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New MBP - what action games to get? any favored RTS? 357 Views / 7 Replies  
I've been living on a 4-year old 1.67 MHz G4 Powerbook and a new MacBook Pro with 4gb of RAM and that extra Nvidia chip is on its way.

In the last year my son and I had good fun with C&C...
Posted by waterbuck, on Jan 7, 2009 at 01:22 AM, in Gaming
I think I can say the lower memory slot failure... 259 Views / 2 Replies  
I think I can say the lower memory slot failure is moving toward permanent. It is now very rare that I find that it is recognized.

What I can't tell is whether the failure of the slot in any way...
Posted by waterbuck, on Feb 18, 2007 at 01:45 PM, in Mac Notebooks
USB and line across the top problems-curse of the malfunctioning RAM slot? 259 Views / 2 Replies  
Hi
I got a 1.67 GHz Aluminum Powerbook in February of 2005. It has been running 10.3.9 forever. I did throw in 160 GB hard drive (I replaced it following instructions) about 3 months ago. Some...
Posted by waterbuck, on Feb 17, 2007 at 10:31 PM, in Mac Notebooks
Anyone try City of Villains or City of Heroes in Parallels or Bootcamp? 1,122 Views / 5 Replies  
Hi-
Friends of mine (Windows folks) play City of Villains regularly. They find it less demanding than WoW. I would like to join them. We have an Intel 2.0 GHz iMac running Parallels for some...
Posted by waterbuck, on Nov 20, 2006 at 03:34 PM, in Gaming
What's a good dock to get at <$100???? 456 Views / 3 Replies  
Hi-
Any recommendations on good docks for the home stereo, with an option to link to TV for video output?

Thanks
waterbuck
Posted by waterbuck, on Oct 27, 2006 at 12:18 PM, in iPhone, iPad & iPod
Need rapid advice on iPod dock to home stereo 456 Views / 3 Replies  
Hi
I need some advice, as I'm getting ready to hold a party tomorrow, and use my iPod as the music provider.

I have 3 choices, and I'm trying to sort out if I should run out quickly and buy a...
Posted by waterbuck, on Oct 27, 2006 at 10:05 AM, in iPhone, iPad & iPod
I think for a new purchaser (where the better... 634 Views / 4 Replies  
I think for a new purchaser (where the better card is +$68, the choice for the 256 VRAM should be automatic. Such a small extra cost, even if offers only small benefit.

If the alternatives are,...
Posted by waterbuck, on Jul 9, 2006 at 01:39 AM, in Mac Desktops
mac 4,186 Views / 50 Replies  
I think Mac's generally handle most tasks more simply and more elegantly. Okay, that's not news.

But PC's are fine for plenty of stuff, and they do play the latest games. Moreover, if you are...
Posted by waterbuck, on Jul 5, 2006 at 03:06 PM, in Mac Desktops
iMac refurb with 128 VRAM vs New with 256 VRAM ($268 extra) 634 Views / 4 Replies  
I have a choice to get either a refurb iMac or a new one off the education website. I'm having trouble sorting out the importance of the 256 MB VRAM (which you can only get with the new one).

I...
Posted by waterbuck, on Jul 1, 2006 at 11:57 PM, in Mac Desktops
one track CD's before "make bookmarkable" 808 Views / 11 Replies  
I have some CD's that are spoken-word material and I noticed that I could rip to AAC and "make bookmarkable" using the script from Doug Adams (see below) with one problem...

The problem was that...
Posted by waterbuck, on Feb 6, 2006 at 03:38 PM, in iPhone, iPad & iPod
What do you like best with your iPod? a simple USB charger, or a dock-charger combo? 366 Views / 1 Replies  
I'm looking at buying a 5G video ipod. I never had one before.
I don't want to be restricted to charging it off a computer, however, particularly if I travel and don't wish to bring my computer...
Posted by waterbuck, on Nov 19, 2005 at 10:13 PM, in iPhone, iPad & iPod
thanks 356 Views / 3 Replies  
Thanks-I never noticed that one!
Posted by waterbuck, on Oct 17, 2005 at 09:03 AM, in Applications
Help- iTunes "importing" from CD cuts off the last few seconds 356 Views / 3 Replies  
I'm trying to import some spoken word CD's. The discussions on the CD's are divided into tracks of 1-5 minutes apiece. Importing is smooth but playback reveals a problem.

