Archive for the ‘PPC’ Category

Mac 10.3 + issues with Wrath beta

Monday, September 15th, 2008

So, I dug up some real news on the Wrath boards. It seems that there was a little bit of panic when Mac users were crashing with some of the latest updates to WOW.

One poster, Nakos, claimed:

I suggest checking the Mac Tech Support forum for details, if you’re not a tester, you can’t post, but you can still read:

Radoslawn is the Mac Q&A person and has been very helpful.

He’s said that he has not yet been given the technical specs for what the final release will require, but he will pass them on when he has them.

In particular, the most recent beta builds have included some corrupted models which cause the client to crash, those are still being tracked down.

Additionally, WotLK will have a new, vehicle interface, people using older Macs have been disconnected when using some aspects of this interface. This appears to affect PPC Macs, but not Intel Macs.

Radoslawn has said the graphics requirements of WotLK will probably be higher than the existing ones.

At this point, it seems that the beta client has not yet been optimized to run on the Mac, so some issues may be related to how the port is being done. It’s still early in the beta test, much will change prior to the expansion going live.

I looked into the issue of people having trouble installing patches on the Mac. Here is what Radoslawn suggests:

Seeing more of this issue as well, so let me list a few of the basics:
( but please post about the issue if these following steps won’t help, I’ll keep adding any procedures I missed )

I. Game has been moved

– if the game was moved from the initial place it was installed then the patch can’t find it

Possible solution:

1. go to Macintosh HD => Users => Shared => Blizzard
2. delete the file : com.blizzard.World of Warcraft.prefs
3. start WotLK

II. Permissions have gotten corrupted

Please use the steps below to repair file permission settings
on the hard drive you have installed World of Warcraft.

1.) click on the Finder icon in the Dock
2.) open the Applications folder
3.) open the Utilities folder
4.) double click on the Disk Utility application icon
5.) select the hard drive the game is installed on
6.) select the First Aid option
7.) click on the Repair Disk Permissions button

– or –

1. Select the Wrath of the Lich King Beta folder
2. press Command + i
3. in the Wrath of the Lich King Beta Info box, go to the Sharing & Permissions section
4. click on the lock and unlock it
5. make sure you have Read & Write permissions
6. click on the Burst icon ( cog wheel ) and select Apply to enclosed items

III. Patch is corrupted

– Please, please, please do not use wireless if you can use a wired connection. Too many issues with wireless to list.

– delete patch and start download again

IV. Hard Drive Directory is corrupted

Repair Directory Procedure:

1. (re)start the computer
2. right after the computer starts press Cmd(Apple)+s until you get a black screen with white type
3. let go of the keys when this screen comes up
4. at the cursor please type the following: fsck -f -y and press return
5. please be aware that some of the procedures will look like they are frozen,
but are actually taking a long time i.e checking hierarchy
6. if anything had to be repaired, repeat step 4
7. once things are repaired type exit and press return
8. computer will boot into Mac OS

IV. Game is corrupted and cannot be overwritten ( last resort fix )

In order to remove World of Warcraft safely from your system, you will need to:

1. go to Mac HD/Applications folder and move your Wrath of the Lich King Beta to the Trash
2. go to your Mac HD/Users/Shared folder and move the Blizzard folder to the Trash
3. empty Trash
4. Install Wrath of the Lich King Beta, then download and install the patches

The offical link to this issue is:

iMovie ’08 – News you can use

Monday, August 20th, 2007

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If you are planning to upgrade to iLife ’08, you will be getting a copy of iMovie ’08. There has been quite an uproar over the features that Apple removed since iMovie HD 6. iMovie ’08 was re-written from the ground up – and it shows. The most obvious change is the interface has been significantly changed. The new iMovie is more of a side-grade rather than an upgrade.

There is a helpful article at First Look: iMovie ’08

Important note: iMovie HD 6 does not get removed. Also, Apple made iMovie HD 6 free to the public.

How’s your web browsing?

Sunday, October 8th, 2006

Firefox 2

Contrary to what you may think, I do look for opportunities to share something more with my fellow Mac enthusiasts. As evidence of this, I discovered that release 2 of FireFox 2 is out for Mac folks. It has two features you’ll like: 1. it’s very fast 2. it looks very stable.

Sure it sounds like crazy talk, but i’ve been playing with it, and it imported my latest batch of Safari bookmarks very gracefully and everything I’ve tried (next to nothing) has run smoothly. Just go get it and tell us what you think.


I confess: I’m not a HW weenie

Wednesday, October 4th, 2006

I was looking for loot to share with you on the WOW message boards when I came across this rave about the 24″ 2.16GHz iMac.

As i started to read it, various posters got more and more into the nitty-gritty of memory use, Roseta emulation, and processing times. I found myself yawning. sorry. I realize that this site is currently the only source for Mac WOW news, and I’m trying to get you relevant info so you don’t have to spend your day trolling through boring stuff.

If you have requests or suggestions, leave a comment and I’ll do the leg work.

Summary of Video Card Options for PPC Macs – make WOW go faster

Wednesday, October 4th, 2006

Need helpPiril posted a long FAQ on the Mac WOW forums about Video Card Options for PPC Macs.

If you own a PPC Mac and want to get a bit more life out of it before the inevitable upgrade to an Intel Mac, you should read this. This thread is definitely the place to visit before laying out any dinero.

PowerPC OpenGL tweak – update

Tuesday, October 3rd, 2006

Need help

As promised I tested out the OpenGL tweak. Lo and behold, I think i gained one frame per second. sigh.

Did you try this? what did you find?

PowerPC OpenGL tweak

Friday, September 29th, 2006

Tigerclaw - BlizzardTigerclaw (one of the Mac support guru’s at Blizzard) has posted a detailed description of how to improve frame rates on PPC Macs. This is considered beta, but I’ll test it and let you know if it works and if so, how well it works. If you try it, please post a comment for others.

Under patch 1.12.1, you can enable an optional feature which we consider to be in a “beta” form, to smooth out frame rates on PowerPC systems a bit.

It is simple to do, and easy to turn off if you run into problems – though if you do, we would like to hear from you. We have tested this on some systems here but it has not yet gone through a full compatibility test suite, so engage at your own risk (the worst case outcome would be, if it doesn’t work, just remove the file described below from your home/Library/Preferences folder to return WoW to normal operation).

This setting is not recommended for Intel systems – they use a better mode of operation and do not need this tweak. Also, this is only recommended for PowerPC systems that have more than 512MB of RAM, as it may use a few extra megabytes of memory – but try it if you like anyway.

Here is how you set it up. Make sure you do not have WoW running first.

A. copy the three lines of text below onto your clipboard (select then hit Command-C). The first line is the “cat” command, the last line has the “4” on it.

cat > ~/Library/Preferences/com.blizzard.Internal.prefs
#Current User\Internal\VBBMODE

B. open (in Applications/Utilities) and it should provide you with a UNIX command prompt. What we’re going to do is paste the text in above, which will ask the command line to create a file in your preferences directory named “com.blizzard.Internal.prefs”, and will inject the two lines of text after it into that file. We’re asking WoW to use “vertex buffer broker mode 4” which is the new code for PowerPC systems.

C. Paste the copied text into Terminal. (Command V).
D. Now hit Control-D (not Command-D). Control-D concludes the command we started in step C and closes the file.

E. All done ! Start WoW and see how it runs.

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