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The old G5's were extremely loud and ran very... 521 Views / 10 Replies  
The old G5's were extremely loud and ran very hot. Mine was the liquid-cooled 2.5 GHz quad (which by the way fried just after the 3 year applecare expired). It was practically a nuclear furnace. The...
Posted by Ph.D., on Nov 2, 2010 at 09:04 PM, in Mac Desktops
Does this happen at random, yet typically after... 4,626 Views / 28 Replies  
Does this happen at random, yet typically after some considerable delay? If so, there may be vibration in your room or furniture that imperceptibly bumps the mouse (e.g., a heavy truck rumbles by)....
Posted by Ph.D., on Oct 21, 2010 at 01:06 AM, in Mac Desktops
I'm a bit of a freak when it comes to noise, so... 1,569 Views / 17 Replies  
I'm a bit of a freak when it comes to noise, so if you are too (I value comments from fellow noise-freaks), here are my comments concerning my Imac:

I'd rather it be silent, but the noise of the...
Posted by Ph.D., on Oct 21, 2010 at 01:03 AM, in Mac Desktops
The Apple support forums are rapidly filling with... 1,509 Views / 24 Replies  
The Apple support forums are rapidly filling with posts about precisely the same sound-loss problem I've experienced.

My intuition is that a software update patch that fixes this should be...
Posted by Ph.D., on Oct 13, 2010 at 11:32 PM, in Consumer Hardware & Components
OK, I was hopeful for a while, but: The... 1,509 Views / 24 Replies  
OK, I was hopeful for a while, but:


The sound does continue to cut-out completely, requiring a full power-down to restore.
The fan or speaker hiss behavior remains substantially unchanged.
...
Posted by Ph.D., on Oct 13, 2010 at 02:14 PM, in Consumer Hardware & Components
An update on the sound/fan issues: Since the... 1,509 Views / 24 Replies  
An update on the sound/fan issues:

Since the software update, I have not experienced a loss of sound. Hopefully it will stay that way.

The "fan noise" is no longer essentially constant. The...
Posted by Ph.D., on Oct 12, 2010 at 12:34 PM, in Consumer Hardware & Components
It's important to distinguish between dye and... 1,731 Views / 32 Replies  
It's important to distinguish between dye and pigment printers. Early pigment printers (Epson was the first with this technology, which is more light-fast) were prone to clogging. My ancient Epson...
Posted by Ph.D., on Oct 11, 2010 at 11:17 PM, in Consumer Hardware & Components
Ink is famously expensive, and companies such as... 1,731 Views / 32 Replies  
Ink is famously expensive, and companies such as Epson have been sued over issues related to protecting their profits on these cartridges. While they are definitely out to get your money, they will...
Posted by Ph.D., on Oct 11, 2010 at 09:51 PM, in Consumer Hardware & Components
Here's an update on the sound issue: ... 1,509 Views / 24 Replies  
Here's an update on the sound issue:

Complete sound cut-outs have been a daily event, sometimes two or three times a day. The only way I've found to restore sound is to shut the power down...
Posted by Ph.D., on Oct 11, 2010 at 09:33 PM, in Consumer Hardware & Components
Problems with sound... 1,509 Views / 24 Replies  
OK, at first I thought it was "just me," but by now I'm convinced that there are some problems with the sound from this monitor.

The sound has cut out a few times now. Playing with system...
Posted by Ph.D., on Oct 8, 2010 at 10:34 PM, in Consumer Hardware & Components
I hadn't suspected that. Perhaps it only turns on... 1,509 Views / 24 Replies  
I hadn't suspected that. Perhaps it only turns on when it's warm?

I guess a fan explains the sound I'm hearing from the 27" one. Thanks.

By the way, where does one find these sorts of manuals?...
Posted by Ph.D., on Oct 7, 2010 at 03:57 PM, in Consumer Hardware & Components
Even with a laptop, the cable is insufferably... 1,509 Views / 24 Replies  
Even with a laptop, the cable is insufferably short. With a Mac Pro, the logistics are almost impossible.

