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  1. The information "120gb is the maximum that the MacBook will recognize" is false. What is true is that 120gb is the largest drive Apple is offering preinstalled.


    The important thing to keep in mind when upgrading a MacBook hard drive is that it uses a SATA interface. This is a relatively new development in notebook hard drives. Most older notebooks use the IDE hard drive interface, such a drive will not wqork in a MacBook.


    I just read that OWC (macsales.com) is selling two different models of 160gb SATA drives which they are explicitly targeting at the MacBooks.


    I'd suggest you avoid the Hitachi drives, as they are descended from IBM hard drives, and IBM made the notoriously unreliable Deathstar series (sometimes called Deskstar). We had 4 of them fail within 6 months, and that was just in our home!


    I ordered my MacBook with the optional 120gb drive, Apple installed a TOSHIBA MK1234GSX and it has been flawless. It is very quiet too.


    Please tell us which drive you end up getting, and how you like it.

  2. There are ways to reduce the size of a Tiger installation after it has completed, but I'm not aware of a way to reduce it during the installation process. I expect the installation would fail and might leave the notebook in a (fixable) non-bootable condition.


    Perhaps you might be able to connect an external hard drive, install Tiger on that, then reduce the size of that installation sufficiently to make it fit, then clone it to your internal drive.


    I would not try this. I think you would be entering into the valley of tears.


    Even if you did succeed, I'd expect Tiger to perform miserably if it did not have several hundred megabytes of free hard disk to use for swapping memory and creating cache files.

  3. I am particularly wondrering if there's a major difference between "ultrasharp" and a regular monitor with the same specs.


    Within the Dell product line the Ultrasharp displays are much better. Jorellh is correct about the higher pixel density. That alone makes a display better.


    As others have said, avoid a bargain basement LCD, it will look terrible.

  4. Hi guys, hope someone can solve this on for me, I'm from the UK, I'm getting married in Vegas in April 07 and we've just come into some money, that means a trip to the vegas apple store is on the cards, we're gonna get a Macbook Pro for me, a new macbook for the missus and a mac mini for the lounge, my only concern is, will the Macs work ok if I use british power supplies once we're home?  

    i use my charger for my powerbook no problem everytime i'm abroad by using a cheap travel adaptor but i dont know how a US mac mini would be over on this side of the pond, dont want the house to blow up or a new mac to die 10 seconds after using it at home!


    I believe you will find that all current Apple power supplies will work just fine with the 240VAC 60Hz in the UK. I certainly had no trouble with my MacBook power supply earlier this month in Scotland, Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland.


    Of course you'll need US to UK plug adapters, but those are just passive electrical connectors so they should not cost very much.

  5. We have a number of Dell Ultrasharp LCDs here, and they are very good displays. I use two of them in my office, and my partner has two in his office connected to 2 SunRays in a dual head configuration.


    We have 2 that are 20.1", one 19" and one 17" in our house/data center. None has ever failed or behaved unexpectedly.


    I'd have to say they are well above average in sharpness and detail, but their color fidelity may not be quite as good as displays costing twice as much. I do not prefer the Dell displays for working with photographs, but they may be no more than a personal preference I suppose.


    All things considered they are among the best you could get when you consider quality against price. I certainly prefer the display built in to my iMac for working with photographs.

  6. then you need a pc!  :wink:


    [insert drum roll]


    That was very clever :-)


    But seriously I'd suggest a basic MacBook for this person, as it is the least expensive portable Mac. And it comes preloaded with lots of good stuff too.

  7. Elements has less features.


    To be exactly correct we should say that Photoshop Elements has fewer features, since they can easily be counted.


    Less is used for differences not expected to be enumerated, while fewer is correct when counting is likely to be possible.


    For example, I might drink fewer cups of coffee with less sugar in each one. However I intend to keep drinking just as many cups of coffee as I do now.


    Honestly I'm not trying to be difficult, it's just that I'm a writer by trade so I take these silly little things seriously. I hope I have not annoyed you, sir.

  8. I did an Archive & Install today, and now I'm unable to reproduce the kernel panic problem I was having before. It may be just a bit too soon to be certain, but it seems as though it is fixed.


    This is a much better result than sending my MacBook back to Apple for repair!


    I've only noticed 2 minor issues as a result of the Archive & Install, first the MacBook forgot the WEP key for our WLAN - very easy to fix, and it also forgot the login picture I had assigned to my user account - also a very trivial issue.


