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Basically my theory is that as soon as drives... 1,398 Views / 11 Replies  
Basically my theory is that as soon as drives start getting Pending Sectors or Reallocated Sectors you shouldn't trust it for any critical work. Pending Sectors means that there's a block that cannot...
Posted by pcummins, on Nov 8, 2010 at 10:18 AM, in Consumer Hardware & Components
It comes down to personal choice. Check out a... 537 Views / 4 Replies  
It comes down to personal choice. Check out a local shop that has a range of laptops with matte & glossy screens to see what you prefer. Glossy can be converted to matte with add on filters (but not...
Posted by pcummins, on Feb 2, 2010 at 09:57 PM, in Mac Notebooks
The Unibody MBP has optical out from the... 1,500 Views / 30 Replies  
The Unibody MBP has optical out from the headphone jack, so you just get a mini-jack to TOSLink optical cable and you're good to go. I use a joiner to quickly plug in the MBP if I need to, admittedly...
Posted by pcummins, on Apr 16, 2009 at 03:10 AM, in Mac Notebooks
Perhaps people should be asking large LCD screen... 697 Views / 16 Replies  
Perhaps people should be asking large LCD screen TV manufacturers why they haven't moved to ultra-high glossy screens if they're so great?
Posted by pcummins, on Feb 10, 2009 at 09:39 PM, in Mac Notebooks
Best to use a Pioneer DVR-K06, I personally... 395 Views / 7 Replies  
Best to use a Pioneer DVR-K06, I personally upgraded my UJ-825 in my PowerBook 15" (1.5 gHz) to the DVR-K05, no issues, able to burn at least 4x. The Pioneer supports raw read from the disc, so you...
Posted by pcummins, on May 28, 2008 at 12:29 AM, in Mac Notebooks
Yes, whatever iTunes supports for burning (ie,... 2,054 Views / 30 Replies  
Yes, whatever iTunes supports for burning (ie, Audio CD's, MP3 CD's and Data CD/DVD's) you'd be able to burn direct from iTunes. Pretty sure the ITMS DRM on videos you download will prevent you...
Posted by pcummins, on Jul 15, 2007 at 02:18 AM, in Hardware Hacking
You can burn from any non-Apple application (ie,... 2,054 Views / 30 Replies  
You can burn from any non-Apple application (ie, not iTunes, iDVD, iMovie, iPhoto), however you can get PatchBurn (http://www.patchburn.de/) to re-enable the support (though, the UJ-845 should be...
Posted by pcummins, on Jul 10, 2007 at 08:59 AM, in Hardware Hacking
There's several around like Mac the Ripper, have... 2,054 Views / 30 Replies  
There's several around like Mac the Ripper, have a look on VersionTracker (http://www.versiontracker.com/) under the Mac OS X section to check out what you are after (and other useful tools). I...
Posted by pcummins, on Jul 8, 2007 at 02:46 AM, in Hardware Hacking
Odd - your TiBook must have been upgraded or... 2,054 Views / 30 Replies  
Odd - your TiBook must have been upgraded or repaired at some point recently (you got it second hand?), the UJ-845 can burn DVD's (+/-) and Dual Layer +R. Specifications are here...
Posted by pcummins, on Jul 6, 2007 at 12:20 AM, in Hardware Hacking
Generally they're about the same difficulty... 2,054 Views / 30 Replies  
Generally they're about the same difficulty level, the only thing is to make sure it's the correct IDE mode (Slave or Master, think more than a few were set Slave when the TiBooks need Master due to...
Posted by pcummins, on Jul 5, 2007 at 07:30 AM, in Hardware Hacking
There isn't. From memory you have one of the... 610 Views / 6 Replies  
There isn't. From memory you have one of the later model UJ-8x5 drives which have no firmware updates or software bypasses to get around the region locking. I replaced my drive with the superior...
Posted by pcummins, on Jul 4, 2007 at 12:36 AM, in Mac Notebooks
I'd get a Pioneer DVR-K06 or DVR-K07 (if... 2,054 Views / 30 Replies  
I'd get a Pioneer DVR-K06 or DVR-K07 (if available) instead of the UJ-815, should be around $75 - $100 US.
Posted by pcummins, on Jul 4, 2007 at 12:33 AM, in Hardware Hacking
Check Wacom (http://www.wacom.com/) out, they... 1,759 Views / 3 Replies  
Check Wacom (http://www.wacom.com/) out, they have some pen-enabled displays (15, 17") which may suit. For more work you can also check Wacom Components...
