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Also, something that's been on my wish list for the forum is a "view your posts" link. I think we're using SMForum because it's the only one that works in Classilla, right? VBulletin has the view your posts link at the top right and it's a much faster way of keeping track of your threads and going back to them. Not sure if they have some code for that but that would be just awesome to have.
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It isn't my place to overhaul something that isn't mine, so I hope DieHard doesn't mind me giving input, but I do have some good ideas for the site. I'm all ears for his and anyone else's suggestions.

At one time we had an FTP absolutely filled to the brim with so much stuff that it was unbelievable (thanks to Enabler in particular). It got lost unfortunately. I also put up a bunch of plugins myself but they're still not posted after a long while. This makes me think we should do two things:

1) Perhaps add a mod or two with the powers to post new software and plugins. A lot of us are still sitting on good stuff that isn't available anywhere else, and a lot of it is only available via file attachment from posts that we can only find via searching and hoping.

2) Reorganize the forum sections a bit, such as putting the DAW and recording discussions much nearer the top of the forum (suggestion of macStuff). I have some other ideas for reorganization myself but I'd have to think about it.

DieHard is a busy guy, especially right now with his business move and everything so he can't possibly find enough time to do all of this alone. I say we kindly ask his permission to get this thing tweaked.

Who's with me?
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Community Marketplace / Re: WTB: Mac Mini PowerPC with OS 9.2 installed
« Last post by kerobaros on May 20, 2019, 07:29:30 PM »
If the original poster falls through, I might be interested, depending on price.
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Video Cards, Monitors, & Displays / Re: powermac G5 graphics card question
« Last post by macStuff on May 20, 2019, 07:15:17 PM »
darth.
according to the numbers i have recorded;
some 6600GT go up to (500mhz) wheras the radeon9800 pro is around high 300s (380Mhz)
its also a newer chip technology NV43 (Apr 2004)

radeon 9800 pro specs: https://www.techpowerup.com/gpu-specs/radeon-9800-pro.c1818
msi Geforce 6600GT specs: https://www.cnet.com/products/msi-nx6600gt-geforce-6600-gt-agp-8x-128mb/

hmm i thought the 6600GT was closer to a x800/x850 in specs i guess not

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Plugins (VST,TDM,RTAS,MAS) / Re: Opcode Fusion VST Bundle
« Last post by macStuff on May 20, 2019, 01:09:55 PM »
that site was taken down by its operator a few years ago in 2016

all those files and more can be found on my opcode download site
http://www.oldschooldaw.com/opcode
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Video Cards, Monitors, & Displays / Re: powermac G5 graphics card question
« Last post by whoisthisguy on May 20, 2019, 08:03:00 AM »
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is it worth the time effort? will it make a difference in day to day use working in osx software?
It depends on software you are using. In my personal experience the movement from 6600LE to Quadro FX4500 was nothing in 2D performance of 104fox, Ableton Live and Photoshop.
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Introduction

As we all know Mac Mini G4 has a Single-Link DVI port which can drive displays up to 1920x1200 resolution digitally and maximum 2048x1536 via VGA adapter.
But there is a huge problem: on pre-Tiger OSes you will get no more than 1280x1024 resolution on non-Apple Displays such as AOC, Dell, LG, Sony etc. More info to read in this thread: http://macos9lives.com/smforum/index.php/topic,4337.0.html 

I want to share my personal experience. Maybe together we will find the solution.

Hardware I'm using in this experiment

Monitor: Dell S2719DGF 27 inch 2560x1440 155hz. Ports: 1 x DisplayPort, 1 x HDMI 1.4, 1 x HDMI 2.0
PowerMac #1: Apple Mac Mini G4 1.5GHz, ATI Radeon 9200 64MB
PowerMac #2: Apple Power Mac G5 Late 2005, Quadro FX4500
Adapter #1: StarTech DVI-D (Single Link) to DisplayPort USB-Powered Active Converter
Adapter #2: Atlona AT-DP400 Dual Link DVI to Mini DisplayPort USB-Powered Active Converter
Adapter #3: Noname VGA to HDMI USB-Powered Active Converter

Experiment #1: The Power Mac G5 + Adapters Experience
Nvidia Quadro FX4500 has two Dual-Link DVIs capable of powering two 2560x1600 Apple Cinema 30-inch displays.