    My copy of Macrodobe DreamWrecker is still registered, and it has remembered my keychain too.


    It was my first time reinstalling an Apple OS, so I was very gentle with myself. It didn't hurt nearly as much as I was worried it might.


    It seems like a happy ending :-)

  9. CFSporn is correct again.


    It is a widely used convention in the web hosting and tech writing industries that sample text in a template is in random Latin. it's easy to see why it would look like Italian.


    Sorry you went to so much trouble over this.

  10. Windows is fatally flawed because it was never meant to be an operating system.


    This is exactly true.


    Windows was also never designed with the concepts of security or networking in mind. The original design had absolutely no support for networking protocols, and any user could (and still can) quite easily trash the entire system, accidentally or on purpose.


    Of course they have retrofit networking (very ineptly) and they've made lame attempts to secure Windows, but the flaws in the original design haunt them to this day. Windows will always have serious security problems as long as it can still run the huge existing base of Windows programs. The one and only way that Microsoft would ever be able to create a secure operating system would be buy throwing all of their existing source code in a dumpster and starting over. This would break all existing Windows programs, leaving Microsoft in the same boat as Linus Torvalds.


    This is why the US Department of Homeland Security, through it's Computer Emergency Readiness Team (CERT) has advised home computer users not to use Microsoft web browsers. reference


    Back in the early 1990s when Microsoft was illegally using their monopoly position to destroy Netscape, they made the STUPIDEST DECISION IN THE HISTORY OF THE COMPUTER INDUSTRY. This was when they decided to give web developers direct access to the Windows shell through the use of extremely insecure Active X extensions to the world's least secure web browser. This idiotic move on their part gave rise to an entire industry of malware authors. Everyone that uses a computer is still paying for this mistake, as much of the malware, virus and spam Internet traffic is based on malware that has been auto-installed using the literally hundreds of security holes in Internet Exploder.


    By comparison, the BSD operating system on which NeXT and OS X are based has a superb security model and support for TCP/IP right in the kernel.


    In addition, the design philosophy at Apple is superior. Apple is to Microsoft as Toyota is to Chevrolet.


    Toyota tries to build the best cars they can, while Chevrolet seeks to create a product that can legally be described as a car.


    Apple tries to create the best operating system they can, while Microsoft does not seem to know what they want to do, except make it harder for their enemies (developers at third party companies).


    By now you may have realized that I'm not very much impressed with Microsoft, and I like OS X much better. For good technical reasons as well as personal taste.

  11. My first comment to people's PC problems is now "should've gotten a Mac."


    I'm completely over being expected to give free technical support to everyone I know. I now have a response much like yours that *every* PC owner gets, "The best advice I can give you is to buy a Mac." Repeat once for each question. Eventually they catch on that they need to go spend their money instead of having me clean up their garbage for free.


    I was a Mac virgin until May of last year. And I've worked full time in the computer industry since 1978. So I've got an awfully bad attitude toward MS operating systems, having been forced to use them since the days of MS-DOS.


    By comparison I find OS X to be much less user hostile, quite obviously carefully designed, and usually sensible. There are a few things that do annoy me though, like multiple cryptic names and nonsensical icons on keyboards. For example, there seems to be about 5 different names and/or icons for the two identical keys to the left and right of the spacebar on an Apple keyboard. That really, really, really annoys me. A lot.


    I would prefer to have one name per key. When do I press the Apple key instead of the Command key, for example? And when is the Option key an Alt key instead of an Option key? And how am I expected to know which key it is at any given moment if it is so often both or just one at a time?


    Granted having a 149 year old brain does make it harder for me to learn new tricks, but still, one name per keyboard key would be an improvement.

  12. Thanks to everyone for the replies. I've decided to try an Archive & Reinstall before contacting Apple. But first I am making a complete backup because I've never met anybody that regretted making a backup.


    The backup is going to take a while, as I only have 30gb free on my 120gb hard drive.


    I'll post in this thread again when I have more news.



  13. My otherwise perfectly lovely MacBook has a tendency to kernel panic, especially when I wake it from sleep. I know people are often grouchy when they first wake up, but I refuse to accept this behavior from a computer.


    If I put the MacBook to sleep (by closing the lid), then connect the power supply, and remove the power supply just a second or two before opening the lid, it will kernel panic at least 50% of the time.