The last few seconds of...
Posted by waterbuck, on Oct 17, 2005 at 01:00 AM, in Applications
I agree with, most importantly, an external... 606 Views / 12 Replies  
I agree with, most importantly, an external keyboard and mousepad (preferably the kind that rolls out from underneath your desktop) with the powerbook on the desk and potentially elevated. I don't...
Posted by waterbuck, on Aug 14, 2005 at 02:47 AM, in Mac Notebooks
Best game pad for hands that sometimes cramp up? 293 Views / 0 Replies  
Hi
What's a good gamepad for someone with mild tendencies toward wrist or hand pain with too-intensive gaming? I had a Gravis Gamepad Pro which felt junky and the little screw-in joystick broke. It...
Posted by waterbuck, on Jul 19, 2005 at 01:30 AM, in Gaming
I do use an external Logitech MX310 for gaming... 408 Views / 7 Replies  
I do use an external Logitech MX310 for gaming now. It is not bad, but requires a lot of wrist movement. I suspect that the trackman would be better. I wish the Logitech Optical Trackman wasn't just...
Posted by waterbuck, on Jun 27, 2005 at 11:07 PM, in Gaming
thanks 408 Views / 7 Replies  
Yeah-
I probably have some mild tendonitis that flares up if I am not careful about ergonomics. I have your sense that a mouse is needed for games...though.
Thanks
Posted by waterbuck, on Jun 26, 2005 at 08:21 PM, in Gaming
Gaming without overstressing my wrist 408 Views / 7 Replies  
Hi
I have an AlBook 1.67 MHz and occasionally get into games, either Real-time strategies like Rise of Nations or first-person shooters. I enjoy both although I am not good enough to win much....
Posted by waterbuck, on Jun 26, 2005 at 05:54 PM, in Gaming
Gaming without overstressing my wrist 332 Views / 3 Replies  
Hi
I have an AlBook 1.67 MHz and occasionally get into games, either Real-time strategies like Rise of Nations or first-person shooters. I enjoy both although I am not good enough to win much....
Posted by waterbuck, on Jun 26, 2005 at 05:53 PM, in Mac Notebooks
If doing a "clean" reinstall should I NOT use old preferences, bookmarks, keychain? 286 Views / 1 Replies  
I need some help figuring out how to restore my files from backup now that I have an ERASED and REINSTALLED OS (10.3.9) in association with getting a hard drive replacement on my Powrebook through...
Posted by waterbuck, on Jun 7, 2005 at 12:01 AM, in Mac OS X
further comments 1,231 Views / 22 Replies  
As the original post-er of this question, I share the impression that Apple's OS is less troublesome and that their customer service reputation is very good.

As for the basic hardware. Applecare...
Posted by waterbuck, on May 30, 2005 at 10:16 PM, in Mac Notebooks
Which is more prone to hardware failure: PB, iBook, Dell, Toshiba laptops? 1,231 Views / 22 Replies  
Hi
I can't post polls, but for people who have experience with Windows and Apple laptops, my dad is asking me this question as he contemplates buying an iBook for my Mom.
My TiBook had 3 failures...
Posted by waterbuck, on May 30, 2005 at 02:45 PM, in Mac Notebooks
Freezes: Bad Ram vs Bad Ram slot vs somethin else: need advice 41,437 Views / 74 Replies  
Hi
I have a 3 month old Powerbook 1.67 MHz with 2 512 MB RAM chips and it has gotten bad in the last week. I need some help whether I can safely attribute this problem to RAM or a RAM slot or...
Posted by waterbuck, on May 26, 2005 at 11:29 PM, in Mac OS X
Long stalls followed by Major OS Panther crash requiring reinstall 364 Views / 2 Replies  
I had some very long stalls while using Word (2004) and running my OS 10.3.9 (I have not updated to Tiger yet). AFter those stalls, my OS basically crashed, with the principle evidence of major...
Posted by waterbuck, on May 20, 2005 at 11:40 PM, in Mac OS X
Can you tell me how to "reset the nvram" (I don't... 550 Views / 5 Replies  
Can you tell me how to "reset the nvram" (I don't even know what nvram is!) and "pmu" (what is that). Is either of these the same as PRAM?

