Apple Optical Sound Problem

June 11th, 2008

My MacPro with Logitech Z5500 speakers connected via a Monster optical cable was having a problem with sound.  Specifically when playing music through iTunes the voices would sound extremely quiet, while the music was loud.  After fiddling with the equalizer inside iTunes and finding no tweaks in 10.5, I gave up and purchased a fix.
A company called JoeSoft makes a product called Hear.  I purchased this from the Apple Store ($10 cheaper than the manufactures website) and changed the threshold on the sound.  Problem fixed.  My only complaint is that this problem takes up a lot of resources.
If anyone knows a freeware fix for the problem, then please let me know.

Safari fun

May 28th, 2008

Here’s how to enable the developer mode in the Safari web browser. This is good for web developers who want to test the website with various browser user agents. I’ve also heard it’s good for hacking at certain bookstores/coffee houses, but I wouldn’t know anything about that.
Apple Safari
Go to the Apple Terminal and type in this:
defaults write IncludeDebugMenu 1
Safari in Windows XP
With Microsoft WordPad open
C:\Documents and Settings\Username\Application Data\Apple Computer\Safari\Preferences\
Note: Application Data is a hidden directory by default, therefore unhide it or type something like
wordpad C:\Documents and Settings\Username\Application Data\Apple Computer\Safari\Preferences\
<p>at run or the command prompt.

Before the last </dict> type in the following:


Windows XP64 on a MacPro

April 23rd, 2008

Well folks, I figured some poor soul out there could use this information.  Sorry if this post looks a little wacky, I’m still trying to get the hang of WordPress.

I have a MacPro Quad 3.2Ghz, 10 Gb RAM, 2 Seagate 1 Terrabyte drives, Nvidia GeForce 8800GT video card, and an old Apple 320Gb drive.I installed MacOS 10.5 on my first Terrabyte drive. Windows XP64 on my second drive and Vista on my little 320 GB.  I gave up on Linux distros on a dedicated drive due to PIA (pain in the blankity blank) and time constraints.After the installation, install the Network drivers then Windows XP64 Service Pack 2.

Video: Download the 8800GT driver from Nvidia’s site at

Sound: I used a RealTek driver from a Taiwan website.  The filename is found at

Chipset: Download the Intel INF Update Utility found at

This is made for the Intel 3, 900 Series Chipsets.

Network Drivers:  I used the Intel 82546EB Gigabit Ethernet Controller driver found at

but you may have better luck with another driver.

Wireless Drivers: Ironically, you can use Dell drivers!  Specifically the R140747.exe 64 bit driver for the Dell 1350, 1370, 1390, 1450, *1500 Draft 802.11n* found at

After downloaded and extracting (most likely the default location at C:\dell\drivers\R140747) Go to the Device manager and go to Network adapters and select the wireless driver, right click, select update driver, select Install from a list or specific location, browse to the x64 bit directory and install the driver, if asked it’s the Dell Wireless 1500 Draft 802.11n WLAN Mini-Card.

Bluetooth Driver: Haven’t figured that out yet 🙁

Windows Time Problem: This is complicated and a pain to get the file.  Don’t do this if you don’t know exactly what you’re doing!!!  You must grab a single file, then add some information to the registry. 

I copied the AppleTimeSrv.exe from the Vista 64  partition where I installed Vista 64 and the Bootcamp 64 bit drivers from the original MacOS installation disk (Only readable in Windows…Spooky huh?).  (The Retail version of the Leopard installation does NOT contain the Bootcamp 64 bit drivers!!!)  The file is located at C:\Windows\system32\AppleTimeSrv.exe after you installed the Bootcamp 64 bit drivers

(I will not post this file due to Apple copyright legal blah blah blah) 

Anyway, copy the file to the same location in XP64 and do the following registry hacks.







“DisplayName”=”Apple Time Service”


“Description”=”Maintains time and date when switching between Mac OS X and Windows”







“DisplayName”=”Apple Time Service”


“Description”=”Maintains time and date when switching between Mac OS X and Windows”







“DisplayName”=”Apple Time Service”


“Description”=”Maintains time and date when switching between Mac OS X and Windows”

ISight: Haven’t figured out a solution yet 🙁Eject CDROMs: Cannot find Apples version of “Keymagic”, but I did find a piece of software that works for me.  It installed an icon in your Windows Icon Tray (Next to the date/time) .   CD Tray Pal at  Antivirus Software:  Typically I use CA (Computer Associates) Internet Security Suite, but it doesn’t support 64 bit OS’s.  Tried AVG, killed my computer profile.  Avast Antivirus is free for home users and works pretty good on 64 bit systems.  See

I haven’t tried BitDefender  🙁

Slow Drive Performance Solution:  Ok, only attempt this if you’re die hard and really really know what you’re doing.  Even I’m not sure about this one, but it seems to speed up everything to righteous speeds

This registry hack will speed up the computer by forcing your drives from PIO 5 to PIO 6.

