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Just applied the update on my 15" MBP C2D, which... 1,227 Views / 15 Replies  
Just applied the update on my 15" MBP C2D, which has been unable to connect to my SMC2804WBRP-G router since I bought the computer.

It hasn't changed anything: I still can't connect. :thumbsdow
Posted by bamchum, on Dec 13, 2006 at 08:45 PM, in Mac Notebooks
Live at 180mph! 860 Views / 7 Replies  
I'm in the Eurostar high-speed train in northern France. We're traveling close to 180mph. I'm connected to the internet via bluetooth and GPRS.

How cool is that? WiFi eat your heart out! And...
Posted by bamchum, on Jul 4, 2004 at 03:43 AM, in Mac Notebooks
My 1Ghz Tibook was so loud as to be embarrassing... 1,209 Views / 20 Replies  
My 1Ghz Tibook was so loud as to be embarrassing in public places. I liked the machine, but found that it really grated on my nerves after a while. Thing is: that machine had 3 separate motherboards...
Posted by bamchum, on Jun 13, 2004 at 06:57 PM, in Mac Notebooks
I wonder: 1) whether it works on any voltage... 13,506 Views / 216 Replies  
I wonder:

1) whether it works on any voltage worldwide (it would be an oversight if it didn't)

2) whether the electrical plug can be exchanged with any of those in the worldwide power adapter...
Posted by bamchum, on Jun 7, 2004 at 05:19 PM, in Networking
Is anyone else who tried this patch finding that... 2,911 Views / 16 Replies  
Is anyone else who tried this patch finding that their superdrive only burns CD-Rs at 8x?

My CD-Rs say they're burning at 16x but it takes 2 seconds for every second counted off by Toast. This is...
Posted by bamchum, on Apr 29, 2004 at 01:56 PM, in Mac Notebooks
I've had enormous problems with AppleCare, but in... 873 Views / 9 Replies  
I've had enormous problems with AppleCare, but in France not the US. They basically would fix one problem and introduce others.

Also, they frequently send machines back saying that they can't see...
Posted by bamchum, on Apr 28, 2004 at 09:41 AM, in Mac Notebooks
CD-Rs burning slowly 354 Views / 0 Replies  
I've recently realized that my 1.25 Ghz Albook with superdrive is burning CD-Rs at 8x instead of 16x when I select "Best" speed in Toast. These are TDK discs rated "up to 48x." It also happened on...
Posted by bamchum, on Apr 27, 2004 at 08:38 PM, in Mac Notebooks
My experience has been different from that of... 1,759 Views / 30 Replies  
My experience has been different from that of others (and different from what I expected). I moved from a 1Ghz TiBook to a 1.25Ghz AlBook. The TiBook always had pretty good Airport reception. I've...
Posted by bamchum, on Apr 26, 2004 at 05:00 PM, in Mac Notebooks
I have the same problem, too. Another... 1,445 Views / 17 Replies  
I have the same problem, too.

Another annoying noise I sometimes have is: when I've got a finder window in columns mode with a preview of a quicktime sound file in the rightmost column, I find it...
Posted by bamchum, on Apr 26, 2004 at 08:19 AM, in Mac Notebooks
My space bar key has developed a squeak. I'd... 630 Views / 3 Replies  
My space bar key has developed a squeak. I'd like to take it off and inspect/clean it.

Can anyone tell me how to do it? Which side of the space bar should I lift from?

This is on a 15"...
Posted by bamchum, on Apr 23, 2004 at 03:48 PM, in Mac Notebooks
Your drive should have DVD-RW capability already... 2,911 Views / 16 Replies  
Your drive should have DVD-RW capability already without the firmware "upgrade." If all you want is that, no need to apply the updater.

I've used Memorex DVD-RWs with no problems on my 15" Albook.
Posted by bamchum, on Apr 22, 2004 at 03:55 AM, in Mac Notebooks
In the real world? You'd barely notice the... 1,170 Views / 10 Replies  
In the real world?

