Mucho Macs 'n stuff

Friday, May 16, 2008

More OOMPH for the Half-Breed

At 768mb my G4 hack project (DA computer with QS processor oc'd to 800mhz) has never been well endowed with RAM. Until now. I decided to spring for 2x 512mb sticks from other world computing . I decided to go with OWC for compatibility reason. I didn't expect any issue with other major brands but I wanted to be sure that in the severely unlikely event that it didn't work on an Apple that I could get a refund. Not much to say about it besides it's RAM. Now I'm sporting 1.25GB of crushing random access memory. It definitely helps performance but it's still a dog with the Quicksilver 733/800mhz processor (stupid lack of L3 cache!). I'm tempted to through in a dual 1.0ghz but those are pricey ($200 on ebay). My other thought was to do a dual 533mhz. Less numbers but more processors. Given Leopard's love of multiple processors that might be the way to go.

Wednesday, May 14, 2008

Another way to do it

I run Leopard on my unsupported G4's and I think it works great. Personally, I don't think there should be a mechanism to prevent you from installing Leopard on your computer, it just doesn't make any sense. My two unsupported Macs, an 800mhz Digital Audio/Quicksilver (DA computer, QS 733mhz processor, overclocked to 800mhz) and a 500mhz Dual Gigabit, run it just fine. In fact, there isn't much difference from Tiger. If anything I think the dual 500mhz runs BETTER with Leopard. So if you want to install it on your G3 266mhz iMac and have nothing work and blindingly slow performance, that should be your call. That said I'm all for programs like Leopard assist, which helps you get Leopard going on your unsupported Mac.

Friday, May 2, 2008

Where have you gone Mighty Mouse?

We NEED YOU Mighty Mouse! Or at least I need you. I don't understand why my wireless mighty mouse doesn't always connect to my Mac Book Pro. It's always iffy and many times I have to manually connect it (I know, the tragedy of it all!). Does anyone else have this problem? Seems worse since I installed Leopard. I suspect it's something with the mouse, not the computer or OS. I've updated the software so I guess there's not much else I can do besides bitch on a blog about it.