Wednesday, June 17, 2009

Dad will be in big trouble

Photography, Canon XTi, Nifty-Fifty, 50mm Prime lens, Wedding Photography, Child Portrait

As the title states .. As a father I will be in big trouble with this one .. can you see the horns holding up that halo??


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Blushing Bride Color or B/W??

Photography, canon XTi, Nifty-Fifty Photo Effects Black and White vs. color

As in the last post we recently attended a Wedding of a long time friend of the family. Photography is only a hobby of mine that I can do when spare time is available (like almost never).
Taking shots of everything and anything I can that day went through 3 1GB cards but when she turned her back on me I just had to take the shot .. and I had the right lens on at the right time what do you think? J.J. The back of her dress was stunning this is not to say the front was not stunning as well. captured with canon XTi nifty fifty glass at 1.8

Color or B/W with tint to age the photo?



"Its Not Time Yet Daddy" Flower Girl Wedding Photography

Photography, Canon XTi, Child Photography, Wedding Photography

Was a beautiful day for a Wedding a long time friend of the family is getting married, It was slightly over cast and perfect temperature for an outside ceremony. Of course I had my camera in hand ready to take pictures. Just minding my own business when my daughter (flower girl) and the little boy (ring bearer) she was walking down the isle with came strolling by arm in arm

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Monday, June 15, 2009

Forever Sleeping PowerBook G4

PowerBook G4 Reed Switch / Hall Effect Sensor Issues
A few days ago I posted a question in MacForums and not sure if there is anything I can do.. but here is the question as follows if any one has suggestions I am open to hear them. Please.

This is my first question here. I have just recently found interest in Mac products. Have been a PC guy for bout 15 years.. I have had about 7 iBooks 3 PowerBooks that I have repaired and passed on to other folks to use.

But this one has me at a loss.

PowerBook G4 A1046 15" screen
1Ghz ppc
512MB ram

It will take an install of OS X Tiger
but..... here are the issues

screen is dark when you boot up you can see every thing just the back light is not on. And I know its not the back light or inverter these work on another machine.
Track Pad and Keyboard are disabled .. (I know they work) if I go in to openfirmware I have been able to reset-nvram and reset-all

also have booted to a Live CD of Linux and the keyboard and track pad function perfectly still have no back light ..

Reason I say the reed switch is stuck in the lid closed position is due to system properties show Clamshell Closed: yes..

Have tried reseting PMU NVRAM all the tricks 4 finger keystrokes openfirmware.. Magnets... voodoo chants... Exorcisms.. LOL

Is there a command in openfirmware to make the system think the clamshell is open.. Or something anything???

I want to make sure the system works (ie. backlight video) before I invest in a new trackpad/keyboard to get this PB to another want to be Mac person.

Well after trying a new Keyboard with trackpad this still has the issue it seems that the logic board is toast, dead, bury it TU.. oh well on to other stuff's

Thursday, June 4, 2009

OS X Leopard Running from an iPod

OS X Leopard running from and iPod on and iBook G4 1.33 12" laptop. BlueTooth A2DP

With video attached

Wow 2 posts in one day that is so not right when I haven't posted in so long..

Well in the last post I noted that I have been rebuilding some Mac's and PC's to make ends meet, in some of my down time I was courious about a few things. First off was the iLife stuff that was installed on some of the iBook's that I have been reclaiming. Second was OS X Leopard (is it really that good ??) do I need to load it on the G4 iBook that I have been keeping? And does BlueTooth sterio A2DP function like it should on the iBook and under Leopard? The rest of the post explains why and I guess how... Not that this is anything new iPod's can function just like any other external Hard Drive, and be bootable with the iBook's the only things that are bootable are CD/DVD's, internal Hard Drives, and External Firewire drives. No bootable usb support.

Why would i do this? Because I can...
What was needed: Firewire cable for an iPod (used a 4th Gen. 20Gb iPod picked up for 10 bucks)
iBook G4 (picked up for cheap no screen had to put one in)
retail OS X

The real reason I did this was to test A2DP BlueTooth functionality of Leopard
(not inclded in Tiger) and was not sure if I really want Leopard yet

Conclusion: It may be the limitations of the iBook I am using but A2DP is not ready for prime-time at least on on this Mac iTunes works great but any video file be it QuickTime, Divx, or even DVD has broken sound.

Leopard actualy runs very well even with the limited speed of the iPod's hard drive This is not a recommended solution to run for any extended time period due to the nature of the iPod, it may eventualy burn out the iPod (they are not made to constantly run the hard drive all of the time)

Hope you enjoyed this first attempt at video

Hp's DV6000 Issues with installing XP

HP dv6000, dv9000, also may affect dv2000 and v3000, v6000 models as well. Sound Driver installation fails or will not install.

CE's GeekBook is giving away an Acer Aspire ONE NetBook
Click Here to find out how

Hey there .. I know I have not posted any thing in a while. I have been really busy with rebuilding some iBook's and some PC laptops to make ends meet. Have been out of the social media stuff ie. Twitter, FriendFeed, even my photography stuff has suffered on Flicker. But I will try to start posting interesting information again as time permits.. With that said,

Picked up this poor little (not so little) DV6000 one of HP's premier Entertainment PC laptops. The motherboard was bad when I got it but all else was good.

***Update to the issue with the Pavilion dv series and Compaq V series laptops click on this link to find out how to fix it ****

Seems that there is an issue with these systems and HP does admit that there is an issue and has extended the Warrantee 1 year past the original expiration date. Unfortunately this would not help me due to 2 things. First I am not the original owner, and second this laptop is 2 months past even the extended period. The same issue has plagued this line of laptops as well as (yikes MAC) iBook's, Evo800's, Acer Ferrari, and many others.. But that is a whole other story. If you want to see HP's information go to this link HP.

Well needless to say my mission was to find another motherboard. That took about 3 weeks to find one locally (love eBay but hate waiting for packages and can't stand paying shipping costs. Got the board home and a little over an hour it was in and the DV6000 sprung to life. Sorry I did not shoot a video or take pictures of the process (this was an after thought damn "should have done multimedia of that and thrown it out on YouTube!!")

This laptop has the COA sticker for WinXp so .. got out my copy and started installing (slip streaed SP3 in to the install with nLite to avoid SATA dirver issues). WOW this thing is fast with the AMD Turion and a fast 7200rpm SATA drive. Windows finished installing and now we are off to the races installing drivers. HP's web site is actually very good and it is very easy to navigate if you have the proper information to search on your model. Downloaded about 15 packages for drivers and software, including the sound drivers. All drivers installed just fine with out issues with the exception of the sound drivers.

The sound chip is a Conexant High Definition Audio chip the package from HP is SP30157. This is a good set of drivers and I have found other folks having issues installing them as well.. My first 3 tries installing with Win XP sp2 it failed with could not find media drivers to install.. I installed all of the other drivers including the Nvidia Chipset and the OpenHCD USB host controller like others have suggested to no avail. Last ditch effort was to install SP3 reboot .. and Viola the sound drivers installed with no problem..

Over all this is a SWEET machine, like other folks I am in to Eye Candy and love the glossy screen and the high gloss look of the exterior of the laptop .. over all it is sleek and just beautiful to look at and runs our very fast. Hope this help if you run in to a bind.

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