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They were updated in August, along with the... 1,508 Views / 19 Replies  
They were updated in August, along with the release of the new iMacs.

Apple's exchange policy is typically to allow a swap for anyone who bought 10-14 days (someone can clarify) before the update....
Posted by Commodus, on Dec 31, 2007 at 07:32 PM, in Mac Desktops
vtboyarc: This for real? If Apple gave... 6,056 Views / 140 Replies  
vtboyarc:

This for real? If Apple gave discounts for trading up from systems bought three months ago, it would go bankrupt. Three months is almost always mid-cycle and well past the point where...
Posted by Commodus, on Nov 2, 2007 at 01:05 PM, in Mac Notebooks
Sticky: Bumping the thread up - I don't have an MBP... 1,070,943 Views / 4,110 Replies  
Bumping the thread up - I don't have an MBP (yet), but there's bound to be a few new adopters who want to show off.
Posted by Commodus, on Sep 30, 2007 at 09:52 PM, in Mac Notebooks
Sticky: I need a Beatles collection more like that! If... 1,070,943 Views / 4,110 Replies  
I need a Beatles collection more like that! If they're doing that remaster like it's been suggested, I might want to wait for that, however...
Posted by Commodus, on Aug 27, 2007 at 11:04 PM, in Mac Notebooks
Wonderfully minimal, Seattle. I'd probably... 451,496 Views / 1,355 Replies  
Wonderfully minimal, Seattle. I'd probably attach external speakers myself were I in your position, but then I listen to music almost constantly.
Posted by Commodus, on Aug 11, 2007 at 03:46 PM, in Mac Desktops
I've got one side by side with the old iMac it's... 835 Views / 18 Replies  
I've got one side by side with the old iMac it's replacing - the new metal look is more professional, and it gets rid of some of the chin (if just visually) to boot.
Posted by Commodus, on Aug 11, 2007 at 03:12 AM, in Mac Desktops
I'd seriously love to know what you do for a... 465,117 Views / 1,145 Replies  
I'd seriously love to know what you do for a living. Send a private message, if you have to! And for that matter, what neighborhood do you live in to have such a beautiful view?
Posted by Commodus, on Jul 28, 2007 at 04:21 PM, in Mac Desktops
all2ofme: That setup is... beautiful. I'd... 465,117 Views / 1,145 Replies  
all2ofme:

That setup is... beautiful. I'd actually rather have your environment than some of the larger, ultra-modern house setups in the thread. I love the organic feel of the old wood floor...
Posted by Commodus, on Jul 7, 2007 at 11:32 PM, in Mac Desktops
It depends on what you're doing. If this isn't a... 577 Views / 9 Replies  
It depends on what you're doing. If this isn't a serious gaming or video editing rig, don't spend several hundred dollars more for things you might not even appreciate. But if the system will have...
Posted by Commodus, on Jun 17, 2007 at 01:22 PM, in Mac Notebooks
SVass: More than a little off-topic. You... 300 Views / 10 Replies  
SVass:

More than a little off-topic. You want one of the software sections of the forum and to create your own thread.
Posted by Commodus, on Jun 17, 2007 at 01:17 PM, in Mac Notebooks
Poll: Unless posting it would create security problems,... 5,804 Views / 55 Replies  
Unless posting it would create security problems, you've just got to post a photo of that in the official Mac Pro/PowerMac picture thread.

And if that's your home system, you either do some very...
Posted by Commodus, on Jun 16, 2007 at 03:16 PM, in Mac Desktops
I don't think you really need the glossy display... 2,648 Views / 80 Replies  
I don't think you really need the glossy display if you go the LED route - it brightens the display and the colors on its own. That and you don't really need the glare.
Posted by Commodus, on Jun 5, 2007 at 12:14 PM, in Mac Notebooks
Almost all notebooks ship with 18-bit colour... 697 Views / 9 Replies  
Almost all notebooks ship with 18-bit colour displays. He needs to check the resolution, try color-calibrating the display, and also try adjusting the antialiasing settings for fonts.
Posted by Commodus, on May 27, 2007 at 11:41 AM, in Mac Notebooks
Notice how the apps that aren't benchmarked for... 9,980 Views / 193 Replies  
Notice how the apps that aren't benchmarked for eight cores are the Apple programs?

