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There are a number of things that affect speed... 713 Views / 4 Replies  
There are a number of things that affect speed and performance. A faster CPU is just one of these. You need also consider the size and speed of the cache, the bus speed, the amount of memory, the...
Posted by mountainash, on Apr 17, 2006 at 12:48 AM, in Mac Desktops
Maybe you have the drive already, but I could... 829 Views / 16 Replies  
Maybe you have the drive already, but I could suggest mail order from Honk Kong, Taiwan, Singapore or Australia. There are also eBay sellers with Pioneer drives, that will send to Malaysia.

The...
Posted by mountainash, on Apr 17, 2006 at 12:20 AM, in Mac Desktops
There are video installation guides for all the... 539 Views / 4 Replies  
There are video installation guides for all the Power Mac G4s at OWC. The link is:

http://eshop.macsales.com/tech_center/index.cfm?page=Video/directory.html
Posted by mountainash, on Apr 16, 2006 at 09:58 PM, in Mac Desktops
I'd reckon that it is the hard drive, or a bad... 609 Views / 5 Replies  
I'd reckon that it is the hard drive, or a bad installation. Try booting from OSX install CD, or via firewire.

Repair permissions, reinstall etc. Check/replace the hard drive cable.
Posted by mountainash, on Apr 16, 2006 at 09:48 PM, in Mac Desktops
Definitive info is hard to find. Early B&Ws had... 681 Views / 6 Replies  
Definitive info is hard to find. Early B&Ws had issues with the IDE controller. The PCI Graphics G4 is a pain to upgrade (don't know if it was more defective). There were some issues with noise on...
Posted by mountainash, on Apr 16, 2006 at 09:43 PM, in Mac Desktops
Apples and oranges. The problem is that at the... 770 Views / 9 Replies  
Apples and oranges. The problem is that at the moment there is no orange to compare to. You have made a good decision to wait. There will be a market for G5s for some time yet.
Posted by mountainash, on Apr 16, 2006 at 09:36 PM, in Mac Desktops
TechTool is a reasonable substitute. There is... 2,930 Views / 9 Replies  
TechTool is a reasonable substitute. There is also a better apple hardware test cd for G5s, but I can't remember what it is called, apple diagnosis or something.

Diskwarrior and Drive Genius are...
Posted by mountainash, on Apr 16, 2006 at 09:29 PM, in Mac Desktops
Two reasons to use a PCI hard drive controller:... 854 Views / 15 Replies  
Two reasons to use a PCI hard drive controller: to get around the 128GiB drive size limitation, and to avoid the data corruption problem seen with some early B&Ws.

I'd go with a SATA card. The...
Posted by mountainash, on Apr 16, 2006 at 08:30 PM, in Mac Desktops
Bad RAM can pass tests. Random crashes can... 842 Views / 2 Replies  
Bad RAM can pass tests.

Random crashes can also be caused by other factors, like heat or even a faulty hard drive cable.

A quick test to confirm RAM problems, is to start the computer up from...
Posted by mountainash, on Apr 16, 2006 at 08:20 PM, in Mac Desktops
Yep, sounds suspiciously like the sound of death.... 626 Views / 4 Replies  
Yep, sounds suspiciously like the sound of death. Take it back to the store, and tell them it clicks. They will probably give you a replacement.

It is odd that it isn't showing up. My experience...
Posted by mountainash, on Apr 16, 2006 at 08:14 PM, in Mac Desktops
Good buy! Even if it was no Quicksilver. The... 609 Views / 9 Replies  
Good buy! Even if it was no Quicksilver. The advantage of earlier models, is that they are quieter.

I am interested to know about the SCSI cards installed. Most of the SCSI cards in PowerMacs I...
Posted by mountainash, on Apr 16, 2006 at 08:10 PM, in Mac Desktops
The cheapest solution to this problem that I have... 1,810 Views / 32 Replies  
The cheapest solution to this problem that I have found, is to get a 9600 family card from a Power Mac G5, and then carry out a very simple tape mod. You tape over two 'pins' on the edge connector,...
Posted by mountainash, on Apr 16, 2006 at 08:04 PM, in Mac Desktops
The problem is the north bridge, and the G5... 711 Views / 6 Replies  
The problem is the north bridge, and the G5 centric CPU socket. So you'd need to employ some trickery to get an Intel CPU in the CPU sockets of a G5. It would probably involve custom ICs and great...
Posted by mountainash, on Apr 16, 2006 at 07:56 PM, in Mac Desktops
Best reason not to keep the power mac on th... 1,089 Views / 19 Replies  
Best reason not to keep the power mac on th carpet is not static but dust. Especially a G5. It can suck in quite a lot of dust and jam up the fans.