Open up the Registry Editor.

Navigate to the following key:


There are several sub-keys under this one, such as 0000, 0001, etc. You are interested in two of them that say Primary IDE Channel and Secondary IDE Channel.

Make the following changes to both of those keys:

Delete any attributes named MasterIdDataCheckSum and SlaveIdDataCheckSum.

This will reset the tracking for errors that Windows uses to determine when the transfer mode should be lowered.

Add a registry key with the name ResetErrorCountersOnSuccess and a DWORD value of 1.

Windows should lower the transfer mode when there are six consecutive errors instead of six cumulative errors.

If they exist, set the following keys to a hexadecimal value of ffffffff (eight F’s). This will change the transfer modes to UltraDMA-6:

MasterDeviceTimingModeMasterDeviceTimingModeAllowed SlaveDeviceTimingMode




I have to give credit to James Barton at his blog for discovering the PIO tweak at

Corrupted Windows Install

March 14th, 2008

Ok, so what do you do when you installed a program and can’t uninstall or update it? You also get the following error message “Windows Installer, Error applying transforms. Verify that the specified transform paths are valid.”  The solution is to download the Microsoft Windows Installer CleanUp Utility found at Microsoft under Article Id: 290301, or

Then do your thing by reinstalling the software 🙂

Outlook 2001 and Exchange 2007

February 25th, 2008

If you’re having problems with Outlook not recognizing the Exchange server, then it’s probably a DNS issue.  When setting up a new Outlook profile, use the fully qualified domain name of the server.  If you’re not sure what it is, then ping your exchange server.  ASU’s correct setting for Outlook 2001 is not or 

MacOS 10.4.10-11 Lockup Problems

December 7th, 2007

Since upgrading to MacOS 10.4.11, I’ve had users complain about systems locking up and freezing.  The system wasn’t locked up, but waiting for a timeout.  At first I thought, this issue was confined to the Intel based Macs…..Wrong.  After looking at the logs I noticed some NetInfo events had occurred:

DirectoryService: NetInfo connection failed for server

After doing some research, I found a odd bug/solution.  The program listed below periodically polls lookupd to detect if it’s not responding and if so, forces it to terminate.  This solution may not be for everyone, but thus far works for me.  So do your homework on it.


Flash 9 Installation/Update Problem

June 11th, 2007

I thought everyone might be interested in this from Adobes site:

My users cannot go to the Adobe website to install Flash Player. How can I deploy Flash Player and related updates over my network?

Adobe Flash Player installers can be licensed for distribution over intranets and through fixed media at Flash Player installers require administrator privileges on the machine.

Registry Permissions required for Flash Player Install or Update

Windows 2003 R2 Standard- Print Server

April 3rd, 2007

Symptom: The test print page is only printing half of the page and users print jobs disappear. 


Cuss out Microsoft and HP to feel better, and then uncheck “Enable advanced printing features” in the print driver.

Canon CanoScan 9900F and MacOS 10.4x

January 11th, 2007

I have a few choice words about Canon and their support for Mac, which I shouldn’t say on a public blog….Grr..

Download the latest driver from Canon
Ignore the install file, it doesn’t work. (Try it anyway)
Open up and mount the dmg file.
(if you don’t have Photoshop, then ignore the instructions for the next two lines)
Copy the files located in “Into Plug-in” to “/Applications/Adobe Photoshop CS2/Plug-Ins/Import/Export”
Verify the files have the correct permissions
Copy the files located in “Into Lib_CFMSupport” to “/Library/CFMSupport/”
Verify the files have the correct permissions.

Flash 9 Issue

December 7th, 2006

I found an interesting problem with Flash 9 in Windows XP.  I installed Flash as a local admin, then rebooted the computer.  The user attempted to access some Flash file, but still had an older version installed.  I went to the Adobe website and to their online test system that shows which version of Flash and Shockwave are installed.  This showed the computer still had the previous version installed.

The solution is to clear the cache for the users account.  After I did that, everything worked perfectly. So much for Adobes test site!