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[superhero] Squadron UK mini CD-Rom

#1
Well, some more turning out has been done and I've just found a Squadron UK min CD-ROM. Somehow I don't think it will be wise to try and insert it into a slot-loading iMac... (I'll have to try and find the external DVD-writer that's kicking around somewhere...)
 
#2
Well, some more turning out has been done and I've just found a Squadron UK min CD-ROM. Somehow I don't think it will be wise to try and insert it into a slot-loading iMac... (I'll have to try and find the external DVD-writer that's kicking around somewhere...)
Lummee! I'd forgotten all about THOSE!
 
#6
I think I came across one... I seem to recall a white discoid lurking somewhere around in one of the boxes of computer bits. The reason I asked is because the Gwenthia CD doesn't anymore. I still wouldn't try it in the iMac though - my external drive is tray-loading so it would be safer in that.
 
#7
The best bet would actually be a laptop drive, or an external drive built around a laptop mechanism, one where you push the disk on to the spindle. Much less chance of it coming loose.

I’m surprised to hear of a data disk being unreadable, unless it was burnt with some esoteric file format. Though there are cases of the surfaces of older recordable disks degrading, so that might actually be the cause. If the disk was traditionally pressed, then it should indeed still work. Whether the files on it are in a readable file format is another question of course...

- Neil.
 
#8
I also suspect format drift. Apple has gone through a number over the years - I'm currently going through a bunch of magazine CDs, and copying things like fonts and clip art, but everything else won't work - partly because the pre-OS X environment is no longer supported, and partly because Rosetta was discontinued about 3 upgrades ago.

When we get the new iMac (hopefully later this year), I'll downgrade the old iMac to Snow Leopard with will keep my games running longer... Annoyingly, most of my Myst games won't run anymore, and I'm looking at the new KS... (I also have the same problem with Diablo - I loved the original, got about 2/3 of the way through 2 and never bothered with 3.)
 
#10
I can burn you a Gwenthia CD tomorrow!
[GRIN] I'd sooner just have access to the files! When it turns up (I think it's in the other box of software), I'll try it in the external drive. If that works, I'll copy it to iCloud and keep everything there with the rest of my gaming pdfs. If it doesn't work, I may take you up on that!
 
#14
OK, everything seems to work but I've got to have the external drive plugged directly into the Mac not into the keyboard. Now iCloud is playing silly B's...
 
#15
That will be because the USB hub in the keyboard does not supply enough juice to drive things like external drives (of all varieties). Only really good for things like mice and usb sticks.

- Neil.
 
#16
That will be because the USB hub in the keyboard does not supply enough juice to drive things like external drives (of all varieties). Only really good for things like mice and usb sticks.

- Neil.
I know - it's just an irritation because the ports on the iMac are round the back and it's a fiddle accessing them when you have stacks of stuff on the desk. You have to swivel the entire unit and run the risk of sending everything flying. I understand why Apple did that (Darth Vader's dustbin, anyone?) - but it's not very ergonomic.
 
#17
The one that drives me nuts is the SD card slot. The thing you might plug something in and out of most frequently is almost impossible to reach without moving the machine. I know they wanted to keep the front clean and the machine as thin as possible, but...

I ended up getting a powered usb 3 hub from Amazon and use that most of the time, with a card reader. A bit more clutter but just so much easier.

Still wouldn’t swap my Mac for anything else though! 😀

- Neil.
 
#18
I have so many powered hubs - the problem is keeping the power supplies straight! I don't think I've got a USB 3 hub, but I suppose we'll have to get one when we upgrade the iMac - Paul is talking about doing that this year, probably in the summer. Why some ports weren't on the side I really don't know - I suppose to avoid the look of cable spaghetti, but to have a couple of accessible ports for temporary peripherals wouldn't have hurt.

Hmm. I wonder if there's a powered hub, with multiple connector types - USB, Lightning and FireWire. At the moment, I have to use converters on the MacBook - I use an old wired keyboard and trackball (I really can't get on with trackpads).
 
#20
Hmm. I wonder if there's a powered hub, with multiple connector types - USB, Lightning and FireWire. At the moment, I have to use converters on the MacBook - I use an old wired keyboard and trackball (I really can't get on with trackpads).
FireWire is all but dead having been replaced by Thunderbolt and especially Thunderbolt 3. For a combined hub the best you might hope for is a USB-C one with some USB 3/2 ports. There aren’t many USB-C / Thunderbolt peripherals yet except monitors, which is a pain as the USB-C ports on my iMac are unused. Apple has released a USB-C -> Lightning cable though, so I may get one of those for connecting the iPad / charging the keyboard and mouse.

We have drifted horribly off topic it would seem...

- Neil.