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I just installed a 120 GB OWC SSD into a friend's... 1,179 Views / 14 Replies  
I just installed a 120 GB OWC SSD into a friend's unibody MacBook. The increase in system responsiveness was VERY impressive. It felt like a modern machine.

As far as Sandforce SSD's are...
Posted by Guy Kuo, on Nov 28, 2011 at 06:27 PM, in Mac Notebooks
In this context, we are using the secure erase... 2,548 Views / 37 Replies  
In this context, we are using the secure erase ATA command to force the SSD to mark its blocks as unused. For drives that lack TRIM support and do not have an internal garbage collect mechanism, this...
Posted by Guy Kuo, on Feb 28, 2011 at 02:51 AM, in Mac Notebooks
Yes, gParted works a treat for performing a... 2,548 Views / 37 Replies  
Yes, gParted works a treat for performing a secure erase on an SSD. DId that for an Intel SSD on my MBP 17.

Since, then have moved on to a 250 GB OWC SSD and no more stutters even after many...
Posted by Guy Kuo, on Feb 21, 2011 at 03:30 PM, in Mac Notebooks
Yes, it is possible on an intel Mac to restore... 3,953 Views / 6 Replies  
Yes, it is possible on an intel Mac to restore your SSD to full speed without a Trim command. I just undertook this task with an Intel G1 SSD. As other posters have mentioned DO NOT ERASE OR ZERO THE...
Posted by Guy Kuo, on Aug 31, 2010 at 02:30 AM, in Mac Notebooks
:) My original G3 "icebook" is STILL alive. It's... 153,098 Views / 253 Replies  
:) My original G3 "icebook" is STILL alive. It's pretty slow compared to modern machines, but it does make me grin when I see it run.
Posted by Guy Kuo, on Feb 26, 2010 at 06:02 AM, in Mac Notebooks
I had my 12" 1.25Ghz G4 PowerBook connected to a... 2,906 Views / 7 Replies  
I had my 12" 1.25Ghz G4 PowerBook connected to a 1080P TV as my treadmill computer. HD playback was not possible without severe frame stuttering. However, it could do full screen DVD playback (SD...
Posted by Guy Kuo, on Feb 7, 2010 at 07:09 PM, in Mac Notebooks
Tip: Easier Windows 7 Upgrade from XP Under VM Fusion 1,950 Views / 0 Replies  
Installing the Upgrade media for Windows 7 means you need to do a "custom" install, but that very quickly gets you into catch-22 like problems if you try to upgrade your existing XP virtual machine....
Posted by Guy Kuo, on Dec 21, 2009 at 03:40 PM, in Alternative Operating Systems
Beware of the EFI Firmware Update 1.7 on MB Pro's 2,291 Views / 14 Replies  
It looks like Apple has pulled the update offline, but if you see it show up, do NOT install the EFI update 1.7. It was intended to enable SATA 2 speed on the interface, but 3rd party drives seem to...
Posted by Guy Kuo, on Jun 26, 2009 at 11:59 AM, in Mac Notebooks
No Flash support :( 3,093 Views / 11 Replies  
No Flash support :(
Posted by Guy Kuo, on Oct 26, 2008 at 04:10 AM, in iPhone, iPad & iPod
By your reasoning, it would be impossible to ever... 3,093 Views / 11 Replies  
By your reasoning, it would be impossible to ever measure speed over the internet. Any measured difference in accessing the internet between two devices should be ignored even if there is a...
Posted by Guy Kuo, on Oct 25, 2008 at 05:02 PM, in iPhone, iPad & iPod
But.... you CAN measure the response of the... 3,093 Views / 11 Replies  
But.... you CAN measure the response of the system as a whole by that methodology. There is a difference in how well the iPhone 3G handles actual web accesses when connected by 802.11b or 802.11g. It...
Posted by Guy Kuo, on Oct 25, 2008 at 04:54 AM, in iPhone, iPad & iPod
iPhone 3G (v 2.1) WiFi is 20% Slower on 802.11G than 802.11B 3,093 Views / 11 Replies  
My measurements are showing that the iPhone 3G (v2.1) WiFi implementation is slower when connected to an 802.11G network than an 802.11B network. The speeds should be similar or FASTER via a G...
Posted by Guy Kuo, on Oct 25, 2008 at 03:01 AM, in iPhone, iPad & iPod
Actually, SuperDuper's Smart Update DOES erase... 782 Views / 9 Replies  
Actually, SuperDuper's Smart Update DOES erase files which are not also on the source volume. Its Carbon Copy Cloner that leaves the upper level, non-existing on source files alone.

