UnRarX – Extract .RAR Files

I was working on a guide for Minecraft (coming soon) and was stuck on the fact I couldn’t extract a .rar file made for 7zip on Windows. To my luck, I was able to find UnRarX which is a universal binary and will work with Tiger or Leopard.

Download here under “Cool Tools” UnRarX 2.2 – 716KB – Tiger/Leopard

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Fliqlo Screensaver

If you have a spare machine – such as an iMac G4 that sits around most of it’s time, this screensaver may be perfect if you need a huge clock to see across the room! The picture below is from my G5, but if the iMac didn’t have any lines down the screen it would have looked perfect!

The latest version to work is version 1.3.3 however trying to find a link to this version was pretty much impossible. Harrymatic on the MacRumors forum was able to provide a copy that will now be put on the PowerPC Archive for everyone to download.

I wish there was more customization (such as a second count alongside the digital time, possibly different themes). Your only adjustment is the size of the clock and 12H or 24H format.

Download Here. Requires OS X Leopard. May work with Tiger (when I can pull out a G4 I will)!

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Updates on the Macs I Own/Owned

Figured that a post regarding my machines sounds appropriate! The only new mac I’ve bought over summer was a 17″ Core Duo iMac in which doesn’t relate to PowerPC in any way! It was a cheap deal of $30 shipped to my door and is now used as the site’s file server. My DA would be doing this task but unfortunately Windows XP is required.

I now have one PowerPC laptop that’s the 14″ iBook G4. My 12″ iBook and the 17″ PowerBook both were listed on ebay after they sat around with no true purpose to my daily life, and I needed money for other things (truck stuff, gasoline, etc). I was a bit bummed to get rid of the 17″ however it was never used much. The 14″ iBook replaced the 12″ iBook and has been working out well for me especially in school for notes and a Spotify jukebox. Although the thing is 9 years old people believe that it is still brand new!

Okay, desktops. Nothing has changed here. I still own all of them. My main desktop is the 2.3GHz G5 (was a 2.7 previously) that has been dead reliable. The QS is in my room and gets used every once in a while. The other 2.7GHz G5 and my MDD live in the closet. Since the MDD doesn’t get used I am considering to ebay it as the QS does fine. My Digital Audio 466MHz and the B&W G4 450MHz live out in the shed. A friend was going to buy the G4 B&W however the deal has seemed to fall through and I still have it!

I need to cut down on desktops, so if you’d like a DA, B&W G4, or a MDD give me an email and maybe it’ll be yours!

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Thanks to all of our Viewers!

It’s been a while since I last posted something and school has been eating away at my time for the past couple of weeks which unfortunately has stopped me working on posts for this site and the PowerPC Archive website. I have a list of software I need to add and cool stuff to discuss on here, which will hopefully start coming soon (YouTube tutorials and videos coming soon of neat PPC stuff). Depends on how my weekend will go (past few weekends have been pretty crazy!)

But here is where I am super stoked. I was looking at the site statistics for the PowerPC Archive, and we had 2,200 viewers (8,600 pageviews) from people in 74 (SEVENTY FOUR!!) different countries within August 15 – yesterday. I was beyond belief when I saw that. The only project I ran that was successful dates back to 2010 when I took Bamboogle’s Virtual PC, fixed the links, renamed it VHD Vault then got shut down (which received 2,000 page views per month). And yes – I am Gavin Stubbs.

Sooo, you guys rock! I constantly receive emails from users appreciating what I do here and on the Archive. All I can say is Thank You :)

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Dual 1GHz QuickSilver

I have never bought a mac local in my area. However, about a month ago I was able to find a 17″ PowerBook which I fixed up and still have. On Saturday my aunt had sent me a screen shot of this QuickSilver with the guy asking for offers. I figured it was a 733MHz or so and my offer reflected that of $20. The guy said there was a guy interested in it for $50 and it was mine if I had $55. I didn’t care at this point, but the next day he asked if I could do $25 and we agreed on that (I am pretty sure I was the only one to offer anyways).

I did get a picture of the insides, and I found out it had a AirPort Card, Modem, SCSI card, 2x Hard Drives, and 3 sticks of ram. I did a bit of research on the heatsink and the one in this machine was for a 1.0 GHz, and for the next 24 hours I was confident that’s what it was.

On Monday I drove to town and met the guy at his place of work about 9am. I walk in and run into a lady and asked if the kid was there. She said sure, and opened a door. I put my hand out as the door was coming close to my face and she was pissed thinking I was going to follow her and said “You can’t be back here.” Okay, whatever.

Get outside, walks over to his car and grabs it, I open the passenger door on my truck and he sets it on the seat. Paid him the $25 and he went back to work. The first thing I did was look at the back, and the spec label was pretty impressive. Dual 1GHz, 1024MB Ram, 2x80GB HDD, SuperDrive, GeForce 4MX, AirPort, Modem, SCSI, Keyboard, Mac OS X. Has almost every option besides the zip drive and the GeForce 4TI 128MB card. PowerBook Medic’s serial lookup thinks this machine is a 933MHz, but does say that it was made somewhere between June 10-16, 2002. Production number 1493, Assembled in USA – Elk Grove/Sacramento, CA (I tend to try making all of my Power Macs assembled here or Ireland, and Elk Grove is just a few hours away!).