It's a reasonably safe assumption that Apple didn't want to put up benchmarks for current versions of Final Cut...
Posted by Commodus, on Apr 8, 2007 at 12:30 PM, in Mac Desktops
Of course, encoding all those videos is going to... 952 Views / 14 Replies  
Of course, encoding all those videos is going to take much more time than it would have if you'd just done one or two individually, but it's nice that the system doesn't grind to a complete halt in...
Posted by Commodus, on Apr 7, 2007 at 09:51 PM, in Mac Notebooks
The comment on PCs is something of a... 9,980 Views / 193 Replies  
The comment on PCs is something of a generalization. Most don't (it's cost-prohibitive when your margins are low), but a few have gone to the trouble of custom-engineering their cases.

You could...
Posted by Commodus, on Apr 6, 2007 at 10:08 PM, in Mac Desktops
What software did you encode the MP3s with? ... 1,919 Views / 2 Replies  
What software did you encode the MP3s with?

Also, have you tried restoring the iPod to see if that fixes the problem?
Posted by Commodus, on Mar 26, 2007 at 07:31 AM, in iPhone, iPad & iPod
There's no video input, so how could it record... 3,299 Views / 9 Replies  
There's no video input, so how could it record anything?

As for DivX, submit feedback to Apple (http://www.apple.com/quicktime/feedback/) about adding official DivX support to Quicktime (and...
Posted by Commodus, on Mar 26, 2007 at 07:27 AM, in Consumer Hardware & Components
A MacBook Pro has a DVD burner (with CD burning... 349 Views / 2 Replies  
A MacBook Pro has a DVD burner (with CD burning by extension). To burn a raw data disc, use Apple's guide for help:

Mac OS X 10.4 Help: Burning a CD or DVD...
Posted by Commodus, on Mar 24, 2007 at 12:03 AM, in Mac Notebooks
I wouldn't go so far as to say this week. The... 1,307 Views / 17 Replies  
I wouldn't go so far as to say this week. The platform Apple is likely to use (Intel's Santa Rosa mainboard and CPU combo) isn't set to launch until April, maybe even May. But I do think retailers...
Posted by Commodus, on Mar 18, 2007 at 03:56 PM, in Mac Desktops
Unfortunately, I don't think so - the graphics... 7,887 Views / 5 Replies  
Unfortunately, I don't think so - the graphics are technically on an MXM expansion card, but it's not readily accessible. Not that I'd worry too much - I hear even the stock 7300 GT is better...
Posted by Commodus, on Jan 6, 2007 at 01:34 AM, in Mac Desktops
This is the MacBook forum - you'll want the... 771 Views / 2 Replies  
This is the MacBook forum - you'll want the PowerBook forum.

At any rate, if you have the Apple hardware test disc, try putting that in the drive on boot and holding the C key down until you see...
Posted by Commodus, on Dec 27, 2006 at 10:25 PM, in Mac Notebooks
An eight-core Mac Pro is a possibility, but I... 2,397 Views / 27 Replies  
An eight-core Mac Pro is a possibility, but I actually think Apple will reserve it as an option alone -- at least some of the systems will still be quad-core only for the sake of price.
Posted by Commodus, on Dec 27, 2006 at 07:28 AM, in Mac Desktops
I hear the wireless drops should be done with as... 3,073 Views / 8 Replies  
I hear the wireless drops should be done with as of the latest Airport update, thought your mileage may vary. And wake/sleep problems aren't universal.
Posted by Commodus, on Dec 16, 2006 at 01:00 AM, in Mac Notebooks
You should be fine, but I'd strongly recommend... 396 Views / 7 Replies  
You should be fine, but I'd strongly recommend getting Parallels Desktop instead of dual-booting unless you know your VB apps aren't likely to work in a virtual environment. After all, you get the...
Posted by Commodus, on Dec 9, 2006 at 12:16 PM, in Mac Notebooks
They're 3X faster in theoretical performance... 24,193 Views / 266 Replies  
They're 3X faster in theoretical performance based on the CPU. Anything that puts a greater stress on other components, especially the hard drive, may not seem as quick in practice. I'm wondering...
Posted by Commodus, on Nov 18, 2006 at 01:18 AM, in Mac Notebooks
120F is a hot summer's day in Nevada, I'd say -... 1,062 Views / 10 Replies  
120F is a hot summer's day in Nevada, I'd say - it'd be hot if that was the outside temperature, but it barely registers when it's inside a laptop.
Posted by Commodus, on Nov 14, 2006 at 07:45 AM, in Mac Notebooks
They're really just updates to the existing... 1,062 Views / 10 Replies  
They're really just updates to the existing architecture - which is a good thing, since it means they've made tweaks without doing anything too risky. Grab one now if that's your thing.
Posted by Commodus, on Nov 12, 2006 at 02:45 PM, in Mac Notebooks
The Core 2 Duo already has 4MB of L2 cache, so... 951 Views / 14 Replies  
The Core 2 Duo already has 4MB of L2 cache, so you're not missing out on that.

