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  1. Hi Everyone, I had my Mum and Dad setup with the following: Mac Mini (PowerPC G4) Mac OS Tiger (10.4) MacBook Mac OS Snow Leopard (10.6) The Mac Mini has a USB HP Photosmart C5200 attached and this was setup to be shared, and the Macbook could print across the network. However I got them a newer Mac mini (2010 - last of the DVD drives) with Mountain Lion installed, too replace the old Mac mini. Local printing works fine, I switched off the Firewall and setup the printer / scanner to be shared for everyone. But the MacBook will not print, just says it's busy. Am using the IP address of the Mac Mini to send to the printer, as Macbook does find any printers. Any advice, without replacing the printer to a wireless version or upgrading/downgrading OS? Many thanks Gregg
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    Can not print to a shared printer

    Thanks chaps, Am afraid I can't really use the old mac mini as it's too be sold. I did check the Print Queue on both computers and they are clear. When I print on the MacBook (after a reboot both machines) it says it's printing 100% then it goes busy, retry, retry, etc.
  3. Well it's coming up to the Mac Mini's 3 year birthday and it's still working a treat. Except it has now decided not load DVD films anymore. It takes the DVD makes a couple of noises and then ejects. I have rebooted still the same thing. It takes the Leopard DVD no problem though. My MacBook doesn't have a problem with any of DVD films. It's a tad annoying as it's my media centre player hooked up to my TV. Is it a new mac mini or be brave and try and replace the Combo drive? Any suggestions would be welcome Cheers Gregg
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    Mac Mini Combo Drive just ejects DVD's

    I thought put's a CD lens cleaning disc in slot loading drive was not good? In the end I bought an external DVD burner powered by USB, fairly cheap as well.
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    Shortcuts on Desktop

    Use Spotlight or put your fav apps in the dock. So much quick than shortcuts on a desktop.
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    Default Screen Resolution

    Hi Everyone, I have had my Mac Mini hooked upto my Sony HD TV for a year or so now. But if the Mac Mini boots while the TV is switched off it defaults to 800x600. This wasn't a problem before but iTunes now insists upon a higher resolution and this seemed to crash my EyeTV (TV recorder app). Obviously once I turn the TV on and then switch on the Mac Mini it's fine. This is a pain as the Mini will switch itself on when a recording is due during the night. Is it possible to keep the default screen resolution of the TV regardless if the TV is on or not? Pretty obvious I know but I think OS X Leopard can be a bit too clever... Many thanks in advance Gregg
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    MacBook cracked case

    Hi Everyone, I have a 2 year old MacBook which is great especially after switching the 80Gb 5400rpm stock hard drive for a 320Gb 7200rpm. Well I didn't bother with Applecare, but the case is cracked in the widely reported right hand side of the keyboard bezel. Could I get this fixed for free? I live nowhere near an Apple store. Or is it a DIY job? Anyone?
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    iPhone Development

