Is Your Menu Bar Translucent (Poll) - Trying to Find a Trend

astrostu

macrumors 6502
Original poster
Feb 15, 2007
378
15
Trying to find a trend here because another thread isn't coming across one.

Please post your system (processor, speed, RAM, graphics card(s) - can be found under /Applications/Utilities/System Profiler) and whether your menu bar is translucent or not.


--== EDIT - RESULTS SO FAR ==--

Looks like anthroid (post 39) has it for the most part (edited based on a post around 60): If you've got a G4 AND (an NVIDIA GeForce video card OR an ATI 5200 or earlier video card) you don't have transparency in the menu bar. Otherwise, you've got it, even if you have a G4 processor.

At this point, I'm going to stop tracking them because I have to get ready for a trip to Hawaii. But it's nice that it seems like we have the trend!

So (up through post 40) we have:

PPC G4 (PB) | 1.0 GHz | 1.25 GB | GeForce FX Go5200 w/ 32MB VRAM | NO TRANSPARENCY
PPC G4 (iBook) | 1.33 GHz | 1.25 GB | ??? | NO TRANSPARENCY
PPC | 1.5 GHz | 1.25 GB | NVIDIA GeForce FX Go5200 w/ 64 MB VRAM | NO TRANSPARENCY
PPC G4 (PB) | 1.5 GHZ | ?? | NVIDIA GeForce FX Go5200 | NO TRANSPARENCY
PPC G4 (PB) | 1.5 GHz | 1.25 GB | NVIDIA GeForce FX Go5200 w/ 64 MB VRAM | NO TRANSPARENCY
PPC | 1.5 GHz | 1.25 GB | NVIDIA GeForce FX Go5200 w/ 64 MB VRAM | NO TRANSPARENCY
PPC G4 (PM) | 1.6 GHz | 1.5 GB | NVIDIA GeForce2 MX w/ 32 MB VRAM | NO TRANSPARENCY
PPC (Mini) | ??? | 512MB | Ati Radeon with 64 MB VRAM | NO TRANSPARENCY

PPC G4 | 1.33 GHz | 1.5 GB | ATI Mobility Radeon 9550 w/ 32 MB VRAM | TRANSPARENT
PPC G4 (iBook) | 1.42 GHz | 1.5 GB | ATI Mobility Radeon 9550 | TRANSPARENT
PPC G4 (PB) | 1.5 GHz | 1.5 GB RAM | ATI Radeon Mobility 9700 w/ 64 MB VRAM | TRANSPARENT
PPC G4 (PB) | 1.5 GHz | 2.0 GB | ATI w/ 64 MB VRAM | TRANSPARENT
MAC MINI | 1.66 GHz | 2GB | (Integrated) | TRANSPARENT
PPC G5 | 1.9 GHz | 512 | ATI Radeon X600 Pro w/ 128 MB VRAM | TRANSPARENT
PPC G5 (iMac) | 2 GHz | 1.5 GB RAM | Radeon 9600 128 MB | TRANSPARENT

Intel (MB) | ??? | 2GB RAM | Intel GMA 950 with 64 MB VRAM | TRANSPARENT
Intel | 1.66 GHz | 1.0 GB | GMA 950 | TRANSPARENT
Intel Core Duo (MB) | 1.83Ghz | 2GB RAM | GMA950 | TRANSPARENT
Intel Core Duo | 2 GHz | 2 GB | GMA950 w/ 64 MB shared | TRANSPARENT
Intel Core 2 Duo (MB) | 2 GHz | 1 GB RAM | GMA 950 | TRANSPARENT
Intel Core 2 Duo (MB) | 2 GHz | 1 GB RAM | GMA 950 | TRANSPARENT
Intel Core Duo | 2 GHz | 2.0 GB | 128MB ATI X1600 | TRANSPARENT
Intel | 2.0 GHz | 2 GB | ATI Radeon X1600 w/ 128 MB VRAM | TRANSPARENT
Intel | 2 GHz | 2 GB | ATi Radeon X600 w/ 128 MB VRAM | TRANSPARENT
Intel Core 2 Duo (iMac) | 2.16 GHz | 2 GB RAM | Radeon X1600 265 MB | TRANSPARENT
Intel | 2.16 GHz | 2 GB | GMA950 w/ 64 MB shared | TRANSPARENT
Intel Core Duo (MBP) | 2.16 GHz | 2 GB RAM | Radeon X1600 265 MB | TRANSPARENT
Intel | 2.16 GHz | 2.5 GB | GMA 950 | TRANSPARENT
Intel Core Duo (MBP) | 2.16 GHz | 2 GB RAM | Radeon X1600 265 MB | TRANSPARENT
Intel Core 2 Duo (MBP) | 2.4 GHz | 2 GB | GeForce 8600M GT w/ 256 MB RAM | TRANSPARENT
Intel Core 2 Duo (iMac) | 2.4 GHz | ?? | Radeon HD2600 | TRANSPARENT
Intel | 2.4 GHz | 2 GB | NVIDIA GeForce 8600M w/ 256 MB VRAM | TRANSPARENT
Intel (MBP) | 2.4 GHz | 4 GB | Nvidia GeFore 8600M GT, 256 MB RAM | TRANSPARENT
Intel (MP) | 2X2.66 GHz | 4 GB RAM | NVIDIA GeForce 7300 GT 256MB | TRANSPARENT
 

CalBoy

macrumors 604
May 21, 2007
7,849
36
I'm waiting to vote in the poll...

