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  1. Daniel D

    Don't want to download SD shows

    Hi podgirl, I saw your post and wasn't aware that this is how HD downloads from the iTunes Store work, so tested it out for myself. From what I can tell, there's no way to avoid downloading the SD version; I found this forum thread which may be of interest: http://forums.macwor...wnload-forever/ It seems Apple do it this way to provide maximum convenience to those people who may also want to be able to watch their content on their iPods etc.. However in your case I can see why you'd rather not download the SD versions, especially if you have no intention of using them. I suggest sending some feedback to Apple via http://www.apple.com/feedback/ It surely couldn't be too difficult for them to add an option to iTunes to download ONLY the HD version. Regards, Daniel
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    Install OS X on USB flash drive?

    Thanks for the great article link Dolphbucs. Those are the exact steps I took, except for the part about ticking a checkbox to make the drive bootable. Unfortunately the flash drive I bought was rendered unusable after attempting to install OS X onto it. Disk Utility could see it but would not let me erase or re-partitiion it. I tried another Mac and a PC but neither of those would let me re-partition or erase it either so I took it back for a refund today. If I get another flash drive I'll certainly give it another try though.
  3. I just realised there had been a few more replies to this post. Thanks for your suggestions. It's interesting to hear other people are having the same problem too. I did finally manage to get my library transferred successfully to the larger external drive, albeit not in the most convenient of ways. Unfortunately it was several months ago so the details of exactly what I did are a little hazy. To the best of what I can remember, I know that I began by ensuring the iTunes library was fully consolidated on the original external drive. I then took the somewhat arduous task of using iTunes to backup the entire library and playlists to dual-layer DVDs (within iTunes select File > Library > Back Up to Disc...) This took 10 discs and a considerable amount of time, but at least it was good to know I had a permanent backup should anything go wrong. The next step was to quit out of iTunes and then connect the new external drive on which I wanted to store my iTunes library. I then re-launched iTunes whilst holding down the option key, which gives the option of creating a new library. I made a new 'iTunes' folder on the external drive and specified this as the location for my new iTunes library. iTunes then opened with a totally 'empty' library as you would expect. Finally I inserted the first of the backup DVDs. Once inserted iTunes recognised the DVD as an iTunes library backup and asked if I wanted to restore the library. It was then a straightforward task of re-inserting each backup DVD in turn as iTunes requested it and waiting for the entire process to complete. I seem to remember having some minor problems in relation to playlists transferring over, but I was able to sort this out afterwards by exporting the playlists from my old library and then importing them into the new one. All in all it wasn't the most ideal of methods but it got the job done!
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    Install OS X on USB flash drive?

    Thanks for your reply however space shouldn't be the issue as Snow Leopard requires a minimum of just 5GB of available space. In reality more space is required for temporary files etc in order to complete the actual installation process. When I de-selected all of the optional packages, the installer displayed that around 9GB was required.
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    Mac Compatible WiFI USB Dongles (or alternatives)