Thanks
Posted by waterbuck, on May 16, 2005 at 10:34 PM, in Mac Notebooks
Battery on new AlBook dying in 1 hour? 550 Views / 5 Replies  
Hi
My 2 month old AlBook 15" seems to have a battery that dies in 1 hour or so. I'm a little puzzled why. I have not lived off the battery (much) in the first 2 months.
Stefan
Posted by waterbuck, on May 13, 2005 at 03:44 PM, in Mac Notebooks
Sticky: A lot of people like Crumplers and Watersmith... 421,019 Views / 1,150 Replies  
A lot of people like Crumplers and Watersmith messenger style bags, and both can be ordered in large enough size to accommodate both your computer and your books...
Posted by waterbuck, on May 8, 2005 at 10:09 AM, in Mac Notebooks
okay I"m an idiot 387 Views / 2 Replies  
I went back and tried every password I usually use--it looks like I must have modified it myself. After try #4 it opened.
Posted by waterbuck, on May 6, 2005 at 10:02 AM, in Mac OS X
Help : my keychain no longer accept the keychain password!!! 387 Views / 2 Replies  
Hi
My keychain access just stopped accepting my usual password! I can't send email or do a whole bunch of stuff now.

The only recognizable "events" are these...
In preparation for loading Tiger,...
Posted by waterbuck, on May 6, 2005 at 09:50 AM, in Mac OS X
update: fiddling with network settings...something helped 301 Views / 1 Replies  
Kind of an update--I got Retrospect to find my Windows client by lucky playing around. I am not sure why this worked.

I went in Windows XP "My Computer"--->"View Network Connection"-->I...
Posted by waterbuck, on May 5, 2005 at 10:59 PM, in Networking
Can an Airport Bridge block Retrospect from seeing its PC client? 301 Views / 1 Replies  
Hi -
I have deduced that my Desktop edition of Retrospect is working irregularly due to difficulty finding one of 2 laptop clients, namely, the wife's Windows XP-running Dell machine. I am worried...
Posted by waterbuck, on May 5, 2005 at 09:59 PM, in Networking
It sounds like your G3 does have firewire... 339 Views / 3 Replies  
It sounds like your G3 does have firewire capability. Bummer for me, because my old G3 Tower doesn't have firewire...
Posted by waterbuck, on May 5, 2005 at 08:24 PM, in Consumer Hardware & Components
Need ext drive for (a)networked backups and (b)booting my powerbook 339 Views / 3 Replies  
Hi
I am trying to understand what sort of external hard drive to buy. Currently I have an old beige G3 (Jaguar) that runs Retrospect and nightly backs up my G4AlBook and my wife's PC over the...
Posted by waterbuck, on May 5, 2005 at 03:03 PM, in Consumer Hardware & Components
Is it different than Virex? My employer gave me... 968 Views / 10 Replies  
Is it different than Virex? My employer gave me Virex for free, but if clamXav is better I might get it too.
Posted by waterbuck, on May 3, 2005 at 02:31 PM, in Mac OS X
2 updates. First, while I mostly handle email... 968 Views / 10 Replies  
2 updates.
First, while I mostly handle email through Entourage (pulled down through an IMAP-equipped Microsoft Exchange Server at work) I sometimes view the same email with a desktop PC that has...
Posted by waterbuck, on May 3, 2005 at 02:16 PM, in Mac OS X
Flood of incomng virally infected email? does this stop? 968 Views / 10 Replies  
In the last 2 days I have gotten a flood of emails that probably were generated by some virus somewhere.