    During my recent vacation it prolly kernel paniced 8 times. I hate when that happens.


    I wonder if any other MacBook owners are seeing this problem?


    I intend to talk to Apple about this, but want to know if other folks have trouble if they disconnect the power supply from a sleeping MacBook.

  14. 1] It just works


    2] It just works the way you'd expect it to


    3] It is not necessary to hobble the system with bloated self-defense software from companies like Norton or Symantec


    4] New software can be installed without needing to reboot


    5] Running programs can not easily escalate their own privileges


    6] Malware is not automatically executed


    7] It's a beauty to behold


    8] There is no central registry which can take down the entire system if it becomes corrupted


    9] It does not constantly produce unnecessary and extremely annoying modal dialog boxes which must be dismissed before the system can continue to be used


    10] It does not use the world's least secure web browser by default

  15. I know this is a nice discusssion, but it is obviously spam.


    this guy has not replied, and it is a stupid question. He may be trying to increase his google rating, but makes post that don't appear to be spam.


    What Google rating? Sometimes people post messages that contain links to websites in order to increase the page rank of those sites, but this person posted no links in his message. I do not see how it could be spam. The message does relate to using a Mac, and so it is relevant to this forum.

  16. How can I crash my Mac OS X? version 10.3.9  (also need the fix for it too)


    1) Connect an external hard drive and mount it.

    2) Put the computer to sleep.

    3) While it is still asleep, disconnect the external drive.

    4) Wake the computer and enjoy your kernel panic message.

  17. Boot the computer from the install DVD (or CD) and then try to verify and/or repair your disk.


    It would be wise to make a backup first, if the computer is working well enough to allow this.


    It would be even wiser if you had made a backup before this trouble started :-)

  18. This post seems way to confrontational to bother with.  For one thing he seems to have already returned the mac so why are we bothering offering solutions.  Why exactly would you sign up for an apple tech forum after you already got rid of your mac?


    Hi Josh


    The OP did say that he was a proud owner until today, but he did not explicitly state that he had returned his Mac. I took him to mean that he was not so proud any longer, not that he had returned the purchase.


    I agree with Goatman, I think the guy was venting. I sure do that sometimes, well quite often, so I'm going to cut him some slack :-)


    And Trium Shockwave is certainly correct, virtually all PC sound cards have a Mic input designed for the low level signal that comes from a typical microphone. This is in addition to a line level input as is found on a Mac.


    I too was puzzled when I could not get a PC style headeset to work with my Power Mac. If I recall correctly the nice people here helped me to understand what was going on.

  19. What is missing from this thread is an understanding of the differences between a common microphone and a line input.


    Most microphones produce an output level in the range of millivolts. In order for this to be used successfully it must be connected to a rather high gain amplifier.


    A line input connection, which is what is found on all current Mac models, is designed to accept an input signal of about 1 volt.


    To use a standard microphone with a Mac you would need to first boost the signal level by running it through a preamplifier that has a microphone level input and a line level output.


    USB microphones completely sidestep this issue because they present a digitized audio stream to the computer wrapped inside the USB protocol.


    Powered microphones, a term not often encountered outside the Mac world it seems to me, are microphones that contain an integral preamplifier so that they output a line level ~1Volt signal.


    I agree with the other posters that a USB microhone is a good solution. Logitech makes both USB microphones and USB headsets. Most people report good results with the Logitech products, myself included.

  20. I've never watched any of these programs. I prefer to have my TV turned off, it is so much less noisy and annoying when it is off.


    I will watch local news, cycling and the occasional movie.


    I did not vote...

  21. I respect your interest in seeing and using real file name extensions. Phooey on protecting the user from useful information!


    I'm not aware of a way to do exactly what you ask, but you might enjoy a little shareware program I use to manipulate file names for my photo collection: A Better Finder Rename.


    It features a very well designed user interface, and it is wicked fast at renaming hundreds of files.



    I found this program by reading the OS X Downloads page on Macs Are Great!, one of the many websites in my extensive WWW collection.


  22. It is not possible to power a typical 3.5" hard drive from a properly designed USB interface.


    The USB interface provides a 5VDC output that is current-limited to 500ma per port. This means that a maximum of 2.5 watts is available.


    A typical modern 3.5" hard drive requires about 6 watts of power just to keep spinning, and up to about 14 watts when seeking. (source).


    In summary, Matt is right again.