Posted by pcummins, on May 22, 2007 at 01:25 AM, in Hardware Hacking
In Australia the ACCC forced companies to do this... 138,932 Views / 89 Replies  
In Australia the ACCC forced companies to do this as it was shown to be anti-competitive to restrict playback of legally purchased DVDs and games (ie, PS1 and PS2 games). You should lobby your...
Posted by pcummins, on May 9, 2007 at 12:59 PM, in Hardware Hacking
Blackstar - don't bother. Get as Fivell says a... 344 Views / 4 Replies  
Blackstar - don't bother. Get as Fivell says a DVR-K06, these work -much- better. I'd recommend a pro install it as the 12" PB was a right PITA to get the drive in/out of.
Posted by pcummins, on Mar 30, 2007 at 12:09 AM, in Mac Notebooks
Get a Pioneer DVR-K06. This will fit into the... 376 Views / 4 Replies  
Get a Pioneer DVR-K06. This will fit into the older PowerBooks (not the new MBP), it is considerably better than the Matsushita/Panasonic drives that you usually get from Apple. Specs here...
Posted by pcummins, on Feb 14, 2007 at 02:36 AM, in Mac Notebooks
Ashleyman: it may be possible if you're willing... 583 Views / 7 Replies  
Ashleyman: it may be possible if you're willing to crack the screen open on your MBP and reroute the LVDS (or is it TDMI?) connection out of the MBP to an external screen that would be designed...
Posted by pcummins, on Jan 31, 2007 at 01:33 AM, in Mac Notebooks
If you can find out the model of screen you have... 844 Views / 22 Replies  
If you can find out the model of screen you have in the MacBook Pro (probably while investigating how bad the flex is in the screen case) you can order/eBay a replacement probably quite cheaply,...
Posted by pcummins, on Jan 9, 2007 at 08:19 AM, in Mac Notebooks
Macs dropped serial ports (and never had parallel... 1,146 Views / 17 Replies  
Macs dropped serial ports (and never had parallel to start with) with the iMac. To be honest, I haven't actually missed them. I bought a USB -> Serial adaptor for about $50 Au a few years ago, works...
Posted by pcummins, on Dec 17, 2006 at 09:57 PM, in Mac Notebooks
You'd need a DVI or VGA to LVDS converter or... 5,127 Views / 11 Replies  
You'd need a DVI or VGA to LVDS converter or whatever the panel uses, these can be gotten fairly cheaply depending on what you need (what type of input, output and resolution). If you know the specs...
Posted by pcummins, on Dec 17, 2006 at 09:48 PM, in Hardware Hacking
A new screen is less than $200 US if you know... 609 Views / 6 Replies  
A new screen is less than $200 US if you know which one to shop for. If you think your good deal is so good you could even afford a new screen if it really started to bug you, then go for it. IMHO -...
Posted by pcummins, on Dec 11, 2006 at 04:25 AM, in Mac Notebooks
Check your keyboard with a known working one.... 555 Views / 14 Replies  
Check your keyboard with a known working one. Also, check to see that Easy Access/Accessibility is not on, this can cause bizarre effects with typing and entering data. I just had someone rip their...
Posted by pcummins, on Dec 7, 2006 at 02:55 AM, in Mac Notebooks
Mark - doesn't work in Australia. We have a... 5,893 Views / 15 Replies  
Mark - doesn't work in Australia. We have a notable population of:

US (Region 1), UK (Region 2), Japanese (Region 2), Chinese (Region 3), Korean (Region 3), Australian (Region 4)

And many...
Posted by pcummins, on Nov 20, 2006 at 10:44 PM, in Mac Notebooks
There isn't any RPC-1 firmware for the UJ-825 by... 5,893 Views / 15 Replies  
There isn't any RPC-1 firmware for the UJ-825 by the looks of things Naplander. My advice - rip the Matsushita out of your PowerBook and replace it with a Pioneer DVR-K06 which actually works. (About...
Posted by pcummins, on Nov 16, 2006 at 11:06 PM, in Mac Notebooks
You really do need a resolution independant OS... 793 Views / 13 Replies  
You really do need a resolution independant OS and applications. I can increase the size in some applications, but not all applications or the OS in certain parts. The inconsistency of how things...
