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Perhaps Apple could persuade nVidia to create an... 1,639 Views / 19 Replies  
Perhaps Apple could persuade nVidia to create an AGP version of the 6200 for the iMac. Or, maybe Apple will switch to PCI-Express at MWSF…
Posted by DaBeav, on Nov 22, 2004 at 02:27 PM, in Mac Desktops
The 9600XT is standard in the 2.5GHz PM. The... 1,639 Views / 19 Replies  
The 9600XT is standard in the 2.5GHz PM. The 5700U isn't in any current Mac. The only Macs current using nVidia chips are the 1.8 and 2.0GHz PMs, the iMac G5 and the 12" PB. However, nVidia uses...
Posted by DaBeav, on Nov 19, 2004 at 05:14 PM, in Mac Desktops
Refreshes at six months is the norm. No major... 1,639 Views / 19 Replies  
Refreshes at six months is the norm. No major redesign. If/when IBM can get faster G5 chips in mass production, we'll see a PowerMac speed bump. After that, expect the iMac to jump up to 2GHz. I...
Posted by DaBeav, on Nov 18, 2004 at 06:28 PM, in Mac Desktops
I don't think that a full working non-beta... 13,068 Views / 286 Replies  
I don't think that a full working non-beta version of ppc64 is shipping yet. I know that the Gentoo team is still working out a few bugs, as is TerraSoft (Yellow Dog) and trying to resolve the fan...
Posted by DaBeav, on Nov 18, 2004 at 12:18 PM, in Mac Desktops
Looking at the current specs on Aspyr's website,... 13,068 Views / 286 Replies  
Looking at the current specs on Aspyr's website, the iMac G5 will barely meet them. Much will depend on the degree to which Aspyr can optimize the game for Mac. Here are some PC benchmarks...
Posted by DaBeav, on Nov 16, 2004 at 08:28 PM, in Mac Desktops
Doom 3 is out, just not for Mac… 13,068 Views / 286 Replies  
Doom 3 is out, just not for Mac…
Posted by DaBeav, on Nov 16, 2004 at 07:46 PM, in Mac Desktops
The iMac's limit is 2GB. The iMac is going... 1,103 Views / 8 Replies  
The iMac's limit is 2GB.

The iMac is going to likely be faster than your Athlon. It's comparable to an Athlon64 system. You will be more limited with regard to future upgrades. If you're going...
Posted by DaBeav, on Nov 13, 2004 at 10:34 AM, in Mac Desktops
I'm old. We had original Apple IIs back in... 6,410 Views / 110 Replies  
I'm old. We had original Apple IIs back in school. I remember the progression. The IIe's were pretty cool, especially hooked up to a color screen (or TV - back when hooking your computer to a TV...
Posted by DaBeav, on Nov 3, 2004 at 07:23 PM, in Mac Notebooks
The iBook comes with a VGA adapter. As long as... 467 Views / 2 Replies  
The iBook comes with a VGA adapter. As long as your monitor uses a standard VGA plug, you should be good to go.
Posted by DaBeav, on Oct 29, 2004 at 02:54 PM, in Mac Notebooks
I've tried both side-by-side at the Apple Store. ... 1,643 Views / 19 Replies  
I've tried both side-by-side at the Apple Store. PowerBook feels a bit sturdier, likely because it's metal and not plastic and doesn't "give" as much. iBook feels plenty durable however. Weight...
Posted by DaBeav, on Oct 25, 2004 at 05:57 PM, in Mac Notebooks
It's soldered on. Very few notebooks have an... 445 Views / 1 Replies  
It's soldered on. Very few notebooks have an upgradeable GPU.
Posted by DaBeav, on Oct 21, 2004 at 07:45 PM, in Mac Notebooks
I was at the Apple Store at The Grove with a... 1,390 Views / 24 Replies  
I was at the Apple Store at The Grove with a friend and we were looking at the new iBooks. He saw the 12" and turned up his nose. Too tiny, too cramped. Yeah, they have the same resolution, but...
Posted by DaBeav, on Oct 21, 2004 at 06:30 PM, in Mac Notebooks
For Sims 2, looks like the iBook G4 will squeak... 8,750 Views / 78 Replies  
For Sims 2, looks like the iBook G4 will squeak by, if you got a 1GHz or faster:

