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  1. Well . . . I guess I'll follow up for the benefit of anyone who might be in a similar situation: So I got a VGA cable and hooked it up (since that seemed the cheapest thing to do). Using the VGA cable, I get a great picture on the KDS monitor at native resolution and pretty much anything less. I don't know why VGA gives me such a good picture and the DVI gave such a crappy picture, but at least for my Mac Mini, it plays nice with the VGA cable and not so nice with the DVI. I still cannot eliminate the display or the mini as the problem here . . . and the next step would be to get a new DVI cable and try that, then try the monitor on a better graphics card. Then I could eliminate which element, Mac Mini, Cable, or Display, caused the problem. In the short run for anyone else out there, My Mac Mini plays better with VGA.
  2. So I have a MacIntel Mini with Tiger and 2GB RAM. Originally, I had it hooked up to a Hanns-G 17-in LCD (native res = 1440x900) via a cheap HDMI cable I got from "Made by China"-Inc. off of eBay. The Hanns-G picture was craptacular, but it worked. Every once in a while, I would see a pixel here or there flicker green and occationally I would see flickering green horizontal lines. I don't *think* these were stuck pixels, just digital artifacts I guess. So I finally shelled out the cash for a bigger display and am now looking at a 22-in KDS display (native res = 1680x1050). The picture on the KDS is much better BUT (big BUT) only at a reduced resolution. I get a nice clear picture with no artifacts at 1280x1024. IF I go to the display's native res. I get oodles of artifacts all over the screen such that it's just nasty to look at. It also happens at most of the other resolutions such as at 1440x900. Officially, from Apple, my Mini has the Intel GMA 950 graphics processor with 64MB of DDR2 SDRAM shared with main memory and is supposed to be able to support digital resolutions up to 1920 by 1200 pixels; supports 20-inch Apple Cinema Display and 23-inch Apple Cinema HD Display; supports coherent digital displays up to 154MHz; supports noncoherent digital displays up to 135MHz. (http://support.apple.com/kb/SP29) SO . . . I don't know much about displays and all this HDMI versus VGA stuff. Do I just have a bad DVI cable? Should I buy a VGA cable so that I can take advantage of the native resolution without all those artifacts? Isn't DVI better than VGA? Why would one resolution give me a nice clear picture and another give me such crap? Thanks for any advice
  3. Oops!! Mozilla's Sunbird application -- give credit where credit is due! So then there is no way to change the application which syncs calendars. Nuts. There's some room for improvement, Apple, OR, even better, some independent developer to code some spoofer app or extension to iTunes. Thanks for the reply
  4. So I have a rather techie friend who bought a Touch (original - not the new ones). He's got Windows XP undies and pajamas and several pairs of socks - real big on the XP love - and yes, we've had our OS religion debates. Anyway, he asked me a while back, if there was an easy way to sync his Touch with his Google calendars. He keeps an Outlook calendar for work and syncs to that no problem, but he wants to keep his personal calendars on Google separate -- and he wants to use the Touch for his personal calendars. He says if there is no other solution, then he'll just dump his personal stuff into Outlook and blur the lines between personal and work . . . but wanted me to ask here first. So I was wondering if anyone here has had any luck syncing calendars with Google's Sunbird calendar app? Can you sync to that?
  5. So I have a rather techie friend who bought a Touch (original - not the new ones). He's got Windows XP undies and pajamas and several pairs of socks - real big on the XP love - and yes, we've had our OS religion debates. Anyway, he asked me the other day if there was an easy way to sync his Touch with his Google calendars. He keeps an Outlook calendar for work and syncs to that no problem, but he wants to keep his personal calendars on Google separate -- and he wants to use the Touch for his personal calendars. He says if there is no other solution, then he'll just dump his personal stuff into Outlook and blur the lines between personal and work . . . but wanted me to ask here first. So I was wondering if anyone here has had any luck syncing calendars with Google's Sunbird calendar app? Can you sync to that?
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    Garageband Midi Imput Controller Keyboard

    Hey Oliver, So I figured out my problem . . . I had my keyboard plugged into a USB hub. M-audio's web site says that some USB hubs just simply don't play nice with their keyboards. So I plugged directly in to my Mac Mini and Ta-Da! I can haz Joy! So - yes, now that I've had some time to play, I think the grand piano sound and a few others don't allow for some features of the keyboard. For example, when I set the software instrument to clavicord, I can use the pitch bend and modulation wheels on my keyboard. BUT when I set it to grand piano, they don't work. So it seems to depend on the software instrument - and not on your keyboard (that is, your keyboard is probably functioning perfectly well).
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    Garageband Midi Imput Controller Keyboard

