Big drives & faster weefee

My first generation (Rev. A) MacBook Pro (Core Duo 2.0 GHz Intel 32 bit Yonah) has starting to slow a little.  The 100GB hard disk is full and I can’t add any more RAM (2GB’s maxed out) but swapping in a bigger faster 7200 RPM laptop HD drive (say like a Seagate Momentus 7200.3 320 GB) and upgrading the mini-PCI wireless LAN card to 802.11n will get me by.  As I recall, Apple took about a year and a half to upgrade to the Core 2 Duo chipset with 64 bit capabilities and even then Leopard didn’t come out until Fall 2007.  I was an early adopter and I’ve been pretty happy with this machine.  So now I’m looking to either stay with OS X 10.4.11 or possibly go the whole hog to 10.5.5, either way I’ll need XP Pro SP3 for CAD software using either BootCamp or rEFIt as a bootloader.

In Leopard with Time Machine data backups should be seamless, my only concern now is application compatibility and system stability.  Z’s white MacBook 2.2 Core 2 Duo came loaded with Leopard 10.5.1 and seems to have stabilized in 10.5.4 (though I think it does need more RAM).  From what I’ve read, somewhat like Vista, Leopard has a basic “footprint” of 512MB, so really 2GB is the minimum you need in practice with multiple applications running.  Tiger apparently has something like a 128MB starting point.

I took my first 3D rendering class in SolidWorks today at NYU.  It seems pretty cool.  NYU sells an educational copy that should work under XP and the MacBook Pro supposedly works alright with it.  We’re going back to Jimmy’s No. 43, I’m excited.

Multi-Plugin for iTunes 7.0.2 w/ Foobar & Windows 2000

Oh the dream!  You cannot just let it go.  I swapped in C’s old 12GB (huge!) ATA 2.5″ laptop drive into the ‘ole Dell Inspiron 4000 and Windows 2000 booted up normally, ever so slightly faster than Windows XP SP3. This HD drive was from an even slower Dell that had died on me, something like 733 MHz.  So now what?  

  1. Install Foobar 9.4.5  (last version that runs under Windows 2000)
  2. Install foo_out_ASIO.dll legacy version 1.2.5 & or the Kernel Streaming component plugin
  3. Un-install all existing Quicktime and iTunes components
  4. Restart machine, download and install Multi-Plugin + iTunes 7.0.2
  5. Post installation disable all Quicktime and iTunes automatic updates
  6. Configure Foobar2000 for your ASIO or Kernel Streaming sound card
  7. Load iTunes library and listen to playback.
Thanks to Mr. Connock for the tip.  I had never heard of this particular plugin to bypass the kmixer before, and there is some debate of course as to whether this really does anything.  Honestly, Windows Vista does a much better job (so I hear, get it?) with not molesting audio streams so if you have the horsepower by all means upgrade to Vista.  Don’t let me or Bill Gates or Jerry Seinfeld stop you.  
I was surprised how easily this setup considering the lengths I gone through with XP to achieve similar results.  So yeah, I’m happy to have iTunes to manage the music and Foobar2000 to send the ASIO stream out.  The best of both worlds if you will.  Of course if you use an actual iPod you’d need to either have a different user account with a newer version of iTunes or an entirely separate system for docking/syncing as iTunes 7.0.2 is woefully out of date.  In theory an external drive could share or serve the music over your LAN, but I just want to listen to the music, man.
Multi-Plugin + iTunes 7.0.2

Multi-Plugin + iTunes 7.0.2