A little news:

I ordered a new male 40pin 2.5" adapter and after frying the old CF card tried the card that came with my Canon XT. Success! it recognizes it as an HD even with the HD icon (strange I thought). I had to bend a pin to make it fit but pretty neat. I have another card coming from newegg.com that is a 2gb, so it should fit a stripped down OS X, we will see I guess. Here are some pics:

<a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/keynesiandream/273948472/" title="Photo Sharing"><img src="http://static.flickr.com/112/273948472_c7f4753d84_o.jpg" width="499" height="333" alt="Substitute HD" /></a>

and the results:

<a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/keynesiandream/273948475/" title="Photo Sharing"><img src="http://static.flickr.com/95/273948475_1dbf4faa0a_o.jpg" width="499" height="333" alt="It's Alive!" /></a>

Let me know what you think, or if you have any suggestions for the next step.
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