I just got around to reading your follow-up post, and thought I would
give my $0.02 regarding PCI slots. I got my Power Computing
PoewwerTower Pro 225 about 4 and 1/2 years ago. I thought, COOL! SIX
SCSI ports, SIX PCI slots, threee spare drive bays! I'll be able to
upgrade this for the rest of my life without buying another computer!
Over the last four and 1/2 years, I had to replace the hard drive, the
floppy drive, and the CD-ROM. I upgraded the processor to a G3 375.
And I added my VERY FIRST PCI card (for USB/Firewire) . . . about two
months ago when I got my digital camera.
Now I am ready to get a TI powerbook or maybe an iMac (as soon as I save
the money). I am sick of upgrading and I run into problems all the
time. I've actually come around to thinking Steve Jobs did the right
thing to get rid of the clones. I'm really looking forward to having
everything integrated into one machine, all made to work together.
I do sympathize with your dilemma on the PCI slots to some extent. With
me, the battles is between a TI powerbook and a new iMac. For me the
thing is, "Do I have to have a DVD writer?" I'm starting to do a lot of
movies now with the arrival of our first child. I like that I can use
the powerbook anywhere in the house (I can be on the computer without
isolating myself from my spouse that way). But that DVD writer in the
iMac . . . Of course, there is no viable third party option (that I know
of, anyway). To use an external DVD writer with a powerbook I would
have to buy DVD Studio Pro for almost $1000.00! You wouldn't know of a
way around that, would you? (I refuse to buy a PC, even though all the
DVD writers come with free PC DVD burning software.)
> > > The problem is almost certainly the fact that you have a third-party FW
> > > card and not FW on the motherboard.
> > > Try this:
> > > 1. Locate a friend with an iMac or G4 or any other recent Apple machine
> > > with built-in FW.
> > > 2. Remove HD from your computer, put in external case if necessary and
> > > transport to friend's machine.
> > > 3. Run iMovie and try to save back to camera.
> > > If it works, there's your answer.
> > Thanks so much for the tip. That was exactly the problem.
> Glad to help. Myself I'm having a very hard time deciding between a G4
> tower and a new iMac ... do I really need PCI slots or not?? Arrrgh!