The standard graphics also won't matter much, since the MacBook Pro will have a separate graphics chipset for the...
Posted by Commodus, on Oct 25, 2006 at 11:12 PM, in Mac Notebooks
The new ones were just released. No one here... 12,524 Views / 131 Replies  
The new ones were just released. No one here will have an idea about the next update -- probably not even if they work at Apple. The best guess is six months from now, which would see the update...
Posted by Commodus, on Oct 25, 2006 at 07:44 AM, in Mac Notebooks
Definitely - it's the same as with games on... 455 Views / 1 Replies  
Definitely - it's the same as with games on normal Windows PCs, since you're running in a native environment. The gain is especially important when you're using a laptop, since you want to avoid...
Posted by Commodus, on Oct 24, 2006 at 12:58 PM, in Mac Notebooks
The new headphones should come with the shuffle. ... 7,677 Views / 87 Replies  
The new headphones should come with the shuffle. Unless there's a big price difference, why not? I've seen photos of the demos after the event, and they were using the new buds there.
Posted by Commodus, on Oct 21, 2006 at 04:26 PM, in iPhone, iPad & iPod
I think it'll be in the next couple of weeks... 7,725 Views / 59 Replies  
I think it'll be in the next couple of weeks (http://www.electronista.com/articles/06/10/06/apple.c2d.macbook.pros/).

Whenever orders get delayed that way, Apple's clearing the channel. It...
Posted by Commodus, on Oct 6, 2006 at 06:44 PM, in Mac Notebooks
Everyone says they can't imagine a given amount... 21,181 Views / 91 Replies  
Everyone says they can't imagine a given amount of space, but the more you use it - especially if screen area is important to your work, as it is for me - sometimes it'll feel like you never have...
Posted by Commodus, on Oct 6, 2006 at 06:40 PM, in Mac Desktops
My guess is that the 24-incher is going to outdo... 10,237 Views / 45 Replies  
My guess is that the 24-incher is going to outdo those satellites pretty handily. I don't think the iMac G4's speakers could manage 24W even as external systems.
Posted by Commodus, on Sep 18, 2006 at 07:54 PM, in Mac Desktops
It's probably imminent - they let you cancel up... 6,614 Views / 116 Replies  
It's probably imminent - they let you cancel up until the order is ready to leave the factory, so it might have shipped already or is too far into the build process to turn back.
Posted by Commodus, on Sep 18, 2006 at 07:28 PM, in Mac Desktops
You don't absolutely have to install to the main... 1,986 Views / 43 Replies  
You don't absolutely have to install to the main hard drive, but some app updaters will assume you installed in the Applications folder (mainly Apple programs).