Smart Update...
Posted by Guy Kuo, on Sep 17, 2008 at 12:28 PM, in Mac Notebooks
There as a limited range of early WD drives that... 511 Views / 2 Replies  
There as a limited range of early WD drives that had firmware incompatible with the Mac and caused kernel panics due to their motion sensor. However, that seems to be limited in scope. I myself have...
Posted by Guy Kuo, on Sep 16, 2008 at 02:56 AM, in Mac Notebooks
Usually, things go much better, but if your drive... 715 Views / 7 Replies  
Usually, things go much better, but if your drive is giving you trouble, a slightly more extensive prep sequence is called for.

First, boot from the original drive and then (as already mentioned)...
Posted by Guy Kuo, on Sep 15, 2008 at 01:46 PM, in Mac Notebooks
Multiplatform --- use Skype. It's much more... 1,271 Views / 9 Replies  
Multiplatform --- use Skype. It's much more likely to function (and continue functioning). Very easy to set up on both Mac and PC. Works across more router configurations, but video and audio are not...
Posted by Guy Kuo, on Aug 9, 2008 at 11:55 PM, in Applications
:D Not always, but it very nice when it does... 153,098 Views / 253 Replies  
:D Not always, but it very nice when it does work. I thought it a long shot when I first did it, but had nothing to lose. Mine STILL works four years later ..... and it was also first transparent...
Posted by Guy Kuo, on Jun 26, 2008 at 05:47 PM, in Mac Notebooks
I also had USB video digitizer issues under... 912 Views / 14 Replies  
I also had USB video digitizer issues under Parallels and am now happily running VMWare Fusion. Don't forget to run the Parallels uninstaller to remove the networking stuff it adds to your OSX...
Posted by Guy Kuo, on Jun 15, 2008 at 01:51 AM, in Alternative Operating Systems
Yep. McAfee just silently made the process... 622 Views / 4 Replies  
Yep. McAfee just silently made the process mysteriously hang. Some sort of notification would have made things a lot better.
Posted by Guy Kuo, on Jun 2, 2008 at 01:57 AM, in Alternative Operating Systems
Turn Antivirus OFF when updating or installing Boot Camp 622 Views / 4 Replies  
This might be obvious, but I just wasted a few hours because I failed to turn off MaCafee before installing the BootCamp update. The machine just kept hanging in the middle of the install and...
Posted by Guy Kuo, on Jun 1, 2008 at 04:22 PM, in Alternative Operating Systems
Might want to inspect the drive using Disk... 14,456 Views / 69 Replies  
Might want to inspect the drive using Disk Utility and verify it has the required GUID partition table. That is required for creating a Boot Camp partition.
Posted by Guy Kuo, on Jun 1, 2008 at 06:19 AM, in Alternative Operating Systems
The combo updater took only about six MINUTES to... 7,033 Views / 132 Replies  
The combo updater took only about six MINUTES to install on my MacBook.

Three hours is definitely not right.
Posted by Guy Kuo, on May 28, 2008 at 06:51 PM, in Mac OS X
It's been a while.... but if I recall correctly,... 14,873 Views / 11 Replies  
It's been a while.... but if I recall correctly, NetRestore will refuse to recognize the volume if it thinks it is too small. I ran into this when I created a FAT32 partition that was just a little...
Posted by Guy Kuo, on May 13, 2008 at 02:24 AM, in Alternative Operating Systems
;) Not a bad thread. 153,098 Views / 253 Replies  
;) Not a bad thread.
Posted by Guy Kuo, on Apr 23, 2008 at 02:36 PM, in Mac Notebooks
The Bellevue WA Apple Store is capable of... 940 Views / 14 Replies  
The Bellevue WA Apple Store is capable of in-house motherboard replacement in a MacBook. Must indeed vary by region of some stores can only do the basics, but this one can do major work.
Posted by Guy Kuo, on Apr 17, 2008 at 09:19 PM, in Mac Notebooks
Could also be a power requirement problem. I have... 4,841 Views / 45 Replies  
Could also be a power requirement problem. I have another WD drive transplanted back into the WD passport case, and it works fine. The reason I'm thinking about a power requirement issue is that the...
Posted by Guy Kuo, on Mar 12, 2008 at 07:04 AM, in Mac Notebooks
Pity about the G4. That would have been a nice... 773 Views / 7 Replies  
Pity about the G4. That would have been a nice solution for you. I use an old G4 (Digital Audio) to serve 6 TB of media as NFS shares. 5 internal ATA drives (4 on an IDE controller) are in the case....
Posted by Guy Kuo, on Mar 9, 2008 at 01:13 PM, in Consumer Hardware & Components
I use and very much like a CFI 8-Bay Terratower,... 503 Views / 4 Replies  
I use and very much like a CFI 8-Bay Terratower, but it is a trayed solution. The four screws take 60 seconds to put in, but like you I was originally looking for a trayless solution. The hitch was...
Posted by Guy Kuo, on Mar 7, 2008 at 03:21 PM, in Consumer Hardware & Components
My MacBook boots to the Leopard desktop in 40... 2,955 Views / 28 Replies  
My MacBook boots to the Leopard desktop in 40 seconds with the WD 320GB Scorpio drive, 8 MB cache, 5400 RPM (a WDC WD3200BEVT removed from a passport case).