As for the pop, I'd say 90% that it is the PSU....
Posted by mountainash, on Apr 16, 2006 at 07:41 PM, in Mac Desktops
And if you are involved with media /creation/... 4,750 Views / 71 Replies  
And if you are involved with media /creation/ (the PowerMac's target audience) then surely you would have good reason to make many, many copies. Maybe you just finished a nice little film (or album)...
Posted by mountainash, on Apr 10, 2006 at 03:13 PM, in Mac Desktops
You could get an adaptor to change the ADC on the... 792 Views / 11 Replies  
You could get an adaptor to change the ADC on the card to DVI (fairly cheap) and another adaptor to change the ADC on the monitor to DVI (fairly expensive). But if you buy these parts new (around...
Posted by mountainash, on Apr 10, 2006 at 02:55 PM, in Mac Desktops
I put the 10.4.6 on the DA. I can use the... 8,895 Views / 185 Replies  
I put the 10.4.6 on the DA.

I can use the Pioneer 110 as apple supported/shipped. So it's not all bad :)
Posted by mountainash, on Apr 5, 2006 at 01:47 PM, in Mac OS X
Adding a 7447a is more involved. You need to... 2,043 Views / 14 Replies  
Adding a 7447a is more involved. You need to patch the mac's firmware. And they need 9.2 or 10.3 to run. And might be more sensitive to OS updates (at least the bundled CPU director with PowerLogix...
Posted by mountainash, on Apr 5, 2006 at 01:31 PM, in Mac Desktops
This issue seems to be specific to SATA-2... 1,060 Views / 18 Replies  
This issue seems to be specific to SATA-2 compatible Western Digital drives (KD series). So, if you avoid this drive, you should have no problems. Unless you are unlucky to get one of the Seagate...
Posted by mountainash, on Apr 5, 2006 at 01:20 PM, in Mac Desktops
You could probably take it to an Apple service... 658 Views / 7 Replies  
You could probably take it to an Apple service centre, and they can diagnose (for a fee), and then quote you a fix price.

If you want to do it yourself, then get another FW800 machine, and swap...
Posted by mountainash, on Apr 5, 2006 at 01:01 PM, in Mac Desktops
One beep is meant to mean "no RAM installed". Try... 550 Views / 7 Replies  
One beep is meant to mean "no RAM installed". Try other RAM. Or it could be that the RAM is fried or logic board problems....

http://docs.info.apple.com/article.html?artnum=58442

Is it a beep...
Posted by mountainash, on Apr 5, 2006 at 12:57 PM, in Mac Desktops
Burning multiple disks is something I didn't... 4,750 Views / 71 Replies  
Burning multiple disks is something I didn't consider.... I still doubt the utility.
Posted by mountainash, on Apr 3, 2006 at 01:22 PM, in Mac Desktops
"Genius" HAHAhahahaaaa.... 658 Views / 7 Replies  
"Genius" HAHAhahahaaaa....
Posted by mountainash, on Apr 3, 2006 at 01:17 PM, in Mac Desktops
Sticky: There's two problems with this, as far as I can... 31,051 Views / 44 Replies  
There's two problems with this, as far as I can see. One is that there has never been a real, single, unified standard. As far as SIS is concerned (the accepted metric standard) the k, M, G, etc...
Posted by mountainash, on Apr 2, 2006 at 03:59 PM, in Mac Desktops
Yeah, the earlier sawtoothes (sawteeth?) and... 1,783 Views / 14 Replies  
Yeah, the earlier sawtoothes (sawteeth?) and gigabit e machines were much quieter. I guess they made all the digital audios loud even though the 733, 667 and dual 533 probably needed the extra...
Posted by mountainash, on Apr 2, 2006 at 03:41 PM, in Hardware Hacking
fastest mactel at the mo is the iMac. But if you... 502 Views / 5 Replies  
fastest mactel at the mo is the iMac. But if you really want power then the Quad G5 is it. Also ProApps will run much better on PPC machines.

