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If you boot up from an OS X install CD I don't... 380 Views / 4 Replies  
If you boot up from an OS X install CD I don't think you can access the files on the hard drive. That option won't work IMHO.

Your best bet is to use target disk mode. This only works if you...
Posted by McFarmer, on Jul 16, 2005 at 05:43 PM, in Mac Notebooks
Reinstall your Mac OS X - from the original... 380 Views / 4 Replies  
Reinstall your Mac OS X - from the original installation disks.

I had the same symptoms when I copied the OS from a backup. Turned out that backup was missing a few files.
Reinstall the OS and...
Posted by McFarmer, on Jul 16, 2005 at 01:20 PM, in Mac Notebooks
Well, I went the other way. I had 14" and 15"... 31,377 Views / 290 Replies  
Well, I went the other way. I had 14" and 15" PowerBooks ever since the day of the original Wallstreet (292MHz with 83.3MHz bus).

I was just sick of their size and weight. If you carry it around...
Posted by McFarmer, on May 3, 2005 at 10:14 AM, in Mac Notebooks
Thanks! That is great then. So maybe I'm... 31,377 Views / 290 Replies  
Thanks! That is great then.

So maybe I'm getting poor frame rates because I installed Tiger on top of Panther. (I never had any haxies installed, though).

Or simply because the 64MB GeForce...
Posted by McFarmer, on May 3, 2005 at 10:07 AM, in Mac Notebooks
Which is problematic enough that Apple has no... 31,377 Views / 290 Replies  
Which is problematic enough that Apple has no portable offering which can make full use of QuickTime 7...

But I'd be interested in your frame rates. Have you downloaded and tried the Kingdom of...
Posted by McFarmer, on May 3, 2005 at 09:36 AM, in Mac Notebooks
No bs at all! Guess who says so? Apple itself! ... 31,377 Views / 290 Replies  
No bs at all! Guess who says so? Apple itself!

Quote:
"The advanced H.264 codec makes it possible for QuickTime 7 to play back High Definition video on a personal computer without additional...
Posted by McFarmer, on May 3, 2005 at 09:17 AM, in Mac Notebooks
Nice! 21,476 Views / 205 Replies  
That's a really nice iMac upgrade!

- 2GHz on 2 of the 3 models
- AirPort Extreme built-in
- Bluetooth 2.0 built-in
- Gigabit Ethernet
- 512 MB RAM
- ATI 9600 with 128MB VRAM

Looks a lot...
Posted by McFarmer, on May 3, 2005 at 09:05 AM, in Mac Desktops
I can understand if people are miffed. When... 31,377 Views / 290 Replies  
I can understand if people are miffed. When Apple brags about HD trailers on their QT 7 page and none of their portable machines has the specs to play it. Not even the super-douper super-expensive...
Posted by McFarmer, on May 1, 2005 at 11:20 PM, in Mac Notebooks
Catfish_Man, thanks for the comment. I... 3,936 Views / 56 Replies  
Catfish_Man, thanks for the comment.

I suppose if the link is to a web page of the same domain then Safari does not block it. Although I had a few web pages where window blocking did in fact...
Posted by McFarmer, on May 1, 2005 at 06:16 PM, in Mac OS X
They are nice! But did anyone notice that... 3,936 Views / 56 Replies  
They are nice!

But did anyone notice that when you click on 'Play the Movie' a new window with a QuickTime movie pops up - despite the fact that one has 'Block Pop-Up Windows' activated?

WTF?!?...
Posted by McFarmer, on May 1, 2005 at 05:36 PM, in Mac OS X
Copy / Paste Files 33,353 Views / 280 Replies  
Now that's a new one AFAIK: copy/paste files in the Finder

This feature works now just like in Windows... ;)

In the Finder you can select files and do a COMMAND-C and then go to another folder...
Posted by McFarmer, on May 1, 2005 at 04:22 PM, in Mac OS X
Can't really tell you anything useful here. My... 2,568 Views / 39 Replies  
Can't really tell you anything useful here. My WallStreet keyboard is of course different from today's PowerBook's and hence had a different price. Also older machine's spare parts usually are more...
Posted by McFarmer, on Mar 31, 2005 at 06:49 PM, in Mac Notebooks
Happened to me too. After many years of using... 2,568 Views / 39 Replies  
Happened to me too. After many years of using Powerbooks I had my first spill last year. 'Luckily' it was on my 4 1/2 year old WallStreet which I had intended to get rid of anyway.