- Booting G5 into Tiger: only 1280x1024 max

- Booting G5 into Tiger with Adapter #1: 1280x1024 max

- Booting G5 into Tiger with Adapter #2: 2560x1440 native

- Booting G5 into Tiger with Adapter #3: 2048x1536 max. * Blurry picture. Screen area distorted, has wrong position and proportions. The monitor itself hasn't controls to stretch and move screen area as CRT monitors.

- Booting G5 into Leopard: same results.

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- Booting Mini into Tiger: 1920x1080 max * No option to select 1920x1200. Have Overscan option in Displays like if I'm using a TV as my second monitor.

- Booting Mini into Tiger with Adapter #1: 1920x1080 max, overscan

- Booting Mini into Tiger with Adapter #2: 1920x1080 max, overscan

- Booting Mini into Tiger with Adapter #3: 2048x1536, blurry picture, screen area issues.

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- Booting Mini into Leopard with and without adapters: same results


Experiment #2: Mac Mini G4 - Running Jaguar + Panther + Adapters Experience
* For this experiment you will need a clean separate ~ 10GB partition.

Step 1: Boot into Tiger.

Step 2: Somehow obtain Mac OS X Panther or Jaguar Install CDs.

Step 3: Download 10.3.9 / 10.2.8 Combo Updates

Step 4: Mount Install CD 1.

Step 5: Go to /Volumes/[Mounted Install CD]/System/Installation/Packages

Step 6: Launch OSInstall.mpkg. Unselect all additional install options and Run the setup as usual. You have to install OS onto your separate clean Partition. * Wait for setup to complete. If it's not: just force quit.

Step 7: Install Combo update onto partition you have just installed the OS.

Step 8: Run Terminal: diskutil repairpermissions /Volumes/[Volume you installed Panther or Jaguar] * Wait the process to complete

Step 9: Reboot with Option (ALT) key pressed. Select Panther or Jaguar Partition. Hit Enter.
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- Booting Mini into Panther: 1280x1024 max

- Booting Mini into Panther with Adapter #1 and #2: 1280x1024 max

- Booting Mini into Panther with Adapter #3: 2048x1536, blurry picture, screen area issues, glitches, freezes.

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- Booting Mini into Jaguar with and without adapters: almost the same results.

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- Booting Mini into Jaguar or Panther without /System/Library/Extensions/AppleNDRV: 1920x1080, bad colours, glitches.


Experiment #3: Mac Mini G4 - Running Jaguar + Panther with 10.4.11 NDRV + Adapters Experience

Step 1: Copy the contents of Tiger's /System/Library/Extensions/AppleNDRV/ into the same folder of your Panther or Jaguar Partition.

Step 2: Delete Extensions.mkext and Extensions.kextcache from your Panther's or Jaguar's /System/Library folder (you could not have both files there).

Step 3: Run terminal "diskutil repairpermissions /" from Panther or Jaguar or "diskutil repairpermissions /Volumes/[Panther or Jaguar Partition]" from Tiger. * Wait for completion.

Step 4: Cross your fingers and Reboot.

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- Booting Mini into Panther with Tiger's NDRV: 1920x1080, no overscan options etc. No glitches.

- Booting Mini into Panther with Tiger's NDRV and Adapters #1+#2: same results.

- Booting Mini into Panther with Tiger's NDRV and Adapter #3: 2048x1536, blurry picture, screen area issues but no glitches or freezes.

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- Booting Mini into Jaguar with Tiger's NDRV and with and without adapters: almost the same results.

As you can see there is a Huge improvement with Tiger's NDRV here.

