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Matt Diamond

Member Since 30 Jul 2001
Offline Last Active Yesterday, 08:58 PM
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Monitor suggestions?

24 June 2020 - 10:45 AM

I am toying with the idea of getting a new monitor.

My old 27" Dell U2713HM :
* doesn't support HDMI beyond 1080p
* only gets to 2560x1440 using DisplayPort. This means I have to swap DisplayPort cables whenever I switch computers
* doesn't autodetect inputs, and switching between inputs requires navigating an annoying menu using 4 tiny black buttons, and the order you press them can change depending on whether the monitor second-guesses what you are trying to do
* No speakers - not a dealbreaker but it would make XBox gaming easier

I can probably live with the Dell for another year or 3, but if anyone is very fond of their current monitor I'd be interested in hearing about it.

I will not be getting an Apple Pro XDR at this time though.

G4 iMac 15" - The Resurrection

25 April 2020 - 08:49 PM

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My son was gifted a G4 iMac from someone's storage, for helping them out. I desperately wanted one of these when they first came out so I've been trying to get it running again.

When we first got it it made horrible clicking sounds and the CD tray wouldn't open. I fixed those by replacing the hard drive and Superdrive (and while I was at it, the PRAM battery). Once I set the master-slave pins on the drives correctly we got the flashing question mark indicating no boot drive. And holding down the mouse opens the CD tray. So far so good.

But I am unable to boot a CD or DVD. I tried burning G4 iMac Restore CDs, and a OS X 10.4 Tiger installer DVD, and neither worked. Holding down the C key at boot, the DVD is ejected immediately. The CD makes normal sounds like it is being read, but nothing happens. Holding down the Option key, no disks are ever shown.

At least one person claims that booting to a burnt disk may not work work and I need to get real system restore disks or a Tiger installer. Both can be found on eBay, but I would like some assurance that this is the problem I'm having.

Another option would be try booting it to an external Firewire 400 drive. I actually have one, but I don't think I have a way to install an old enough OS on it (10.1 - 10.4 Tiger). Newer machines won't run the old installers AFAIK.

It's been a fun project but if I spend much more money on it I could have just bought a working one in the first place!

Suggestions welcome..

Invalid browser certificate for IMG

18 March 2020 - 12:58 PM

IMG site uses an old MacGameStore certificate that expired a long time ago.

(No, it's not that important. I was considering starting a World Community Grid team for IMG, and the URL would needs to be https. But I can create a team without directly linking to the IMG website.)

Stanley Parable, Ultra Deluxe Edition

22 January 2020 - 04:09 PM

(Which forum does Stanley Parable belong in? Adventure, sim, or puzzle?)

For anyone who might have missed it: they are working on a new version of Stanley Parable, updating the graphics, adding more content, and consoles. (Will it include Mac again? Not clear. Hopefully!)

It was supposed to come out in 2019. Here's the game's narrator answering everyone's burning questions about the release date.
https://youtu.be/8MDu3xocHV0

Cheap Mac Games

25 September 2019 - 06:47 PM

Thought we could use a thread for Mac game sales. I'm particularly interested in DRM-free games, but all sales are good sales.
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Divinity Original Sin 2 is currently 40% off at GOG. I've seen it for that price plenty of times on Steam, but the fact that this is DRM-free finally got me off the fence.

Shadow of the Tomb Raider is on sale for $19.97 on Steam; I'm passing though because it's not clear when Feral will release the Mac version. If there's a delay the credit for my purchase might end up going 100% to the Window publisher.. I'll wait.