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News for Monday 13th October

October 13, 2008 Leave a comment

VideoLAN updated to 0.9.4
The cross-platform free and open source video player is updated. Versions available for a wide range of operating systems.

The story behind Cydia on the iPhone
A brief article on the iPhone and iPod’s main jailbroken software installer.

Running Leopard on a Netbook
Nice article about installing Leopard on a Dell Inspiron Mini 9 netbook.

First T-Mobile G1 user review
Lots of questions answered and a mixed bag of pro’s and con’s.

Smartphone showdown: BlackBerry Storm vs. iPhone
Macworld does the head to head that everyone wants to see.

ASUS plans touchscreen, dual-core Eee PCs
Wondering what’s next for the Eee PC? read the article for the details.

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Hackintosh/Leopard flash drive problems

September 22, 2008 2 comments

I’m not sure quite where the cause of this problems lies, but I’m experiencing problems with USB flash drives on my hackintosh. I’ve had a Kingston 4Gb stick for a while now that works fine under Windows and has worked fine on Leopard. The last time the device was used with the hackintosh was around three months ago so it’s not clear when the problem started. Every time I try to copy files to the drive the transfer speed is worse than USB 1 spec, and the estimated time to completion when moving 200Mb earlier today was over an hour.

The reason for using the drive again was that two 8Gb flash sticks arrived today and I was thinking of doing some comparisons with Leopard running from Hard Drive and Flash Memory. The Kingston drive went in for some speed tests which turned out to be pointless since both old and new flash memory was appallingly slow. Trying to speed test the new flash drives (Dane-Elec brand) even froze Leopard a couple of times.

A search of several sites turned up many users suffering the same problem under Leopard, and these people are running genuine Apple hardware. I’ve had intermittent problems in the past with things like password prompting when waking from sleep, and it’s difficult to discern if the problem is because I’m running unsupported hardware or a Leopard issue. With many people reporting transfer speed problems after upgrading from 10.4 Tiger to 10.5 Leopard I’m leaning toward Leopard being the problem, so more searching is needed.

UPDATE I tried the same flash drives on my Macbook and got similar results, transfers were no higher than USB 1 speeds. Next test was a Panasonic Lumix camera connected by USB cable, speeds were also USB 1. The surprise was a Kingston 1Gb SD card in an Integral SDHC USB card reader which was transfering at the speeds I would expect, looked around 7Mb/s. Finder reported 900Mb would take less than a minute to copy.

A 60Gb 2.5inch SATA drive in a USB case was also tested and worked very fast, with finder copying 185Mb to the drive in just a few seconds and showing that 2.58Gb would be copied from the drive in under a minute. Looks like the problem is confined to USB flash drives.

Leopard Finder ‘shared’ resources progress

June 24, 2008 1 comment

I’ve written several times in the past about the lack of network shares showing up in the Finder sidebar. The issue has been around since I first built my hackintosh using 10.5.2. Nothing would show up, other Macs or Windows (SMB) shares. I’ve tried many suggestions with no luck until this morning. My motherboard, a Gigabyte P35-DS3R using the Realtek 8111B chip. Read more…

Psystar releases Openserv platform

June 20, 2008 Leave a comment

Following on from its Opencomputer and OpenProcomputer models, Psystar has now released the Openserv 1100 and 2400 models. The 1100 offers four drive bays in a 1U rack space case and is available with a range of operating systems including Mac OSX 10.5 server. The 2400 models ups the drivebays to six in a 2U case. There’s been no reported action from Apple following the release of the Opencomputer, so it looks like Psystar are confident they can continue with their Mac OS range with impunity.

There’s also an Opengamer range on offer, but not surprisingly this is restricted to Windows Vista.

Also on the Psystar web site is a 10.5.3 installer for the Opencomputer range. This downloads and installs the 10.5.3 update from Apple for the hardware that the Opencomputer could be configured with. There’s no indication if this would work for a homebrew hackintosh with the same hardware.

EFiX usb dongle

June 15, 2008 1 comment

Latest development in the OSX86 world is the EFiX usb dongle to allow any compatible PC to boot a genuine unpatched OSX install disk. Netkas has a video on his site of the sample he received which gives this some credibility, but trying to access anything other than the home page at efi-x.com results in a 404 page not found error.

There’s no more information available, so how much post install patching for harware compatibility will be required is not clear. The device is due for release on the 23rd of June so more details should be revealed soon.

10.5.3 issues

June 12, 2008 2 comments

So 10.5.3 has been here for a couple of weeks, the graphics fix is installed and everything is working as well as it did before. Only the problems aren’t fixed. The failure of the Finder sidebar to display local network shares is still present, and as puzzling and irritating as ever. I had a play around with my setup today, which comprises a Macbook, hackintosh and iPod Touch. The Macbook shows the iPod in the Finder sidebar and can connect to it. The Hackintosh doesn’t show the iPod. I went through the network settings of the Macbook and hackintosh to check they were configured the same, and found the Ethernet setting on the Hackintosh were automatically configured. I switched this to manual like the Macbook, and the iPod, Macbook and my Synology server appeared. The Macbook still can’t see the Synology server. From the Hackintosh I connected to all three network shares, but they disappeared from the Finder sidebar when ejected. And don’t come back until I make a change to the network settings that needs applying.

I could understand if this was a hackintosh problem, but the Macbook is just as flaky. Will 10.5.4 fix this, or do we have to wait for 10.6?

The second issue on the hackintosh is the failure of the computer to prompt for a password after the screensaver has run. The option in system preferences is set, but there’s no password prompt. Again, I could understand if this was a hackintosh problem but there are many reports of Macintosh owners suffering the same issue.

There’s also been a new problem on the Macbook, though this has for now disappeared. Selecting a number of images using quick view resulted in flashing of the window components. This seemed worse when viewing an index sheet, especially full screen. I haven’t suffered graphical problems previously on the Macbook so hopefully this was a fluke.

10.5.3 released

May 29, 2008 Leave a comment

The Leopard 10.5.3 update is available now in Software Update. My Macbook is currently being backed up using SuperDuper, then 10.5.3 goes on for testing. If I get time I will try applying the update to one of my hackintosh test partitions to see how that goes. Fingers crossed the networking issues are finally sorted out for everyone, and hopefully Leopard will now be the (relatively) bug free OS we wanted.

UPDATE

The Macbook update worked fine, and it’s now showing my iPod Touch and hackintosh in the Finder sidebar. Trying to update the test partition on the hackintosh crashed the install and it’s now not bootable. Looks like I’ll have to wait for the hacked version of the software updater.