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Hi Astroman,

Thanks for the great info,  got it now. 

Theres a 16 in/out box?  What model is that?  If I ever got into this I was looking at multiple 888s.
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Plugins (VST,TDM,RTAS,MAS) / Re: The hunt for Amplitube VST: A Mac OS 9 Odissey
« Last post by alenu on December 15, 2019, 11:23:32 PM »
What bloody antivirus??? I'm on a Mac!


Haha, Macs are not what they used to be, my friend! Beside my PowerPC Macs, i´ve got a white MacBook with macOS Sierra, and it behaves very "windowesque" in all things related to "security". It won´t let me download or install certain files or apps without a system warning or without tweaking the security prefs.

Try download from here: https://we.tl/t-nwn8LhxV14
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General Hardware Discussions / Best DVD Drives for Power Mac G4 Digital Audio?
« Last post by Europa on December 15, 2019, 07:37:24 PM »
So my Power Mac G4's DVD burner (a Pioneer DVR-103) kicked the bucket maybe six months ago. My question is what is the best DVD burner I can get in terms of capability that will be compatible with both Mac OS 9.2.2 and Mac OS 10.4.11? I must be able to boot from it as well as be able to burn CDs and DVDs (at least -R, but +R burning would be a nice bonus).
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Just when you might think that it’s quiet enough to take a nap…
                              yet another “rogue” enters the proverbial fold.

That MICROPΩLIS is still here and working (but gathering dust).
Could possibly be in (S)ATAman’s future, minus the SCSI drives.

If we all hang around here long enough, who knows who…
                                                 and what might just show up? ;)

Welcome aboard, glad that you're here!

Thank you guys for compliments - let's celebrate later.
If anyone knows what is an OK video card for G4 MDD which can drive a 30" monitor under "9" at the 2560 x 1600 that would be helpful.
2D acceleration is enough, it's just for CodeWarrior.

Most, if not all of the stuff does compile and build under 10.4.x on G5 Quad in the "classic" window, so there is no sense of urgency.
The current card in MDD is the original "Rage 128", this is certainly not good enough.

The stock card in my G5 "Quad" is the lowest-grade, but at least it drives the 30" monitor at the best resolution.

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Plugins (VST,TDM,RTAS,MAS) / Re: The hunt for Amplitube VST: A Mac OS 9 Odissey
« Last post by ssp3 on December 15, 2019, 06:25:05 PM »
What bloody antivirus??? I'm on a Mac!
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Just when you might think that it’s quiet enough to take a nap…
                              yet another “rogue” enters the proverbial fold.

That MICROPΩLIS is still here and working (but gathering dust).
Could possibly be in (S)ATAman’s future, minus the SCSI drives.

If we all hang around here long enough, who knows who…
                                                 and what might just show up? ;)

Welcome aboard, glad that you're here!
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we are all indebted to your work
i have a number of cards , sonnet, firmtek, acard etc
i hope that you can help Daniel out to achieve some great result for the benefit of all  of us retro users

Thanks! ACard starting with "66" was my personal competition. The late Sonnet cards were made by Joel of Sonnet (now Apple), competing with me - and doing a better job with advanced Marvell SATA chips, than I did later on with same. So it's by far not just me.

Regarding "retro":
- The deal with Promise/100/133 alias UltraTek/100/133 with Sonnet was done, they don't care less, so I am going to "open" all Promise Parallel ATA cards with the factory flasher. This will be done immediately as I get the Kingston 240 SSD drives. Four new are on order from eBay, i expect them to arrive before the holidays.
So the PATA is a done deal. If anyone wants to do some hacking on Parallel ATA - please wait few weeks, maybe days.

- What to do with SATA is a different story. 3124 is a possibility, will either help Daniel or make something on quick, simply preferring what yields the fastest result.
I am undecided because I know how bad 3124 internally is and how bad and useless (for the future) is it's programming interface. Marvell 6042 is much better but there are barely any cards and there is no FCode. Some other ideas are floating in my head but it could happen we just land up with 3124 for MacOS 9.x
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Pro Tools by Digidesign / Re: Pro Tools closing upon launch
« Last post by Syntho on December 15, 2019, 03:48:54 PM »
Nosiree, it happens 100% of the time on my system. I always quit PT properly. I think I fixed it one time by trashing the prefs but it came back to haunt me. I'll try again tomorrow and see how I fare.
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You either put 1 Core card and up to 3 Farm cards into the G4 (if it has 4 slots, like the Quicksilver, MDD and some AV Macs.

Or you put the special PCI card of the external PCI box into the Mac and all Core and Farm cards go into the extension box.

To each Farm or Core card you can connect one 8 or 16-channel IO-Box
(or two 8-channel boxes using a split cable iirc)
So 3 cards in a Mac give you upto 48 channels of input/output, no need for the expander.

But just in case you're interested in the latter: carefully check the model and that both connector cards are included (1 for the Mac, the other inside the expander)
Not all of these boxes work with all versions of PT.


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Plugins (VST,TDM,RTAS,MAS) / Re: The hunt for Amplitube VST: A Mac OS 9 Odissey
« Last post by macStuff on December 15, 2019, 03:12:04 PM »
someone needs to do an Amplitube Demo video  8)
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