Great thread idea Bijaz! I will contribute a bit. Install OSX 10.4 (Tiger)
In general, the older an operating system is, the faster the computer will run. This rule holds true when we compare Tiger to some of the later versions of OSX. If you aren't completely computer-retarded and primarily use your Mac to play EQ, you might want to consider reformatting with Tiger.
Some benchmarks:http://www.primatelabs.ca/blog/2007/10/ ... ober-2007/
There are certain situations in which Tiger will actually perform worse than Leopard / Snow Leopard. Certain recent video cards have different sets of drivers for different versions of OSX. These cards will still generally work under Tiger, but they will not be as optimized. (This is typically a Hackintosh scenario. Also keep in mind that EQMac is driven almost entirely by the CPU, not the video card. You can find more information by Googling your video card + "driver" + "tiger", for example.)
You can usually find a copy of Tiger on Craigslist for pretty cheap. Alternatively, if you are a bad person, you can steal one by searching Google for "osx tiger torrent". Set your Mac to be the demilitarized zone (DMZ) on your router
Some routers, including the common WRT Linksys series, have problems dealing with heavy data transfer within EQMac. For instance, you might find that you get huge delays before and after you cast spells on 40+ man raids, but experience zero lag at all during 30 man raids. Setting your Mac to be the DMZ will usually fix this.
(A note on security: You should know that setting your computer as a DMZ technically makes it more unsecure since it can "make visible" the ports that happen to already be open on your computer. That said, setting up a DMZ is generally harmless, but the more security-paranoid of this forum would be uproarious if I didn't include this cautionary passage.)
I will provide a mini-guide for setting up a DMZ, but your mileage may vary. There are a lot of tutorials on Google if you need more information.1) Step 1 - Set your IP to be static
Routers usually have a set of around 100 IP addresses that they give out automatically when computers want to connect to them. Most commonly, this is usually the numbers 192.168.1.100 through 192.168.1.200 or the numbers 192.168.0.100 through 192.168.0.200. You will want your IP address to be unchanging, so you will want to set your computer to have a static IP. On the Mac, do:
System Preferences --> Network --> TCP/IP tab (might have to click "advanced" first)
You should see a line that says "Router". Take note of the IP address listed next to it; that is the router's IP address. Most commonly, it will be 192.168.1.1, or 192.168.0.1. Whatever the first 3 numbers are, those are your network numbers. The final number is the computer identifier number, and for the purposes of this tutorial we will pick 100 to be our static IP address.
"Configure IPv4" is probably already set to "Using DHCP". Change it to be "Using DHCP with manual address". Then type in your IP address to be your 3 network numbers and a 100. (In other words, type in 192.168.1.100 or 192.168.0.100, depending on what your network numbers are.) Then, type in your router's IP address for the DNS server. (This step may not be actually needed; try removing this line later if you encounter problems.)2) Set 192.168.x.100 to be the DMZ
Log on to your router. Usually, this is done by opening up your internet browser and typing in your router's IP into the address bar. (You should have your router's IP from the previous step. In other words, go to http://192.168.1.1/
, depending on what your network numbers are.) Then, you will be prompted for a user name and password. If you don't know what they are, they are probably still set to be the router default user name and password, which vary depending on the model of router that you have. You can find this out by simply Googling "default password XXXXX", with the product number of your router instead of the X's.
Once you are logged on to the router configuration page, go through every menu section systematically until you find the DMZ setting, then set it to 100, then hit save. Sorry friens, I can't be more specific because every router has their menus set up differently.3) Adjust your DCHP lease range
Go through your router's menus until you find stuff relating to DCHP. Basically, the DHCP range for leases should already be set to something like 100-200. Since you want only your computer to be 100, adjust it to be 101-200, then save. This step is so that no other computers will accidentally grab the 100 address that your computer is set to.4) Check to see if the internet works
Restart your computer and see if the internet works. Does it work? Yes? You're done! No? Here are some things to try if you can't figure it out:
1. Set your static IP to be within the DCHP lease range, but at the higher end of the spectrum so that it won't conflict with anything (since the router gives out addresses from bottom to top).
2. Most routers have a menu where you can manually assign IP addresses based off a computer's MAC address (a computer's unique network card address). Use this feature (it should be pretty straightforward) and then on the Mac just keep "Configure IPv4" set to "Using DHCP". If you don't know your computer's MAC address, Google "how do I find my MAC address".