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The Mac Pro is a workstation computer manufactured by Apple Inc.. The first Mac Pro was based on dual Dual-core Xeon Woodcrest processors and formally announced on August 7, 2006 at WWDC. The current model Mac Pro was announced on July 27, 2010 and features Intel Xeon processors based on the Nehalem ...

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Mac Pro 2009/10 Doesn't boot after weekend, LED shows for 2 secs then nothing!

One of our users computers on the network has a ~2009 Intel Mac Pro. On Friday the machine was fine, shut down correctly at the end of the day as normal. This morning (Monday) the Mac Pro will not ...
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iMac 2012 vs Mac Pro 2008

Is a new iMac 27" 2012 a viable upgrade compared to my current Mac Pro 2008 (quad core, 2.8Ghz 14GB RAM)? I am a professional photographer and my workflow (Lightroom 4.2 +Photoshop CS6) has become ...
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Why are 2 Mac Pros on a separate subnet directly connected seeing very low transfer rates?

I have two Mac Pros and as one is primarily utilized for storage, I thought connecting the two directly under a different subnet would be a worthwhile endeavor that would directly transfer data ...
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computer sleeps, then crashes later

For the past several weeks, this has been happening. I put the computer to sleep at night, and when I wake the computer up the next morning, my computer has restarted itself. There's a "Problem ...
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How do I know which nvidia graphics cards work with a Mac Pro?

I can't find a list of compatible graphics cards anywhere at the Apple web site and I can't find a list of compatible Apple machines anywhere at the nvidia web site. How does someone go about finding ...
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DVD drive makes a horrible rattling noise

Whenever there's a disc in the DVD drive in my Mac, it makes a horrible rattling noise. Besides replacing the whole drive, is there anything I can/should do to fix it?
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Can I install an IDE (PATA) optical drive in a 2009 Mac Pro?

The 2009 Mac Pro uses SATA for its optical drive bays. I have an older IDE (PATA) DVD burner I'd like to use with it. I know there are IDE-SATA adapters, but they take up some space, and the fit ...
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Mac Pro 2008 will not boot and no video out

I have a friend with a mac pro 2008 model - which is failing to boot. Windows 7 was the predominantly used OS on it, and she hardly ever booted into OSX Snow Leopard. She did change the graphics ...
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Accessing file shares on other mac on macs with shared connections

It is probably best to first describe the ridiculous network setup I have: I have a time capsule connected via ethernet to my university's network. It is sharing this internet connection with a group ...
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Can I place a Western Digital RE3 WD1002FBYS in a MacPro1,1?

I have a bare WD1002FBYS and am wondering if I can place this into a MacPro1,1 (the first Desktop MacPro).
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How many USB buses do Mac Pros have?

I know how many USB ports the Mac Pros have, but what I can't find is an answer to how many dedicated USB buses they have. Reason being, I'm involved in developing an app that uses 3 Kinects to track ...
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How does OSX assign disk numbers?

I have four drives inside my Mac Pro. Bay 1: /dev/disk1s3 Bay 2: /dev/disk0s2 Bay 3: /dev/disk2s2 (also, my boot drive) Bay 4: /dev/disk3s2 and /dev/disk3s3 How are the disk numbers assigned? If ...
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Suddenly I can only mount one iOS device at a time

I have two USB ports at the front of my Mac Pro. They both seem to be working fine, as I have tested my iOS devices and other hardware on both. The issue is that I can only mount one iOS device at a ...
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Is there a way to install Mountain Lion on a Mac Pro 1,1 2006?

The Mac Pro 1,1 2006 is not officially supported for OS X Mountain Lion, are there any work arounds to get it to work? Your Mac must be one of the following models: ... Mac Pro (Early ...
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How to get 3 1900x1200 monitors working on a 2010 Mac Pro

I have a new Mac Pro with a single ATI 5770 card installed. It has two mini-display ports, and one DVI port I have tried the following configurations: All 3 DVI connections: This results in one ...
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Mac Pro USB ports competing for power?