With regards...
Posted by McFarmer, on Mar 31, 2005 at 12:36 PM, in Mac Notebooks
Quite a few of Tiger's eye candy features are... 783 Views / 13 Replies  
Quite a few of Tiger's eye candy features are happier with 128MB VRAM.

Also many of the CoreImage and CoreVideo features like to have 128MB VRAM. Whether this makes a difference depends on...
Posted by McFarmer, on Mar 31, 2005 at 12:16 PM, in Mac Notebooks
I chose the 12" plus external screen too as I... 603 Views / 8 Replies  
I chose the 12" plus external screen too as I also have to carry my PowerBook with me every day and a 15" is noticably heavier and bigger (I had one for years before I got my 12") - in a nutshell the...
Posted by McFarmer, on Mar 31, 2005 at 12:04 PM, in Mac Notebooks
S.M.A.R.T. is pretty useless 679 Views / 4 Replies  
I second that. In January I had two HDs die in my PowerBook. First the original 80GB 5400rpm Toshiba drive and then the 100GB Seagate replacement drive. The second one obviously a dud.

In both...
Posted by McFarmer, on Mar 9, 2005 at 12:07 AM, in Mac Notebooks
Had a BTO 80GB 5400rpm drive in my 12" PowerBook.... 581 Views / 3 Replies  
Had a BTO 80GB 5400rpm drive in my 12" PowerBook.
This must have been the most silent drive I've ever had! Virtually inaudible. I was very pleased with the noise level.

Although the drive died...
Posted by McFarmer, on Feb 3, 2005 at 02:16 PM, in Mac Notebooks
Yes, it does. All 64MB go to the main display. ... 606 Views / 8 Replies  
Yes, it does. All 64MB go to the main display.

And once started up you can safely open the PowerBook and its screen would remain black (and its VRAM fully assigned to the external monitor) - yet...
Posted by McFarmer, on Feb 1, 2005 at 11:17 PM, in Mac Notebooks
I know that even a maxed out 12" PowerBook is the... 606 Views / 8 Replies  
I know that even a maxed out 12" PowerBook is the 'wrong' machine to run Maya on. Yet for my current situation it is by far the best choice.

I'm doing a masters degree and spend about 80% of my...
Posted by McFarmer, on Feb 1, 2005 at 09:16 PM, in Mac Notebooks
I've got my 12" Rev C PB hooked up to a 23" Apple... 606 Views / 8 Replies  
I've got my 12" Rev C PB hooked up to a 23" Apple Cinema display when I'm on my desk. Mostly because the internal 1024x768 just sucks for OS X - I wish there would have been a BTO option for a...
Posted by McFarmer, on Feb 1, 2005 at 03:17 PM, in Mac Notebooks
The one odd thing is the production quantity... 1,667 Views / 13 Replies  
The one odd thing is the production quantity quoted in the article. '30k-50k/month' for the G5 PowerBooks. That's 90,000-150,000 for the quarter. Not a lot.

According to this week's financial...
Posted by McFarmer, on Jan 14, 2005 at 04:12 AM, in Mac Notebooks
Poll: 1 iPod Photo 60GB ...and you might not... 1,487 Views / 51 Replies  
1 iPod Photo 60GB

...and you might not believe this, but it's already full to the brim. Less than 1GB free. Bummer. :(

Filled mainly with 150 CDs encoded with Apple Lossless. Those are my...
Posted by McFarmer, on Dec 21, 2004 at 02:32 AM, in Consumer Hardware & Components
It seems more and more obvious that the 12"... 9,462 Views / 65 Replies  
It seems more and more obvious that the 12" PowerBook is EOL - as in discontinued for good. My guess is Apple realized that the G5 won't make the cut for a tiny enclosure like the 12" PowerBook's. ...
Posted by McFarmer, on Oct 19, 2004 at 08:35 PM, in Mac Notebooks
It's certainly worth asking Apple on the phone... 938 Views / 27 Replies  
It's certainly worth asking Apple on the phone when ordering stuff.
A friend of mine just out of curiosity asked to get a 5% discount when phoning the Apple store and was surprised to have the other...
Posted by McFarmer, on Aug 28, 2004 at 12:32 PM, in Mac Notebooks
Have you searched in the forums (this and... 938 Views / 27 Replies  
Have you searched in the forums (this and others)? This issue has been beaten to death! There are so many good tips on how to solve this, I'm surprised anyone still has that problem...

