USB or Firewire for E-Mac external HD? Also, display issues.

Discussion in 'PowerPC Macs' started by RafeDonson, Sep 4, 2012.

  1. RafeDonson, Sep 4, 2012
    Last edited: Sep 4, 2012

    RafeDonson macrumors newbie

    Aug 30, 2012
    I've got a 2.5 SATA HD to use with my mac, but I need to get an enclosure. I have an E-Mac, so I know it has USB 2.0 and Firewire 400. It's running Tiger, but I've heard the USB 2.0 on the E-Mac isn't all that fast. Which would give me better speeds? A USB enclosure or a Firewire enclosure? And does the E-Mac provide enough power to run the Firewire enclosure via firewire only?

    EDIT: Ta - anyone else recommend fireware as well?

    On a related note, I'm looking for a way to keep using my external monitor as my only display. So far I have my E-Mac set up with Screen Spanning Doctor so my main desktop is on the monitor, with the E-Mac's display as a second display. But this gives me two issues.

    1) If I move the mouse the right of the screen, it can go off the edge. This might seem like a minor irritation but I'd like a way to disable this if possible.

    2) The E-mac screen is still on. I've cranked the resolution and contrast right down but presumably the E-Mac's CRT still has a finite life and I see no reason to have the screen running if I'm not using it.

    3) There must be some kind of performance hit, even if I'm not using the second desktop.

    I tried using ScreenChangerX and some other program to set the default res of the E-Mac to 1600x900, so the external monitor would work but the E-Mac screen wouldn't, but no luck so far. I also tried using boot.plist but I'm on Tiger so I don't think the system looks for or uses that.

    Finally, is there any danger in sitting the E-Mac on the carpet under the desk? I can't see any X-Box 360 style ventilation that could be blocked at the bottom.
  2. GermanyChris macrumors 601


    Jul 3, 2011
    Use FW it doesn't steal as many processor cycles..
  3. Nameci macrumors 68000


    Oct 29, 2010
    The Philippines...
  4. Intell macrumors P6


    Jan 24, 2010
    I vote FireWire as well. It has slightly faster real world speeds over USB 2. The eMac can power a FireWire hard drive via its FireWire port as long as the drive is designed to be powered in that way. You can always unplug the eMac's internal video cable. This will prevent the CRT from turning on and it would force the eMac to use only one screen as it wouldn't detect the internal one. There is a row of ventilation holes along the front bottom edge of the eMac's case. While I would suggest not blocking these, the eMac's cooling system is very well designed and overdone. If it does start to present overheating problems, it might be a good idea to raise it off of the floor.
  5. 666sheep macrumors 68040


    Dec 7, 2009
    FW. USB only when you have no choice.

    1) Try this, maybe it will help, they say that's still UB:

    2) Maybe SwitchResX can do better than ScreenChanger? I use it with my LCD modded eMac and it works as it should. But I do not use external display.

    3) Every screen is using half of you video RAM, i.e. 16MB in your case. Add double display CI effects handled by CPU to this. You video card supports only QE.

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