OS X generally doesn't bog down as...
Posted by Commodus, on Sep 17, 2006 at 12:09 PM, in Mac Notebooks
I'll try to answer your questions in order: ... 1,739 Views / 42 Replies  
I'll try to answer your questions in order:

1. The ease of the transition depends on how willing the user is and how knowledgeable they are with computers in general. I've seen people who go...
Posted by Commodus, on Sep 17, 2006 at 11:40 AM, in Mac Desktops
It might not make a huge difference - the CPU is... 366 Views / 2 Replies  
It might not make a huge difference - the CPU is going to be a bit faster, and you'll get an extra 512MB of RAM, but neither is a deal-breaker. The discount you received from Apple can be put into...
Posted by Commodus, on Sep 8, 2006 at 07:49 AM, in Mac Desktops
Do you even have to ask? :P The Core 2 Duo... 697 Views / 5 Replies  
Do you even have to ask? :P

The Core 2 Duo variant in the iMac is a mobile chip. It has a 667MHz system bus and tops out at 2.33GHz.

The Xeon 5100-series chips in the Mac Pro are desktop...
Posted by Commodus, on Sep 7, 2006 at 07:59 AM, in Mac Desktops
The way you use your system, you'd still be... 6,688 Views / 52 Replies  
The way you use your system, you'd still be better off buying a Mac Pro. Anyone who works a computer that hard will probably need as much performance as possible in the long run. That's especially...
Posted by Commodus, on Aug 11, 2006 at 08:50 AM, in Mac Desktops
Officially, it doesn't do chording - if you try... 519 Views / 5 Replies  
Officially, it doesn't do chording - if you try to press the first two buttons together, it only counts as a left-click.
Posted by Commodus, on Jul 25, 2006 at 02:48 PM, in Consumer Hardware & Components
I've been hearing of better experiences from the... 1,161 Views / 19 Replies  
I've been hearing of better experiences from the more recent MacBook buyers. Maybe Apple has managed to improve the quality in the past few weeks!
Posted by Commodus, on Jul 15, 2006 at 10:44 PM, in Mac Notebooks
It's pretty easy to explain why the iMac cools... 606 Views / 2 Replies  
It's pretty easy to explain why the iMac cools itself better than the MacBook. The iMac's vertical shape and venting design mean that heat naturally tries to escape the case whether the fan is on or...
Posted by Commodus, on Jul 4, 2006 at 02:15 PM, in Mac Notebooks
You're right, but in a sense it's punishing... 10,275 Views / 132 Replies  
You're right, but in a sense it's punishing buyers by limiting what they can do if they don't buy the hardware with the fattest profit margin. A lot of companies do this, but Apple seems to have a...
Posted by Commodus, on Jun 24, 2006 at 04:02 PM, in Mac Desktops
I used to think that a Cube-like system between... 10,275 Views / 132 Replies  
I used to think that a Cube-like system between the iMac and the towers would be good, but I'm not so sure. There should be something in the price range - I'd like to see a $1699 Mac Pro - but it...
Posted by Commodus, on Jun 24, 2006 at 11:33 AM, in Mac Desktops
Considering what you do right now, you'll be... 846 Views / 8 Replies  
Considering what you do right now, you'll be fine. I've tried the Core Solo model and it's surprisingly responsive given the single core and integrated graphics. The only pokey bit is running...
Posted by Commodus, on Jun 18, 2006 at 11:10 AM, in Mac Desktops
The Seagate 160 GB, 7200 RPM notebook drive isn't... 711 Views / 5 Replies  
The Seagate 160 GB, 7200 RPM notebook drive isn't showing up until Q1 2007 (it's in the notebook-specific press release). The largest 7200 RPM drive that I know of for notebooks is 100 GB. And the...
Posted by Commodus, on Jun 8, 2006 at 09:52 PM, in Mac Notebooks
I wouldn't worry too much, but see what happens... 537 Views / 5 Replies  
I wouldn't worry too much, but see what happens if you play other games in the emulator, different emulators, or just different games altogether. It's possible the emulator was "confusing" the fan...
Posted by Commodus, on May 29, 2006 at 06:18 PM, in Mac Notebooks
blackbird: That article does raise a good... 22,974 Views / 184 Replies  
blackbird:

That article does raise a good point - to some degree this is simply a matter of Apple trying to keep the fan off for too long.
Posted by Commodus, on May 23, 2006 at 08:04 PM, in Mac Notebooks
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