    I got a wifi usb dongle from http://www.afterthemac.com a couple of years ago, after getting the built-in wifi module on my iBook G4 removed because it was causing kernel panics. The model I got is the G54SL and I would have no hesitation in recommending it. I've used it for the last couple of years with very few problems. Having just checked their website I see they now do an 'n' wifi usb dongle too.
  6. Does anybody know if it's possible to install OS X 10.6 on a USB flash drive? I tried installing it to a 16GB flash drive (minimal installation) but the installer reported an error half way through installation. Initially I put this down to OS X simply not being intended for installation this way, however after doing a web search I've now discovered that many people have reported problems with the particular USB flash drive I bought. So it could be that the there's a problem with my flash drive instead. Thanks
  7. Thanks for the reply. I've now tested it using the old charger and it works great.
  8. Does anyone know if it's okay to charge a 3rd gen iPod touch using the USB power adapter that came with my older iPod Color? Obviously they can be physically connected with no problems using the USB dock adapter cable, but I'm thinking from the point of view of the output voltage that would be going into the iPod touch. Cheers
  9. Yes, I have both 'Keep iTunes Media folder organised' and 'Copy files to iTunes Media folder when adding to library' checked in the Advanced section of iTunes Preferences. I don't know whether this should matter at all, but prior to attempting to transfer my library to the new Iomega drive I had made sure it was fully consolidated, and also selected the (new?) option to 'Upgrade to iTunes Media organisation'. I can't see that this should be a problem, but as it seems to be a relatively new option I wonder if anyone else has had problems with it? Cheers
  10. Tried changing my user account to have Admin privileges and then changing the folder location and consolidating in iTunes, but still encountering the same problem.
  11. Thanks for your suggestion; I tried it out but unfortunately I'm still having the same problem. First I ensured that my library was consolidated on the Seagate drive and that I had the option to 'Keep iTunes Media folder organised' checked. I then used Finder to copy the iTunes Music folder on the Seagate drive to the root of the Iomega drive, which worked fine. Next I pointed iTunes to the new location of the folder - also fine. However, upon selecting File --> Library --> Consolidate Library... to update the Library for the new location, I again received the same error as before. I noted that after changing iTunes to point to the new location of the folder, an empty folder named 'Automatically Add to iTunes' was created within it. I think this is part of the new 'iTunes Media' folder structure. Then, after selecting to consolidate the library (the point at which the process is failing) a folder structure of Music>Unknown Artist>Unknown Album was also created within the folder. I have also tried re-formatting the Iomega drive and following Apple's recommended procedure again, but had no joy with that. Plus I have also verified that the drive has no problems using Disk Utility. Not sure what else could be the problem; I'm going to try temporarily changing my account to an Admin and see if that makes any difference. Is there any likelihood that the amount of free space on the Seagate USB hard drive or my internal Macintosh HD would cause problems? My Macintosh HD has approx 12GB free and the Seagate drive has 34GB free... Any more suggestions would be greatly appreciated! Cheers
  12. Hi, I wonder if anyone can help with a problem I'm having moving the location of my iTunes Media folder? My iTunes library is currently stored on a 100GB Seagate portable USB hard drive. The total library size is just over 50GB. I want to transfer it to a 250GB Iomega portable USB hard drive that I have just bought. With both drives connected, I changed the iTunes Media folder location within iTunes 9.0.2 via iTunes>Preferences>Advanced to a new folder on the Iomega drive. This part works fine, however when I then select File>Library>Organise library from within iTunes, check the Consolidate Files checkbox and then hit Okay, I immediately receive an error message stating "There is not enough room on Iomega HD to copy all the requested files". This should not be the case as I have approx 170GB of available space on the Iomega drive. Does anyone know what could be causing the problem? I have also tried (as a test) transferring the location of my library to my Time Machine backup drive, which has around 300GB of free space, but this is also resulting in the same problem which pretty much rules out the likelihood of a problem with the new Iomega drive. Cheers
  13. Daniel D

    Wireless USB adapter to work with Leopard

    Thanks for the suggestion EyeDoc -- I'm sure the idea of using an airport express at home would work fairly nicely, however I wasn't looking to spend that much on the solution, plus I wanted something that would be very convenient and portable for if I'm out and about with the laptop. Anyway, after a while hunting around I recently purchased the G54SL+ wireless USB adapter from AftertheMac.com. It cost around US $55, which included postage from America to the UK. For the benefit of anyone in a similar situation to myself, I would certainly recommend this product. It's very simple to setup and has worked absolutely reliably since I've had it. It comes with the necessary drivers on CD and a simply utility for viewing available wireless networks and specifying your connection settings.
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    'Missing' audio on iBook G4

    Thanks for your suggestions. No, I'm not getting any sound from the headphone jack when i connect my external speakers or headphones. Also, when i use the volume control keys on the keyboard the overlay graphic that normally appears also displays a small symbol beneath the volume level which indicates that there is no audio system. Despite this, I know that the audio must be working to some degree because I always hear the startup chime through the iBook's speakers each time i reboot it. So at least I know the internal speakers are fine. Come to think of it, I suppose this proves that there are no problems with any connections inside the laptop too. I think you could be right that it's some kind of problem with the audio driver. I had this problem once (a one-off incident) maybe 2 weeks ago, which a reboot cured. However since I wiped my hard drive and did a full restore from my Time Machine backup over the weekend, the problem has always been there. I'll try a clean install of Leopard next and see if the problem persists.
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    'Missing' audio on iBook G4

    I hope someone might be able to help me with this. The menu bar volume icon on my iBook has disappeared, leaving a blank space where it used to be. Upon checking the Sound item in System Preferences I found that the 'Show volume in menu bar' option is checked, however both the Output and Input sections are displaying 'No output devices found', indeed, I am not getting any sound out of the laptop. I should point out that this has been a constant problem since I did a full restore of the iBook from my Time Machine backup the other day. Although having said that, I did have this same problem a few weeks ago. On that occasion I simply restarted the iBook and the sound was fine again. However when I now shutdown and restart the iBook I still have no audio. I've tried resetting the PMU just in case, but that made no difference. Also ran the Apple Hardware Test and that was fine. Does anyone have any ideas? Is it possible i have a loose connection inside the iBook? The only reason I ask is that I did recently have the airport module removed at a repair centre. One thing I've noticed is that System Profiler is correctly displaying that I have built-in audio on the laptop. Any suggestions would be highly appreciated! Thanks