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    To Laptop Or Not To Laptop

    My recommendation in most cases is the white Macbook with the Superdrive. In your case though, you will want the screen and graphics on the MacBook Pro.
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    Whatever they do, I hope it's more stable than HFS+. It seems like unless you babysit it with catalog repairing tools like Disk Warrior, you eventually wind up with a trashed file system. I constantly run across unbootable machines that simply have a messed up catalog. Even a machine fresh from Apple shows about 30% in Disk Warrior's graph.
  3. Hey everybody, long time no see. Been pretty busy. We have a client here who is trying to set up video conferencing over iChat with their son who is being hospitalized long term. Our tech went out to set up their new iMac and MacBook Pro and showed them how to do it, but the connection fails when they actually take the MBP to the hospital. Most likely, the hospital's firewall is blocking the ports required. They are allowed to use cell phones in this part of the hospital, so one potential workaround I'm thinking of is having them get EVDO on their Verizon account and use that connection. Verizon has a card for the MBP and Mac software, and their technician says it should be OK within the contract and thinks it's fast enough but has no evidence to back that up. What I'm hoping you guys can help me with is if any of you have EVDO broadband service through Sprint or Verizon, could you tell me how well iChat video conferencing works? If you need a video conferencing partner to find out, PM me and I'll pass on my info so we can try it. Please help me out if you can, we would really like to get this working for them.
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    OSX Maintainence Software?

    Maintenance scripts will run if the machine is on and awake long enough. Doing those through OnyX doesn't hurt. Stay away from clearing the caches with that though, I don't trust doing that while the system is fully running. For caches, I do that with AppleJack. It runs from single user mode, so you just hold down Apple+S when you turn the machine on. It gives you a prompt, and you type applejack. Then, just follow the directions. Permissions can be done with AppleJack, but you're just as well to do that from Disk Utility while the system is running. If you have a major issue, AppleJack can do it too. Disk Warrior is highly recommended. In fact, run it right when you get the machine. Just by installing the operating system, you get about 30% of files out of order when DW graphs it.
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    upgrading PB G4 processor?

    The way they upgrade the CPU in a PowerBook G4 is to literally break the CPU free of the logic board and solder a new one back down. I don't terribly trust that.
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    Imported profile slower on Intel Mac?

    If you had any Quicktime extensions installed on the G4, they might have gotten migrated. PPC extensions can cause issues on Intel machines.
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    Sync Macbook harddrive with PowerMac harddrive

    How much in sync? You won't be able to sync everything, because the two machines use two different systems (Intel and PPC). You could keep individual folders in sync by using ChronoSync, and keep data like Safari bookmarks, Address Book, iCal, Mail accounts/sigs/rules in sync using .Mac. Google Browser Sync is a good extension for keeping Firefox synced between machines.
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    Installing OSX from external firewire Drive possible?

    OS X isn't fussy about where it pulls the installer package from. It can be from the DVD, an image of the DVD, or a hard drive which had the image of the DVD expanded onto it. You don't even have to reboot from the disc to install it — if you're installing it on a secondary/external drive you can actually run the Mac OS X Install package directly. The way Apple images new machines is that they actually have an image on a server running the Apple Software Restore server, then new machines can have their drives imaged from that.
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    Incorrect measurements at 'actual size'

    I never understood what "Actual Size" or worse "Print Size" actually was doing. The application has no way of knowing the actual size of your display. It only knows how many pixels it has. You can have a display running 1024x768 for example at many sizes of actual screen. Just look at iBooks - 1024x768 resolution for both 12" and 14". I think they try to guess by assuming the screen is about 72ppi, but that hasn't been remotely true for a long time. Also, the reason you can't adjust the resolution on the iMac very much is because unlike a CRT which is drawing the image using a beam, an LCD screen actually has a tiny crystal for each pixel on the screen. Using any resolution other than the "native resolution" of the crystals in the screen will cause it to alias everything and look bad.
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    Getting data off of iBook Hard Drive

    I mentioned this to the other tech at work, and he and I both think that even using both ports on the iBook you're probably not getting enough power. Both ports on the iBook share the same bus, and therefore share the same supply of power. Using both might get you a bit more, but it still might not be enough to run the drive you're using unless it's a low speed, low power drive. Also, on an iBook, you're using USB 1.1. Transfering data over USB 1.1 is painfully slow. USB 1.1 runs at 12mbps, Firewire at 400 and USB 2.0 at 480. You would be better off trying to return that enclosure, and getting a Firewire one. Firewire provides plenty of power to run a 2.5" drive without an external power supply.
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    Battery Life Problems