Mac OS X 10.3.4 or later
PowerPC G4/G5, 1GHz or faster
256MB RAM (512MB recommended)
4.2 GB free disk space ...
Posted by DaBeav, on Oct 21, 2004 at 06:24 PM, in Mac Notebooks
I'd go for the 20" for the screen real estate... 4,268 Views / 31 Replies  
I'd go for the 20" for the screen real estate alone. I didn't think it looked to terribly big or unwieldy. A lot would depend on how much space you have at your workstation.
Posted by DaBeav, on Oct 14, 2004 at 01:10 PM, in Mac Desktops
If you've already tried a clean install, send it... 732 Views / 2 Replies  
If you've already tried a clean install, send it back and ask for a replacement or at the very least, a new logic board. Did the local Mac techs check the hard disk too?
Posted by DaBeav, on Oct 14, 2004 at 01:08 PM, in Mac Desktops
Not the same version, no. You can get Unreal... 1,918 Views / 15 Replies  
Not the same version, no. You can get Unreal Championship II, and Unreal II: The Awakening for XBox however. You can even play online using XBox Live with voice chat and everything.

Consoles are...
Posted by DaBeav, on Sep 29, 2004 at 02:47 PM, in Mac Desktops
Or get an XBox/PS2/NGC. 1,918 Views / 15 Replies  
Or get an XBox/PS2/NGC.
Posted by DaBeav, on Sep 27, 2004 at 01:13 PM, in Mac Desktops
I'm typing this on a 17" model at the Union... 1,493 Views / 14 Replies  
I'm typing this on a 17" model at the Union Square store in SF. Pretty darn sahweet!
Posted by DaBeav, on Sep 16, 2004 at 10:13 PM, in Mac Desktops
For that single test, yes. Now, look at the... 13,068 Views / 286 Replies  
For that single test, yes. Now, look at the results from the rest of the tests (http://www.barefeats.com/motion.html) and you'll see that the graphics card does make a noticeable difference.

Here...
Posted by DaBeav, on Sep 14, 2004 at 02:23 PM, in Mac Desktops
Poll: Radeon 9600XT or GF FX5700, 128MB as a BTO option. 1,272 Views / 26 Replies  
Radeon 9600XT or GF FX5700, 128MB as a BTO option.
Posted by DaBeav, on Sep 12, 2004 at 02:09 PM, in Mac Desktops
The downward-facing speakers were used because... 3,990 Views / 61 Replies  
The downward-facing speakers were used because the speaker grilles also provide air intake for the cooling system. I'm interested to see how effective they are at "boucing" sound to the user. ...
Posted by DaBeav, on Sep 11, 2004 at 07:37 PM, in Mac Desktops
Apple charges $50 to swap out the 5200U for a... 13,068 Views / 286 Replies  
Apple charges $50 to swap out the 5200U for a 9600XT in the G5. The 9600 is a great mid-range card. Would have been nice to see it as an option in the iMac.
Posted by DaBeav, on Sep 11, 2004 at 01:32 PM, in Mac Desktops
Well, or the current G5s, add more internal drive... 5,396 Views / 78 Replies  
Well, or the current G5s, add more internal drive space and maybe another optical bay and make PCI-X standard on all models. Convince ATi and/or nVidia to make some of their really high-end...
Posted by DaBeav, on Sep 10, 2004 at 07:14 PM, in Mac Desktops
Well, if you got have a tower with the 5200U, you... 13,068 Views / 286 Replies  
Well, if you got have a tower with the 5200U, you don't have to throw out the whole machine, just pop in a new graphics card. Can't really do that on the iMac.
Posted by DaBeav, on Sep 10, 2004 at 06:00 PM, in Mac Desktops
For DVD burning definitely. I was referring more... 16,354 Views / 381 Replies  
For DVD burning definitely. I was referring more to burning CDs, something that will probably be a lot more common. Even then, how many users will be burning enough DVDs to really care? It...
Posted by DaBeav, on Sep 10, 2004 at 04:29 PM, in Mac Desktops
Actually, optimizing for the G5 could be as... 16,354 Views / 381 Replies  
Actually, optimizing for the G5 could be as simple as recompiling with the latest version of XCode. Optimized plug-ins for Photoshop and updates to FCP and other pro apps were available very shortly...
Posted by DaBeav, on Sep 10, 2004 at 03:09 PM, in Mac Desktops
Core Image... 13,068 Views / 286 Replies  
Core Image (http://www.apple.com/macosx/tiger/core.html), scope the system reqs in the lower right. The FX 5200U is the very bottom rung. This is for the version of Core Image that ships with...
Posted by DaBeav, on Sep 10, 2004 at 02:58 PM, in Mac Desktops
Keep in mind that the new iMac does crank out... 13,068 Views / 286 Replies  
Keep in mind that the new iMac does crank out faster framerates than the old one - and they use the same GPU and amount of VRAM. The problem with the G4 wasn't the graphics chip, it was the...
Posted by DaBeav, on Sep 10, 2004 at 12:19 PM, in Mac Desktops
At least with the G5 tower, you can upgrade to... 1,539 Views / 28 Replies  
At least with the G5 tower, you can upgrade to the 9600XT for only $50, or replace the video card at a later date.
Posted by DaBeav, on Sep 10, 2004 at 01:40 AM, in Mac Desktops
With a much improved system architecture? Yeah,... 16,354 Views / 381 Replies  
With a much improved system architecture? Yeah, it will. It will stomp all over an eMac. You can bet that in the not-too-distant future, iLife apps and other apps such as Final Cut Express will be...
Posted by DaBeav, on Sep 9, 2004 at 07:35 PM, in Mac Desktops
Do you have to pair it during normal use, or is... 1,539 Views / 28 Replies  
Do you have to pair it during normal use, or is it after waking from sleep, rebooting, etc.? The PB may be shutting down BT to conserve energy.