The emails come from a wide range of aparent addresses ranging from admin@hotmail.com to...
Posted by waterbuck, on May 3, 2005 at 02:19 AM, in Mac OS X
The system does rely on Microsoft Kerberos... 1,017 Views / 11 Replies  
The system does rely on Microsoft Kerberos authentication. It sounds like Tiger may enable us to bypass AdmitMac. I hope it does because I would rather install my copy of Tiger now, and not wait...
Posted by waterbuck, on May 2, 2005 at 05:47 PM, in Mac OS X
seems like you really understand the complexities... 1,017 Views / 11 Replies  
seems like you really understand the complexities of the system...I have a sneaking suspicion we didn't get as far as you did and that it's worth a try.
Thanks
Posted by waterbuck, on May 1, 2005 at 10:59 AM, in Mac OS X
My experience at a university is that a very... 1,017 Views / 11 Replies  
My experience at a university is that a very savvy Windows IT director and an IT employee with great Mac experience, plus a Unix IT person, could not really get my Mac (running Panther) to hook up to...
Posted by waterbuck, on Apr 30, 2005 at 10:30 PM, in Mac OS X
Sticky: radtech & spire 421,019 Views / 1,150 Replies  
Discount was 15% off the $160 for a Volt XL , which is a bit bigger (slightly) than Spire's Fuse. The Radtech Loop and Sports backpacks look very similar in design and clearly cost less (e.g. $75) so...
Posted by waterbuck, on Apr 30, 2005 at 10:12 PM, in Mac Notebooks
I can't wait to try Tiger but booho, I 'm stuck... 33,036 Views / 280 Replies  
I can't wait to try Tiger but booho, I 'm stuck for now. My backup system is dependent on Retrospect by Dantz and they say that you can't backup a Tiger OS machine until they come out with a new...
Posted by waterbuck, on Apr 30, 2005 at 12:41 PM, in Mac OS X
Sticky: Happy with Spire Volt XL Backpack 421,019 Views / 1,150 Replies  
I've used the Spire "Volt XL" for about 2 months and it has proven great and pretty nice looking too. (incidentally I'll post pix at some point but I don't seem to be allowed to by the admins for...
Posted by waterbuck, on Apr 30, 2005 at 12:28 PM, in Mac Notebooks
Sticky: how do I post with picture 421,019 Views / 1,150 Replies  
I want to put up pix of my Volt XL but I don't understand how to do it on this site.

When I click "insert picture" I get a little window that says "enter the text to be formatted" when I was...
Posted by waterbuck, on Apr 30, 2005 at 12:13 PM, in Mac Notebooks
what? 2,392 Views / 36 Replies  
I saw this quote





what is a MIMIO wireless router?

Thanks
Posted by waterbuck, on Apr 22, 2005 at 05:34 PM, in Mac Notebooks
antennas 2,392 Views / 36 Replies  
I think it is never optimum to put an antenna in a metal-painted box.
A typical workaround for an Airport Extreme Base Station is an external antenna.

MACWORLD's review of antennas for aiport...
Posted by waterbuck, on Apr 21, 2005 at 02:23 PM, in Mac Notebooks
Does Firefox have superior features to Safari? 405 Views / 6 Replies  
I have been a Safari user and just started playing around with Firefox. I transferred my bookmarks from Safari with some freeware from Version Tracker and that was flawless.

One apparent...
Posted by waterbuck, on Apr 6, 2005 at 01:45 AM, in Applications
I went mid-road 538 Views / 5 Replies  
Hi
I got the $25-30 Kensington power adapter. It is not most expensive but the company is pretty reputable.

The Social Sec analogy (i.e. it is the "most expensive") is poor, because those of us...
Posted by waterbuck, on Mar 8, 2005 at 02:37 PM, in Mac Notebooks
airline power adapters from $10 to $70? What the... 538 Views / 5 Replies  
Anyone know how to choose a reasonable power adapter for airline use of a new G4 Al Powrebook?

There are $70 ones like this...
Posted by waterbuck, on Mar 8, 2005 at 12:21 PM, in Mac Notebooks
replacing 594 Views / 6 Replies  
Blizzard's replacement policy was sufficiently inviting that I went on eBay and bought a used disk.

Blizzard's replacement policy page (http://www.blizzard.com/support/?id=msi0133p)

It's not...
Posted by waterbuck, on Mar 5, 2005 at 12:31 PM, in Gaming
got it 460 Views / 5 Replies  
eBay seems to be the way to go...I found a used disk, no manual, for about $12.
Posted by waterbuck, on Mar 3, 2005 at 11:26 PM, in Gaming
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