    Hi Everyone, Like many other people in the world, I love my iPhone and see the potential to develop an app that may provide extra income. I have downloaded the SDK to try and figure how I could write an app. But my days of simple C+ development where 10 years ago and long forgotten. I found the online guides provided by Apple to be too much for me to take in. I have have googled for Books for iPhone SDK but I not sure which book would be for, let's face it, a beginner! Any suggestions for any Books would be welcome. Of course learning the SDK will delay my million dollar app... Thanks in Advanced Gregg
  9. Am surprised nobody has put anything up about the Apple announcement on Tuesday, so here is my take on the announcement from a UK point of view: MacBook Air was revised better graphics processor, but it's still expensive and a fashion statement. (sorry) MacBook, this is were I get confused. First the black MacBook is gone. The white MacBook is now the starting point of the MacBook range it has the same spec as before (2.1 CPU, onboard Intel GMA graphics, 1Gb RAM, 120Gb Drive) and it is the cheapest at $999 a full $100 cheaper in the US. However this looks like a bit of a fire sale to get rid of old stock, plus in the UK the price has actually gone up from £699 to £719. Not a lot but it's an increase which is a bit of shame. However there two other models which are in aluminum case, it's thinner, same CPU's (2.0/2.4GHz), same RAM 2Gb / 4Gb, but the graphics is the new 9400m GT NVidia chip which will improve things. A glass button less touch pad with upto four finger gestures. Plus the keyboard is backlit. Oh and Firewire is not present on these new MacBooks. All MacBooks come with the standard 13.3" screen, of which the white is glossy, while the new models are glass (glossy). Prices for the new models have risen on both sides of the pond. Here in the UK, what was £829 is now £949 and what was £999 is now £1149. Personally the new models look nice but I would wait to find out what the new glass trackpad is like and if the NVidia chipset boosts performance. If you have firewire then you may want the older style MacBook or go for the MacBook Pro. Personally I would browse the refurb store of older MacBooks or MacBook Pro instead of buying a entry level one, at least you will get a discount. Anyway Steve & Co also presented us with the New MacBook Pro. Once again only two of the three models got re-newed. If your looking for a new 17" MacBook Pro you will have to wait, it has slight refresh, I think. The new two models are both 15" screen which are glass and no Matt versions available. Both come in the new thinner aluminium case, and have the glass button less trackpad. You can now easily swap the hard drive on the MacBook Pro (which I assume couldn't before) and there are options for Solid State Drive (which cost a pretty penny or two). Unlike the new MacBooks the pro does have a firewire 800 port and like the MacBooks they have a mini DVI port for external monitors. The new models come with 2.4/2.53Ghz CPU's, 2Gb / 4Gb Ram. Plus these have the 9600M GT nVidia chips for graphics which boast significant performance increase in Photoshop / Aperture. Once again these look very nice but are expensive. If you want 17" or a matt screen check out the refurb store. Otherwise these will set you back £1,399 and £1749 So overall these MacBook / MacBook Pros look great, run great but you will pay a premium for the new models. And if your in the US, then the new entry MacBook is a bit cheaper. I know we pay more here in the UK, always have and always will. And I know Apple products always are at a premium but if they had kept the entry MacBook the same price, then I think potential customers in the UK would be less annoyed about the premium of the new designs. I think my nearly 2 year old white MacBook (in a Green SpecTec case) is fine for my web browsing, simple photo / video editing needs. So I'll be waiting for the next refresh maybe MacWorld 2010. Remember once you have a Mac you never go back and that price isn't everything, but quality is.
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    Top Tip for UK Mac users

    Thanks for the top tip Ramtha. I bought my folk a Mac Mini G4 coming upto two years ago (second hand) and I wondered about suggesting Skype (video) but was unsure about webcams for mac. Does it have a builtin microphone? Can you tell me if you tried it on mac with a PowerPC processor? Good stuff..
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    O2 offering pre-order iPhone

    Well got an email this morning offering the option to Pre-Order a 8Gb iPhone & Accessories for Contract only. You can pre-order online and it will be delivered on 11th July. However it does say while stocks last. No 16Gb on offer. Personally probably willing to wait and go in Store. Free delivery but it will require a signature...
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    3G iPhone on O2 in the UK

    Hi Everyone, This is a bit focused on the UK as that is where am from. I have a Motorola v3 Razr on Vodafone pay as you go. I don't chat a lot on the phone, but I do text quite often and certainly would be interested of web surfing and email. I held off the first iPhone for the following reasons: First it was the price to buy and then sign up to a contract at £30 (about $50 to $60) per month. I mean I only spend about £50 a year at the moment. Secondly Edge network, would result in slow web browsing. So with the announcement of 3G iPhone that solve one of the problems and I noticed O2 is thinking of doing Pay as you go. So my questions are now, how much is the new phone? I would probably pay £200 for 8Gb model, maybe £275 for 16Gb model Is O2 any good in terms of services and reception, I live in Newcastle, I would think reception is good. Details are unclear at the moment but I wonder if any features would be disabled on the Pay as you go (visual voicemail), also what are data rates (speed & £)? I have a iPod 5.5 but an iPhone would mean my wife could have this instead of an old iPod Mini. Any thoughts anyone......
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    3G iPhone on O2 in the UK

    Yes heard about the leaked prices and also heard that £300 for the 8Gb model and get 6 months of unlimited data, then it's £10 per month there after. So contract. £99 + (18 months @ £30) = £639 or PayG. £300 + (12 months @ £10) + say £50 top-up for calls and texts = £470 As I say I don't text that much and talk even less. or as my wife says, don't get one and save even more...
  14. Hi Everyone, Before I go downloading films from iTunes I need to know the following: I have a Mac mini hooked up to my Sony Bravia HD TV. I would like to download Star Trek II (the best trekkie film) but it says it's in Widescreen. Does this mean the dreaded letterbox or will it scale to 16:9 or even full screen?? Just that Widescreen DVD's didn't I had to rip them to 16:9 with handbrake. I know £6.99 isn't alot but downloading 2GB to find out that I have to watch a small window would be a waste of time, bandwidth and of course cash. I have bought wallace and gromit shows, and these came in 4:3 which I don't mind as they are fairly short. But a film is a different matter. Any advice would be welcomed. Cheers
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    iTunes films - Widescreen

    It downloaded now and it's displays in a letterbox view.... So a widescreen TV means nothing and obviously it's the same on my widescreen Macbook. Any suggestions???
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    iTunes films - Widescreen

