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  1. I meant to say "thanks Macdrone". So -- Thanks Macdrone.
  2. Thanks 68000. I was concerned that the PC100 would have performance problems or errors. Is there a good tool for checking RAM integrity? I've taken an iMac G4 apart before. It's a pain, but not overwhelming. And you're right, it's much easier to clean it up while in there, than to pull the whole thing apart later. The LG I have in the "X Only" iMac is one I put in there. I know it fits and works well, so I'm hoping it's OS 9 friendly. If not, I have an external Lacie Firewire DVD/RW I can use. Now I need to find a nice sized IDE hard drive to complete the package.
  3. I've got an iMac G4/800 Flat Panel. It's the original "high end" launch model (everymac.com info page), that boots into both OS X 10.1+ and OS 9. I want to max out the RAM, upgrade the hard drive and put in a different DVD reader. My plan with this computer is to create an Mac OS museum on the machine that will boot OS 9 and OS X 10.1-10.5, plus OS 1.0 through possibly 8.x via emulation. I know Apple initially shipped these with PC100 and then later revised the spec to call for PC133. Does anyone know if that's because a bus speed issue, or is it because there was RAM floating around that was being under-speced (labeled PC100, but not meeting the speed) and causing problems? The reason I ask is I have two 512mb 168-pin DIMMs that have been happily living in a G4 tower without problem. I would like to take one and use it for the upper slot of the iMac. Also, if that works, does anyone see a problem with PC100 mixed with PC133? I have a 512mb 144-pin 133mhz so-dimm ready to go into the lower user slot. Despite Apple's official docs, I don't believe there is a problem using HDs larger than 128mb in the original launch iMac G4s, as long as OS X 10.2 or later is used. If I install a larger hard drive and partition into smaller chunks, will that allow 10.1 to see at least its own partition? Can OS 9 see larger HDs natively or do 10.1 and/or OS 9 need a special driver for that? I think from 10.4 on, OS X allows basically any standard DVD drive to be installed, but on earlier versions it requires a special driver/kext, is that correct? The Pioneer in this iMac (and the one from my G4/800 "X Only") is really flaky. I've been testing out a LG drive that seems to be really solid under 10.4 and I would like to use that.
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    Cosmo's latest . . .

    Thanks macdrone. Just came back to correct myself after looking it up on Apple and wikipedia. Still, it would be very useful. Any known reliability problems with them? I recall when they initially came out, people were complaining about the wireless dropping a lot. I remember one tale about running about someone running cat-5 under the length of their house so they could connect their Mac (in the back office) with their stereo (in the front living room) and not have it constantly drop the signal. Did this get fixed?
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    Cosmo's latest . . .

    Oh, I forgot all about those. This is the one with the stereo RCAs on the bottom? If so, that actually would be quite handy for my stereo system. Being old-ish, I now have a few thousand albums that I've converted to VBR MP3 from CDs, LPs, and live bootleg recordings. It's too much for my iPod Classic 160. This would be a great solution.
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    AppleDesign Powered Speakers

    I wouldn't think they would sound too great in a larger space. Definitely near-field monitors.
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    AppleDesign Powered Speakers

    Yes, they're actually pretty nice. When I disassembled them, I took a look at the driver and it's quite hefty for its size. I should also mention that these speakers are running on a single full-range driver, not the woofer/tweeter that most cheap computer speakers have. The slot on the top (under the grill, above the driver) isn't a tweeter, but a bass reflex port. And like most speakers of this type, you can "adjust" the bass level by moving them closer of further from a hard solid surface (the wall in my case).
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    AppleDesign Powered Speakers

    I went to goodwill (with the speaker) and picked up the 16v/1.8a Canon power supply. Works like a charm. I need to get some quality contact cleaner and lube as the volume pot is pretty scratchy. Right now I've got it hooked up to my iPod Classic 160 and it sounds pretty good. Had I not been demoing some full size speakers and quality receivers earlier, I would have said that sound great. They are actually pretty flat, which for listening to music for enjoyment is okay, but I imagine they would work out really well for mixing. In fact, I think that these would be great as monitors for a Garageband recording station I had been thinking about. Apparently Bob Clearmountain uses these speakers (search/find "Apple") to double-check his mixes (Yamaha NS10's being his mains). Anyway, $4.00 for the speakers + $3.00 for the power supply + some taxation = less than $8.00 for some pretty quality speakers which double nicely as a nifty Apple collectible -- I'm not complaining.
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    My Latest ...

