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Mac Thread: Yes you can turn off the 3d glass effect! W/Y/H

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  • Dr. Phibbs McAtheyDr. Phibbs McAthey Registered User regular
    edited November 2007
    bash wrote: »
    I wouldn't bother getting a below spec machine to run Leopard. You'll essentially end up with Tiger++ for the full price of Leopard. I'd set that money aside and stop drinking expensive coffee for a few months and invest in a newer Leopard capable machine. If Tiger does everything you need just stick with your current setup until you need to do a HW upgrade. I've seen a few guides that use third party software on Tiger to emulate Leopard features. You might want to search around for those and then you can get new capability without spending unneeded effort making Leopard work poorly on under spec hardware.

    Yeah, I am pretty content with 10.3 for now on the old machine. I've been looking at macbook prices lately, but I'm fearful of buying one, with my luck on Apple hardware. Either I buy something and it's obsolete in less than 2 months (thank you, iBook and 3g iPod), or ridiculously easy to break (I'm looking at you, iPod that got dropped in the parking lot at work after only a few months in my service). Apple and I have had a falling out in the last few years, but I would still not ever own a non-Apple laptop. I've used and serviced a lot of non-Mac laptops, and they've all felt incredibly cheaply made. As rough as I am on my stuff in general, I wouldn't trust many to hold up for more than a few months with me. My poor iBook has been through the wringer, and almost 4 years later it's still as solid as when I got it, despite the latch having been busted for the last 2 of those :oops:

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  • RonenRonen Registered User
    edited November 2007
    The minimum is 1 Ghz with 512 mb of RAM. There were ways around Tiger's minimum specs, maybe there's something out there for Leopard.

    Copy and pasted from Apple.com:

    General requirements
    • Mac computer with an Intel, PowerPC G5, or PowerPC G4 (867MHz or faster) processor
    • 512MB of memory
    • DVD drive for installation
    • 9GB of available disk space
    • Some features require a compatible Internet service provider; fees may apply.
    • Some features require Apple's .Mac service; fees apply.

    Personally, I'm running Leopard on a 1GHz G4 Powerbook with 512MB RAM, and it runs... ok. It helps that I only use the Powerbook for word processing and occasional research, though. It's nowhere near as speedy as it is on my Core Duo Mac Mini with 2GB RAM.

    I think you'll be fine with 10.3. If you're going to upgrade that iBook, I'd stick with Tiger (10.4).

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  • LuqLuq Registered User regular
    edited November 2007
    Anyone have any recommendations on bags for a Macbook Pro 17? My work just ordered one for me, but I have nothing to carry it in. I'd prefer something messenger style but I'm not going to rule out backpacks. I'm not a briefcase type guy.

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  • LachLach Registered User
    edited November 2007
    Luq wrote: »
    Anyone have any recommendations on bags for a Macbook Pro 17? My work just ordered one for me, but I have nothing to carry it in. I'd prefer something messenger style but I'm not going to rule out backpacks. I'm not a briefcase type guy.

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    This is the Laptop Messenger for the 17 Pro

    They make some fantastic messenger bags. I bought my bag 2 years ago and use it every day. It still looks good as new.

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  • LuqLuq Registered User regular
    edited November 2007
    Thanks! That is a sweet looking bag. Now to convince my employer to purchase it for me...

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  • LachLach Registered User
    edited November 2007
    Luq wrote: »
    Thanks! That is a sweet looking bag. Now to convince my employer to purchase it for me...
    Did they buy the computer? Did they already give you one of those lame laptop bags? These bags are worth every penny. They are indestructible. (At least mine has been for me) I throw it around with my computer inside and haven't had any problems with damage to my computer. It will protect the Pro's exterior from dents and scratches and keep your work safe.

    That's all I've got.

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  • Dr. Phibbs McAtheyDr. Phibbs McAthey Registered User regular
    edited November 2007
    Ronen wrote: »
    The minimum is 1 Ghz with 512 mb of RAM. There were ways around Tiger's minimum specs, maybe there's something out there for Leopard.

    Copy and pasted from Apple.com:

    General requirements
    • 9GB of available disk space


    Jesus, 9GB of hard disk space just for the OS? That's a quarter of my iBook's storage capacity right there. Criminy.

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  • Brodo FagginsBrodo Faggins Registered User regular
    edited November 2007
    If you choose to not install printer drivers and language packs, you can pare that down a couple of gigs.