When they took away floppies, they were ahead of the curve. When they take away a meter...
Posted by Ph.D., on Oct 7, 2010 at 03:04 PM, in Consumer Hardware & Components
That's an interesting comment. I also have a 24"... 1,509 Views / 24 Replies  
That's an interesting comment. I also have a 24" display at work. It's dead silent, and I doubt it has a fan. But I'll look into it further.
Posted by Ph.D., on Oct 7, 2010 at 01:21 PM, in Consumer Hardware & Components
Well, I can say from personal experience that a... 1,509 Views / 24 Replies  
Well, I can say from personal experience that a lot of USB devices will not work with longer than about 2 meters of passive extension cable. As my computer is in a remote location, all of my devices...
Posted by Ph.D., on Oct 7, 2010 at 01:13 PM, in Consumer Hardware & Components
A concise review of the new 27" Apple LED display. 1,509 Views / 24 Replies  
Here's a very concise review of the new Apple 27" display.

I'm using it with a 2008 Mac Pro with a 5770 card. It replaced a 23" aluminum Apple cinema display from the Power Mac era. The old...
Posted by Ph.D., on Oct 7, 2010 at 03:20 AM, in Consumer Hardware & Components
Perhaps it depends on what you mean by war, or... 849 Views / 10 Replies  
Perhaps it depends on what you mean by war, or how far back your memory goes. Was it in a war back when it sought to destroy Lotus 123? To destroy Word Perfect, etc? To destroy CP/M? To defend...
Posted by Ph.D., on Dec 18, 2009 at 08:50 PM, in MacNN Lounge
The Microsoft Store (wow, creepy!) 849 Views / 10 Replies  
So, I passed by the one-and-only new Microsoft Store.

The over-all effect: Wow, and... creepy!

The wow was over the gazillion dollars they spent on this store, and on promoting it. The "creepy"...
Posted by Ph.D., on Dec 18, 2009 at 10:35 AM, in MacNN Lounge
The Air seems to elicit love/hate responses. I... 740 Views / 20 Replies  
The Air seems to elicit love/hate responses. I love mine.

I have a 2nd generation one with the solid-state drive. When at my desk, I use it with the new 24" monitor. I waited forever to replace my...
Posted by Ph.D., on May 6, 2009 at 10:46 PM, in Mac Notebooks
It depends on what you are comparing it to. ... 829 Views / 5 Replies  
It depends on what you are comparing it to.

The air is definitely "relatively choppy" compared to my octo-core beast with high-end graphics card. But it's smooth as silk compared to my 1GHz G4.
Posted by Ph.D., on May 30, 2008 at 07:49 PM, in Mac Notebooks
Correction - Problem remains! This morning... 15,096 Views / 98 Replies  
Correction - Problem remains!

This morning mine awoke from sleep with the ominous startup sound... problem remains!

This is extremely disappointing.
Posted by Ph.D., on Mar 11, 2008 at 11:41 AM, in Mac Desktops
So far it looks like the 2600XT firmware update... 15,096 Views / 98 Replies  
So far it looks like the 2600XT firmware update has fixed the wake from sleep problem!

If it stays fixed, that's great. However, Apple should have been more forthcoming about the problem, and more...
Posted by Ph.D., on Mar 10, 2008 at 11:21 PM, in Mac Desktops
A question: Unless I'm missed something,... 1,900 Views / 50 Replies  
A question:

Unless I'm missed something, Aperture 1 used its own raw converter prior to passing an image to photoshop. It's fine for it to use its own raw converter for its own purposes, but when...
Posted by Ph.D., on Feb 16, 2008 at 09:53 PM, in Applications
10.5.2 does not fix it. 15,096 Views / 98 Replies  
I still have the problem after 10.5.2, like others.

I agree that it is a very annoying issue. Apple should take care of this immediately. Their silence on these sorts of issues is quite shameful.
Posted by Ph.D., on Feb 13, 2008 at 11:04 PM, in Mac Desktops
Sleep problems here, too. Usually (not... 15,096 Views / 98 Replies  
Sleep problems here, too.

Usually (not always) it will reboot upon wake from sleep. Once it came up with a blank screen and I had to manually force a reboot via the on-button.

It's quite...
Posted by Ph.D., on Feb 7, 2008 at 12:23 AM, in Mac Desktops
Moved from G5 to octo-core;"Reasonably quiet," "quieter," but far from "silent." 4,562 Views / 32 Replies  
I moved from a Power Mac G5 Dual 2.5 GHz water cooled to an octo-core 2.8GHz.

Preface: I'm very sensitive to noise issues, especially "annoying" noises. I say the following as someone who actually...
Posted by Ph.D., on Jan 30, 2008 at 11:09 PM, in Mac Desktops
Price Reduced 305 Views / 2 Replies  
Hello everyone,

Now offering this Mac Edition X800 XT (256MB), purchased from Apple as an OEM direct replacement part, for $259 including shipping in the continental US.

