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28 MacDirectory DEPARTMENT Q > A couple of months ago I bought an early '08 8 core and laid down a whopping pile of cash for the Nvidia Quadro FX 5600 video card. System Profiler sees the card but After Effects reports that no OpenGL card is installed. The Genius Bar guys say that the card shows up in its diagnostics. I broke the bank paying for this card, but it is slow, slow, slow! What's up? R. Hanson, Texas A > There is some buzz on the blogs about this issue and you do not appear to be alone. It might be resolved by wiping the drive reinstalling everything. If this works, run the Adobe updater and see if the problem returns. If it does return, this means that you will have to reinstall again, religiously avoid updates, and wait patiently for Adobe to fix things. If nothing works, you might want to speak with Apple Customer Relations. In any case, you will notice that this card no longer appears as an option on the online Apple Store, so one can infer all sorts of things. There is a long, long history of limited video card options for the Mac and one wonders how Apple can shift the platform to a Windows-compatible hardware yet provide a video architecture that cannot accept PC video cards. Q > What do you think about running Windows on a Mac? L. Delp, California A > We have come a zillion miles from AccessPC and SoftWindows. Considering the confluence of Intel Macs with Parallels and Fusion , there is no longer a valid reason for PC folk to deny themselves the Macintosh experience. I've currently got two of my eight cores and a couple of gigs of RAM assigned to my Windows XP 64 bit environment and another to Red Hat 9. As for everyday use, it is as solid as a PC can be and it boots from a snap shot in seconds. (My main PC apps? Project and Outlook.) My only advice for someone who is considering Windows on an Intel Mac is to use a good antivirus program but avoid a broad spectrum protection app that is hard-wired to PC hardware, as the process of looking for PC-specific hardware scans can cause a forced restart. Q > What's on your iPhone? B. Moseli, Florida A > Well, I travel a lot, so I use the standard Map app constantly. (I had a surprise at first, when I entered "pizza" in Quebec and I found myself in Rome.) Other stuff: Stanza (ebook reader – currently reading the life of explorer Sir Richard Burton from the Gutenberg Project), Custom Sounds of Nature (great for meditation), Keynote Remote, Nanosaur 2 (Bondi nostalgia), Koi Pond, and other stuff. I use the phone. I text, I use the phone, I text. If I want to twiddle, I use my Mac. Anyone else have iPhone fun at SXSW this year? Q > I have a pair of batteries for my MacBook. One is a couple of years old and the other is six months old but I cannot tell them apart. I am afraid to rely on the older battery. What do I do? S. Garza, Tennessee A > Laptop batteries are much more reliable now than they were in the past. As long as you do not notice any difference in performance I wouldn't worry too much. To answer your real question, go to the Apple menu, select "about this Mac" and click on the "more info" button. Go to the hardware listing in the pane on the left and click on "power". Under the battery listing check the cycle count. The more cycles, the older the battery. Q > What's the best way to copy a hard drive? Can I just drag everything to a blank hard drive? R. Pfeisher, Washington A > There are a bunch of invisible files that wouldn't make the journey. Instead, I suggest you use a cloning utility such as SuperDuper from . It will produce a bootable copy with only a few mouse clicks. Q > Are you single? M. Park, N. Carolina A > Trust me. You so could not keep up. BEEBE > MACDIRECTORY'S TECH GODDESS KOI POND

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