    Sounds like the battery may need to be recalibrated. See this article: http://docs.info.apple.com/article.html?pa.../en/mh2339.html
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    Getting data off of iBook Hard Drive

    Try powering the enclosure with the power cord that came with it. USB might not be able to provide enough power for the drive and enclosure you're using.
  13. What I'm saying is that 802.11g/Airport Extreme probably can't run much faster than regular Airport if the dongle is attached to the iBook's USB 1.1 port. So, I guess the verdict here is if you already have an Airport card in the iBook, just stick with that because it won't get much (if any) better to try something else. If you don't have Airport at all yet, a USB dongle is the best option rather than finding an original Airport card which runs at least $100 used now.
  14. They said Airport Extreme, which implies they want G. I haven't heard of Firewire network adapters, but that would be a godsend on older machines without expansion slots or USB 2.0. Do you have a link to those?
  15. Considering the USB 1.1 on an iBook has a total bandwidth of 12mpbs, I doubt you'll be seeing any improvement even if you did put an 802.11g dongle there. Unfortunately, without a PC card slot or USB 2.0, the iBook is pretty stuck.
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    2nd Hand Macs

    That's not a bad way to operate really. If you're really patient, you can wait until Apple revises the model you were looking at, then pick up the previous revision's refurbs at an even better price.
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    Macbook Firmware Update

    That restoration CD only works if the update failed. If the system thinks the update was successful, it won't do anything.
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    Lost a key already!

    There's actually two different variants of MacBook keyboards. One has metal stabilizer bars even in the regular letter keys, but it doesn't look like you have that one. The procedure to reinstall your key is to slide it in from left to right (so that the hooks on the right side catch their pins on the scissor), then push down on the left side to snap it down.
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    Is my memory making my ibook sluggish?

    First thing I would do is take the RAM out and put it back in just to make sure it's still seated properly.
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    Reinstalling OS X

    The process is to insert the disc, then either run the install program on the disc, or reboot the computer while holding down the "C" key. You will have a couple install options. One will be "Archive and Install" which will install a fresh version of the OS, but preserve your previous user accounts, files, settings, and most applications. The other is to erase and install which wipes the drive and starts completely over. When you get to the Installation Type phase, there should be a button where you can customize what gets installed. Language translations are a good thing to remove to save space. You can also choose what of the MacBook's preinstalled software you want at that stage.
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    Lost a key already!

    Can you tell exactly what broke? There should be the actual key cap, then two pieces that fit together underneath. One piece pivots inside the other in a scissor like motion. If none of the little pegs or other connectors on these parts broke, you could reassemble it. It's a fairly simple mechanism.
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    Deep Sleep on laptops

    I know what you mean about the light, it can be fairly bright in a dark room. Recent iMacs have an ambient light sensor that adjusts the brightness of that light. The MacBook doesn't have an ALS though, so you're prettymuch stuck with it as it is. The only options I know of are to cover the light or shut the MacBook all the way down.
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    MacBook Screen Flicker

    Could be the backlight or inverter board. Either way, it's probably fixable. I have seen this when running from AC power that isn't quite stable, like on an old extension cord I have since stopped using. If you're getting it while on battery too though, the computer should probably be looked at.
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    Macbook Firmware Update

    I've updated my personal MacBook, my work-issued MacBook, and a pair of Mac Pros so far with the new firmware. I've also seen a MacBook Pro upgraded that was fine. I think you may have had a bad update somehow. Did you get notice of any errors after installing the update and booting back into OS X? You may want to try running the update again and see if it lets you do it over. I'm not sure it will, but it's worth a shot.
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    Who still uses their old Mac?

    It's been running that way for a few months and has been fine. I pulled the battery out and most of the time the screen is off, so that helps with any heat issues. Usually when I sit down and start using it, the fan will kick in some almost immediately, but then between Azureus, Hamachi, and then me using Firefox, the poor old 867mhz CPU runs at a fairly high percentage when I'm sitting there. Azureus is a pig, but it's the most powerful BT client out there, so I don't mind running it on a machine I'm not in front of all the time. I used to have it manage iTunes stuff as well, but the MacBook is so much faster at encoding that I decided it makes more sense to manage iTunes on that instead.