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  • apotheosapotheos Registered User, ClubPA
    edited November 2007
    I've been noticing a lot of problems getting Torrents to download with Transmission. I've heard and read that some places block Transmission, but I've read that for ages and its only very recently I have problems.

    Any advice on what I can do to figure out if that is actually the problem? I mean, maybe the tracker is just wildly inaccurate and nobody is sharing...or something.

    Also, what else can I use for Mac OS that isn't complete ass?

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  • Seaborn111Seaborn111 Registered User regular
    edited November 2007
    in the past, transmission has been blocked. yes.

    but not anymore.

    Which trackers are you using? some update in the area of once every 2-3 days. some update once every 2-3 weeks.

    people have offered me other torrent clients to try, but i always go back to transmission.

    just one mans opinion.

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  • Future BluesFuture Blues Registered User
    edited November 2007
    apotheos wrote: »
    I've been noticing a lot of problems getting Torrents to download with Transmission. I've heard and read that some places block Transmission, but I've read that for ages and its only very recently I have problems.

    Any advice on what I can do to figure out if that is actually the problem? I mean, maybe the tracker is just wildly inaccurate and nobody is sharing...or something.

    Also, what else can I use for Mac OS that isn't complete ass?

    As far as I can tell, there isn't much out there beside Azureus if you're looking for a Transmission alternative.

    I have the same problem with Transmission. It downloads slowly, or not at all, unless the torrent is extremely healthy. Azureus on the other hand downloads fast at the cost of performance at the OS level.

    There's also xTorrent, but I haven't heard anything about it because it's like $25 for basic functionality. I don't think it has a huge user base with that kind of entrance fee.

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  • ben0207ben0207 Registered User regular
    edited November 2007
    Yeah, I often find all but the healthiest* torrents are pig slow with Transmission. Maybe Tomato is better?


    *alright, porn, I'll be honest.

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  • ParkingtigersParkingtigers Registered User
    edited November 2007
    Transmission was always tip top with me. Wouldn't use anything else.

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  • ben0207ben0207 Registered User regular
    edited November 2007
    Christ, Tomato has less features than the Safari download manager. I'll stick with Trans.

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  • lordswinglordswing Registered User
    edited November 2007
    So I just got my 500 gig hard drive, can anyone recommend any back-up software? I may just splurge on Leopard, as I might need to use Boot Camp soon.

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  • Brodo FagginsBrodo Faggins Registered User regular
    edited November 2007
    Carbon Copy Cloner. If you splurge on Leopard right now, it'll have Time Machine (you can have selective backups by deselecting folders you don't want backed up to save space)

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  • DeathPrawnDeathPrawn Registered User
    edited November 2007
    iBackup is a great free program.

    I'd look into Leopard, though. Time Machine is awesome, you think you want Boot Camp, and the other features are awesome. Most of what I love about it are the little things - being able to scroll in a window without giving it focus (I swear, I don't know how I lived without this), stacks, no-setup VNC through iChat, stuff like that.

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  • Doc HollidayDoc Holliday Registered User regular
    edited November 2007
    Does the newest boot camp allow you to boot/install windows from/to an external drive yet?

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  • ben0207ben0207 Registered User regular
    edited November 2007
    DeathPrawn wrote: »
    iBackup is a great free program.

    I'd look into Leopard, though. Time Machine is awesome, you think you want Boot Camp, and the other features are awesome. Most of what I love about it are the little things - being able to scroll in a window without giving it focus (I swear, I don't know how I lived without this), stacks, no-setup VNC through iChat, stuff like that.

    Tiger had this too, I recall. Though I agree it is incredibly handy.

    I'm about to nuke my BC partition just so I can play with TM on it. Wish me luck!

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  • DeathPrawnDeathPrawn Registered User
    edited November 2007
    ben0207 wrote: »
    DeathPrawn wrote: »
    iBackup is a great free program.

    I'd look into Leopard, though. Time Machine is awesome, you think you want Boot Camp, and the other features are awesome. Most of what I love about it are the little things - being able to scroll in a window without giving it focus (I swear, I don't know how I lived without this), stacks, no-setup VNC through iChat, stuff like that.

    Tiger had this too, I recall. Though I agree it is incredibly handy.

    I'm about to nuke my BC partition just so I can play with TM on it. Wish me luck!