Experiment #4: Mac Mini G4 - Running OS9 + Adapters Experience

* For this experiment you will need OS9 Mac Mini V8 Distro from this thread: http://macos9lives.com/smforum/index.php/topic,4365.msg30502.html#msg30502 installed on separate partition.

- Booting Mini into OS9 with ATI Extensions: 1280x1024 max, Millions of Colours, 2d / 3d acceleration enabled

- Booting Mini into OS9 with ATI Extensions + Adapter #1 & #2: same results.

- Booting Mini into OS9 with ATI Extensions + Adapter #3: 2048x1536, Millions of Colours, 2d / 3d acceleration enabled, blurry picture, screen area issues.

- Booting Mini into OS9 without ATI Extensions: 1920x1080, 256 Colours, 2d / 3d acceleration disabled.

- Booting Mini into OS9 without ATI Extensions + Adapters: same results.

As you can see we have 1920x1080 support here but no acceleration and only 256 colours. It's almost the seme behaviour we saw earlier on Panther and Jaguar.
It would be wonderful to make things from experiment #3 possible here. And I want to say: it's nearly possible. Thanks to darthnVader for his brilliant guide from this thread: http://macos9lives.com/smforum/index.php/topic,4319.0.html

Experiment #5: Mac Mini G4 - Running OS9 with 10.4.11 NDRV

* First of all you will need something:

Super ResEdit which can be found here: https://www.macintoshrepository.org/1867-super-resedit-2-4-2-1-3-.

a Hex Editor of your Choice (I found ResEdit's Hex Editor strange). I'm using HexEdit 1.8.5 which can be found here https://www.macintoshrepository.org/7323-hexedit.

Tiger's NDRV which can be obtained from here: /System/Library/Extensions/AppleNDRV/ATIDriver.bundle/Contents/MacOS/ATIDriver

ATI Extensions from Mac Mini V8 Distro. I recommend to backup this extensions. We will work with ATI Via Driver Extension here.

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Step 1: Open ATIDriver with Hex editor of your choice.

Step 2: Search ASCII Next for "RockHopper".

Step 3: Search ASCII Previous for "joy".

Step 4: Delete all ASCII code before "Joy!peffpwpc".

Step 5: Search ASCII Next for the next "joy".

Step 6: Delete all ASCII code from the founded "Joy!peffpwpc" to the end of the file.

Step 7: Save the results as a New File.

Step 8: Open newly created file with Super Resedit.

Step 9: Hit YES if it asked you to create Resources.

Step 10: Go into DF section. CMD+C on "Data Fork". Remember the number in "size" column.

Step 11. Open ATI Via Driver with Super Resedit.

Step 12. Go to DF section. CMD+V on "Data Fork". Click "Yes" when being asked for ID replacement.

Step 13. Go back and open "cfrg" section. Then, open the resource itself. Scroll down to the "Length" input field and replace numbers there with the numbers you remembered on Step 10.

Step 14. Save file.

Step 15. Put ATI Via Driver inside the Extensions folder.

Step 16. Reboot the machine.

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Booting Mini into OS9 with Patched NDRV: 1920x1080. No "out of range" anymore, but System will freeze right after the ATI Extensions have loaded.
Booting Mini into OS9 with Patched NDRV without ATI Graphics Accelerator Extension: 1920x1080, Millions of Colours, 2d / 3d acceleration not working.
 
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Issues

Issue 1: Having issues with empty Grey Screen and a cursor on it after resolution / colour changes. To fix that just shortly press the power button to initiate the fake sleep (Thanks to Sleeper Extension).

