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Use Final Cut Express 2 on '0 MHz' machines Apps
Back in August 2003, I bought a Sonnet G4 1400 MHz CPU Upgrade for my old G4 466 Digital Audio. And like form many other Sonnet customers, the System Profiler didn't recgonize my new CPU's clock settings. It just showed 0 MHz Power PC G4. This did absoultely no harm to my system -- until now. Yesterday I tried to run Final Cut Express Pro 2, but the program aborted the start up, claiming that FCE 2 will not run on a system with less than a 350 Mhz G4. The solution is quite simple:

Enter the Final Cut Express 2 package by control-clicking on it and selecting "Show package contents." Inside the /Contents folder, you will find the file info.plist. Open it with Textedit and you will see this:
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 <key>AELMinimumRAMSize</key>
 <string>384</string>
 <key>AELRequiredCPUType</key>
 <string>G4</string>
 <key>AELMinimumCPUSpeedSingle</key>
 <string>350</string>
 <key>AELRequiredIOPCIDevice</key>
 <string>AGP</string>
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Go to the line <key>AELMinimumCPUSpeedSingle<key> and replace the value 350 in the following line by 0. Save your file and exit TextEdit. FCE should now start up without any problems.
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Use Final Cut Express 2 on '0 MHz' machines
Authored by: akito on Mar 31, '04 10:34:31AM

I find this hint facinating and was wondering if there is a simmilar hint to help with iChatAV which has a 500MHz G3 minimum requirement.



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Use Final Cut Express 2 on '0 MHz' machines
Authored by: akito on Mar 31, '04 10:36:09AM

My bad, 600MHz G3, and I believe any G4 will work.



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Use Final Cut Express 2 on '0 MHz' machines
Authored by: AaronS on Mar 31, '04 11:40:52AM

I was wondering this same thing. I looked at the info.plist file for iChat AV 2.1 (iChat/Contents/Info.plist) and all I could find was the minimum system requirements. Right now the minimum is 10.2.5. Since I don't have a machine with an older OS I don't know if changing it harms anything or not.

I tried looking in the version.plist file also (same location) and didn't come up with anything. Anyone else have suggestions for where to look?

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Use Final Cut Express 2 on '0 MHz' machines
Authored by: Razor on Mar 31, '04 01:44:12PM

You can alternatively download `Sonnet X Tune-Up 1.2.7` from sonnettech.com. After installing everything will be ok ...
(using Panther 10.3.3 and Encore 1.4GHZ on a Digital Audio Mac 466 MHZ)



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Use Final Cut Express 2 on '0 MHz' machines
Authored by: spinspin on Apr 01, '04 02:08:38AM
iChatUSBCam let's me use an iSight with my 500mhz iBook G3. It's pretty cheap too.

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How's it run on a G3?
Authored by: bedouin on Mar 31, '04 10:38:59PM

I'm thinking of doing this hack to run FCE on my 800mhz iBook G3. How's the performance?



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How's it run on a G3?
Authored by: iforgot0498 on Apr 01, '04 02:11:59AM

I have been hacking this for a while version 3.0 of final cut pro, here is the deal, Apple Was smart blocking the G3 from this app, the engine is really designed for the G4 V. engine. The performance is poor on a G3 ANY G3, sure you can run it with 0 RT effects and very stalled out video. I would honestly not waste your time doing this hack, As much as I love my G3 ibook 800, it's not made for this type of use, it's time to move on with the old and go with a g4 for any video editing, I talk to people all day that tell me how great a g3 is for editing video, they just don't know any better. Apple knows what they are doing when they put those limits on the software.
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P.S. if you do this it will stop working with every OS update and every FCE update you install. and as for iChat you can hack your machine Open Firmware to get it to work but again the performance sucks, remember the reason for the cut off is the 66mhz system bus all the 500 and below carried, the 600+ had at least 100 mhz bus.

Hope this helps.



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Use Final Cut Express 2 on '0 MHz' machines
Authored by: g4cube on Apr 01, '04 03:46:04AM

Not sure if this is of any note. When trying to load HALO it wont allow me as i have a G4 cube 450Mhz and the minimum is 688Mhz but if you hold down the [P] key it over rides the check and i can play on.



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Use Final Cut Express 2 on '0 MHz' machines
Authored by: bdr30 on Apr 01, '04 06:59:31AM

I also had the 0MHz problem (seen in ATM and the system profiler) on my G3 B&W after installing the G4 1GHz ZIF from Sonnet. The system also seemed a little sluggish afterwards, so I re-installed the OS X 10.3.3 update and that fixed the problem.

ATM now shows 1GHz PowerPC G4, and the system profiler recognises it as a PowerPC G4 (2.1) at 1GHz.

Anyone else tried this?



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Use Final Cut Express 2 on '0 MHz' machines
Authored by: schneb on Apr 01, '04 10:57:55AM

Worked great, but for a different reason. My machine at work did not have enough memory to run. I changed the plist and it booted right up. Great hint, thanks!!



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