    The computers I use in comp sci class run Tiger, and it frustrates the hell out of me that it doesn't work. Is it lurking in the settings somewhere?

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  • ben0207ben0207 Registered User regular
    edited November 2007
    Maybe I'm just being thick then.

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  • Brodo FagginsBrodo Faggins Registered User regular
    edited November 2007
    Tiger definitely doesn't have this, although a few specific apps might have had it.

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  • LewishamLewisham Registered User regular
    edited November 2007
    I had no idea you could do this at all.

    I very much doubt you could do it in Tiger for limited apps; I don't see a way it can be programmed as the app is not active so wouldn't be receiving events. It would have to be through the whole OS or none at all.

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  • AzioAzio Registered User regular
    edited November 2007
    Is there a music/video player for OS X, in the vein of Winamp or Foobar, preferably with ShoutCast support, that won't make me gag?

    Basically just anything that plays mp3s and playlists without trying to import every goddamn file I click on would be stellar.

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  • lordswinglordswing Registered User
    edited November 2007
    So I just realized, once I formatted my external HD to Mac OS X Extended Journal or w/e, if my MacBook goes down, my hard drive does as well, correct? Going Fat 32 is the most compatible way right? Is there an easy way to do this with 500 gigs?

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  • Brodo FagginsBrodo Faggins Registered User regular
    edited November 2007
    Why...would your external hd die if your internal one does? The point of an external is so that you'll still have your data backed up on it if the internal dies.

    And avoid Fat 32 unless you absolutely have to have it connected to windows machines on a network. My 500 gig external came formatted in Fat 32.

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  • lordswinglordswing Registered User
    edited November 2007
    Why...would your external hd die if your internal one does? The point of an external is so that you'll still have your data backed up on it if the internal dies.

    And avoid Fat 32 unless you absolutely have to have it connected to windows machines on a network. My 500 gig external came formatted in Fat 32.

    Can you grab files from a OS X formatted HD through Windows?

    My MacBook is the only machine I have running OS X, so if that goes down, I won't be able to access my external, unless it's compatible with Windows.

    *edit*Google says Mac Drive would allow me to use my external, so there goes that worry, though it does cost $50, yuck.

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  • Brodo FagginsBrodo Faggins Registered User regular
    edited November 2007
    Aren't windows machines able to read HFS+, but can't write to them?

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  • ROFISHROFISH AnehiixiiRegistered User regular
    edited November 2007
    Aren't windows machines able to read HFS+, but can't write to them?

    You have it backwards, OS X can read NTFS but not write. Windows doesn't read HFS+ at all.

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  • Baron DirigibleBaron Dirigible Registered User regular
    edited November 2007
    Lewisham wrote: »
    I had no idea you could do this at all.

    I very much doubt you could do it in Tiger for limited apps; I don't see a way it can be programmed as the app is not active so wouldn't be receiving events. It would have to be through the whole OS or none at all.
    This was annoying me for a while, because I knew it was possible, but couldn't remember how it worked. So I played around for a bit and boy howdy, it's wildly inconsistent:

    Suppose Finder and Safari are both open. With Finder active and Safari inactive, you can hold command and click to drag the Safari scrollbars. With Safari active and Finder inactive, clicking the Finder scrollbar will always make Finder active.

    With multiple Finder windows open, you can use the mouse scroll-wheel to scroll through inactive windows, but you can't use the scrollbars directly, command key or no. With multiple Safari windows open, you can use the command key and the scrollbar, but not the scroll-wheel. What the fuck, OS X.

    Also, the word "scroll" has now lost all meaning to me.

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  • Shazkar ShadowstormShazkar Shadowstorm Registered User regular
    edited November 2007
    ROFISH wrote: »
    Aren't windows machines able to read HFS+, but can't write to them?

    You have it backwards, OS X can read NTFS but not write. Windows doesn't read HFS+ at all.

    Though if really needed, there is MacDrive, which has a free trial for those emergencies when you need it.

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  • ruforufo Registered User
    edited November 2007
    hoodie13 wrote: »
    OK, all you people who said I should buy my own RAM and install it myself. I need help finding the right RAM, as I'm completely lost here on NewEgg.

    What on this page do you KNOW I can install and you KNOW will work well? What makes some RAM better than others? Who makes the best RAM? Is there anyone I should absolutely stay away from?

    You need to click the "DDR 667" filter, and then basically read the reviews to make sure it works OK in Apple hardware.