For one...
Posted by McFarmer, on Aug 24, 2004 at 06:00 AM, in Mac Notebooks
Regarding AppleCare: That really is a tough... 938 Views / 27 Replies  
Regarding AppleCare:

That really is a tough one. As I said, please read the former posts in these forums, all the pros and cons before you make up your mind.

My personal experience is that if...
Posted by McFarmer, on Aug 23, 2004 at 07:07 PM, in Mac Notebooks
I've maxed my RAM out at 1.25GB and don't regret... 938 Views / 27 Replies  
I've maxed my RAM out at 1.25GB and don't regret it. Virtual PC was dog-slow when starting up and quitting on my Titanium PowerBook (saving the RAM contents). But now on my 12" PB it is fairly...
Posted by McFarmer, on Aug 23, 2004 at 06:53 PM, in Mac Notebooks
bo989, Battery life is really good on the... 1,112 Views / 17 Replies  
bo989,

Battery life is really good on the 12" PowerBook. I've the maxed out version with a 80GB 5400rpm drive and 1.25GB of RAM and still get easily 3.5 to 4 hours of usage on one charge. This...
Posted by McFarmer, on Aug 23, 2004 at 06:15 PM, in Mac Notebooks
Jigsaw is definitely a good dealer, I can second... 938 Views / 27 Replies  
Jigsaw is definitely a good dealer, I can second that.

And many swear by John Lewis (e.g. on Oxford Street) because they give a 2 year warranty (one year extra) at no extra cost. AppleCare is 3...
Posted by McFarmer, on Aug 23, 2004 at 05:56 PM, in Mac Notebooks
Sudogenic, don't know whether you saw my add-on... 938 Views / 27 Replies  
Sudogenic, don't know whether you saw my add-on re AppleCare to my last post... You're just too fast. ;)

For bags, personally I prefer Boblbee hardshell backpacks...
Posted by McFarmer, on Aug 23, 2004 at 05:39 PM, in Mac Notebooks
Sudogenic, if you want loads of RAM (and for some... 938 Views / 27 Replies  
Sudogenic, if you want loads of RAM (and for some apps like Photoshop, Final Cut Pro or Virtual PC you do) then you can get a much better deal if you buy the PowerBook at a local dealer and they put...
Posted by McFarmer, on Aug 23, 2004 at 05:23 PM, in Mac Notebooks
PowerBooks are assembled in Taiwan and ship from... 938 Views / 27 Replies  
PowerBooks are assembled in Taiwan and ship from there if you request build-to-order additions. Plain models sometimes ship from local warehouses if they are in stock.

My BTO 12" PowerBook took 9...
Posted by McFarmer, on Aug 23, 2004 at 04:51 PM, in Mac Notebooks
Re: Powerbooks in the UK 938 Views / 27 Replies  
Bollocks! :P

I've seen and worked with dozens of iBooks and PowerBooks over the years (my company uses Macs almost exclusively) and they do not need to be serviced every once in a while! Someone...
Posted by McFarmer, on Aug 23, 2004 at 03:39 PM, in Mac Notebooks
I bought the Boblbee... 13,186 Views / 53 Replies  
I bought the Boblbee (http://www.boblbee.com/jsp/public/productus/area_hardshell.jsp) Peoples Delite model (the smaller model) for my Wallstreet PowerBook five years ago.

The main advantages of...
Posted by McFarmer, on Aug 17, 2004 at 09:59 AM, in Mac Notebooks
Best backpack for a 15" PowerBook? BOBLBE-E ... 13,186 Views / 53 Replies  
Best backpack for a 15" PowerBook?

BOBLBE-E hardshell. Either Megalopolis (big model) or Peoples Delite (small model).

http://www.boblbee.com/jsp/public/productus/area_hardshell.jsp
...
Posted by McFarmer, on Aug 11, 2004 at 05:42 PM, in Mac Notebooks
12" PowerBook still gets very hot if used on a... 408 Views / 3 Replies  
12" PowerBook still gets very hot if used on a warm summer day if used heavily (i.e. not just for writing email or browsing the web).
But from what I can tell the heat is evenly distributed. Not...
Posted by McFarmer, on Jul 28, 2004 at 07:16 PM, in Mac Notebooks
I fully agree, the screen is poor compared to the... 1,542 Views / 25 Replies  
I fully agree, the screen is poor compared to the other PowerBooks. Yet I still bought the 12" PowerBook simply because most of the time I am not using the built-in LCD. What I do use is the DVI...
Posted by McFarmer, on Jul 24, 2004 at 08:23 PM, in Mac Notebooks
I fully agree! That's why I didn't even... 1,542 Views / 25 Replies  
I fully agree!

