Power Mac G4 (QuickSilver): Late Breaking News

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About your Power Mac G4

This document contains important late-breaking information about your computer. For additional information, see the other sections of Mac Help or go to the Apple Support Web site on the Internet at www.apple.com/support

Using your Power Mac G4

Playing audio CDs

You can use iTunes, in the Applications folder, to play audio CDs, import songs, create playlists, listen to Internet radio, and more. The AppleCD Audio Player and the CDStrip Control Strip module for Mac OS 9 are in the CD Extras Folder on the Software Install CD.

Important information about system sleep

Certain system settings may prevent your computer from going to sleep. You may notice that the screen dims and the sleep indicator light pulses, but the internal fan still runs.

Many communications programs, such as PPP, Apple Remote Access, and other dialup programs, monitor the computer's modem port to check for incoming transmissions when set to auto-answer incoming calls. This may prevent the computer from going into sleep completely.

If the Configure pop-up menu in the TCP/IP control panel (Mac OS 9) is set to Using DHCP Server, your computer may not sleep when your Web browser or email application is open or a file server is mounted on your desktop. Quit these applications and unmount file servers when they are not being used.

The Palm Desktop HotSync function may prevent your computer from going to sleep. To turn off the HotSync function, open Palm Desktop and choose Setup from the HotSync menu. Then click the Disabled button and verify that the "Enable HotSync software at system startup" checkbox is not selected. Turn HotSync back on when you want to synchronize with your Palm-compatible device.

If you use fax software, such as FAXstf, and the software is set to auto-answer, your computer may not sleep completely. The screen will dim (instead of turn off). To allow your computer to sleep, disable auto-answering. To disable auto-answering in FAXstf, open FaxBrowser and choose Settings from the Edit menu. Then choose the FaxModem icon and choose Never from the Answer On pop-up menu.

Note: If you connect a USB device while the computer is in sleep, your computer wakes.

Using your computer with a NetBoot Server

If you want to use your computer as a NetBoot client, you may need to update the system software on the NetBoot Server. Check the Mac OS X Server Web site at www.info.apple.com/support/macosxserver

Using Easy Access with virtual memory in Mac OS 9

The Easy Access control panel doesn't work with virtual memory turned on. Before using the Easy Access feature, open the Memory control panel and turn virtual memory off.

Using older Macintosh USB keyboards

You can use the Power button on older Apple USB keyboards to turn on your computer when it is connected to a USB port on your computer. You cannot use it to turn on your computer when the keyboard is connected to a USB hub or to a USB port on your monitor. You can also turn on the computer using the Power button on the computer. If you have an Apple Display with an ADC connector, you can also use the power button on the front of the display.

Apple DVD Player

If your computer has an optical drive with DVD playback capabilities and Multiple Users is enabled (through the Multiple Users control panel in Mac OS 9), Apple DVD Player will open automatically when you start up your computer in Mac OS 9. To prevent this, open the Extensions Manager control panel and turn off the DVD AutoLauncher extension. To play a DVD video, open the Apple DVD Player (in the Apple menu).

For information on optimal system settings for DVD playback, see the Apple DVD Player Read Me file located in the Apple DVD Player folder inside the Applications (Mac OS 9) folder on your hard disk.

Recording media on CDs

Use CD-R and CD-RW media with a 74-minute media capacity. You cannot record on "High-Speed" (greater than 4X) CD-RW media, although your drive can read these discs. You can record on high-speed CD-R discs. When handling discs, be careful not to leave fingerprints, place other materials on the discs, or add labels to the discs that may cause them to become unbalanced when spinning.

Use CD-R discs for recording audio CDs, because most audio CD players cannot read CD-RW discs. See technical document 58785 "Macintosh: "Problem With Target Device. Error Code -7932" Alert".


Recording media on DVDs

Use DVD-R General media with a 4.7 GB media capacity. Your drive doesn't support DVD-R Authoring media. Some DVD-R/CD-RW drives cannot read DVD-RAM discs and will eject them. When handling discs, be careful not to leave fingerprints, place other materials on the discs, or add labels to the discs that may cause them to become unbalanced when spinning.

Updating software

Use Software Update to ensure that you have the latest software versions, drivers, bug fixes, and other updates. In Mac OS X, open System Preferences and click Software Update. In Mac OS 9, choose Control Panels from the Apple menu, then choose Software Update from the submenu and click Update Now. You can also see the Apple Support Web site on the Internet for the latest troubleshooting information and software updates: www.apple.com/support

Installing Mac OS X server software

If you are installing Mac OS X server software on your computer, you need to install the Power Mac G4 Support application from the Mac OS X Install CD that came with your computer. For details, see the Read Before You Install document in the Mac OS X Server Support folder (in the Welcome to Mac OS X folder) on the Mac OS X Install CD.

Third-party software issues

Using the internal modem

Some communications software, such as FAXstf and Total Access, provide different modem selection preferences from those in the Modem control panel. To ensure the fastest possible connection speed, select Apple Internal 56K Modem (V.90) in the Modem control panel.

Using Palm HotSync Manager

If you attempt to make a connection and a sync fails or doesn't complete, set the connection speed to a lower setting. To do this, open HotSync Manager. Click the Serial Port Settings tab. In the Local Setup section, select 19200 as the speed.

Hardware compatibility issues

Opening the optical drive with third-party keyboards

If you use a keyboard that doesn't have a Media Eject key, you can assign a key to open and close the optical drive. Follow the instructions in your manual to start up your computer in Mac OS 9. Then follow the instructions in the Read Me in the Eject Extras folder located in the Apple Extras folder (in the Applications folder).

Published Date: Oct 7, 2016