Thank you!
Posted by Ph.D., on Jan 30, 2008 at 08:48 PM, in Marketplace
FS: Radeon X800 XT Mac Edition 305 Views / 2 Replies  
Dear Readers,

I have a Radeon X800 XT, 256MB, official Mac Edition purchased directly from Apple for sale (used). I am asking $300 for it, delivered in the continental U.S. Paypal is acceptable. ...
Posted by Ph.D., on Jan 21, 2008 at 08:31 PM, in Marketplace
Powerbook 170! 25 MHz, 8 MB memory,... 2,167 Views / 28 Replies  
Powerbook 170!

25 MHz, 8 MB memory, brilliant active-matrix monochrome screen, compact, light, sturdy, great little feet in the back to prop it up , nice trackball, etc. I eventually upgraded the...
Posted by Ph.D., on Nov 15, 2003 at 11:48 PM, in Mac Notebooks
I hate to say this, Takai, but I think your... 592 Views / 4 Replies  
I hate to say this, Takai, but I think your computer is dying. It could be almost anything, but perhaps the little DC converter board would be a place to start, especially if you have added a CPU...
Posted by Ph.D., on Nov 9, 2003 at 09:14 PM, in Mac Notebooks
Realistically, the hard drive in a PB runing os-X... 566 Views / 5 Replies  
Realistically, the hard drive in a PB runing os-X will stay on nearly all the time if you are doing general stuff. I'm not sure mine has ever turned off. Check your energy saver control panel to make...
Posted by Ph.D., on Nov 7, 2003 at 09:23 PM, in Mac Notebooks
New PB 12" third-party memory problems. 412 Views / 2 Replies  
I bought a Kingston 512 MB pc2100 memory for my 12" 1GHz powerbook. Bad news... crashes at random, Panther install crashed several times and never succeeded, etc. All is fine when I removed it.
...
Posted by Ph.D., on Oct 27, 2003 at 07:40 PM, in Mac Notebooks
The office demo installs a timer that writes to... 1,189 Views / 20 Replies  
The office demo installs a timer that writes to your hard disk once per second, no matter if office is running or not. Do you want your disk being written to once per second, forever? I thought not!...
Posted by Ph.D., on Oct 26, 2003 at 11:18 AM, in Mac Notebooks
If your hard drive ticks once per second, it's... 914 Views / 17 Replies  
If your hard drive ticks once per second, it's because the M$ word trial version was launched. This stupid program writes to your hard drive once per second, no matter what, to check how long you...
Posted by Ph.D., on Oct 6, 2003 at 08:30 PM, in Mac Notebooks
Ticking is a new M$ "Innovation" 771 Views / 8 Replies  
Yes, the "innovators" at M$ have done it again. When you launch the M$ office trial version, it installs an innovative little program that writes to your hard drive EVERY SINGLE SECOND FOR AN ENTIRE...
Posted by Ph.D., on Oct 5, 2003 at 02:51 PM, in Mac Notebooks
1) There is no light. 2) The hole in the... 372 Views / 3 Replies  
1) There is no light.

2) The hole in the bottom is for air.

3) The 17" display is not compatible with the cube speakers. The 15" and 22" should be o.k. I'm not sure about the 23". If it still...
Posted by Ph.D., on Aug 21, 2002 at 01:59 PM, in Mac Desktops
It does look about the right size, but you will... 555 Views / 6 Replies  
It does look about the right size, but you will still have to try it to be sure.

Plan on adding a fan instead of the heatsink, though! Even then, you will have to take the risk that it might not...
Posted by Ph.D., on Aug 6, 2002 at 04:33 PM, in Mac Desktops
Ozone! 1,104 Views / 19 Replies  
My guess is that it is ozone being produced by the computer or the monitor. Ozone is a very corrosive gas and does bad, bad stuff to plastics, adhesives, and other materials. If your monitor was...
Posted by Ph.D., on Aug 6, 2002 at 04:29 PM, in Mac Desktops
Loud CD drives 373 Views / 1 Replies  
Loud CD drives are par for the course. They are the result of natural selection, where people promote and select speed over other more practical and rational considerations. I regret that this is...
Posted by Ph.D., on Aug 4, 2002 at 09:24 PM, in Mac Desktops
I am not a lawyer, but in my opinion, Apple can... 8,192 Views / 182 Replies  
I am not a lawyer, but in my opinion, Apple can ask people to remove stuff, but
they are unlikely to be able to enforce their "inernal policies" with third parties.