Depending on what you are doing, you might get away...
Posted by mountainash, on Apr 2, 2006 at 03:09 PM, in Mac Desktops
Why do you need two 5.25" bays? I'm curious. More... 4,750 Views / 71 Replies  
Why do you need two 5.25" bays? I'm curious. More hard drive bays I can understand.
Posted by mountainash, on Apr 2, 2006 at 03:05 PM, in Mac Desktops
Sonnet upgrades can be switched between the AGP... 433 Views / 3 Replies  
Sonnet upgrades can be switched between the AGP Power Macs, except the Mirror Drive Door models. The CPU modules that Apple uses, can usually on be swapped within a model series run. So you can swap...
Posted by mountainash, on Apr 2, 2006 at 02:43 PM, in Mac Desktops
how many beeps? 550 Views / 7 Replies  
how many beeps?
Posted by mountainash, on Apr 2, 2006 at 02:33 PM, in Mac Desktops
Could be the PSU, could be the hard drive. Try a... 658 Views / 7 Replies  
Could be the PSU, could be the hard drive. Try a different hard drive, or disconnect the hard drive and try booting from CD/DVD.
Posted by mountainash, on Apr 2, 2006 at 02:07 PM, in Mac Desktops
AFAIK, the limiting factor will be the speed of... 518 Views / 9 Replies  
AFAIK, the limiting factor will be the speed of the hard drive, so SATA will be a little faster. I imagine that the speed difference will increase over time.

I think that the entry boards from...
Posted by mountainash, on Apr 2, 2006 at 02:05 PM, in Mac Desktops
Looks like it is a Broadcomm based card. This is... 339 Views / 1 Replies  
Looks like it is a Broadcomm based card. This is the same chipset as the AirPort Extreme cards. It should just plug in the Pmac G4, and be recognised automatically by OSX 10.2.8 or higher as AirPort....
Posted by mountainash, on Mar 29, 2006 at 02:51 AM, in Networking
It could be the Power Supply. Or you could have a... 658 Views / 7 Replies  
It could be the Power Supply. Or you could have a dead logic board. The hard drive and fans will spin up as long as there is power, but the power lines to the logic board are separate.

You could...
Posted by mountainash, on Mar 29, 2006 at 02:38 AM, in Mac Desktops
Or a S-ATA card, which are cheaper and a little... 518 Views / 9 Replies  
Or a S-ATA card, which are cheaper and a little more future proof. Ofcourse then you'd have to get a S-ATA drive. But prices are under 0.5USD per Gig, so you could get a 300Gb drive :)

But for the...
Posted by mountainash, on Mar 29, 2006 at 02:23 AM, in Mac Desktops
With regards to a monitor for a Quicksilver or... 638 Views / 7 Replies  
With regards to a monitor for a Quicksilver or MDD, you can just plug in a normal VGA CRT. CRTs are /very/ cheap these days, since everyone is moving to LCDs. It is also easy to upgrade the graphics...
Posted by mountainash, on Mar 29, 2006 at 02:18 AM, in Mac Desktops
You mean adapting the AGP bus to PCI? You can use... 952 Views / 15 Replies  
You mean adapting the AGP bus to PCI? You can use PCI video or AGP at 1X... :cool:
Posted by mountainash, on Mar 27, 2006 at 07:37 AM, in Mac Desktops
I guess the point that could be made is that new... 2,176 Views / 33 Replies  
I guess the point that could be made is that new designs need time to settle. Yes, you can have problems later on, but in the cases you mention they are generally either due to new components used...
Posted by mountainash, on Mar 27, 2006 at 07:30 AM, in Mac Desktops
That's weird. I've done some searching and it... 2,019 Views / 20 Replies  
That's weird. I've done some searching and it seems like they /do/ work with TIger. It's strange because my firewire DVD burner isn't working. I had assumed that it was just the typical problems that...
Posted by mountainash, on Mar 27, 2006 at 07:18 AM, in Consumer Hardware & Components
The problem mentioned elsewhere is high-capacity... 470 Views / 5 Replies  
The problem mentioned elsewhere is high-capacity Seagate drives with SSC enabled. Most Seagate drives don't have SSC enabled by default, but a few do. The SATA controller on board the G5 can't handle...
Posted by mountainash, on Mar 26, 2006 at 02:16 PM, in Mac Desktops
I read elsewhere in this forum that some Seagate... 470 Views / 5 Replies  
I read elsewhere in this forum that some Seagate drives 250Gb and larger have problems on Macs. It can be fixed by putting the drive in a PC and changing a setting. But I can't find the link now....
Posted by mountainash, on Mar 26, 2006 at 01:56 PM, in Mac Desktops
EDIT: If it doesn't work as expected then... 2,019 Views / 20 Replies  
EDIT:

