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  1. ZBurn

    Dead iMac - transfer options?

    I probably should have mentioned this G5 already had a logic board replaced early on. Except there I was convinced it was bad power that took it out. I put a UPS behind it and it worked great for 4 more years. Oh... and my previous G3 is still running here! But I digress. I would have thought a bad logic board would have allowed the screen to at least turn grey and show a spinning thing, no? It never gets beyond black - totally black. My theory after poking around inside the iMac is the power supply (PS) that the monitor plugs into is down. I peeled some black plastic wrap stuff off it and carefully looked at the caps (yes I see those HighVoltage warnings)... I see no bulging. Whatever that other PS is that sits near the HD - that didn't have any bulging caps either. About the migration - it was scary, but I did use Migration Assistant from the Time machine volume ... it forced me to pick a new user name, but my iTunes is up and running on my Mini with Lion. Uh.. I don't have anything running SnowLeopard any more... I would think the HD adaptor could allow me to hook it in anywhere. For now I copied the files I wanted off the drive, and I put it back inside the iMac for some more tries at booting. If I can whittle down the two users that MA created, I'll be ready to migrate over to another machine (once I feel rich enough to buy it 8-) Thanks for writing!
  2. Hello... My aged iMac G5 iSight won't boot. The screen stays black and I've tried all the usual things. cmd-option-PR, cmd-option-OF. For a while it would stay silent and then the fans would come up full. Then that stopped after multiple tries and the light on the front just goes out. I tried booting via the startup disks.. but the internal DVD drive had stopped accepting disks a while ago - I couldn't get it to boot via the external optical drive I've been using. Anyway I got curious and pulled the hard drive out and connected it to a Lion machine via an external HD adaptor. Everything looks normal on the drive. But I'm curious about transfer options - especially for iTunes, iPhoto etc... I also have full Time Machine backups - but I've never really understood about a transfer from Leopard to Lion. Is that possible? The other question is migration assistant. If I buy another iMac would there be a fairly easy option to just transfer from the drive connected to Lion or via something else? Also - can I create a bootable Carbon Copy Clone of the drive via Lion and then boot from there? I'd appreciate any advice!
  3. I remember some announcements that Europe was going to require the same charging port for ALL phones. And that Apple would sell a dongle in Europe. Did this happen yet? How do I buy one from the USA? Thanks!
  4. I need to move one user's iTunes library from a iMac G5 running Leopard to a Mini running SL. (There are other iTunes in other user accounts)I see answers to this here but the most recent discussion is from 2008... has anything changed in the last few years? Over on the Apple forum I found lots of confusing stuff: - http://support.apple...iewlocale=en_US - has been updated but that's within one machine - http://discussions.apple.com/thread.jspa?messageID=12573840 Down in here Jolly Giant recommends against using Migration Assistant which I think Adam has said... especially across versions of OSX. The other issue I have with this (Target Disk Mode) is I don't have the right FireWire cable. Isn't it possible that CCC could maybe help? I don't have anything in iTunes on the Mini so I like the idea of replacing the entire iTunes folder - but I know from experience Apple isn't going to make this simple. Maybe I should use the first option to go to an external drive and then do it again from the external drive to the Mini. That way I'm doing Apple official moves each time... but will the iTunes on the mini be able to see the Library. This is an iTunes library that is sync'd to an 2nd Gen iPod Touch, just in case that matters. Oh... unless it is inherent in the process - I'll also want to clean up the iTunes once done without totally disabling the use of iTunes on that user's account via Home sharing, etc. I'm not trying to duplicate anything here, just end up so this user can sync on the newer machine.
  5. I REALLY find it useful the way Apple brings the widgets up on top of the existing desktop. One thing I use this for ALL the time is a calculator. While doing online banking, I can do calculations via the dashboard and still see the numbers from a website. The way Lion/Mission Control seems to work, I won't be able to do that. I also watch video podcasts and check the weather/state of the machine whatever while still watching. It looks like I won't be able to do THAT either. Well maybe someone can write an app to bring back the dashboard functionality that I have right now :-) Another use for Spaces that I've done is cutting and pasting from an online magazine into Excel. What I did is put the Mag in one space and Excel in another. It was very productive to switch spaces with the arrow keys (+control key). So will Lion get rid of this feature? When they said combine the Dashboard & Expose I could see where those features went, Spaces wasn't so obvious. Maybe Spaces will still be there and just will play better with Expose... I did just test out that if you open a couple spaces, Expose only shows the active space. This might help me turn on Spaces for my family... I'm always afraid they will lose their windows. The launcher did look useful to me... Maybe turning off the dock will finally be an option?
  6. I'm trying to remember where I heard a recommendation about a book about C++ where they didn't start out with the assumption that you know C. It was an interview with someone fairly new to the Apple development world as I remember - but I'm not sure it was a MacCast ... Anyone have any ideas? Thanks!
  7. Just a bit of feedback here... maybe my model is different than Adams, but I find the disassembly VERY difficult and I'm usually up for this sort of thing. Everything seems to be taped together and there is sticky foil shielding EVERYWHERE! My iMac is a 20" iSight - were the previous models easier to disassemble? I did find that there was dust in the round intake and cleaned that out the best I could (from the outside) but I couldn't get beyond what to do after taking out the screws around the display. You need some pretty specialized tools to do almost anything in here.
  8. ZBurn

    Buyers tips for Hard Drives

    I'm using this for TimeMachine... I was just trying to boot the machine from the internal drive and it would hang. But yes - After I wrote this I did remember that the other part of Adam's Maccast advice was that the long cables that come with Firewire drives are too long. I switched cables and it works great so far. I've had a mixture of Firewire problems but I've always used these long cables. Usually I figured that if a drive works at all, then there's nothing wrong with the port, but maybe during boot there's other types of communication going on or something. So add this to the Buyers tips for Hard Drives - Buy a short Firewire cable at the same time as the drive! Maybe the Firewire 800 ports on newer macs are more forgiving? This drive doesn't have 800 because 1) that was more money & 2) My next machine is probably a MacBook and that doesn't have 800 either. By then the drive will be old and I should replace it anyway!
  9. ZBurn

    Buyers tips for Hard Drives

    I just bought a drive that I thought I was following Adam's suggestion to get Oxford chipsets in the Firewire drive. This was sold by a Mac supporting online place as "Time machine ready" and the chipset is Oxford 934. The drive works fine via firewire most of the time - but my G5 iMac iSight 20" can't boot with the drive plugged in... a blue screen just hangs there forever. As soon as I unplug it the machine, boots. The whole reason I bought this particular drive was so that I could use the firewire. Well it's got a good warranty, speed etc, but it is frustrating! Does anyone have any tips? Yes, this is a dual connection type but I've already got like 6 USB things plugged in here so I'd rather not do that if I don't have to. Thanks