I have an '08 Mac Pro. If I try plugging in my Belkin N150, it works. Then if I plug in my iPad to the slot beneath it, the wireless kicks out. Then if I plug the wireless back in, they both work. So ...
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Bootcamp won't run on OSX in RAID0

I have my MacPro booting into Lion off a 3 disk (software) RAID 0 array. I want to dedicate a fourth drive to Windows 7 via Bootcamp. However it won't run at all on my system, exiting with a 'RAID is ...
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Mac Pro (Early 2008) periodically crashes in unusual way, requires reinstall

Update 07/10/13: I have traced this problem down to symbolic link corruption. Eventually a symlink in one of the system components (frameworks, etc.) gets corrupted, which could explain the unusual ...
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Lion sleep (or hibernate) closes all applications [closed]

[Disclaimer: I'm not an avid OS X user so I don't probably use the exact terminology or language] I had a Mac Pro with Snow Leopard at work and I usually don't turn it off when going home. The next ...
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Can I hot-plug a DVI monitor in a Mac Pro?

I have a Mac Pro with a DVI display, and I got a new DVI display for it. I want to unplug the (only) display, and plug in the new display to that DVI port. And/or, unplug the existing display, and ...
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Why do Apple's latest MacBook Pros cap the RAM limit at 8GB?

According to apple's latest documentation (at the time of writing), the cap on the newest MacBook Pros is 8GB RAM. The Mac Pros, however, can take up to 32GB RAM. So, why do the MacBooks have this ...
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Dedicate 1 ethernet port on Mac Pro to internal backup volume?

Is this possible? I'm using a Mac Pro as a home (Lion) server, connected via ethernet to a gigabit switch. One internal drive is reserved for network backups from local users via Time Machine. All ...
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Second monitor for 2009 Mac Pro

I have a 2009 Mac Pro with a ATI Radeon HD 4870 (option). It is connected to a 2009 24" Cinema Display. If I want to add a second monitor (non-Apple), what type of monitor/connector/cable do I need? ...
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Bootcamp/Parallels - how to use the the line-out on my MacPro

I have a 2010 MacPro which I'm multi-booting (OS X, Win 7) using Parallels and Bootcamp depending on what I'm doing. I can't see how to change the audio setting so that the line-out on the back of ...
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9 Monitors connected to a Mac Pro

I'm researching the best way to make a 9 monitor video wall (3x3 grid). Anyone have any experience doing this with a Mac Pro? Anyone know the maximum amount of monitors I can hook up to a Mac Pro?
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Mac Pro 2008 OS X 10.6.8 random restarts, grinding HDD

So I've had my Mac Pro since 2008. I currently have OS 10.6.8 on it. In the last week, it has restarted itself twice while I was in the other room. Since I wasn't there, I don't know if there were any ...
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Changing Graphics Card on a 2006 Mac Pro

I have a 2006 Mac Pro running an ATI 1900XT graphics card, but since it is acting as a server (Windows 2008 R2), 99% of the time it's running headless (Remote Desktop does the job) and the graphics ...
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Does the Mac Pro 2008 display memory speeds accurately in System Information?

Can anyone confirm that when a Mac Pro 2008 has 800MHz FB-DIMMs installed it displays the Ram speed as 800Mhz in the System Information and not 667MHZ. I am running OS X Lion.
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Will the Airport Extreme card from the 2006 Mac Pro work in the 2008 Mac Pro?

An Airport Extreme card that claims to work with the 2008 Mac Pro and the card that I am using in my current 2006 Mac Pro. The cards look similar and since the ram is transferable from the 2006 models ...
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Is Thunderbolt backwards-compatible with mini-DP for both input and output?

How compatible or not is the new Thunderbolt connection? If I have a MacBook Air with Thunderbolt, can I use my existing mini-video cable to connect it to a VGA overhead projector? If I buy a new ...
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Sleep mode on MacPro not working after installing a Cinema Display

I am not sure I can connect the two events, but ever since I connected a Cinema display to my 2009 Mac Pro it seems like it is not entering sleep mode after the indicated time has passed. It will ...
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Using the extra SATA ports on a 2006 Mac Pro under Bootcamp

i have a 2006 MacPro (Dual, Dual Core Xeon) which is currently running Windows Server 2008 R2 with Hyper-V. I have read (and checked in my case) that there are 2 extra SATA ports on the mother board ...
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Windows will not boot after a restart of my Mac Pro, only after a cold shutdown and startup

I am currently experiencing a very strange issue regarding booting into Windows 7 64-bit (installed on its own 1TB HDD). If I restart my Mac Pro, hold down the option key, and select my Windows ...
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Is there a way to monitor which disks are spun down in a Mac Pro?