    Well I have gone for it, I will let you know the result....
  17. Hi Everyone, I currently have a Linksys WAG200G ADSL modem / router which purchased last year and although this is more reliable than my old Belkin that would only let two computers talk on the wireless link, the Linksys does have issues. 1. The wireless signal isn't great according to iStat Wireless widget it never gets above 47%, averages 39%. 2. I had all sorts of problem trying to get my Cisco VPN client to work, but did in the end. Linksys support sucks when you say MAC they give Windows cmd prompts, errr. So, am looking to upgrade to 802.11n, so I can backup quickly to a central drive. At the moment it does take a while to copy files if the file was over 100Mb in size. I live in the UK and I have BT phone line not Cable. Therefore the Apple Airport Extreme would require an ADSL modem and therefore this makes it very expensive. So am looking for a third party Modem/Router. On my wireless network I have the following: Two MacBooks, a Mac Mini and Wii So is there any suggestions out there for a ADSL modem/router? On a second point how do I tell in the 802.11n is enabled on the MAC's? The Network Utility on the MacBooks says Wireless Network Adapter (802.11 a/b/g/n), however the Mac Mini says Wireless Network Adapter (802.11 a/b/g) Can the Mac Mini be updated to 802.11n? Also I read that Apple where charging for the 11n update for MacBooks? Any advice would be welcomed.. Cheers
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    Upgrading from 11g to 11n

    Thanks for the reply guys. Thanks for the enabler tip Harry and it turns out that the MacBooks are 802.11n enabled already. It looks like the Mac Mini is the problem though. I have two seagate 500Gb FreeAgent drives attached to the mac mini as it acts as my media server because connected to my HD TV and also has an EyeTV connected so I can record TV. I can't connect the mac mini by cable due to location. So it looks like a Airport extreme with a separate modem, thanks again for the link. I think I may wait and move large projects by usb stick / hard drive. Thanks again for the tips though guys and if anyone else has any tips or suggestions.
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    Who is on my wireless network

    The guys before have mentioned the DHCP Client list tables that can be found on your router via your web browser. The suggestion for using wireless keys preferably WPA is a must. However you can take your security one more step. Most routers can be setup so it will only accept wireless connection from certain devices. Each computer that has a network connection will have a MAC address. This MAC address is unique to the computer, so you can tell the router only to accept a connection from certain MAC addresses and these addresses can be found in your DHCP list. The only draw back is that if a friend comes round with a laptop and you want them to access the wireless network you will need to add their MAC address to the list. But it will certainly stop unwanted access.
  20. Hi everyone, I want to get my wife a Apple Laptop for Christmas. At the moment she has a Thinkpad R50e with 1.25Gb RAM running XP. It's a bit slow now for booting due to ZoneAlarm, Avast, etc. Plus due XP crashing often and wifi being slow. I have a MacBook 13" intel core 2 duo with 2Gb, and left her to use for a day and she say it was fine, although when she when to use her Thinkpad the screen is much bigger 15", she says the 13" screen was ok, but I don't have enough for brand new MacBook Pro. However I have seen a MacBook Pro for £1100 (refurb) with 15" screen and 2Gb RAM, 128Mb Graphics, DVD burner, etc. Also I seen the 2.2Ghz MacBook (Brand New) with 1Gb RAM, DVD Burner, etc for £829. I can upgrade the RAM to 4GB for £90 (Ocra.co.uk) Problem is I don't know which one to get. She does web browsing and some photo editing (not photoshop). Is the MacBook Pro much quicker with Graphics or will the extra RAM in the MacBook make it the better buy?? Why can't Apple do a 15" MacBook!!!!! Help
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    Christmas MacBook vs MacBook Pro

    Well I have gone for MacBook refurb!!! Got a MacBook 2.2Ghz with 2Gb, 120Gb HD and Superdrive, plus it's the MacBook that can go to 4Gb and it comes with Leopard. It was basically the same as the MacBook Pro refrub, except the screen and graphics card, but this MacBook is £350 cheaper. Video editing isn't a concern at the moment and if it ever does then we probably go for a iMac. All my mac have been refurb's in the past and I've always got a surprise: iBook G4 came with 384Mb instead of 256Mb Mac Mini came with 1Gb instead 512Mb MacBook came with 2Gb instead 1Gb So hopefully this one may come with more RAM??? If it does it would be a bonus!!!! Anyway thanks for all the suggestions and advice. Hopefully this may help someone else in a similar situation.
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    How much apple stuff have you bought?