Issue 2: How to install OS9 if I have only "Out of Range" mode. You can't install OS9 from OSX because you need to format HDD via OS9 to Enable OS9 drivers. So, to boot from CD you need to use VGA monitor or VGA adapter. Also you can disable ATI Extensions. I recommend to Install OS9 from USB. To achieve this:

***** You can lose your data so please do it on your own risk *****

a) Download V8 distro onto your Tiger / Leopard desktop.

b) Insert an Empty USB Drive with enough free space for OS9 Install CD.

c) Open Disk Utility and partition Flash Drive with Mac OS Extended File System and Apple Partition Map.

d) Open Terminal. Insert this "diskutil list". It will list all of yours HDDs. Find the partition from the USB Drive (something like disk2s1, you will identify it by the size).

e) Unmount the Volume with the command "diskutil unmount disk2s1(put your volume here).

f) Now we will copy our install cd onto the flash drive by bites. It will take time (5-20 minutes) so be patient. Type into the terminal "dd if=[Path to Install CD] of=/dev/rdisk2 bs=4096"

So what all this commands mean?:)
dd - the name of the program.
if - short from Input File
of - short from Output File
bs - block size. You can use 1024, 2048, 4096 or any other value here. So every XXXX bites the data will be written onto the drive.

Why you are using /dev/rdisk2 instead of disk2 or disk2s1?
Remember the step "e" when we unmounted disk2s1. We just unmounted the Volume to avoid conflicts, but the disk itself (disk2) is stil present in the system. Also, as you may know, Mac OS X is a UNIX-based system. In UNIX based environment all devices are represented as files in /dev/ directory even HDDs. And we are using unix "dd" command to copy the cd image onto the drive... So, you know what I mean. Also we are using whole disk not only the partition because we will copy all the data, including CD bootsector etc.

Finally: whats wrong with the "r" letter before the "disk2"
Well, I can't provide any info here. But without "r" this operation will require hours. Maybe someone can provide some info on it in the comments below?.

g) Ok. After you insert the dd command and double checked that "if" is your input cd and "of" is your flash drive disk (and not only the volume) hit "Enter". Wait for this procedure to complete. There is no prompts or progress bars so wait until the new terminal input string appears (yourname@nameofyourmac: ).

h) If all is ok, unmount the drive with terminal "diskutil unmountDisk disk2 (the name of your disk without r or /dev/).

i) Reinsert the drive if the partition is mounted successfully you're done. If not - check the steps again. There might be an error.

j) Go onto the mounted partition and delete or move somewhere ATI Via Driver Extension.

k) Reboot your machine holding O+F+CMD+OPT buttons after the Chime sound. You will boot into Open Firmware Environment.

l) type "boot ud:,\\:tbxi". There only 1 space after the "boot" command. Also you will need all symbols like ",",":" etc exactly in mentioned order for this operation to work. Hit Enter. If you follow all the steps you will be booting from OS9 via USB with 2d / 3d disabled and without "Out of Range" issues.
 
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Conclusion

As you can see, the Mini's "Out of Range" problem can be solved by the software. But we need to experiment more and share our experience with the community. I want to thank darthnVader, and all the community members who made the boot and use OS9 under unsupported hardware possible. Also I'm sorry for my english. It's not my native language.

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Please share your experience and comments here. Cheers!
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Community Marketplace / Re: WTB: Mac Mini PowerPC with OS 9.2 installed
« Last post by Syn-Fi on May 20, 2019, 06:17:10 AM »
1.42ghz

Pretty yellow, no way to avoid this.  It's been kept in its box for 4 years and prior to that i cleaned it out and installed Transcend SSD.  I didn't end up using it because I went with my G4 tower, PCI cards etc.

It can run Infinity (OS9 Shell) and Turbosynth in the same fashion as shown on the photos.

I haven't installed OS 9.2 Native as i am out of touch with all of that.

Original install discs included and right now i believe it has Tiger and Leopard installed.
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Plugins (VST,TDM,RTAS,MAS) / Re: Opcode Fusion VST Bundle
« Last post by teroyk on May 20, 2019, 06:10:37 AM »
this is downloadable from the aaack.org links that were posted in the studio vision section!
this can be added to the vst effects section
http://www.aaack.org/apple/opcode/fusion.sit


Original link is gone, but there was something interesting:
https://web.archive.org/web/20110509195243/http://aaack.org/apple/opcode/
Has some body any of those files?
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