News Archive for: Monday, July 17th, 2006
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eMac LCD Display Conversion
RTmac posted a link to an article on how an eMac owner replaced the CRT with an LCD display.
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Another Daystar G4 1.92GHz PowerBook Upgrade Review
I've added another user review to the previous page on Daystar's 1.92GHz (G4) CPU Upgrade for AL Powerbooks.
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Latest feedback on low-cost, Airport Compatible Buffalo 54G Wireless PCI Card
" I recently had to move my cable modem to another room since it couldn't maintain a signal on the old line in my bedroom. My G4 was connected to the router via Ethernet so I had to find a way to get it connected. Initially I was going to get an original AirPort card, but quickly abandoned that idea once I found out they were selling for $150+.

Anyway, I started doing some research and found a couple of reports that said the Buffalo Technology WLI2-PCI-G54S worked. I found one at the local Best Buy for $29. My research showed that most PCI cards would work if they had a Broadcom chipset, but even then they might not work if had the wrong version of the chip. (the only 802.11g Broadcom chip based card I had problems with personally was the Microsoft MN-730 model (discountined long ago) which needed some plist editing mentoined in older article here.-Mike)

Anyway, this one works fine. I made sure to download and install the latest version of the AirPort software from Apple before installing the card. After installing it and booting up, OS X didn't seem to notice the card until I went to Network Preferences, upon which it said that a new AirPort network port had been detected. After that I just had to choose my wireless network from the AirPort icon in the menu bar.

Here are the nerdy details:
Buffalo Turbo G Wireless Desktop PCI Adapter Turbo 125 High-Speed Mode
UPC: 47464 10908, Item number: WLI2-PCI-G54S
Here's the Best Buy link. You can check the inventory of your local store and see if they have any.
Let me know if you need any additional information...

I've added this to the previous item on Airport 3.x compatible PCI/PCcards in the FAQ's networking section. (Some "Buffalo" 802.11g adapters in the past were listed as MacOS compatible on the packaging IIRC.)

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Apple BootCamp Feedback/Tips page updated
I've updated the page of Apple BootCamp User Reports and Tips with a MacBook Pro (2.16GHz) owner's comments on BootCamp/XP performance (including comments on Dawn of War/exp. pack performance vs their previous Sony Vaio 2.8GHz P4.)
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New/Updated Apple Knowledge Base Docs
(from apple's weekly list)

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Other Net News/Misc. Software Updates

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Rate Your CPU Upgrade Reports Database Updated
The Rate Your CPU Upgrade database has been updated with 1 new report this morning. Total to date: 10,269. Here's a summary of the latest additions (search by brand/mac model for full reports - latest reports always shown first):

  • Daystar G4 1.92GHz in (2003 AL 1GHz) PowerBook G4 (rated 7)
    (A web page copy of his report here.)

    (Full reviews of G4 and G3 upgrades compared to stock CPUs, including real world apps/game tests, install info, etc. are linked at the CPU upgrades page. OC/CPU module articles are on the Systems page.)

You can find the full reports by searching the database selecting the indicated Mac model and upgrade card brand/type. If you've upgraded the CPU on your Mac, send a review with your experience and rating. Search the database for entries from most every upgradable Mac model *before* you buy. (Searchable by mac model/upgrade brand).

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