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Re: macivory

    Date: Wed, 25 Jan 89 17:08:18 EST
    From: Dave Goldberg <bds@mbunix.mitre.org>

    Just to clarify--I've discussed these things with software
    support on five or six occasions.  Each time I was told the
    person I spoke with was either new to the macivory or wasn't
    familiar with the color system.  Combine this with some
    pretty scanty documentation, and, well, it's been frustrating.

I forwarded your mail to customer-reports, and will be tracking it also.
If you don't hear back in a satisfactory manner within 4 business days,
please send me mail.  By the way, the color system, as in the layered
product we call "color", will not be available for another few months on

    Concerning the monitor, we have two PCPCII 19 inch monitors.
    When I try to boot the macivory with them, the screen gets a
    pink cast to it and then redraws itself every couple of seconds.
    These monitor work well with every other macII application we
    have, including different programming environments.

Yes, but the problem is that they may violate the nubus spec.  So far,
most of the monitor vendors we've had trouble with have had reasonably
adequate monitors, but their video cards dramatically violated the nubus
spec.  We stress the Nubus in (perfectly legal) ways the other vendors
don't always allow for.  I'll pass this on to our continuing engineering folks.

    I would like to repeat myself, though.  I am impressed with
    the overall quality of the development environment, especially
    comparing it with the competition.  Any other problems I have
    seem to be hardware related, eg, a slow drive that results
    in slow paging (this seems to be the root cause of the window switching
    problem), possibly a slowing down due to the problem of sending
    40 bit words over a 32 bit bus, etc.  But these problems are
    well documented, I think.

Thank you.

    Barry Smith

Johanna Rothman