You'd barely notice the difference.
Posted by bamchum, on Apr 21, 2004 at 04:56 PM, in Mac Notebooks
It is less of an issue than it was but it is not... 1,730 Views / 14 Replies  
It is less of an issue than it was but it is not true that "one can always rip and re-encode a dvd." MacTheRipper has lots of problems with certain out-of-region disks (I've got at least two that it...
Posted by bamchum, on Apr 20, 2004 at 12:30 PM, in Mac Notebooks
Great! Very brave. Now, anyone care to test... 2,911 Views / 16 Replies  
Great! Very brave.

Now, anyone care to test the downgrade process? We need to know that we can get the old firmware back if need be...
Posted by bamchum, on Apr 20, 2004 at 11:07 AM, in Mac Notebooks
Bump, what? We're all waiting for you to... 2,911 Views / 16 Replies  
Bump, what?

We're all waiting for you to report back how it worked...
Posted by bamchum, on Apr 19, 2004 at 06:11 PM, in Mac Notebooks
Ah, c'mon. I upgraded from a 1Ghz TiBook to a... 5,996 Views / 103 Replies  
Ah, c'mon. I upgraded from a 1Ghz TiBook to a 1.25Ghz AlBook in September. I like the AlBook better over all, mostly because it makes less noise. But the speed boost was basically undetectable...
Posted by bamchum, on Apr 19, 2004 at 04:39 PM, in Mac Notebooks
Really? But the card in the previous powerbook... 5,996 Views / 103 Replies  
Really? But the card in the previous powerbook (the 9600 with 64MB RAM) is supposed to drive monitors up to 2048 x 1536 at millions of colors in spanning mode...
Posted by bamchum, on Apr 19, 2004 at 10:04 AM, in Mac Notebooks
Boy are these upgrades underwhelming. All that... 5,996 Views / 103 Replies  
Boy are these upgrades underwhelming. All that waiting for this?

Tell me: what does 128MB of video ram do for you that 64MB doesn't? It's a serious question. I mean, is this of interest to...
Posted by bamchum, on Apr 19, 2004 at 09:56 AM, in Mac Notebooks
Well, a guy here: ... 2,911 Views / 16 Replies  
Well, a guy here:

http://forum.rpc1.org/viewtopic.php?t=24508

reports success...

YMMV.
Posted by bamchum, on Apr 19, 2004 at 09:50 AM, in Mac Notebooks
Top rate in France is 54%. Top rate in Ireland... 2,319 Views / 36 Replies  
Top rate in France is 54%. Top rate in Ireland is 42%. In Ireland, you hit the top rate if you make over about $25,000/year.
Posted by bamchum, on Mar 11, 2004 at 07:44 PM, in Mac Notebooks
I take it this isn't a joke, so here's the... 2,319 Views / 36 Replies  
I take it this isn't a joke, so here's the answer:

Yes, we still pay income tax in Europe and at much higher rates than in the US. 26% of a weekly paycheck is peanuts, assuming you make more than...
Posted by bamchum, on Mar 11, 2004 at 06:19 PM, in Mac Notebooks
It's a little hard to compare directly, but it... 2,319 Views / 36 Replies  
It's a little hard to compare directly, but it would seem that a 2.8Ghz Dell Inspiron 9100 in comparable recommended configurations (and before any rebates but including taxes) sells for $1,899 in...
Posted by bamchum, on Mar 10, 2004 at 07:58 PM, in Mac Notebooks
Basically, what has happened in the last year or... 2,319 Views / 36 Replies  
Basically, what has happened in the last year or two is that the euro has risen over 40% against the dollar. Not too long ago, a euro was worth about $0.84. Now a euro is worth about $1.24.
...
Posted by bamchum, on Mar 8, 2004 at 10:25 AM, in Mac Notebooks
You are mistaken. You can buy AppleCare where... 740 Views / 10 Replies  
You are mistaken. You can buy AppleCare where you live regardless of where the PB was bought.
Posted by bamchum, on Feb 27, 2004 at 08:45 AM, in Mac Notebooks
I've got a US-bought powerbook and I live in... 740 Views / 10 Replies  
I've got a US-bought powerbook and I live in Europe.

