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Thursday, 26 May 2016

PC Master Rant Edition 5

Here is PC Master Rant Edition 5: https://drive.google.com/open?id=0B8YlYuYY-ZE4NFZLUU02WkRWTlk
As per usual, make sure to actually download it instead of just view it in Google Drive, because all the images will look misplaced.

Thursday, 12 May 2016

Installing stable Snow Leopard on a Haswell PC.

Installing Snow Leopard on a Haswell System.

What you will need:

A 4000 series CPU

iBoot Haswell
A copy of Mac OS X Snow Leopard.

Preparing your computer for Mac OS X:

1. Burn iBoot Haswell onto a Disc.

 2. Enter the BIOS.

3. Set SATA mode to AHCI (May be set to IDE or Compatible)

4. Set your DVD Drive as Primary Boot Device.

5. Save and exit the BIOS.

Installing Mac OS X:

1. Insert iBoot Haswell into your DVD Drive.

2. Turn on your computer and wait for a screen like this:

3. Eject iBoot Haswell and insert your Mac OS X Installation DVD.

4. Press F5 on your keyboard and wait for 'iBoot Haswell' to change to 'Mac OS X Install DVD'

5. Type '-v' and then hit Enter.

6. When you have gotten past the language select screen, select Disk Utility from the 'Utilities' tab in the menu bar.

7. Use Disk Utility to format your Hard Drive as 'Mac OS Extended Journaled'
8. Install Mac OS X normally.

Finalizing your Installation:

1. Reinsert iBoot Haswell and boot back into the bootloader.

2. Select the Partition you installed Mac OS X on. type '-v' and hit 'Enter'

3. Set up your User Account.

4. Use Multibeast 3.10.1 to install the right kexts for your system (make sure to install FakeSMC and Chameleon!! These are essential, no matter what your hardware).

5. Download this kernel and save it to your desktop.

6. Delete 'mach_kernel' from the root of your drive. You may need to enable hidden files to see it.

7. Copy the downloading mach_kernel from your desktop to the root of your partition.

Enjoy Mac OS X!

Monday, 9 May 2016

PC Master Rant Edition 3

Now comes as a word document. I suppose that makes it look better? Also available in .pages format for Mac OS X machines.

Download it in Word here. Make sure to actually download the file instead of just view it in Google Docs because pictures will look misplaced.

PC Master Rant Edition 2

Hey everyone, welcome to the PC Master Race News Edition 2.
In this version there will be a clear structure:
Tech Rumours;
Console Bashing;
Old OS review;
World’s most useless tech;
My epic sign off (in comic sans).

Right to it, then.

Tech Rumours:
nVidia Pascal GPUs to feature GDDR5X Memory.
nVidia’s new Pascal GPUs will feature GDDR5X memory, according to rumours. GDDR5X memory has twice the data prefetch rate to standard GDDR5 and will have a total bandwith of 448GB/s on a 256bit bus. It will be interesting to see how the new Pascal GPUs face up to the Radeon Polaris 10/11 series from AMD.

Some people are sceptical that nVidia’s Pascal will come to the market soon, however:

 This image has been seen circulating the forums.

iPhone 7 Is to not have a 3.5mm headphone jack.
Apple’s iPhone 7 is rumoured to not have a 3.5mm headphone jack. All connections are supposedly going to be conducted through the thunderbolt port at the bottom of the phone. Their reason for this is to make the phone ‘thinner’. There will be a lot of criticism for this decision, as cutting down on I/O didn’t go to well for apple in the past (take a look at the 2015 MacBook for a reference). Time to switch to Android? Or will Apple stop cutting down on useful I/O in the pursuit of ‘thin-nes’?

Console Bashing:

Photo Credit: Green Ham Gaming

Mid-Range GPU from 2009 is better than the ‘next generation’ components in the Xbox-One. Fail. Well done HIS. Your take on the ATi Radeon HD 5770 in 2009 is better than the Xbox One in 2015.