After you wipe and reformat, BT gets installed...
Posted by DaBeav, on Sep 9, 2004 at 06:54 PM, in Mac Desktops
It's available on the US page. It's not under... 1,539 Views / 28 Replies  
It's available on the US page. It's not under the Bluetooth Module drop-down, it's under Apple Keyboard & Mouse instead. It's only $99, so if even if you're only going to use the keyboard (and get...
Posted by DaBeav, on Sep 9, 2004 at 03:45 PM, in Mac Desktops
The video card complaint is valid. Considering... 5,196 Views / 140 Replies  
The video card complaint is valid. Considering that the iMac uses a high res LCD, especially on the 20", an FX5200U just doesn't cut it. Granted, for an AIO design, it works well. Most other AIOs...
Posted by DaBeav, on Sep 8, 2004 at 08:57 PM, in Mac Desktops
A G5 will definitely be nice, however I'm more... 8,288 Views / 87 Replies  
A G5 will definitely be nice, however I'm more excited about the faster architecture the G5 will bring along with it. However, more important to me, I would love to see Apple put a decent (not...
Posted by DaBeav, on Jul 16, 2004 at 03:39 PM, in Mac Desktops
The iBook G3s use PC-100 SO-DIMMs. If you could... 2,284 Views / 19 Replies  
The iBook G3s use PC-100 SO-DIMMs. If you could locate at 1GB chip, then theoretically it should work, but I haven't seen any listed.

The iBook G4s use PC2100 DDR SO-DIMMs, which currently top...
Posted by DaBeav, on Apr 22, 2004 at 06:14 PM, in Mac Notebooks
It would be nice too if the 256MB of RAM was... 1,348 Views / 15 Replies  
It would be nice too if the 256MB of RAM was built-in and not 128MB built-in with 128MB in the expansion slot.

The G4 currently tops out at 1.5GHz.
Posted by DaBeav, on Apr 15, 2004 at 01:51 PM, in Mac Notebooks
I just got a refurb'd XBox. HALO rocks! I might... 1,206 Views / 14 Replies  
I just got a refurb'd XBox. HALO rocks! I might just have to sign up for XBox Live when HALO 2 comes out.