Mine was registered at my parents' US address but I transferred it to my European address and haven't had a problem getting it repaired in...
Posted by bamchum, on Feb 26, 2004 at 08:40 PM, in Mac Notebooks
I thought V7350 would be 50th week, no? If so,... 2,239 Views / 30 Replies  
I thought V7350 would be 50th week, no? If so, not an early one at all...

Mine is a V7349 and it's nearly perfect. The one it replaced, a V7339, was the worst computer I've ever owned: white...
Posted by bamchum, on Feb 24, 2004 at 06:02 PM, in Mac Notebooks
That won't work since the version of the system... 660 Views / 5 Replies  
That won't work since the version of the system that's installed on the Ti probably won't start the Aluminum.

If the tool you're using allows it, you should just back up your home folder and...
Posted by bamchum, on Feb 24, 2004 at 05:52 PM, in Mac Notebooks
I know that when I'm encoding an AIFF file into... 1,646 Views / 15 Replies  
I know that when I'm encoding an AIFF file into 128kbps AAC off of my hard drive using iTunes, I get a maximum of about 15-16x speed. This is on a 1.25Ghz Aluminum PB.

I'd be interested to hear...
Posted by bamchum, on Feb 18, 2004 at 09:47 AM, in Mac Notebooks
1) We don't want to carry an extra battery. ... 4,899 Views / 59 Replies  
1) We don't want to carry an extra battery.

2) Some powerbooks get hot and run their fans if run constantly at "highest."

3) Some powerbooks' processors make an annoying sizzling noise when run...
Posted by bamchum, on Feb 18, 2004 at 09:45 AM, in Mac Notebooks
Come on. Speed matters. Not just for people who... 1,646 Views / 15 Replies  
Come on. Speed matters. Not just for people who are compressing video but for ordinary things.

For example, compare the responsiveness of the interface on a PowerMac G5 to any PowerBook G4. ...
Posted by bamchum, on Feb 15, 2004 at 05:56 PM, in Mac Notebooks
Hey, that's handy! Thanks a lot! 4,899 Views / 59 Replies  
Hey, that's handy!

Thanks a lot!
Posted by bamchum, on Feb 12, 2004 at 07:32 AM, in Mac Notebooks
I find that mine usually come(s) on right around... 588 Views / 3 Replies  
I find that mine usually come(s) on right around there (at 62 C = 143.6F). It's pretty quiet. Nothing like the fans on my former TiBook which were incredibly loud and on all the time.
Posted by bamchum, on Feb 11, 2004 at 12:26 PM, in Mac Notebooks
1) If you've got file vault turned on, they are... 1,965 Views / 34 Replies  
1) If you've got file vault turned on, they are not going to be able to look in your home folder.

2) Even if you don't and they can get into your drive, why on earth would they want to? They have...
Posted by bamchum, on Feb 11, 2004 at 05:58 AM, in Mac Notebooks
Eug, Do you know anything about whether xvi... 635 Views / 10 Replies  
Eug,

Do you know anything about whether xvi and cynikal are going to be coming out with region-free firmware for the UJ-816?
Posted by bamchum, on Feb 10, 2004 at 06:26 PM, in Mac Notebooks
If you're using OS X, why not just put all those... 1,965 Views / 34 Replies  
If you're using OS X, why not just put all those apps in a folder in your home directory? Then create a dummy user called "Apple" or something with no admin status and set the machine to...
Posted by bamchum, on Feb 9, 2004 at 05:41 PM, in Mac Notebooks
Also: ... 635 Views / 10 Replies  
Also:

http://www.metakine.com/products/dvdremaster/
Posted by bamchum, on Feb 9, 2004 at 05:39 PM, in Mac Notebooks
We could use a bit more information. What... 635 Views / 10 Replies  
We could use a bit more information.

What kind of DVD-R backups are you talking about?

