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General Hardware Discussions / Re: Polymer recaps
« Last post by lepidotos on November 26, 2021, 09:17:04 PM »
Probably the best answer to my stupid question, thanks!
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long story short; if the crack wouldnt work as intended, it wouldnt have been released.

our main problem here is that
1. we lack most demo versions
2. we dont know if the plug-is are really using exactly the same scheme and
3. that PPC is another architecture, and OS9/carbon even is a different file format.

there are just not enough PPC users left on this planet, so we have to find out all on our own. :( haha :)

but if you have an intel mac and a PPC mac, too, you are invited to try if your card works under PPC, too. just install the latest demo installer and attach the card to the PPC. if it works for firewire, it will also work for the mkI.
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I know that what I'm about to write is a long way away from the focus of this board because I'm talking about my experiences on an Intel Mac.  Still, I thought that it couldn't hurt to mention that I have 2nd hand Powercore FireWire unit and was able to successfully freeze the demo time for a couple of plugins.  (I haven't had time to try more than a couple of plugins but both of them worked fine when I was able to figure out exactly which file the patcher was looking for.)

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General Hardware Discussions / Re: Polymer recaps
« Last post by GaryN on November 24, 2021, 04:18:38 PM »
You think? My rats ate the damn wire anyway and now they can hear my cat sneaking up on them…  >:(
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General Hardware Discussions / Re: Polymer recaps
« Last post by DieHard on November 24, 2021, 08:48:13 AM »
Gary,

Don't be so cynical, that wire is a steal because it comes with "FREE" anti-rat coating :)
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General Hardware Discussions / Re: Polymer recaps
« Last post by GaryN on November 24, 2021, 08:33:23 AM »
All right robespierre! It's great to see someone who not only knows what he's talking about, but can present it coherently as well.

"Audiophoolery" is a constant PITA that's been around as long as there has been recorded audio.
This is simply a variation - we'll call it "electrophoolery".
The perception (deception) that stuff "sounds better" after replacing the usual with the exotic is a combination of wanting the exotic to work and the subconscious resistance to not hearing an improvement after spending an obscene amount of money on it.

Cable lifts……  :o :o :o  Aarrgh!
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I can’t subscribe because I can’t register because I don’t have a telephone. Shame on me too?
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Old versions of the MacOS require that you explicitly import/export a local clipboard from/to the global clipboard. Old programs like ResEdit do that but in OS 9 it may fail to import. TextEdit uses its own clipboard. That’s why it works when you make a 'TEXT' resource.
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General Hardware Discussions / Re: Polymer recaps
« Last post by robespierre on November 23, 2021, 09:39:06 PM »
I'm afraid that doesn't make any sense from a technical perspective. Large value capacitors are used as local energy reservoirs, referred to by engineers as "bypass capacitors". When digital circuits switch on and off, they draw momentary bursts of current, which would appear as noise on the power supply lines if there was nothing to suppress them. Those bursts of noise if uncontrolled could lead to incorrect operation. The capacitors "absorb" noise because they keep the power supply lines at a constant voltage. When a device draws a burst of current, the current comes out of a nearby bypass capacitor instead of traveling down the entire length of the power supply line. This function does not have any influence on the processing speed, which is entirely controlled by a network of clock generators on each chip and disciplined to a master oscillator.

Polymer electrolytics are several times the cost of wet aluminum electrolytic capacitors and do exactly the same thing in a circuit. They have the advantage that without any liquid electrolyte they cannot leak. They also have a better ESR figure, which can be exploited by designers to pack power-hungry components closer together. This difference has no advantage in repairing of electronics that do not require it.

It reads more like the kind of audiophoolery that believes that "exotic" components (silver solder, cable lifts, braided power cables) improve sound quality.
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Apple / Mac keyboard? (Or “other”?)

Holding down the Option key and moving the mouse pointer anywhere over the Control Strip, should change the pointer icon to a “hand” icon… signifying “grab - grasp” etc.



THEN click on the end tab and hold mouse down AND drag the control strip to where you want it. Keep your finger on the Option key when you click and don’t release until the Control Strip is in new position.

If for some strange reason you can’t get it to move / re-locate OR see the hand icon… then you can choose to “hide" the CS completely via its Control panel.
Ah, that explains it, I was clicking on the wrong tab. And yes, it was a stock Apple keyboard, though I can (try to, it's annoyingly finnicky) lift it out of the iBook to make sure.
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