Posted by pcummins, on Nov 7, 2006 at 11:43 PM, in Mac Notebooks
Hm, it's about $200 for the display off eBay,... 793 Views / 13 Replies  
Hm, it's about $200 for the display off eBay, thereabouts. Everything just slots in apparently. As I said, if I get a MBP + display for a projector I'd test it as a proof of concept, then swap it...
Posted by pcummins, on Nov 7, 2006 at 12:59 AM, in Mac Notebooks
Second Sean C.'s opinion. Check it out with your... 612 Views / 8 Replies  
Second Sean C.'s opinion. Check it out with your Mac OS X installer disc to check if SMART is failing. If you can boot off another computer in Target disk mode, you can try running SmartMonTools to...
Posted by pcummins, on Nov 6, 2006 at 09:17 AM, in Mac Notebooks
Sleep mode works wonders. I've slept/woken my... 879 Views / 16 Replies  
Sleep mode works wonders. I've slept/woken my PowerBooks thousands of times over the course of about 5 years, no problems. The power draw is minimal, but I guess if you could wait longer you could...
Posted by pcummins, on Nov 6, 2006 at 09:15 AM, in Mac Notebooks
You could probably follow this: MacMod.com - Your... 793 Views / 13 Replies  
You could probably follow this: MacMod.com - Your Mac Modification HQ - Hi-Def PowerBook (http://www.macmod.com/content/view/786/221) and install a true HD screen into the MBP display, I haven't...
Posted by pcummins, on Nov 6, 2006 at 09:01 AM, in Mac Notebooks
Yes. Check on this forum, someone's just done it. 1,753 Views / 16 Replies  
Yes. Check on this forum, someone's just done it.
Posted by pcummins, on Oct 18, 2006 at 12:37 AM, in Mac Notebooks
Odd, usually the bracket is quite short (unless... 352 Views / 5 Replies  
Odd, usually the bracket is quite short (unless the screws have jumped around - I usually put them in the correct location/position again) to not cause the problem, but anyhow, glad to hear it's all...
Posted by pcummins, on Oct 18, 2006 at 12:36 AM, in Mac Notebooks
Also try cleaning the lens head with a lens head... 354 Views / 2 Replies  
Also try cleaning the lens head with a lens head cleaner, just need to make sure it slots in OK and doesn't drag dust in from the felt.
Posted by pcummins, on Oct 17, 2006 at 10:42 AM, in Mac Notebooks
Possibly - if you have an adaptor I'd try it in a... 352 Views / 5 Replies  
Possibly - if you have an adaptor I'd try it in a PC first, otherwise maybe loosen the drive a tad with the top case to see if the keyboard is forcing the drive to malfunction from pressure.
Posted by pcummins, on Oct 17, 2006 at 10:41 AM, in Mac Notebooks
I'd probably be up for it on the top lid to give... 1,065 Views / 13 Replies  
I'd probably be up for it on the top lid to give it that extra customisation. Probably an image or so, makes theft less likely and more easy to find it again if people are keeping an eye out for it.
Posted by pcummins, on Oct 17, 2006 at 03:49 AM, in Hardware Hacking
The DVR-K06 is faster and better. You can only... 1,753 Views / 16 Replies  
The DVR-K06 is faster and better. You can only fit it into the 17" MBP however (size issues) or older Alu or Ti PowerBooks. Sorry, no idea where to get one in the UK - if you can find a price search...
Posted by pcummins, on Oct 16, 2006 at 06:11 AM, in Mac Notebooks
Odd - check in your System Profiler to see if the... 352 Views / 5 Replies  
Odd - check in your System Profiler to see if the drive is showing up and is detected properly. Also try some other discs in the drive to see what happens (ie, pressed ones, audio CDs, DVDs etc) to...
Posted by pcummins, on Oct 16, 2006 at 06:06 AM, in Mac Notebooks
I'm pretty sure they're the DVR-K06. If you're... 1,753 Views / 16 Replies  
I'm pretty sure they're the DVR-K06. If you're happy spending nearly $180 US on getting it and having it installed + warranty it's worth it. You can get the DVR-K06 for about $75 + $30 installation...
Posted by pcummins, on Oct 13, 2006 at 09:18 PM, in Mac Notebooks
It is possible to repolarise the LCD screen from... 934 Views / 11 Replies  
It is possible to repolarise the LCD screen from matte to glossy and glossy to matte, it costs a bit but it's better to check it out for yourself before making a decision. It's one of those things...