Are you talking about a DVD-R of a ripped and compressed commercial DVD? A mac has no problem playing...
Posted by bamchum, on Feb 8, 2004 at 06:24 PM, in Mac Notebooks
Got the TiBook back. After keeping it 11 days,... 2,826 Views / 16 Replies  
Got the TiBook back. After keeping it 11 days, they did nothing and claim it is within spec (took them 11 days to figure it out!:mad: )

This machine is loud as hell. It's on its third logic...
Posted by bamchum, on Feb 6, 2004 at 10:07 PM, in Mac Notebooks
Jeez that is good sleuthing. I also would... 2,826 Views / 16 Replies  
Jeez that is good sleuthing.

I also would probably still be using my TiBook if I had known that.

As it is, I've just sent it in (I'm planning to sell it now that I've got an AlBook) to have the...
Posted by bamchum, on Feb 6, 2004 at 07:54 AM, in Mac Notebooks
I checked out some of the alternatives and I've... 1,459 Views / 15 Replies  
I checked out some of the alternatives and I've gotta say that the Kensington Microsaver is the class of this field. It's very well made and thin.

One thing to watch out for: the PBs are thinner...
Posted by bamchum, on Feb 6, 2004 at 07:49 AM, in Mac Notebooks
Thanks for the helpful replies. 522 Views / 8 Replies  
Thanks for the helpful replies.
Posted by bamchum, on Feb 4, 2004 at 05:38 PM, in Mac Notebooks
Lost my restore/Hardware Test DVD 522 Views / 8 Replies  
I've lost the restore/Hardware Test DVD that came with my 15" Aluminum PowerBook.

Or, rather, I left it at my parents' house in the US and had my mother ship it to me here in France and the...
Posted by bamchum, on Feb 4, 2004 at 09:31 AM, in Mac Notebooks
I don't think it is. I got rid of it when I... 1,354 Views / 14 Replies  
I don't think it is. I got rid of it when I upgraded to Panther and haven't had delayed sounds...
Posted by bamchum, on Jan 11, 2004 at 08:56 PM, in Mac Notebooks
That is excellent advice. I wish I had done... 824 Views / 4 Replies  
That is excellent advice. I wish I had done that. Seems every time my machine came back from apple it would have either warped trim around the screen or a gap in the case or a squeak in the keyboard...
Posted by bamchum, on Jan 9, 2004 at 01:25 PM, in Mac Notebooks
It's a common problem with these machines:... 748 Views / 2 Replies  
It's a common problem with these machines: poorly-installed keyboards. See, for example, these threads on Apple's boards:

http://discussions.info.apple.com/[email protected]@.599ba00d
...
Posted by bamchum, on Jan 8, 2004 at 02:06 PM, in Mac Notebooks
Definitely the UK number. AppleCare in the... 824 Views / 4 Replies  
Definitely the UK number.

AppleCare in the US won't even deal with your case if you're not in the country.

By the way: if you can wait until you're back in the US, you should consider doing so....
Posted by bamchum, on Jan 8, 2004 at 02:02 PM, in Mac Notebooks
How does that work? They have AC for PBs listed... 1,252 Views / 3 Replies  
How does that work? They have AC for PBs listed at the normal price of $349. Then, a bit further down the page is the same thing under "Apple Refurbished" for $255.

How can AC be "refurbished"? ...
Posted by bamchum, on Dec 29, 2003 at 05:33 PM, in Mac Notebooks
For what it's worth, after 4 repairs (3 of them... 1,555 Views / 8 Replies  
For what it's worth, after 4 repairs (3 of them to repair problems AppleCare either introduced or didn't fix the first time) I got a new one.

The difference between the old one and the new one is...
Posted by bamchum, on Dec 28, 2003 at 08:11 PM, in Mac Notebooks
Oh, and you should definitely have this... 1,555 Views / 8 Replies  
Oh, and you should definitely have this documented with Apple and get a case number right away.
Posted by bamchum, on Dec 28, 2003 at 04:44 PM, in Mac Notebooks
I had the same problem and sent the machine back... 1,555 Views / 8 Replies  
I had the same problem and sent the machine back immediately. It came back with the problem fixed but with other problems. So I sent it back again. And it came back with the annoying gap above the...
Posted by bamchum, on Dec 28, 2003 at 04:43 PM, in Mac Notebooks
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