That's why I didn't even consider an iBook, but rather got the PowerBook plus an external LCD monitor. The DVI port in the 12" PB really does make a difference IMHO.
Posted by McFarmer, on Jul 24, 2004 at 03:43 AM, in Mac Notebooks
Actually no. I wasn't kidding. Well, I... 1,542 Views / 25 Replies  
Actually no. I wasn't kidding.

Well, I suppose it depends how you travel. If all you do is carry the laptop from your home to your car (parked in front of your house), drive it to work, carry it...
Posted by McFarmer, on Jul 23, 2004 at 08:15 PM, in Mac Notebooks
I've 'lugged' around a 15" TiBook every day for 2... 1,542 Views / 25 Replies  
I've 'lugged' around a 15" TiBook every day for 2 years, and I grew pretty sick of its weight and size. That's why I bought a 12" PowerBook. If portability is what you want, don't even consider a...
Posted by McFarmer, on Jul 23, 2004 at 12:33 PM, in Mac Notebooks
wuzup101, your points are very valid and I don't... 2,290 Views / 34 Replies  
wuzup101, your points are very valid and I don't think people would flame you for your post.

For home use, a cheap PC plus VNC or other screen-sharing scheme works best. But that's not an option...
Posted by McFarmer, on Jul 9, 2004 at 06:48 AM, in Mac Notebooks
alligator, Since you're skilled at a lot of... 1,111 Views / 17 Replies  
alligator,

Since you're skilled at a lot of things and since you're mobile with your PowerBook, I think you should go out into the world and teach people your skills.
Helping other people is one...
Posted by McFarmer, on Jul 3, 2004 at 12:59 AM, in Mac Notebooks
It's hard to tell. The 6800 Ultra from Apple is... 789 Views / 13 Replies  
It's hard to tell. The 6800 Ultra from Apple is clearly not the PC variant as the PC 6800 Ultra does not come with dual Dual Link DVI. Couldn't find any info on nVidia's page about the Apple 6800...
Posted by McFarmer, on Jul 1, 2004 at 05:00 PM, in Mac Desktops
I'm sure that sorts that 'light thing' once and... 640 Views / 14 Replies  
I'm sure that sorts that 'light thing' once and for all!
Man, the ultimate solution!

:D
Posted by McFarmer, on Jun 19, 2004 at 03:06 PM, in Mac Notebooks
Cover your PowerBook with a piece of cloth, like... 640 Views / 14 Replies  
Cover your PowerBook with a piece of cloth, like a t-shirt?
[works for me]

Put dark sticky tape over the LED?

Use a dark marker pen and paint the LED?

Put the PowerBook in a bag?
Posted by McFarmer, on Jun 19, 2004 at 06:08 AM, in Mac Notebooks
Zak, that's all true, technically in ideal... 17,887 Views / 112 Replies  
Zak, that's all true, technically in ideal situations where applications are tweaked (like on the VTech cluster in order to get a good ranking).

But the reality looks different.

Have a peak at...
Posted by McFarmer, on Jun 18, 2004 at 08:03 PM, in Mac Desktops
A good way to test this is by playing a DVD. Get... 721 Views / 8 Replies  
A good way to test this is by playing a DVD. Get any feature film and watch it in one go from start to finish (about 2 hours or so). Once the film (and literally the music) stops, listen. Is your...
Posted by McFarmer, on Jun 18, 2004 at 01:43 PM, in Mac Notebooks
Definitely stuck! A dead pixel just remains... 577 Views / 8 Replies  
Definitely stuck!

A dead pixel just remains black, whereas especially bright red stuck pixels ruin your DVD playback experience. They really do if they are dead center on the screen...
Posted by McFarmer, on Jun 18, 2004 at 01:02 PM, in Mac Notebooks
I wonder why you're deciding just between a 12"... 721 Views / 8 Replies  
I wonder why you're deciding just between a 12" PB and a G5?

Why not e.g. a maxed-out 15" PowerBook instead?
Or a cheap G5 and a cheap iBook for your mobile needs?

I don't know how silent or...
Posted by McFarmer, on Jun 17, 2004 at 05:38 PM, in Mac Notebooks
Maybe Apple should give up 'normal' desktops and... 1,185 Views / 27 Replies  
Maybe Apple should give up 'normal' desktops and split the PowerMac line in two:

- one low end tower (Cube 2 or so) for folks who already have a decent display and want to keep it, something where...
Posted by McFarmer, on Jun 16, 2004 at 07:01 PM, in Mac Notebooks
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