Posted by pcummins, on Oct 13, 2006 at 03:46 AM, in Mac Notebooks
Check out Barefeats (http://www.barefeats.com).... 934 Views / 11 Replies  
Check out Barefeats (http://www.barefeats.com). They have comparisons of the 7200 vs the 5400's. Apparently there's 10% more power draw on a 7200 so a 5400 would cause the laptop to run longer, and...
Posted by pcummins, on Oct 10, 2006 at 10:35 AM, in Mac Notebooks
No - slot load means you only need a small slot... 1,753 Views / 16 Replies  
No - slot load means you only need a small slot wide/tall enough for the CD/DVD to fit into. If you have a 12" PB it's on the side, a 15" or 17" it's on the front. I recommend you get CompUSA do it...
Posted by pcummins, on Oct 10, 2006 at 03:20 AM, in Mac Notebooks
I recommend heading to the nearest reputable... 865 Views / 11 Replies  
I recommend heading to the nearest reputable electronics store and purchasing an anti-static wrist strap, preferably one that plugs directly into the ground rather than clipping onto a bit of the...
Posted by pcummins, on Oct 9, 2006 at 08:52 AM, in Hardware Hacking
They have the Pioneer DVR-K06 now Mark (in... 1,753 Views / 16 Replies  
They have the Pioneer DVR-K06 now Mark (in Australia, you can't even buy the DVR-K05 anymore, unless you want to pay more than the DVR-K06). IMHO, these are the best slot-load DVD burners you can...
Posted by pcummins, on Oct 8, 2006 at 10:50 PM, in Mac Notebooks
My battery on a 15" Alu during sleep was using... 264 Views / 1 Replies  
My battery on a 15" Alu during sleep was using about 10% over quite a period of time (overnight, during the day) - I'd say your estimate of 33 mA per hour is about right, it seems.
Posted by pcummins, on Oct 8, 2006 at 10:39 PM, in Mac Notebooks
Also the functions that calculate the battery... 567 Views / 8 Replies  
Also the functions that calculate the battery percentage round down. Most of the time the battery will lose 1 or more points over time (usually an hour) and drop to 99% (when they mean 99.95% or...
Posted by pcummins, on Oct 2, 2006 at 09:47 AM, in Mac Notebooks
Well, it wouldn't surprise me if they pulled a... 138,932 Views / 89 Replies  
Well, it wouldn't surprise me if they pulled a fast one behind everyone's backs, but in general it's as you say. Which raises the question, why make everyone's life harder than it already is to...
Posted by pcummins, on Sep 29, 2006 at 04:47 AM, in Hardware Hacking
The Mac Minis should be (I haven't checked... 138,932 Views / 89 Replies  
The Mac Minis should be (I haven't checked intensively) Matsushita/Panasonic UJ-845's for the SuperDrive model and the CW-8123 for the DVD/CD-RW combo. You can replace it with a Pioneer DVR-K06 if...
Posted by pcummins, on Sep 29, 2006 at 04:24 AM, in Hardware Hacking
It depends on the drive that you have installed... 138,932 Views / 89 Replies  
It depends on the drive that you have installed in your computer as to whether Fairmount/VLC/et al works or not. The issue is that if the drive's region does not match the disc region, the disc is...
Posted by pcummins, on Sep 28, 2006 at 04:24 AM, in Hardware Hacking
Probably more an education issue than a technical... 3,495 Views / 45 Replies  
Probably more an education issue than a technical issue and a bit of laziness on the side of the programmers. You really need to switch to high speed mode and disable nap mode as this can mess up...
Posted by pcummins, on Aug 27, 2006 at 09:25 AM, in Mac Notebooks
I'm surprised that the CPU throttling isn't used... 3,495 Views / 45 Replies  
I'm surprised that the CPU throttling isn't used as much as it could have. I did some tests on my PowerBook and while doing nothing you could throttle the CPU* back by 32x times without any adverse...
Posted by pcummins, on Aug 24, 2006 at 02:19 AM, in Mac Notebooks
Pretty much. One of the really really early USB +... 743 Views / 17 Replies  
Pretty much. One of the really really early USB + Ethernet router/modem combos sans UPnP (so old I can't remember the model even). The Netgear DG834G that replaced it works fine and does what the...
Posted by pcummins, on Aug 7, 2006 at 05:06 AM, in Applications
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