    That Quadra 950 is a looker. One of my top 5 favorite case designs. How much did your wife have to layout for that one?
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    AppleDesign Powered Speakers

    Saw a 16v/1.8a possibly compatible connector (with the center pin) at Goodwill. I'll see if I can pop in there tomorrow with the powered speaker to test it out. I'm sure Macdrone's 14v undervolt is fine, but should I worry about 1v over?
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    AppleDesign Powered Speakers

    Went on my weekly visit to a local thrift and found a pair of AppleDesign Powered Speakers. Marked at "UNTESTED" and $4.95 I thought it was worth the risk. Apparently they were having some sort of tag sale and they rang up at $4.02 including the governor's share. A little bit dirty, but I did an initial wipe down after these pics and they're looking better already. Unfortunately, the power supply is missing. It's a weird one. 15v/1amp with a center pin like a laptop power connector has. Poking around the internet, and the closest thing that seems to work okay is Sony UMPC power supply running 16v/4amp. Not so concerned about the amperage, but mildly concerned about 16v instead of 15v. But since this isn't a digital piece of hardware, I like to think it would be okay. One of those Sony power supplies runs about $8.00 shipped on eBay. I did a preliminary test running them off my receiver at low volume and they sound great! Well, at least the left one does. Searching around and it seems the powered right speaker needs the juice to let sound through. Read elsewhere someone had stripped their right speaker of the amp inside and the sound flowed through both after. Seems correct, but I want to use these powered, so I think I'll spring for the power supply and get them running right. Thoughts?
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    Tangerine Dream

    Thanks Proto. I take a look at Shadowkiller. I had Tiger on my eMac 800mhz and it was great, even better when I overclocked it to 1.27ghz. I think the G4 vs. G3 makes a big difference. I had it on my Blueberry iMac from a few years back, but didn't use it much -- mostly a Classic machine -- so I don't remember if it was pokey or not (I'm sure it was). I do use Onyx and running it is on my list of things to do after killing Dashboard and Spotlight (when I figure out how). Here's a thread with good info on tweaking 10.4 for older machines: http://68kmla.org/forums/viewtopic.php?f=21&t=17618
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    Tangerine Dream

    OS 9 seems fine. I thought there might be a Java update or something. The 9.2.2 install CD I have came with my 2004 eMac, so it's probably as updated as OS 9 gets. I can live without iPod support under OS 9. I couldn't get it to work with 10.0 DP, but initially I was having other problems with my hard drive, so it might have been that. I'll try it again in the future. On the 10.4 side, I finished the install and updates last night. I forgot that there are sooooooo many Java updates. On this 400mhz machine 10.4 sometimes seems a little sluggish. I know there are a few adjustments I can make to lessen the load. I remember reading several tips, but I can't find them. Here's what I remember: Turn off Dashboard Turn off Spotlight Turn off graphic effects (drop shadows, etc) to speed up the finder (silverfox?) Any instructions as how to change those or any other pointers would be great. Also, I thought that all the updates that I just applied are stored locally. Anyone know where they're at? I installed TenFourFox under OS X and Classilla under OS 9. Classilla has come a long way since I last used it. Seems very stable despite the warning on the front page.
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    Tangerine Dream

    Couldn't find a compatible 8.6 to load on my Tangerine. 8.7 beta and OS X 10.0 DPs seem to be a bust as well. So now I've reformatted and have one partition with both OS X 10.4 and Mac OS 9.2.2. Tried out some games that I thought might give 9.2.2 trouble and they seemed to be fine. I think I'll stick with this OS setup for now. Any idea what updates are needed for 9.2.2? I tried software update, but it never connects.
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    Tangerine Dream

    Good question. From the pic (and it's not great, so it's hard to tell) it looks more "stylized" than the one I'm remembering. The one I'm thinking of was more opaque in the translucent white, but also came in other colors as well. Still, the idea is the same, which is to make the mouse usable.
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