News Archive for: Tuesday, March 21st, 2006 (later posted items first)
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Tutorial Video on installing Windows XP on an Intel Mac
Uneasysilence sent word they've used the instructions from the OnMac.net Windows boot loader/info download to create a step by step narrated tutorial video showing how to install Windows XP on an Intel Mac. See http://features.uneasysilence.com/mactel/
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Colorsync Profile First Aid
Some readers may already be aware of this feature but I wasn't - Matthew sent a tip for anyone that's had printing or display color problems that the Colorsync Utility (in Applications/Utilities) has a "Profile First Aid" that can verify and repair profiles. (I ran it on a 10.3.9 system here and it reported/fixed 19 profile errors - like bad unicode strings, etc.). I'd always though that utility was just for creating profiles.
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New Elite-AL Pro FW RAID, Enclosure Kit Pricing
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" New Elite-AL Pro 800 RAID Solution pricing
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320GB with 16MB of Data Buffer was 289.99, now $279.99
400GB with 16MB of Data Buffer was 329.99, now $319.99
500GB with 16MB of Data Buffer was $349.99, now $329.99
600GB with 16MB of Data Buffer was $399.99 - Replaced with New 640GB
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800GB with 16MB of Data Buffer remains $599.99
1TB with 16MB of Data Buffer was $899.99, now $849.99
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Ground delivery within the 48 Continental states is $2.95 for any of the above solutions. 2nd Day Air delivery anywhere within the USA, $7.95 or less.

Also available, Elite-AL Pro 800 RAID Dual Drive Enclosure Kits, now $119.99
Best Regards,
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Other World Computing "

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Guide to Running Windows XP under free 'Q' emulator
"Running Windows on Intel Macs via "Q"
Thought this might be of interest to folks - I managed to get Windows XP to install and run (reasonably snappily, too) on my Intel iMac:
http://www.beatnikpad.com/archives/2006/03/20/windows-mac-q
-Neil "

I've added this to the previous page of (PowerPC and intel CPU Macs) Reader reports on free 'Q' PC emulator.
(See Friday's news page for a MacBook Pro owner Notes/Pix of Running Windows XP natively using the boot loader software - and later news item above has a tutorial video.)

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Scripts for CHUD Tools for MDD users (enable NAP mode at boot)
Late posting this but a reader sent a link to a page with Scripts to enable NAP mode at boot, toggle single/dual CPU, etc.
(NAP mode was used by some MDD owners to reduce CPU temperatures, although some MDD owners had problems with NAP enabled in the past. Use CHUD tool v3.5.2 as version 4 removed the NAP mode option when run on MDD models.)
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Recycled iBook (into Homebrew iMac)
Vincent of powerbook-fr sent a note he's posted an article titled recycled iBook dual. (Made into a sort of homebrew iMac).
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Other Net News/Misc. Software Updates
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CDRW/DVD/Hard Drive/Storage Compatibility Database Update Listing
The Drive Compatibility Database had 3 new reports added this morning. (Entries later today are added the next newsday morning.)
The database includes reports on CDRWs, Combo DVD-CDRW, DVD-ROM, DVD Burners, Hard Drives and Removables (tape drive, ORB, ZIP, MO drives, NAS, CF/Smartmedia readers, etc.) in all interface types (IDE, IDE RAID cards, SATA, Firewire, SCSI, USB, adapters). Current total - 15,650 reports. (searching by drive type/brand, mac model etc. listed below will show the full reports, most recent first - does not include updates to previous reports) iApps burn support mentioned in reports unless otherwise noted.

    DVD+R/RW + DVD-R/RW Drives:
  • IDE Pioneer DVR-111D in G4/AGP (OS X 10.4)
    (although Tiger has basic iApps burn support for most drives without it, he noted using Patchburn 4.)
  • Exp. Bay Pioneer DVR-K05 in (Pismo) Powerbook G3 2000 (OS X 10.4)
    (Used mod to force master mode shown in the Expansion bay drive articles on the Systems page, Powerbook section.)
  • IDE Samsung SH-W162C in Dual G4 (OS X 10.3)
    (Using Patchburn 3 for 10.3.x iApps burn support.
    Illustrated CD drive install guide here covers G4 towers up to the Digital Audio model. See FAQ's Apple G4 section for other model guides)

You can find full owner reports (latest shown first) by searching the database by drive/brand/interface/mac models (the latest reports are shown first in searches). For guides to installing CD/CDRW/DVD drives or Hard drives in many mac models, see the IDE Articles page. The Firewire articles page also has guides on case kits, installing drives, etc.
If you've added a IDE, SCSI, Firewire or USB hard drive, CDRW, tape drive, etc. make sure you add a report to the database. (If you post an updated entry - make sure you use the same name, etc. as you did before so I can find your past entry. Thanks.)
(Incomplete entries are deleted. Do not post questions in the database, it's for drive reports not questions on what drive to buy - for that try searching the database for reports from owners of your mac model on the drive type/brand/interface, etc. you're interested in.)

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