards to the thunderbolt complaints, we should keep in mind that it's still a very new technology (using the term "new" to indicate level of implementation, not in temporal terms). Even USB 3.0 cables and peripherals were considerably more expensive than they are now - as more people switch over the price will drop. No, it's not fun for those wanting to make the switch to TB now, but it's not exactly a phenomenon that is unique to Apple. Really it doesn't matter what I think - I'll be buying one of these in 2018 when they are cheap on the used market. Until then, it's hackintosh parts in an old Mac Pro case for me!
  11. WhatTheTech

    [worklog] Darkmac Pro

    The sticker on the bottom was just held on by adhesive - a blunt knife or spudger should do the trick nicely. You are correct, the wifi antenna is housed in there. I took everything out and put a switch for the lights there - it's an easy process to get it cleared out, and it's a nice little space! Congrats on your craigslist score!! I've really enjoyed modding the Mac Pro - it presents some different challenges than the G5 but I think you have more options with it. Thanks for your kind words - I spend a LOT of time reviewing on Amazon so I'm only a little surprised you noticed my pics
  12. I had issues installing Ubuntu on the Macbook 5,1 (aluminum macbook - basically the Macbook Pro). Wireless drivers were a pain, trackpad was glitchy and various other minor issues. What flavor of linux do you usually use? It's not impossible, and there are many people enjoying linux installations on mac hardware, but it's not as simple as running the OS installer in many cases.
  13. WhatTheTech

    Firewire 800 Drive Not Recognized...

    Update - reset the PRAM and NVRAM, of course I wasn't expecting it to do much and it didn't. I was surprised at how easy WD was to deal with - they've definitely made some customer services changes recently. I told him about the issue and let him know the log error that was popping up - he didn't seem very surprised at all, in fact as soon as I mentioned the error he said he would RMA the drive. No "unplug the device", "use a different cable", just a straight up "I'll get you an RMA number right away". I'm still going to try it out on another mac first, but we'll see if it's the drive or not.
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    Firewire 800 Drive Not Recognized...

    Update - the following is showing up in console repeatedly: 4/11/13 11:31:44.000 AM kernel[0]: FireWire (OHCI) Lucent ID 5901 built-in: no valid selfIDs for more than 3 minutes after bus reset. Good news is it would seem I'm not the only one with the issue, and that FW800 is problematic for many people. Some have had success resetting PRAM so I'm going to try that now and see if it gets me anywhere... Edit - also found this before plugging in the drive this morning: Apr 6 08:32:13 localhost kernel[0]: FireWire (OHCI) Lucent ID 5901 built-in now active, GUID 001e52fffe5b94d0; max speed s800. Could be drive related...God I hope my FW800 port isn't messed up, I really would prefer an HDD on that than USB...