The 250 GB WD drive should also be 8...
Posted by Guy Kuo, on Mar 7, 2008 at 05:58 AM, in Mac Notebooks
The Seagate FreeAgent (despite my needing to... 2,374 Views / 19 Replies  
The Seagate FreeAgent (despite my needing to update its firmware) gets a thumbs up as a backup drive. I've run one of the Seagate 750 GB Freeagen Pro's 24/7 for at least 8 months now. It has worked...
Posted by Guy Kuo, on Mar 5, 2008 at 03:29 AM, in Consumer Hardware & Components
That does seem simpler, but the instructions... 14,873 Views / 11 Replies  
That does seem simpler, but the instructions won't be of much help to non-masters. Could you give some more details on how to do your process? Namely...

How do you dd a drive? Is that a unix...
Posted by Guy Kuo, on Mar 1, 2008 at 03:35 PM, in Alternative Operating Systems
Changing Hard Drives and Migrating Bootcamp WIndows XP 14,873 Views / 11 Replies  
Drives are cheap and the MacBook design makes it very easy. I've upgraded more than once, but that also means migrating my OSX and bootcamp volumes. Most recently, it was a move from a triple boot...
Posted by Guy Kuo, on Mar 1, 2008 at 03:09 AM, in Alternative Operating Systems
I also put the 320 GB WD Passport's drive in my... 4,841 Views / 45 Replies  
I also put the 320 GB WD Passport's drive in my MacBook. The case works fine with the old drive.
Posted by Guy Kuo, on Feb 24, 2008 at 04:07 AM, in Mac Notebooks
I'd also check for any network mounts which are... 959 Views / 7 Replies  
I'd also check for any network mounts which are on the desktop. If a network mount is not currently on the network and any program or the system tries to use the mount, the system can appear to hang...
Posted by Guy Kuo, on Feb 10, 2008 at 05:12 AM, in Mac Notebooks
The two theoretical advantages of LED vs cold... 2,050 Views / 12 Replies  
The two theoretical advantages of LED vs cold cathode backlighting I would consider are.