Meanwhile, SR MBP: I've noticed a hit or miss trend. A few pictures work with the Menu Bar, while a few others don't. It seems that the more predictable the picture's off-screen edge, the more likely it is it will play nice with the Menu Bar.
 

sananda

macrumors 68020
May 24, 2007
2,385
79
PPC G4| 1.33 GHz | 1.5 GB | ATI Mobility Radeon 9550 w/ 32 MB VRAM|TRANSPARENCY

PPC G5| 1.9 GHz | 512 | ATI Radeon X600 Pro w/ 128 MB VRAM | TRANSPARENCY

Erase & install for both.
 

QuarterSwede

macrumors G3
Oct 1, 2005
9,233
1,236
Colorado Springs, CO
I'm waiting to vote in the poll...

Meanwhile, SR MBP: I've noticed a hit or miss trend. A few pictures work with the Menu Bar, while a few others don't. It seems that the more predictable the picture's off-screen edge, the more likely it is it will play nice with the Menu Bar.
All the conflicting reports and then what you've said leads me to believe one of two things:

1) A bug exists

or

2) This is some extremely bad coding
 

Chaszmyr

macrumors 601
Aug 9, 2002
4,263
76
Maybe people should also post whether they did an upgrade or a clean install. Lack of transparent menu bar may be a bug that can happen when you upgrade.
 

eXan

macrumors 601
Jan 10, 2005
4,714
20
Russia
iMac G5 2 GHz | 1.5 GB RAM | Radeon 9600 128 MB | TRANSPARENT

MacBook white Core 2 Duo 2 GHz | 1 GB RAM | GMA 950 | TRANSPARENT

MacBook black Core 2 Duo 2 GHz | 1 GB RAM | GMA 950 | TRANSPARENT

MacBook Pro 17" Core Duo 2.16 GHz | 2 GB RAM | Radeon X1600 265 MB | TRANSPARENT

Hope this helps :)

EDIT: I know the first two with are with "Upgrade"
 

samh004

macrumors 68020
Mar 1, 2004
2,211
87
Australia
Intel | 2.16 GHz | 2.5 GB | GMA 950 | Transparency

Intel | 1.66 GHz | 1.0 GB | GMA 950 | Transparency

Both "upgraded"
 

CalBoy

macrumors 604
May 21, 2007
7,849
36
Maybe people should also post whether they did an upgrade or a clean install. Lack of transparent menu bar may be a bug that can happen when you upgrade.
Well, mine was an upgrade, not clean install. However, if you want to see how big the diference is even for a predictable picture, look at this:
 

powerbook911

macrumors 68040
Mar 15, 2005
3,735
159
PB 12-inch PPC 1.5 GHZ G4 -NVIDIA GeForce FX Go5200 - No transparency

iMac Core 2 Duo 2.4 GHZ - Radeon HD2600 - Transparent
 

jrennell

macrumors newbie
Oct 15, 2006
10
0
MacBook Pro

Core Duo | 2.0 GHz | 2.0 GB | 128MB ATI X1600 | TRANSPARENCY | Archive+Install[Tiger]
 

Sbrocket

macrumors 65816
Jun 3, 2007
1,251
0
/dev/null
I'm waiting to vote in the poll...

Meanwhile, SR MBP: I've noticed a hit or miss trend. A few pictures work with the Menu Bar, while a few others don't. It seems that the more predictable the picture's off-screen edge, the more likely it is it will play nice with the Menu Bar.
If you're using dark backgrounds, then the menu bar will appear opaque. Its not really completely opaque, its just the dark background. For example, if you made a completely black background with the bright yellow strip down the center, the whole menu bar would appear opaque except around the yellow part.

Oh, and...
Intel | 2.4 GHz SR MBP, 15" | 4 GB | Nvidia GeFore 8600M GT, 256 MB RAM | TRANSPARENCY
 

astrostu

macrumors 6502
Original poster
Feb 15, 2007
378
15
Maybe people should also post whether they did an upgrade or a clean install. Lack of transparent menu bar may be a bug that can happen when you upgrade.
Yeah, this isn't the case - I did a clean install.
 

tersono

macrumors 68000
Jan 18, 2005
1,999
1
UK
i've found that the menubar transparency fails on any machine with a GeForce FX5200 including G5s, iMacs & powerbooks.

odd that, as the 5200 supposedly supports Core Image....
 

synth3tik

macrumors 68040
Oct 11, 2006
3,955
2
Minneapolis, MN
MacBook Pro 15" Core Duo 2.16 GHz | 2 GB RAM | Radeon X1600 265 MB | TRANSPARENT

Mac Pro 2X2.66 GHz | 4 GB RAM | NVIDIA GeForce 7300 GT 256MB | TRANSPARENT
 

Jalu

macrumors member
Mar 1, 2004
53
1
PowerBook G4 15" 1.5 GHz | 1.5 GB RAM | Ati Radeon Mobility 9700 with 64 MB VRAM | TRANSPARENT
 

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