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Pismo expansion modules questions

4547 Views 11 Replies Latest reply: May 10, 2008 3:02 PM by cornelius RSS
Jitanjafora Level 2 Level 2 (245 points)
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Apr 25, 2008 8:35 PM
Hi all,

Being a Pismo virgin (just got my first, love it), I have some questions about the expansion modules.

1) If I remove my DVD drive without closing the Pismo first, I always get a kernel panic. It works fine if I close it, take the module out, and open the laptop afterwards. (This is while running Tiger, OS 10.4.11.) Is this normal? Also, the DVD drive does not appear to be bootable. It's not the original DVD drive, but a UJ-846 DVD burner that works great.

2) I have a VST hard drive module, which also works a treat. However, every time I remove it, whether or not I close the Pismo, I get the "device improperly removed" message. I can't see any way to eject it from the Finder before removing it --there is no such option, as far as I can tell. Should I just ignore the message and get on with life?

Any help with this will be appreciated.
MacBook Pro, eMac, iMac, Gigabit, MDD, Pismo, Mac OS X (10.5.2), Also Tiger (10.4.11) and OS 9.2.2
  • PBookie Level 2 Level 2 (215 points)
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    Apr 26, 2008 12:05 AM (in response to Jitanjafora)
    Hi jitanjafora,

    Welcome the the world of Pismo Fan-atics!

    +1) If I remove my DVD drive without closing the Pismo first, I always get a kernel panic. It works fine if I close it, take the module out, and open the laptop afterwards. (This is while running Tiger, OS 10.4.11.) Is this normal? Also, the DVD drive does not appear to be bootable. It's not the original DVD drive, but a UJ-846 DVD burner that works great+

    I remember having the same problem with one of my Pismos when I upgraded to a UJ845 dual-layer burner. I think it went away when I downloaded Patchburn 4. This also enables Pismos to recognize the burner for startup. Try this URL:
    www.patchburn.de

    +2) I have a VST hard drive module, which also works a treat. However, every time I remove it, whether or not I close the Pismo, I get the "device improperly removed" message. I can't see any way to eject it from the Finder before removing it --there is no such option, as far as I can tell. Should I just ignore the message and get on with life?+

    It has been a long time since I used a VST module, but if I remember right, you merely drag the hard drive icon on your desktop to the trash before physically removing it.

    Let us know if these ideas work. If not, there are a whole bunch of Pismo fans on this forum with a lot more experience than I have who I am sure will be glad to jump in to help you.
    PB
    Pismos 550/900 G4--Titanium 1GHz--Alum. 15" 1.25GHz/1.67GHz DL--Imagewriter ll, Mac OS X (10.4.11)
  • Hardy Geer Level 4 Level 4 (3,165 points)
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    Apr 26, 2008 6:22 AM (in response to PBookie)
    Any volume should be dragged to the trash before being disconnected from the computer. If you don't the OS may not have updated everything on the volume. This Applies to floppies, zip drives, firewire drives, usb drives, and of course drives in the expansion module.
    MacBook Pro, PowerBook G4 17in 160GB, PowerBook G4 Ti500. wallstreet, Mac OS X (10.5.2)
  • cornelius Level 6 Level 6 (17,825 points)
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    Apr 27, 2008 10:06 AM (in response to Jitanjafora)
    Jitanjafora:

    I see your issue has been resolved. Congratulations!

    However, I, too, want to welcome you to the Pismo fan club, and to let you know that this is the best place on the net to come with your questions about the Pismo. And there is absolutely no need to feel stupid; we all overlook obvious things, and we all have to begin the learning curve somewhere.

    cornelius
    PismoG4 550, 120GB 5400 Seagate internal, 1 GB RAM; Pismo 500 OS X (10.4.11), Mac OS X (10.4.11), Beige G3 OS 8.6
  • PBookie Level 2 Level 2 (215 points)
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    May 6, 2008 9:43 PM (in response to Jitanjafora)
    Hi again jitan...
    I thought I would jump in here again, and give you some of my thoughts about upgrading the Pismo with G4 cards.
    In our ministry in Guatemala we have used 6 G4 Pismos during the past four years. We have had virtually no problems with them. they are definitely much faster
    (and I believe more stable) than with the original G3 cards.
    We also upgraded them all with either 768 or 1024mb of memory, which I would advise with any G4 upgrade. We couldn't have been happier with the performance of these with the upgrades.
    *************************************
    However, economically speaking, I would not do it today at the value of a Pismo in regards to the price of the upgrade cards and the price of ram for these.
    *************************************
    On the other hand, if you really love your Pismo as most of us who have owned one do, and the price isn't a consideration, then why not enjoy your Pismo at the peak of what it can be!!
    PB

    PS I am writing this from my upgraded Pismo, while my newer units sit
    idle. I personally prefer the Pismo keyboard over the new ones.