1. Prolonged screen life prior to dimming. Cold cathode backlights dim over time. That dimming continues...
Posted by Guy Kuo, on Jan 31, 2008 at 02:20 AM, in Mac Notebooks
No cracks. March 07 Black MacBook. Travels... 19,131 Views / 96 Replies  
No cracks. March 07 Black MacBook. Travels constantly through the day as I move from location to location. It simply gets carried without a case every day, everywhere. Still looks like new.
Posted by Guy Kuo, on Jan 23, 2008 at 12:16 PM, in Mac Notebooks
I'm planning on switching from Parallels to... 1,919 Views / 21 Replies  
I'm planning on switching from Parallels to Fusion after several months of fairly good results under Parallels. The deciding factor that is making me make the change is Fusion's better support of USB...
Posted by Guy Kuo, on Nov 22, 2007 at 03:27 PM, in Alternative Operating Systems
That is an unfortunate "policy." WEP does allow... 2,830 Views / 8 Replies  
That is an unfortunate "policy." WEP does allow legacy compatibility, but is already broken and poor for security. WPA offers stronger security.
Posted by Guy Kuo, on Nov 22, 2007 at 03:10 PM, in Mac OS X
Oddly enough, my experience with my MacBook after... 2,830 Views / 8 Replies  
Oddly enough, my experience with my MacBook after installing Leopard was quite the opposite. It now reconnects after sleep almost instantly to several Airport Expresses (WPA)and some Cisco access...
Posted by Guy Kuo, on Nov 21, 2007 at 10:57 PM, in Mac OS X
That's actually from a 2nd generation machine,... 1,447 Views / 15 Replies  
That's actually from a 2nd generation machine, but perhaps the Nov 2007 units have a different camera.
Posted by Guy Kuo, on Nov 13, 2007 at 08:17 PM, in Mac Notebooks
Mac Daddy World Blog Archive New MacBook Pros... 846 Views / 10 Replies  
Mac Daddy World Blog Archive New MacBook Pros == New 1.3 MP Camera Sensor (http://macdaddyworld.com/?p=9)
Posted by Guy Kuo, on Nov 13, 2007 at 05:19 PM, in Mac Notebooks
Logitech very thoughtfully doesn't put the model... 1,447 Views / 15 Replies  
Logitech very thoughtfully doesn't put the model number anywhere on the camera, but it is this one

Amazon.com: Logitech QuickCam Pro for Notebooks: Electronics...
Posted by Guy Kuo, on Nov 12, 2007 at 10:11 PM, in Mac Notebooks
http://forums.macnn.com/66/macbook-and-ibook/35368... 583 Views / 2 Replies  
http://forums.macnn.com/66/macbook-and-ibook/353688/macbook-core-2-duo-4-0-a/

Tells you.

3 GB is the maximum USABLE, but you can safely install a pair of 2 GB SODIMMS to take advantage of...
Posted by Guy Kuo, on Nov 11, 2007 at 11:59 PM, in Mac Notebooks
It is a bit unnerving to see the system report... 808 Views / 4 Replies  
It is a bit unnerving to see the system report more RAM than you know it can actually address. If it reported 3 gb, I'd be more reassured that the system wasn't going to try overwriting memory blocks...
Posted by Guy Kuo, on Nov 11, 2007 at 05:01 AM, in Mac Notebooks
MacBook Core 2 Duo and 4.0 GB RAM? What is the real limit? 808 Views / 4 Replies  
I know the November "Late 2007" MacBooks can address 4.0 gb of RAM, but I'm a bit confused by what I see on my Core 2 Duo MacBook (RM7131xxxxxx). I installed a pair of 2.0 gb techworks SODIMMS and...
Posted by Guy Kuo, on Nov 11, 2007 at 02:15 AM, in Mac Notebooks
Most likely you'll end up having to purchase a... 1,335 Views / 16 Replies  
Most likely you'll end up having to purchase a new one. It's often considered normal wear and tear rather than a warranty coverable issue.

BTW, always disconnect the mag-lock connector by flipping...
Posted by Guy Kuo, on Nov 10, 2007 at 06:34 PM, in Mac Notebooks
Leopard disallows the localhost. That's a real... 344 Views / 3 Replies  
Leopard disallows the localhost. That's a real problem for those of us who use ssh tunnels. Fortunately, the following command in terminal drops that check.

defaults write com.apple.ScreenSharing...
Posted by Guy Kuo, on Nov 8, 2007 at 05:34 AM, in Mac OS X
I believe the largest impact of the LED... 867 Views / 11 Replies  
I believe the largest impact of the LED backlighting is not the lower battery consumption, but prolonged lifespan of the screen. The cold cathode lamps of most LCD panels degrade in light output...
Posted by Guy Kuo, on Nov 7, 2007 at 09:51 PM, in Mac Notebooks
If you're going to use a Freeagent drive (I have... 2,975 Views / 8 Replies  
If you're going to use a Freeagent drive (I have a 750 gb), first connect it to a PC or Windows under Bootcamp and use the drive setup utility that is included ON the drive to set the hardware spin...
Posted by Guy Kuo, on Nov 7, 2007 at 06:34 PM, in Consumer Hardware & Components
I've done this to both my old white MacBook and... 30,765 Views / 100 Replies  
I've done this to both my old white MacBook and my new black MacBook. The plastic is black, so no, you won't make it ugly. However, I recommend going to the drugstore and looking in the fingernail...
Posted by Guy Kuo, on Nov 4, 2007 at 06:57 PM, in Mac Notebooks
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