Powerbook G4 Sudden motion sensor

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  1. ash taylor macrumors newbie

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    Hi,

    Is anyone familiar with the Powerbook G4 motion sensor? I have gone into the terminal and typed in the required entries but the SMS isn't in the list.

    I'm using the laptop for my band and its only crashing in a live environment. The vibrations from the drum kit and bass guitar are causing Pro Tools DAE errors.
    The error message is:

    "DAE cant get audio from the drive(s) fast enough. Your drive may be too slow or fragmented or a FireWire device could be having trouble due to the extra FireWire bandwith or CPU load. (-9073)"

    Is there any way of turning off the motion sensor or does it simply not include one?
     
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  3. ash taylor thread starter macrumors newbie

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    Powerbook G4 15''
    Model Identifier: Powerbook5,4
    Processor name: PowerPC G4 (1.1)
    Processor 1.33Ghz
    Memory 2GB
     
  4. Intell macrumors P6

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    That model Powerbook does not contain a SMS sensor.
     
  5. ash taylor thread starter macrumors newbie

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    I see, any idea why it might crash applications with vibrations and any ideas on ways round it?
     
  6. goMac macrumors 603

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    Is it the original disk? Some aftermarket disks contain their own sudden motion sensor.
     
  7. Intell macrumors P6

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    Going off of the one line you posted, your Powerbook doesn't seem to be fast enough. Either the hard drive can't keep up or the CPU is too loaded to process everything fast enough.
     
  8. ash taylor thread starter macrumors newbie

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    Its 2nd hand so I'm not sure about the HDD.

    just to reiterate, the performance is fine at home and never crashes. It is only when we bring into a loud band practice that we have problems.
     
  9. Intell macrumors P6

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    It could be that the vibrations are causing the hard drive to miss its track and having to seek for it again causing the slow downs that the program cannot work with. If you have money to spend on this machine, you could try an SSD.
     
  10. ash taylor thread starter macrumors newbie

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    Nice, I would have thought the motherboard wouldn't support a SSD? If it does then I might look into it.
     
  11. Intell macrumors P6

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    You have two options if you want a SSD. You can get a PATA/IDE SSD or get a mSATA SSD with a PATA adapter. Both have very similar results and similar price points. If drive space is important to you, PATA SSDs don't have as much storage space as mSATA SSDs with an adapter.
     
  12. ash taylor thread starter macrumors newbie

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    storage isn't a huge issues. There is very little on the laptop, just the pro tools sessions. We try to keep as little on the laptop as possible.

    Any brands you recommend foe the PATA/IDE SSD and any links? Also what sort of storage and price range are we looking at?
     
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    Some brands include OWC, Kingspec, Kingspan, and Transcend. They range from about $50 to $200 for size and rated speed. I suggest not buying one until other forums members input their suggestions for a SSD.
     
  14. ash taylor thread starter macrumors newbie

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    Ok thanks so much for your Intel though. I'm visiting the Apple genius bar on Friday as well.
     
  15. ash taylor thread starter macrumors newbie

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    I think we are going to go down the route of an external USB 3.0 SSD powered by a powered USB hub.

    All the sessions files will be on the solid state drive so I'm hoping this will work.

    From experience, does running a program thats on the internal HDD, accessing files on an external SSD, require to read info from the internal HDD? I don't want to purchase the external SSD and discover the Powerbook is still crashing because the internal is being disrupted still.
     
  16. Intell macrumors P6

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    In most cases, the program will read and write to the startup drive or the drive where the user's home folder is located. It reads and writes things like caches, settings, data from the program itself, and temporary files.
     
  17. ash taylor thread starter macrumors newbie

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    I can get Pro Tools to specifically read the audio files from the SSD no problem. But are you saying even if I could do that, it'd still be reading SOME information from the interal HDD and those vibrations may still cause the program to give error messages?
     
  18. Intell macrumors P6

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    It's very possible that it will still be accessing the internal hard drive. I do not know if what it accesses on the internal will still cause problems or not.
     
  19. ash taylor thread starter macrumors newbie

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    That's what everyone I've spoken to has said. That being said I see no option but to upgrade to an internal SSD and clone the original HDD with something like Carbon Copy Cloner?
     
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  21. ash taylor thread starter macrumors newbie

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    Right, thanks so much for all your free and impartial advice :D
     
  22. 556fmjoe macrumors 65816

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    I use a Transcend 32 GB PATA in my PowerBook. Cost with shipping was around $45 and it is pretty good. Speeds are noticeably faster than the HDD, battery life is slightly improved, and it runs slightly cooler. None of this is a dramatic improvement, but all of it is noticeable.

    One reason to consider a SATA drive with an adapter is if you want to eventually use the drive again in a more modern computer.
     
  23. ash taylor thread starter macrumors newbie

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    I'm interesting in looking into that but will that work with a powerbook? How will there be space for the adaptor?
     
  24. Intell macrumors P6

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    You can easily fit in a SATA drive with the mSATA route. In the future, all you would need is a very inexpensive mSATA to SATA adapter.
     
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    I just installed a 32 GB KingSpec IDE drive into my iBook, it's been amazingly fast and cool, as well as the noticeable silence which replaced the humming and clicking of the old 40 GB 4200 RPM HDD.
     

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