Laptops in general won't be very stellar gaming machines. For occasional use it should...
Posted by DaBeav, on Mar 15, 2004 at 06:54 PM, in Mac Notebooks
I put Yellow Dog on my old Rev/A iMac and it runs... 786 Views / 12 Replies  
I put Yellow Dog on my old Rev/A iMac and it runs well. My primary complaint (which is hardly Terrasoft's fault) is that platform bigotry toward x86 extends forth even to Linux. But, Yellow Dog...
Posted by DaBeav, on Jan 12, 2004 at 08:44 PM, in macOS
Seeing how the iBook G4s only ship with Panther,... 891 Views / 12 Replies  
Seeing how the iBook G4s only ship with Panther, they should have done more careful testing.
Posted by DaBeav, on Dec 8, 2003 at 09:37 PM, in Mac Notebooks
Sonica Theater from M-Audio... 646 Views / 6 Replies  
Sonica Theater from M-Audio (http://www.m-audio.com/products/consumer/sonica-theater.php) supports up to 7.1. The Sonica (http://www.m-audio.com/products/consumer/sonica.php) supports output to your...
Posted by DaBeav, on Dec 6, 2003 at 05:10 AM, in Mac Notebooks
Early benchmarks from MacSpeedZone... 687 Views / 5 Replies  
Early benchmarks from MacSpeedZone (http://www.macspeedzone.com/html/hardware/machine/comparison/all/index.html) and BareFeats (http://www.barefeats.com/ibG4.html) indicate that there is a difference...
Posted by DaBeav, on Dec 6, 2003 at 04:55 AM, in Mac Notebooks
The 14" isn't too big, and it still pretty light... 1,022 Views / 7 Replies  
The 14" isn't too big, and it still pretty light at 5.9lbs. If it will be your primary machine, the larger screen may be worth it. It also depends on how mobile you are. The CPU is defintitely...
Posted by DaBeav, on Dec 6, 2003 at 04:38 AM, in Mac Notebooks
I would guess the extra 67MHz won't make that... 734 Views / 3 Replies  
I would guess the extra 67MHz won't make that much of a difference. The upgrade to a 60GB HD at the Apple Store is $50, so you're still saving $150 over the 1GHz model - you can pocket, or apply...
Posted by DaBeav, on Nov 21, 2003 at 10:13 PM, in Mac Notebooks
Dual Opteron benchmarks are conspicuously... 6,334 Views / 44 Replies  
Dual Opteron benchmarks are conspicuously absent...

Will the Athlon 64/FX-51 be MP capable?

The 1.8 and 2.0 G5s do have the benefit of an extra CPU...
Posted by DaBeav, on Nov 19, 2003 at 12:58 AM, in Mac Desktops
If you order a custom config from the Apple... 727 Views / 6 Replies  
If you order a custom config from the Apple Store, upgrading to the 60GB HD is pretty cheap, still notably less expensive than the 1GHz model. I would wait a while for the new iBooks to be reviewed...
Posted by DaBeav, on Nov 16, 2003 at 01:54 AM, in Mac Notebooks
If you don't want to spring for MS Office,... 812 Views / 4 Replies  
If you don't want to spring for MS Office, there's also OpenOffice (http://www.openoffice.org/). It's a UNIX port, and runs under X11 (http://www.apple.com/macosx/features/x11/), which may not be...
Posted by DaBeav, on Nov 12, 2003 at 10:19 PM, in Mac Notebooks
BareFeats has run some preliminary benchmarks... 1,117 Views / 5 Replies  
BareFeats has run some preliminary benchmarks (http://www.barefeats.com/ibG4.html). Perhaps more RAM would help? Either that or the drivers for the Mobility Radeon 9200 aren't very good. The 9200...
Posted by DaBeav, on Nov 12, 2003 at 05:51 PM, in Mac Notebooks
Accoding to T-Mobile's Plan page... 1,040 Views / 9 Replies  
Accoding to T-Mobile's Plan page (http://www.t-mobile.com/hotspot/services_plans.htm), you can buy an unlimited subscription, or you can pay $6/hour ($0.10/min after that) and pay as you go. Or pay...
Posted by DaBeav, on Oct 27, 2003 at 04:12 PM, in Mac Notebooks
Here's a PDF comparing the latest chipsets... 718 Views / 3 Replies  
Here's a PDF comparing the latest chipsets (http://ati.com/products/brochures/MOBILITY_Product_Line.pdf). Looks like the 9600 definitely packs more of a wallop than the 9200. However, it would...
Posted by DaBeav, on Oct 24, 2003 at 08:18 PM, in Mac Notebooks
Unfortunately, the iBook only supports VGA-out. ... 1,149 Views / 9 Replies  
Unfortunately, the iBook only supports VGA-out. Adapters to go from VGA to ADC are rather expensive, and it will be an analog rather than digital signal. If she wants to use the external display,...
Posted by DaBeav, on Oct 24, 2003 at 04:36 PM, in Mac Notebooks
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