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Dual monitors with a hackintosh

December 28, 2009 6 comments

For the past few years I’ve used a Dell 2005FPW screen, which although reliable was limited by its 1680 x 1050 resolution. I’m using a full HD video camera and TV so the next step was a HD or better monitor for editing. I wasn’t sure if the 9800GT card in my main hackintosh would need software tweaks to support two monitors but a quick test with a spare 15 inch TV/monitor showed it worked fine. Just to recap, I’m using an EFI string for video card support with the default 9800GTX setting from OSX86Tools.

Next step was to choose a monitor. Since I don’t play a lot of games the main use will be video and photo editing, so I was looking for something with good contrast and black levels as well as reasonable colour accuracy. The target was HD or better resolution and around a 24 inch screen. The most common resolution at this size was 1920×1200 until recently, but these displays are rapidly disappearing to be replaced with 1920×1080 panels. All the comments I found on this give cheaper manufacturing as the reason. Read more…

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Istat menus updated to 1.3

June 15, 2008 Leave a comment

The rather excellent iStat menus by iSlayer was recently updated to version 1.3, and it’s well worth a try if you haven’t already got it running. It’s a menubar information display that shows a range of details including CPU, memory, drives, network, temperatures, bluetooth and date/time.

The screenshot above (from the iSlayer product page) gives you a good idea of what to expect. There’s some nice improvements in the new version, and the top five processes for CPU and memory utilisation are now displaying correctly on my Macbook and hackintosh. The only issue I have is that the temperature and fans/power displays don’t work on my hackintosh, but that’s to be expected since its not official Apple hardware.

Not only is this an excellent and useful piece of software, it’s also freeware, so there’s no excuse to to try it.

Get iStat Menus at iSlayer.com