I have an 2009 Mac Pro full of disks, most of them seldom used (boots on a SSD). Is there a way to see which disks are spun down at a given time (currently running 10.6.8)?
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Do Mac Pros use NUMA?

Does Mac OS X make use of NUMA on Mac Pros with two (or more) CPUs?
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How easy is it to buy upgrade/replacement parts for a Mac Pro?

I'm considering purchasing a Mac Pro in order to save money on upgrades in the future. I know how to build my own PC from scratch and I was wondering if I could use the same principles if were to buy ...
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Why won't my Mac Pro wake from sleep at the scheduled time?

I have a 2007 Mac Pro (running Lion) that has been on the same schedule for a long time; it is set to go to sleep at 1am, and wake up at 7am. Recently, it sleeps through its wakeup time. If I press ...
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What can I do to increase the performance of my Mac Pro?

I have a stock early 2007 Mac Pro (8GB RAM, 2 x NVIDIA GeForce 7300 GT (256 MB). It has a RAID0 bootdrive and is running Lion. I've had it for >5years and I really love it. However, recent attempts ...
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Will my Mac Pro be able to run WebGL applications?

I've got a 2007 MacPro, 8GB RAM, 2 x NVIDIA GeForce 7300 GT (256 MB). I tried to look at a couple of Google's WebGL demos, for example this one but am unable to do so because my system is not WebGL ...
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How can I clean left-over files from upgrades from Tiger to Lion?

I've upgraded my system since 2007 (no clean installs). Now that I have Lion installed I was wondering if there are any historic files, plists etc. that I can remove as part of a general ...
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Can I install/upgrade from SL to Lion on RAID0?

I have a 2007 Mac Pro with a 3-disk RAID0 bootdrive. I want to do a clean Lion install on the RAID volume but I'm not sure if there are any known issues with doing this. I seem to remember that last ...
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Mac Pro cd drive stuck open

I just got a brand new mac pro. I opened the cd drive with the eject button on the keyboard, and then went to close it the same way, the cd drive goes in, but the metal gate doesn't come back up. What ...
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With Mac Pro, is software RAID 0 worth it?

Does anyone have any reason to believe RAID 0 is any faster than independent drives on a Mac Pro? I have always run my Mac Pro with all five drives in RAID 0. I recently decided to try out Bootcamp ...
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Mac Pro suffering from kernel panics almost daily

After running flawlessly for 2 years, my 6 Gig Mac Pro has started to suffer a kernel panic about once a day. Nothing really has changed as far as I know. Two details, probably irrelevant, I installed ...
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Can I flash a PC Radeon 5870 for use in a Mac Pro?

I have a Mid-2010 Mac Pro, Single CPU, MC560LL/A. It's equipped with the Apple-provided Radeon 5770. However, I have a Radeon 5870 from my old PC lying around. I know I can't directly use it, but I ...
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Do I need to install the Boot Camp update in Mac OS X and Windows 7?

I'm running Windows 7 on a Boot Camp partition on a 2010 Mac Pro running Lion. Every so often I'm prompted to download and install the latest update to the Boot Camp software under Windows but this ...
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Is a quad-core i5 or i7 27" iMac a viable upgrade from a 2008 2.8ghz octacore Mac Pro 3,1?

I currently have a 3,1 Mac Pro with dual quad xeon CPUs, 20GB RAM, 1TB SSD (8x256gb in two RAID 10 groups), ATI 5770, running Lion. I currently have every DVD and BluRay I own ripped to a set of ...
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How to determine how much RAM I can put in my Mac Pro

I have a Mac Pro 4,1 (Dual 2.66Ghz, 6GB Ram). I want to increase the RAM, possibly adding 8GB to my existing 6GB. The RAM slots are used as follows: SLOT1: 1GB SLOT2: 1GB SLOT3: 1GB SLOT4: OPEN ...
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“Dead Zone” in multiple-monitor configuration

This question concerns a Mac Pro running 10.6 with 2 monitors set side-by-side and configured as one big monitor. Recently I have found that sometimes a "dead spot" appears to my USB Apple mouse in ...
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Monitor remains grey after Apple logo during boot on Mac Pro

The Mac Pro here (2008 model) started acting up as of yesterday during booting - when I turn it on, I hear the typical sound, the Apple logo appears, it disappears.. and the monitor remains in that ...