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Drive home and boot it up. 1.5GB Ram, 2MB L3 per CPU (MDD has 1MB per CPU), and the 2x80GB Hard Drives. Whoever owned this before was smart, they formatted each hard drive and installed Tiger. I then proceeded to install Leopard.

While this was happening, I grabbed a Canon EOS T4i (605D for you Europeans) and lined up my Graphite and MDD case to complete the tower collection. Took some neat pictures, more to come in the future!

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I’m happy, found a top of the line QuickSilver cheap and local. Originally my plan was to build the Digital Audio to the hill with a 1.3GHz Sonnet, however watching one go on eBay for $160 was way too much IMO. If I can score a 1.6GHz Sonnet of some sort, it’s going into the QuickSilver! This machine I plan to keep, the Digital Audio and MDD are for sale!

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Power Mac G5 – Resurrection

This is something I didn’t plan on, but it all worked out. The other day, my 2.7GHz G5 was being a nightmare so I cooked the logic board in the oven and now it works (however, I am still limited to 4GB of ram). But, there is a lot behind this, so be prepared for a long read!

When I was trying to get the other G5 working, I was planning on a logic board swap from my other 2.7GHz Mac that I was planning to turn into a 2.3 and as I was removing the logic board, I snapped a capacitor right off the logic board. Mad, I removed the logic board out of the current 2.7 (DR as I call it) and baked it. To my surprise, it worked and with the 2.3 (DN) I was planning on selling it.

However… fast forward to the weekend and I found myself throwing it all back together and hot gluing the ripped off capacitor (which worked!) and got everything back together. Put my newly arrived 2.3 processors (thanks Robby) on the 1.8 heatsinks I had, threw it all back together, booted up Thermal Calibration, and calibrated it. To both Robby and my surprise, it passed as these had earlier failed with errors.

Next mission was using a Leopard Upgrade DVD and install Leopard onto the thing. Went fairly fast with the hard drive that is in there (a 500GB Samsung out of my MBP in a IcyDock) as I had no other hard drives left to put in the thing. I was able to find screws that would work so the hard drive would stay in the slot rather than no screws at all.

I did some benchmarks, and the first time I ran Geekbench the 2.3 wasn’t very happy, with a score of 1668, worse than my 2.0 G5 that I owned this year, and scored 1844. Second time I tried, I got 2064 which sounded much more reasonable, and the 2.7 scored 2363. Here is a comparison in scores between the 2.3 and 2.7! http://browser.primatelabs.com/geekbench2/compare/2441672/2477454

So now I’m happy, and have two working G5s, with one having the LCS and one with the Air Cooled setup. One for each desk, and if one fails I will always have a backup G5!

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iBook G4 14″ – 1.42GHz/1.5GB/80GB/APX/BT/SD

This is a super cool little Mac, and I didn’t recall seeing many 14″ iBooks, with a huge majority of people buying 12″ iBooks.

Wow, so you have a PowerBook G4 17″ that you’ve owned for a week, and now a TOL iBook? What’s wrong with you Gavin? This one is special for a few reasons. Recently we hit 200 likes on the PowerPC Centre facebook page in a year, and we don’t even have a YouTube channel. One is coming with some neat videos very soon, I’ll finally get to it for once! Second, this is from Good Guy Robby who, again, has done an extreme amount of work and I appreciate every second of work we get done! Third, this iBook is in almost immaculate shape. And as a fourth, I’m the third owner.

It’s clean, no cracks anywhere, two brand new official Apple batteries, and the keyboard wear is little. Rubber feet are in perfect shape, everything about this is perfect. The only spot something is broken is those two rubber feet on the display bezel, besides that, it’s the cleanest iBook I’ve seen in YEARS.

So from the title you can tell it is a maxxed out iBook, with a 1.42GHz G4, 1.5GB Ram, a 80GB 5400rpm hard drive (stock was 60GB, new hard drive was from a 12″ PowerBook), Bluetooth and AirPort, then a 4x SuperDrive. This was one of the last iBooks, being built between November 14-20, 2005 to only be replaced by the MacBook in May of 2006. This iBook has every bell and whistle that was ever offered.

The iBooks never saw a DDR2 introduction like the late 2005 iMac, PowerBook, and Power Mac, and was stuck with what was introduced in Mid 2005. The iBooks never saw speeds faster than 1.42GHz, and the PowerBook never saw a speed faster than 1.67GHz.

So what’s a con of this iBook? There’s two things that are a bummer, something Apple could have fixed if they invested a bit more of time into them. One which wouldn’t be realistic would be a backlit keyboard. Now the realistic cons. The audio jack has a problem with headphones, where you must pull it slightly out so the audio will work (seems to be a problem with headphones that have a built in microphone). The one other place Apple cheaped out is the display. Although it may be a 14″ you still share the 1024×768 resolution shared with the 12″ iBooks and PowerBooks. Would have been a bit expensive, but a 1280×1024 display would have been amazing!

So is there any true benefit of a 14″ over a 12″ iBook? Not much. The G4’s arent much (1.33 12″ – 1.42 14″) speeds, graphics, hard drive, screen resolution, and pretty much everything else. All the 14″ is, is a 12″ with bigger palmrests and a huge gap between the speakers and keyboard. And it was $300 more. It’s obvious to why the 14″ was the rarer model of the two, but they are still awesome :)

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