>Pursuant to Apple internal...
Posted by Ph.D., on Jul 29, 2002 at 10:26 PM, in Mac Desktops
[/qb][/QUOTE]Actually, I would argue that the... 384 Views / 15 Replies  
[/qb][/QUOTE]Actually, I would argue that the fact you stayed on a 7500 for 5 years shows that speed is really not much of an issue (since in 5 years I went through three machines).
[/QB][/QUOTE]
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Posted by Ph.D., on Jul 24, 2002 at 01:49 PM, in Mac Desktops
I have simple reasons for wanting more speed, and... 384 Views / 15 Replies  
I have simple reasons for wanting more speed, and they are very basic: rendering web pages more quickly, scrolling documents more quickly, etc. These are mundane tasks where the cost is only a few...
Posted by Ph.D., on Jul 23, 2002 at 10:27 PM, in Mac Desktops
Hi, I'd like to warn people that almost all... 472 Views / 24 Replies  
Hi,

I'd like to warn people that almost all of these new cards being advertized as "for the cube" are in fact standard (non cube) cards. What's the difference? The original cube versions came with...
Posted by Ph.D., on Jul 5, 2002 at 04:45 PM, in Mac Desktops
Radeon 7500 ADC in Cube, part 2. 368 Views / 0 Replies  
Hello,

Earlier, I had tested an Apple Radeon 7500 in a Cube. This is the stock Apple card that comes in QS machines. It has no fan, and instead uses the same heat-sink as the stock Cube Rage 128...
Posted by Ph.D., on Jun 21, 2002 at 01:03 PM, in Mac Desktops
Hi. If you have both, you already know how... 327 Views / 11 Replies  
Hi.

If you have both, you already know how you will feel using one over the other.

I couldn't stand using a noisy computer like a QS after owning a Cube, so I'm keeping mine at least until...
Posted by Ph.D., on Jun 10, 2002 at 06:14 PM, in Mac Desktops
The GF4 will not fit. The OEM Radeon 7500 card... 339 Views / 4 Replies  
The GF4 will not fit. The OEM Radeon 7500 card fits, but not the face plate, nor will swapping the face-plate work without cutting. That said, the fanless OEM 7500 will overheat. I know. I tried it....
Posted by Ph.D., on Jun 10, 2002 at 03:04 PM, in Mac Desktops
Hello MacAttack, I had the chassis propped... 510 Views / 17 Replies  
Hello MacAttack,

I had the chassis propped up so that nothing was blocked underneath. By the way, I've run it that way before, sometimes for days or weeks, because the slot-load dcrw was jamming...
Posted by Ph.D., on Apr 28, 2002 at 05:06 PM, in Mac Desktops
Apple Radeon 7500 (ADC) in cube test info. 510 Views / 17 Replies  
Hello,

Just for your information: I tried an Apple Radeon 7500 in a cube, with the case off (it runs much cooler that way). You need the Radeon driver if you try this. During my tests, it would...
Posted by Ph.D., on Apr 27, 2002 at 09:47 PM, in Mac Desktops
(1) The controller is in your computer, not in... 268 Views / 2 Replies  
(1) The controller is in your computer, not in your graphics card. The graphics card just passes it along.

(2) There is one port used, not two. There is a "hub" in the display.

-Ph.D.
Posted by Ph.D., on Mar 29, 2002 at 12:21 AM, in Consumer Hardware & Components
Hello. I have a cube as well. First,... 2,145 Views / 6 Replies  
Hello.

I have a cube as well.

First, about cache memory: The cache on your cube runs at 1/2 the clock speed of your cpu. It's L2 memory because it's the only cache memory it has. "L1" would be...
Posted by Ph.D., on Mar 29, 2002 at 12:14 AM, in Mac Desktops
Hello Maflynn. If you like your cube, there... 359 Views / 6 Replies  
Hello Maflynn.

If you like your cube, there is little reason to get a new Imac unless maybe you
want a superdrive. Your Radeon cube is just about the same speed as an 800MHz
Imac, per benchmarks...
Posted by Ph.D., on Mar 10, 2002 at 08:29 PM, in Mac Desktops
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