News Archive for: Monday Sept 17, 2007
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Apple releases iTunes 7.4.2 Update
Apple's posted iTunes 7.4.2, but beware, like 7.4 and 7.4.1 it reportedly breaks the "free ringtones" tricks per some posts in the Apple iPhone forum (like this thread)

"iTunes 7.4.2 addresses an issue with creating ringtones using iTunes Plus song purchases and includes bug fixes to improve stability and performance."

Ambrosia wrote that iToner (not free) still worked, although RogueAmoeba's free MakeiPhoneRingtone 1.2 no longer does w/iTunes7.4.2.
If you find anything else that's changed, fixed or broken with iTunes 7.4.2, let me know the details. Thanks.

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Migrating PPC to Intel - connecting two Macs via External HD
(from a reader mail this weekend - if you're just looking to simply migrate files over to a new mac, you can just use Migration assistant and FW target disk mode - see Apple docs such as OS X 10.4 Help: Using Migration Assistant to transfer files, Intel-based Mac: Some migrated applications may need to be updated and other migration assistant support docs.)

"Migrating PPC to Intel - connecting two Macs via External HD
Just thought I would drop you a line about a problem and my solution. Recently, a friend asked me to do a fresh install of 10.4 on his white 24" iMac 2.33 and to hold the iMac for a couple of weeks for testing, etc. Having formatted, installed and updated his system to 10.4.10, I wanted to test my set up on the iMac but without touching the internal HD on the iMac. I run a Powermac MDD on an internal HD which has had OSX installed since 10.1 and always updated (never fresh installed) through 10.2, 10.3 and now 10.4.10.

I initially partitioned an external FW drive into two, but could not format one partition for Intel and the other for PowerPC, the intention being to clone the PM-MDD on one partition and the iMac on the other, then to migrate from one to the other. After messing about for ages, I used this solution:

I reformatted the external HD for the Intel iMac and cloned the freshly installed system. I then started up the iMac from the external HD, connected the (switched-off) PM-MDD to the 2nd firewire400 port on the external HD (start up drive) and started-up the PM-MDD in Target Disk mode.

To my surprise (and delight) the PM-MDD appeared on the iMac desktop as an external drive (connected via the external HD!). I then used Apple's Migration Assistant to migrate from the PM-MDD to the external HD (I had to endure the PM-MDD's fans at full speed for just under 90 minutes for 80GB transfer).

I then powered down everything, re-cabled and started up the iMac from the external HD in root, deleted the original user leaving my account as the only user and re-booted. Everything works fine, and even all the PowerPC-only apps work great. The internal HD remains untouched and uncontaminated.

Apple iLife 08 and iWorks are just not useable on my 1Ghz PM-MDD and I am now seriously considering upgrading to an Intel-based Mac (torn between 2.66 GHz Mac Pro and 2.8GHz iMac 24"). Once I get the new Mac, setting it up will be an absolute breeze as I now have a fully functioning system on the external HD.
-S."

Wednesday's news has More Notes/Tips on PPC to Intel Mac Migration Assistant.

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Mac Drive Upgrades/Compatibility Database Updated
The Drive Compatibility Database had 4 more reports added today. Current total - 16,247. (Searching by drive type/brand, mac model etc. listed below will show the full reports, most recent first) iApps burn support mentioned in optical drive/burner reports unless otherwise noted.

    DVD+R/RW + DVD-R/RW Drives:
  • IDE Pioneer DVR-112D (added as 2nd opt. drive) in Mac Pro (OS X 10.4.10)
  • USB LG GSA-E40N used w/G5 Tower (OS X 10.4.10)
    (noted buffer underrun errors with Toast 7. Drive also supports DVD-RAM.)

    Combo Drives (DVD-ROM + CD burner)
  • Exp. Bay (IDE) Panasonic/Matshita UJDA-765 in PowerBook G3 Lombard (OS X 10.3.x)
    (Use Patchburn 3 for 10.3.x iApps burn support.)

    DVD-ROM Drives:
  • IDE LG GDR-8164B (16x DVD/52x CDROM) in B&W G3 (OS X 10.4, OS 9.1)
    (Illustrated Optical drive install guide here covers B&W G3 Macs, G4 towers up to the Digital Audio Model and Beige G3 Minitower)

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). The database includes reports on DVD +/-R, CDRWs, Combo DVD-CDRW, DVD-ROM, 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).
If you've added a IDE, SATA, Firewire, USB, or SCSI, hard drive, Optical drive/burner, NAS (including Airport Extreme base connected USB drive), tape drive, etc., send me the details (drive info/mac model/OS used, etc. - *Please take a minute to test for booting from CD with Optical drives*. Thanks.)

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New/Updated Apple Support Docs (iPod Touch, iPhone, FCP, Audio, iDVD, .Mac)

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Other News/Articles, Misc. Software Updates
(some of these were posted over the weekend)

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Recent Articles and Reviews
Listing/links to recent articles and reviews you may have missed.
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