If it doesn't work as expected then patchburn. Dual Layer mightn't work with iDVD 5 (maybe 6?) without patching. Apple did some things to make life easier but did (or kept doing) other...
Posted by mountainash, on Mar 26, 2006 at 01:07 PM, in Consumer Hardware & Components
I should have mentioned, you can get third party... 1,274 Views / 12 Replies  
I should have mentioned, you can get third party tools to read HFS+ formatted hard drives on PC. MacDrive, TransMac and MacOpener. I think MacDrive is the best of the three.
You can also get tools...
Posted by mountainash, on Mar 26, 2006 at 12:58 PM, in Consumer Hardware & Components
Probably, your friend's external hard drive is... 1,274 Views / 12 Replies  
Probably, your friend's external hard drive is formatted as NTFS (this is the default file system on Windows NT, 2000, and XP). OSX can only read NTFS and not write to it. OS X can write to FAT-32...
Posted by mountainash, on Mar 26, 2006 at 12:50 PM, in Consumer Hardware & Components
Yes, Firewire and USB2 are both slower than the... 356 Views / 1 Replies  
Yes, Firewire and USB2 are both slower than the ATA bus in the iMac G4, and slower than the peak speed of the hard drive. However, Firewire 400 is bareable unless you need fast speeds for digital...
Posted by mountainash, on Mar 26, 2006 at 12:39 PM, in Consumer Hardware & Components
get a cheap firewire case, and a pioneer (or sony... 575 Views / 2 Replies  
get a cheap firewire case, and a pioneer (or sony or LG or Panasonic) drive. Pioneer has flashing tools for most models on the Mac, otherwise flash it in a PC.
Posted by mountainash, on Mar 26, 2006 at 12:24 PM, in Consumer Hardware & Components
The more data you are going to transfer at once,... 404 Views / 3 Replies  
The more data you are going to transfer at once, the faster the interface you want. FW800 won't actually be twice the speed of FW400, more like 50%. Look here: http://www.barefeats.com/usb2.html
...
Posted by mountainash, on Mar 26, 2006 at 12:19 PM, in Consumer Hardware & Components
Yes, what you heard was almost certainly in... 408 Views / 4 Replies  
Yes, what you heard was almost certainly in relation to the LaCie 500GB drive which used two 250GB drives. These days you can buy single drive units that are 500GB. I believe that the largest single...
Posted by mountainash, on Mar 26, 2006 at 12:05 PM, in Consumer Hardware & Components
Firewire is better. For many technical reasons.... 995 Views / 18 Replies  
Firewire is better. For many technical reasons. Basically it is smarter, and wastes less time with frivolities. It is faster in the real world. If you are dealing with gigs of data, then the...
Posted by mountainash, on Mar 26, 2006 at 11:58 AM, in Consumer Hardware & Components
bad media? 420 Views / 1 Replies  
bad media?
Posted by mountainash, on Mar 26, 2006 at 11:52 AM, in Consumer Hardware & Components
I have used a non-bootable enclosure :( It was... 551 Views / 7 Replies  
I have used a non-bootable enclosure :( It was for a laptop drive (2.5") and USB2/Firewire. It was cheap, and if I could find it, I'd tell you the chipset.
Posted by mountainash, on Mar 26, 2006 at 11:51 AM, in Consumer Hardware & Components
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