    Message was edited by: PBookie
    Pismo G4 550/900 --Titanium 1GHz--Alum. 15" 1.25GHz/1.67GHz DL--Imagewriter ll, Mac OS X (10.4.11)
  • cornelius Level 6 Level 6 (17,825 points)
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    May 6, 2008 9:51 PM (in response to Jitanjafora)
    Jitanjafora:
    I'd like to hear what you have to say about it after all this time, however.

    I just finished responding to your other topic about the processor upgrade. After 8 years as a Pismo owner, after watching my children and grand children buy and use G4 laptops, I still love this black box. And it is not entirely an emotional attachment, although it, certainly, is that.

    The Pismo is the first modern Mac laptop with many fatures: two expansion bays, a PC card slot, 2 firewire ports, 2 USB ports, supports a full Gigabyte of RAM, easy access to the insides of the computer. After many round trips I am able to get into an iBook, change a Hard Disk Drive, and reassemble it in a total of about 50 minutes. With the Pismo I can do it in 10 minutes, and without printed directions. That's because it is so easy to get into this machine. The Pismo comes with a CD/DVD ROM. I recently upgraded mine to a to a SuperDrive for $45. Again, easy access: flip the lever, pull the optical drive out, four screws out, swap the drives, four screws in, and back into the bay.

    I have heard people say that the Pismo has the best keyboard of later Mac laptops. It certainly is just large enough, and has a very soft, but firm, touch. The main drawback with the computer is that it has a slower video card that can't be upgraded. But, I have been watching streaming video as I watch CNN primary elections results, while I work on this, with two other browers and other applications open.

    Well, I can talk about this all night, but I have to go to bed.

    You will love the Pismo. It is, in my mind, the best laptop computer every made Well, I may be a bit biased, just a bit.

    cornelius
    PismoG4 550, 120GB 5400 Seagate internal, 1 GB RAM; Pismo 500 OS X (10.4.11), Mac OS X (10.4.11), Beige G3 OS 8.6
  • cornelius Level 6 Level 6 (17,825 points)
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    May 7, 2008 1:23 PM (in response to PBookie)
    PBookie:
    In our ministry in Guatemala we have used 6 G4 Pismos during the past four years. We have had virtually no problems with them.

    I wondered what you were doing down there in Guatemala. Good for you. It is quite an interesting community here, as we get to know a bit more about persons, apart from their technical aptitude.

    Cheers

    cornelius
    PismoG4 550, 120GB 5400 Seagate internal, 1 GB RAM; Pismo 500 OS X (10.4.11), Mac OS X (10.4.11), Beige G3 OS 8.6
  • John Wilson M.D. Level 1 Level 1 (90 points)
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    May 10, 2008 12:57 PM (in response to cornelius)
    Hey Cornelius, et-al I've been doing some playing around today with OS 9. Just for kicks and giggles. I remember you posting that you couldn't get the new DVD burner to work in OS 9, is that right? Well, I did a google search andfound this website :http://www.os9forever.com/DVDPlayer.html It has a link to an updated DVD player and a patch so that it will work with any new drive! That was pretty cool. It has a link to a DVD burner patch but that was apparently removed because of intellectual property rights issues. But, at least I can play videos in OS 9 with my new drive now.

    Have a great day.
    John
    iMac G5 17in 1.8ghz, Powerbook Pismo g4 550mhz, 120gb, Wallstreet 300mhz-40gb, Mac OS X (10.4.11), My wife has an icebook
  • cornelius Level 6 Level 6 (17,825 points)
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    May 10, 2008 3:02 PM (in response to John Wilson M.D.)
    Hi John:
    I remember you posting that you couldn't get the new DVD burner to work in OS 9, is that right?

    Actually, I have not tried the burner with OS 9 as I do not currently have OS 9 installed on my Pismo. I deleted it a while ago when I had some corruption on my disk, and I was in northern Onatario, Canada with none of my OS maintenance tools along. In any case, thank you for the link. I will check it out. I am sure it will come in handy sometime.

    cornelius
    PismoG4 550, 120GB 5400 Seagate internal, 1 GB RAM; Pismo 500 OS X (10.4.11), Mac OS X (10.4.11), Beige G3 OS 8.6

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