Old OS: Mac OS X Panther (2003)
Mac OS X Panther. Arguably more innovative than Mac OS X Tiger (see last week’s email).

Features include:

Expose: Now known as ‘Mission Control’ in Mac OS X Lion and above. Allows the user to see all windows running on the computer. Known as ‘Task View’ in Windows 10.

Finder: Updated UI.

Fast User Switching: Allows switching of users by pressing a button in the menu bar.

TextEdit: Compatibility with Microsoft Word (.doc) documents.

iChat AV: Allows video chat with other people running Mac OS X.

FileVault: First encryption used for encrypting the user’s files on Mac OS X.

 Screenshot of Panther. Note the brushed metal UI instead of the traditional pin-stripes.

World’s Most Useless Tech:

Apple Watch:
This piece of junk will do only what your smartphone will do. For an extra $300. Seriously Apple? You can’t buy it as a stand-alone component, you need an iPhone to run it too? It’s madness. You need to recharge it every day. My watch will do 14 years without me needing a recharge! My phone will do 4 days without needing a recharge! The only thing the Apple Watch does is save you 1 second of time in which you would’ve got out your phone. Are they crazy?

Rant Over.

Best Regards,

-        Matt

PC Master Rant Edition 1

For people looking for a cheap way into the PC Master Race, here is a ghetto gaming rig that I put together:

CPU: i5-750 $80 (eBay)
Motherboard: H55M-E33 MSI $110 (eBay)
GPU: MSI AMD Radeon R7 360 $165 (Umart)
RAM: 8GB DDR3 G.Skill F3 1333MHz $59 (Computer Alliance)
HDD: WD Blue 1TB $67 (Umart)
Case: CoolerMaster RC342 $45 (Umart)
PSU: 550W Cougar STX $75 (Umart)

Total: $601

With the performance of the GPU however, settings must be lowered down. Optimization in AMD’s Gaming Evolved app is recommended.

Linus Tech Tips’ hilarious take on a dystopian future (in which Donald Trump is elected president) themed PC build:
Features extensively on the amazing Donald Trump Wall.

Poster from 3dfx, leading GPU manufacturer in the 90’s

Absolutely wrecking console owners everywhere. 3dfx, we salute you.
Unfortunately, 3dfx was later acquired by nVidia, so no more of these awesome posters ever made it to the streets.

AMD Radeon Polaris 10/11 GPUs boast nearly as much performance as a 980 Ti for $388 AUD.
AMD’s new Polaris 10 and 11 GPUs (R9 470, 470X 480, 480X, 490, 490X etc.) boast similar performance to an nVidia GTX 980 Ti but at $388! Nice work, AMD!

They are set to be released as early as next month (June) and if the rumours are true, should be a must have for upgraders and new system builders looking for an excellent price per performance sweet spot. I also predict that if the performance is similar to a 980 Ti, the prices of nVidia’s GPUs will drop significantly.

Old Operating Systems: Mac OS X Tiger
Mac OS X Tiger introduced several new features that would shape the computing world to date. Here is a list:

Spotlight – Quick Search feature (later introduced to Vista, in the form of the Start menu).

Intel CPU Support – Mac OS X for the first time fully supported on x64 and x86 Intel Processors (also started the OSx86 project, of which I am a member).

First Safari RSS Build – Apple’s Safari browser was included first in Mac OS X Panther and would later also be released to Windows. At the time, it was faster than Google Chrome, Firefox and of course, IE.

iChat (aka iMessage in OS X 10.8+) – Apple’s first steps towards multi-platform messaging in the shape of iMessage.

Core Image and Core Video – Advanced (for the time) image and video frameworks utilized similar to OpenGL (but a lot older).

Releases: 10.4.0 – 10.4.11
Mac OS X Tiger Screenshot.

Also, my signature is now in Comic Sans.

Best Regards,

-        Matt

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Best Regards,
- Matt