    I can't specifically address your problem, Oliver, but I can relate. I have an M-Audio Ozone that I used to use with Garageband all the time. I pulled it out and connected it yesterday after updating the driver from M-Audio. The system preference panel sees the keyboard, but Garageband does not - adding a new software instrument or anything I try to tweak in Garageband or in the Apple Midi set-up and I get no response from the keyboard . . . that is, pressing a key on the keyboard doesn't play out of Garageband. In the past, I've called M-Audio tech support and they have been pretty helpful. You might try that with your keyboard.
  8. Thanks for the reply OK . . . so, different "bad"? or different "slightly updated for speed"? I mean, I understand and agree with the sentiment of "just go buy a Leopard disc". But logically, I have to ask why should I spend over a hundred bucks if the drivers from Boot Camp v1.1.2 will work? If I use the drivers from Boot Camp v1.1.2, will it cripple my Winblows install? or will it just maybe slow things down a bit? (I don't know what the differences are which is why I'm asking).
  9. OK - so I bought a MacBook on eBay (1.83Ghz core duo) which already had Leopard installed on it. So Boot Camp v2.0. I *do not* have the MacBook install discs nor do I have the Leopard installer disc. Now that I have this Intel Mac, I'd like to make it dual bootable and infect it with Winblows. SO . . . on my Mac Mini, I have OS 10.4 and Boot Camp v1.1.2. When showing the contents of Boot Camp v1.1.2, I can see the Driver disc image -- so I can burn the driver disc from that. My question is: If I use Boot Camp v2.0 on my MacBook to run the installer and then install WinXP, can I then use the windows *drivers* from the disc image out of Boot Camp v1.1.2? I figure, these drivers are for Winblows . . . and I'm guessing the hardware drivers for this early MacBook are defined in the Boot Camp v1.1.2 disc image for WinXP. I guess a follow-up question is: Are the WinXP drivers from Boot Camp v2.0 different than the drivers from Boot Camp v1.1.2?? Thanks
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    Old Refurbished or New iMac?

    Adam actually talked about this on one of the MacCast episodes which I tend to agree with. I've purchased several referb Apple products, Macs and iPods. I've never had any bad luck with them - Adam said in his comments (if I remember correctly and paraphrase) that the difference between a refurb and a new Mac is that everyone of the refurbs have been tested and checked whereas with a new Mac, only one out of many are quickly tested. That said, IMHO, it boils down to whether you want to pay the "brand new" tax of a couple hundred bucks.
  11. I had a shuffle for a long time before I got these screen iPods. This was the behaviour my old (512) shuffle did -- but I also had music on it, so if I switched to shuffle, it simply wouldn't play any podcasts. I'm thinking that Apple did this on purpose -- but you are right, discovering this behaviour is not obvious nor well documented.
  12. BOOYAH!!! I got it!!! Halle-freaking-lujah! So I started tinkering with settings here and there. There appears to be some weird glitch -- IF I have my "Shuffle" setting to anything but "OFF", then I can't play a playlist of podcasts. IF, however, I set the Shuffle setting == OFF, this playlist works!! {breath = heavy}sigh of relief{/breath} Now that I have it figured out, I'll just have to switch shuffle on and off between podcasts and music respectively. Wait -- did I just create a new problem? Oh well . . . at least I can listen to my podcasts again.
  13. Tried it . . . and if I select the playlist and hit play, I get the same behavior . . . the first item in the playlist appears to go into "play" mode, but it shows a 0.00 duration song and nothing happens (no sound, no movement, etc.). If I then open the playlist and select the first item and then hit play, it plays through the first item and then simply repeats that item again and again.
  14. OK - looked at my playlist and it is set-up almost exactly the same as you show here (the order of the condition are a little different). So I get a nice playlist of only audio podcasts that have never been listened to. BUT here's the problem: I go to Music --> Playlists --> and then if I click play with the playlist selected, the first item in the playlist comes up as if it is going to play but NO audio - almost as if all I did was select it. OK so then if I go ahead and open the playlist and select the first podcast at the top, it plays. I get audio. But once that podcast is done, it DOES NOT move onto the next podcast in the list. The stupid thing just go back to the playlist. THIS is what is killing me. So it's a black 3rd Gen Nano which I sync with my Mac Mini, OS 10.4.11, iTunes 7.whatever is the latest. Is there a setting on the iPod I need to switch??
  15. Several versions of iTunes ago, (not too far in the past), I had a Smart Playlist with two condition: Genre = Podcast and Playcount < 1 (oh ya, and it was audio only -- no video podcasts) It was great because it gathered all my unlistened to podcasts into one easy playlist. I'd get to work, put on the headphones, and hit play on the playlist. I'd get all my podcasts done for the day WITHOUT having to continually touch my friggin iPod -- you know, the old Ronco Slogan, "Set it and forget it." But now I have a 3rd Gen Nano and this playlist just doesn't work -- it will NOT play podcasts one after the other. I have to friggin touch the damn thing even for different episodes of the same podcast. I thought maybe it was something to do with the Nano firmware. So I tried again on my 5th Gen "full sized" iPod and it did the same thing. I've been dealing with this for months - frusterated the whole time. So I thought I would at least check here and see if there is some setting or something that I can do to get this Nano to play through all my podcasts without having to click though menus and all that crap. Please help me to "Set it and forget it!"
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