    Well I bought my first mac back in 2005 and it was a iBook 12" G4 (Refurb). I then got a 4Gb mini iPod. After a year of using this great laptop I decided to sell it and get myself a MacBook 13" with Intel Core 2 Duo, I also bought a Mac Mini Intel Core Solo with Elgato EyeTV both refurbs. Am very happy with my MacBook which I use for surfing and using Windows (Work stuff) via VMWare. My Mac Mini is my media hub that hooked upto our Sony Bravia. This mini records & plays back TV shows, also it has my iTunes library and I now dock my 30Gb iPod G5.5 that I got for Xmas 2006. Hopefully by Xmas my wife will have Mac Laptop as well. I bought a Mac mini G4 for my Mam & Dad last Xmas and they love it compared to there old eMachines. From power on to surfing the net stats: Mac mini 59 secs. eMachines: 10 mins (no joke). Since switching from PC to Mac I have never looked back.
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    IOmega MiniMax 320Gb Hard Disk with Firewire / USB Hub

    In the end I have given up! I went and puchased two seagate freeagent drives (500Gb a piece) and this is perfect, quiet, more storage but stands next to the mini. Also no usb / firewire hub. So who would like to buy a iomega minimax 320Gb Hard disk with Firewire / USB hub. I can leave a ton of movies and tunes on it if you wish. Any offers.
  24. This is a review of an IOMega MiniMax 320Gb Hard disk with Firewire / USB Hub. I got this drive with my recently purchased Mac Mini (1.66Mhz Core Duo, 1Gb RAM) from the Apple store UK website for £119 (special offer). Ordering and delivery were to Apple's high standard, as it originally said 2-3 weeks for the drive to be delivered, but everything turned up in less than a week. First impressions. It looks nice and stacks well with the Mac Mini. It comes with 320GB Hard Disk, three firewire ports which I believe to run at 400 as posed to 800. It also comes with three USB 2.0 ports plus USB B type port. All the ports are on the rear of the drive. It has external power brick which connects using a PS/2 type power cable. The power brick is fairly small compared with the mac mini power brick. So I connected the drive to the Mac Mini via the firewire port, switch it on with the Mac mini. Once the Mac mini had booted there it was on the desktop. Easy. On the front of the IOmega drive a blue is on when the drive is switched on. I think this is ok, but others may find this annoying. The light appears to flash when the hard disk is active. I checked out the CD that came with the hard disk but it was backup software, which I was not interested in as this is going to be a media drive and not for backup. Besides I have heard reports that there are better back software applications. The use of the drive is easy enough and speed of the drive was very good, as non of the video podcasts (Cranky Geeks, dl.TV) never jerked when played from the drive. The extra USB ports is always useful especially for old PowerPC Mac Mini because of the lack of ports. So it looks nice and the performance is good. Now I am using the Mac Mini and the IOMega MiniMax as media center because it's connected to my TV, therefore my next point is very important! After copying about 60GB from a Linkstation (my old solution) which took about 45 mins. Then the IOMega fan kicked in to cool the drive. However this is a high pitch noise which can be heard over normal TV volume or heard from another room if the TV is not on. So as you can image this is a problem. There are dip switches for the fan on the rear of the drive, however it is recommended that the these are not change, apart from the speed low / high. But neither makes any difference really. The drive has a heat sink underneath, so I did put the drive on stilts to see if the drive would stay cool with extra airflow, but this had no effect. I have noticed the fan stays on for approximately 15 mins then switches off for about 15 mins and then back on. But I suppose it depends on how much use the hard drive is going through. If the drive is not being used then no / little fan activity (noise) occurs. I have reported this to IOMega tech support (by email, recently) and as such I have not sold on my Linkstation (which slower because its a NAS, ugly and fairly noisey) yet because of this problem. Therefore if you want a backup drive then I would recommend this as backup drives are generally not used constantly. As for a media center drive I will say not yet, as I would like to see if this a problem with this unit or if it acceptable limit. Cost of the drive was reasonable: £119 (Apple Store UK) Value for money: 4/5 Looks: 4/5 Usability: 5/5 Performance: 2/5 (if the noise issue is solved, then this would be rise to 4/5) Anyway I will update this post with news of the tech support query. I hope this helps any one out there if they need a external drive. Gregg
  25. £269 is higher than the original US price before the 33% price cut. O2 are crap and at £35 per month minimum with an unlimited data plan that's actually limited. Only 30% of the country has EDGE which is also crap. Sorry no 3G yet. So for £900 for 18 months you get an iPhone that did not even have a signal in the London Apple store! Am awaiting for at least a year. Come to think about it, I'll buy an SLR Camera and an iPod touch, I already have a phone with 3G and I will have change to buy something else. Disappointing! Rip off Britain is back again. Watch the European price be €300 !!!