BookEndz and 23" Cinema Display Issues

Posted by:
Date: Wednesday, September 29th, 2004, 00:14
Category: Archive

23-inch Apple Cinema DisplayI have a 2-year old PowerBook G4/800MHz and a BookEndz docking station. I’ve been very happy with this set up (after learning that the connctions must be made very tight). I just bought a 23″ Cinema Display and it is gorgeous when connected directly to the PowerBook.
When the display is connected through the dock, it appears that there’s a problem with the signal (e.g., noise or strength) and I have many pixels that are “bad,” e.g., streaks of scintillating red. I called BookEndz and they are aware of the problem but they “can’t do anything about it.” It appears that the same problem occurs when a DVI extension cable is used. That is, inserting any intermediate connection causes problems.
Is there a solution other than tolerance of the bad pixels?
Could using it this way damage anything?

(more…)

Transportable vs. Portable?

Posted by:
Date: Tuesday, September 28th, 2004, 17:48
Category: Archive

What are the performance pros and cons of a maxed 20″ iMac G5 (transportable) vs. 17″ PB G4 (portable) with respect to 1. screen brightness and contrast; 2. video performance; and 3. processor, application and benchmark performance? Read why I want to know after the jump…

(more…)

The Great Mod Challenge Winners Announced At MacMod

Posted by:
Date: Tuesday, September 28th, 2004, 11:25
Category: Archive

MacMod.com announced The Great Mod Challenge on August 1st to the delight of Mac modding enthusiasts worldwide. The event was the first of its kind to be held for Mac users and the resulting mods are nothing short of extraordinary. More after the jump…

(more…)

More Ways to Crystalize Your Mobile Technology

Posted by:
Date: Tuesday, September 28th, 2004, 07:34
Category: Archive

NYC Peach Sidekick IIIf you liked the Crystalmini (iPod) that we posted yesterday, then you need to check out some of the gemified offerings from NYCPeach. Whoa! I’m not saying that I want one for me or anything, but I can see a lot of men putting these things on their holiday shopping list for their little ladies. At right is their take on the Sidekick II. A link to their crystalized iPod mini and some phones after the jump.

(more…)

Free iBook, PowerBook Upgrade and Repair Guides

Posted by:
Date: Tuesday, September 28th, 2004, 03:51
Category: Archive

Don’t have access to Apple’s coveted Service Manuals or take-apart docs? Fear not, PB FixIt has announced six new members of the FixIt Guide Series. Take-apart guides for all iBook G3, PowerBook G3, and PowerBook G4 models are now available for free. Link after the jump…

(more…)

Ortlieb USA's Sling-It is Stylin'

Posted by:
Date: Tuesday, September 28th, 2004, 00:03
Category: Luggage

ortliebAs a proud of owner of a 12-inch PowerBook I am always on the constant hunt for a laptop bag that will complement and add style to my laptop. For me a laptop bag is more than just something to dump my computer in. It needs to have personality, style, and be rugged enough to deal with my always on the move lifestyle. Enter the Sling-It Shoulder Bag from Ortlieb USA. Read on…

(more…)

Ask PowerPage: Final Cut Pro Upgrade to Motion and DVD Studio

Posted by:
Date: Monday, September 27th, 2004, 07:44
Category: Archive

Dear PowerPage:
I recently (7/30/04) purchased a PowerBook G4 and Final Cut Pro. I paid US$999 for FCP and I was hoping to upgrade to get Motion and DVD Studio. Why is the upgrade $699 when you can get the whole thing today for $1299? I’d be paying $1700 for something you can get for $1299. Why would a current AAPL customer have to pay that much more than a new customer? At the time I made my purchase Motion wasn’t even shipping…
Is there a way to upgrade for less?

(more…)

PowerBook Hinge Issues

Posted by:
Date: Monday, September 27th, 2004, 07:29
Category: Archive

Macintouch has been posting a number of people’s feedback regarding problematic PowerBook hinges. A number of readers have recommended RadTech’s Glide kits but have commented that you need to re-apply.

Simply using the Radtech fluid only cures the issue for a short time, in their “Glide” kit they supply a hinge expansion tool. If you use this and the fluid, the problem will be fixed and in future occurrences can be cured simply with the fluid.

My Aluminum 15-inch is starting to squeak and exhibit tightness on the left hinge, so I’ll probably have to spring for an AlGlide kit to fix it. How are your hinges holding up?

(more…)

Apple Launches 15-inch PowerBook G4 Display Repair Extension Program

Posted by:
Date: Monday, September 27th, 2004, 07:34
Category: Archive

PowerBook G4 White SpotsApple has announced a 15-inch PowerBook G4 Display Repair Extension Program to address the “white spots” problem that has been appearing in some machines. Some 15-inch PowerBook G4 computers with serial numbers in the range listed below may have faint white spots on the display:
V7334XXXXXX to V7345XXXXXX
QT331XXXXXX to QT339XXXXXX
PowerBooks with these serial numbers may be referred to as:

  • PowerBook G4 (15-inch FW 800) – these have an aluminium design and 1 GHz or 1.25 GHz G4 processors
  • PowerBook G4 (1 GHz/867 MHz) – these have a titanium design and a 15-inch display

If your PowerBook G4 falls in the above serial number range and exhibits faint white spots on the display, go to http://www.apple.com/support/powerbook/displayprogram/ for further instructions on identifying the issue and possible replacement of the display.

(more…)

Introducing the Crystalmini

Posted by:
Date: Friday, September 24th, 2004, 12:24
Category: Archive

Crystal MiniThe perfect digital music player just got better, with it?s sleek new exterior the Crystalmini proves, it?s not just what?s on the inside that counts. The Crystalmini is an US$699 iPod mini covered in 1000 Swavorski crystals.

This is a one of a kind crystal digital music player that is Crystallized from front to back with fine Swarovski Crystals. It is carefully designed and crafted. Every fine crystal is placed mindfully with accuracy to allow easy navigation on the innovative scrolling wheel. All made with a human touch and Handcrafted in Brooklyn, USA.

(more…)