View Full Version : as fast as possible with a powerbook

04-19-2005, 07:35 PM
Does anyone have an idea about the compatibility of SATA PCCards (founds for PC but not said to work on Macs) with last generation Powerbook, used with a 2 drives SATA external enclosure?

The goal is to get Photoshop to work as fast as possible on a powerbook on a "semi-portable" solution.

Any other ideas of solution for this problem is welcome.
The Powerbook is a 17" 1,67MHz with 2GB RAM.
I have also a LaCie FW800 PCCard I used with my old Powerbook and could be usefull for a dual channel FW800 maybe!?


04-20-2005, 07:37 AM
The firmware has been written and rewritten several times. So far no one has been able to get any speed out of the current SATA CardBus card on a Mac. You will not be able to run a PC card on your Mac unless it has Mac firmware. Your Mac won't even see it.

Until someone writes firmware that works or a different chipset card comes out that lets them write code that works, we are all out of luck.


04-20-2005, 07:53 AM
Mmmh yes I was afraid about that.
I will stick with a G-Raid FW800 for now and see what happen in the future.
Thanx Ricks!

04-20-2005, 08:08 AM

Can't give you any numbers because we did not test, but our in-house video guy was recently tasked with recording many hours of live speaking. He wanted to record straight to digital, so we set up a newish 15 PB with a PC FW card so that it would have two channels: one in for the camera, and one out for a new external FW 400 case (thanks for that Rick, it worked flawless!) with a 250 Gig drive.

Filled the drive, and never dropped a frame.

Without the second channel, it was a no-go. So there is certainly some value to adding FW PC card.

06-04-2005, 04:00 PM
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