    If you're going for 4GB though, you should get a 2x2GB kit as it'll boost your speed (especially if you're on a MacBook, where you need matched pairs to get any sort of decent graphics performance). It's a separate selection on the Capacity filter. If you want a shortcut to 4GB, this looks like it should fit the bill - mushkin's a fairly respectable brand and there are plenty of Mac users saying it works great in their computers.

    Alternatively, if you want to make make it easy and make sure you get The Good Stuff, just go to www.crucial.com and pick which laptop you have. This is what I recommend to most newbies as it's almost impossible to order the wrong kind of RAM, it's often the same stuff that Apple puts in their computers and they'll stand behind their product in case something isn't right.

    Cheap RAM is like eating at the greasy diner in the ghetto - you might be OK, but you might get bad diarrhea, only in a computer's case it'll crash oddly and randomly. Make sure the RAM you buy has a lifetime warranty (even most - but not all - cheaper manufacturers will have that), and that people say it works in the computer you're buying, and you should be OK.

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  • GihgehlsGihgehls Registered User regular
    edited November 2007
    ROFISH wrote: »
    Aren't windows machines able to read HFS+, but can't write to them?

    You have it backwards, OS X can read NTFS but not write. Windows doesn't read HFS+ at all.

    You can set up a samba share on the os x machine. It dosen't matter to windows what the file system is because the host takes care of it.

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  • 12gauge12gauge Registered User regular
    edited December 2007
    Guys, I have a significant problem - it seems my headphone port on my headphone is broken - I can only hear something on the right channel. It is definately on the macbook side of things, as I tried 3 different working headphones. (The balance slider is centered)
    I read that the macbook sometimes sets the output to mono and I should just reset it to stereo, but I can't find this option in the system preferences? I really need both channels on the output, so do I have to send it to Apple? That is the worst possible option, as this is my only available mac hardware and I need it for my master thesis (which I also need those headphone for). How long would that take? How can I make an image of the whole harddrive?

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  • drhazarddrhazard Registered User regular
    edited December 2007
    Hello Mac people! I'm hoping to get a Macbook soon, my first and the only Apple product I've personally owned besides my family's old IIe. I wanted to ask two quick questions first.

    - I read back a few pages and didn't see anything particular about Macworld rumors. Should I really hold off if I want either the base Macbook or the next step up? I've heard everything from a touch-screen Cinema display to a metal-clad Macbook design. If it's the latter, I may buy before then, as I feel the plastic wouldn't show off scratches as much, and I've heard reports the metal Pro cases act as a Faraday cage.

    - How useful would the Apple Care protection prove? I don't see anything about accident coverage. Also, is it possible to buy Apple Care after the fact?

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  • mastmanmastman Registered User regular
    edited December 2007
    You can buy AppleCare up to a year after you buy your computer.

    Warranties are basically like this: It is a wager with Apple that any manufacturing fault will not exceed the price of the warranty. They have the figures, you don't.

    that being said...

    I got the applecare with my new macbook when I bought it last year. Laptops are probably the only product that I ever purchase the warranty for. I have not regretted it.


    So far as waiting for macworld... might as well. It is right around the corner. And if you don't like what they have, I'm sure you can rush to the store and get the old model. Maybe for a discount, I don't know.

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  • redimpulseredimpulse Registered User
    edited December 2007
    Man the screen brace for my old PowerBook G4 broke on me last night. I'm not happy with this at all, especially since I can in no way afford a new Mac any time soon.

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  • Brodo FagginsBrodo Faggins Registered User regular
    edited December 2007
    You could always just plug in a spare monitor to hold you over.

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  • AdrienAdrien Registered User
    edited December 2007
    All of my core apps are out of beta now.

    Is it good for you too, Leopard? Is it?

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  • GihgehlsGihgehls Registered User regular
    edited December 2007
    So I'm a network administrator/only-person-who-knows-anything-about-video-encoding at a small web-design/hosting/site managment house. We have roughly one Mac here in the office for every 10 Windows boxes. Most of my work is in windows. The software I use most often is VirtualDub (with avisynth) and Remote Administrator, followed by Outlook and Excell. Recently I have been given the option of using a really badass quad xeon, 4 gig monster mac pro as my main machine at work, and I know it has a Parallels license on it, so I'm wondering if you guys think I will be able to continue to support all my PC users and do my encoding work from inside osx, or if I should just boot camp that mother out.

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