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Is 64GB the max amount of memory for an Apple computer?

Depends what you mean by "current". The discontinued Xserve range of Apple servers maxed out at 96GB (although Apple only claimed 48GB). More currently, the answer continues to be Yes and No. Yes, ...
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What macOS version should I upgrade to on my mid-2010 Mac Pro?

According to everymac.com, the latest version of macOS for your Mac is Mojave (10.14.X). However, according to this Apple article, you need to first be running at least High Sierra (10.13.6). You will ...
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Disable SIP without recovery mode

Edit: to answer your actual question, you can't do it from anywhere except Recovery Mode, so anything you do must be done from there. Tested on a similar 4,1 upgraded to 5,1 [but I have a flashed ...
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My Desktop folder is missing from favorites menu and also from Finder Preferences.

I'm assuming by your Favorites menu you mean in the Finder's Sidebar? To rectify this: Go to Finder Select Finder > Preferences Click on the Sidebar tab Make sure the Desktop checkbox is ticked Exit ...
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MacPro3,1 (2008) upgrade from El Capitan to Catalina with no success

Personal opinion...Don't even try it. The last officially-supported OS on the 3,1 is El Capitan. You can get the 3,1, 4,1 & 5,1 to Catalina, if you upgrade the firmware & video card, but the ...
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How to open Internet Recovery on Mac Pro 1.1?

A Mac Pro 1,1 is too old to have Internet Recovery - 2006. Internet Recovery wasn't introduced until mid-2011. You will even struggle to boot it from USB, you may very well have to get a CD/DVD ...
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Compare between Apple Mac computers

Apple's official website has a compare section for Macs where you can compare between three different models of Mac simultaneously. You can access it by going to the following link: https://www.apple....
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Shift+3 returns £ sign instead of # sign

The keyboard is working as designed for Apple. If you want to use the keyboard as normal the # is given by Alt-3 I found this annoying as well and the way I get round it is to change the input ...
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Disable SIP without recovery mode

This blind method worked for me: In order to disable or enable SIP (System Integrity Protection) without being able to see recovery mode and launch the terminal, you can use single-user recovery mode ...
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From Hackintosh to Macintosh

Like all the comments say, "install macOS fresh." What you are doing is taking a VW based dune buggy and trying to turn it back into a VW Bug. It will be both quicker and easier to to boot into ...
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Taking the front fans out of an Mac Pro Early 2008 to clear out the dust?

There is only one screw holding the main pair of front fans in the Mac Pro 3,1 - but the assembly itself must be pulled square towards you, as it's slotted... and can be a bit resistant to being ...
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Is it possible to use screen sharing without the remote screen being visible?

There are three solutions that I know of that allow you to "black out" the remote screen so that uses cannot see what you are doing: Apple Remote Desktop (ARD). Cost: $79 TightVNC. Cost: Free for ...
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Mac Pro 1,1 running any kind of latest version of macOS

It sounds like you have a mac pro 1,1 like mine with Quad core 2.66GHz processors. It is correct about the 32 bit EFI on these systems but there is a workaround with a re-written bootloader for the ...
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MacPro3,1 (2008) upgrade from El Capitan to Catalina with no success

According to everymac.com, the newest OS X/macOS for a MacPro3,1 is El Capitan. Unless you using some third party software in a effort to upgrade to Catalina, you should expect to fail.
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My Desktop folder is missing from favorites menu and also from Finder Preferences.

You probably have selected the option to have your Desktop and Documents folders appearing on iCloud. This is an "either or" option, i.e., if you selected that in the iCloud section of your computer ...
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I reassembled a Mac Pro A1186 and have extra parts left over. What do they go to?

I'm posting this as a pure guess, just so I can add a picture... The underside of the drive bay has a lot of screws like the ones in your picture, & also the pic shows one of many areas, under ...
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What macOS version should I upgrade to on my mid-2010 Mac Pro?

Don't upgrade the Mac Pro. It is currently 11 years old and cannot run the current stable OS, which means security updates simply won't come. Instead sell it to an Apple collector (yes they exist) ...
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Three-finger trackpad gesture on Mission Control and Expose not working in my Mac Pro

I had the same issue on macOS Catalina (and I had it on macOS Mojave as well. The problem with Mission Control was the reason I upgraded), but it turns out it was Mission Control that not worked (...
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Disable SIP without recovery mode

It is possible to boot into Recovery with Single User Mode. To do this: Hold the Option (⌥) key during initial boot to get to the Startup Manager. While holding Command (⌘)-S, select the Recovery ...
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I want to upgrade the hard drive in my Mac Pro 1,1 2006 2x2.66GHz Xeon

Acquiring Snow Leopard 10.6 Should you need the physical disk, you can order the Snow Leopard 10.6 installation disk directly from Apple, from this page: http://www.apple.com/shop/product/MC573Z/A/...
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Mac Pro trashcan as file server for 60+ users

You should reconsider a NAS because using a Mac Pro is complete overkill when a NAS will do exactly what you want including sync to public cloud services like DropBox, OneDrive, Box.net, etc. I am a ...
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Taking the front fans out of an Mac Pro Early 2008 to clear out the dust?

That is a first generation (case) Mac Pro. With questions like these it is a good idea to include a picture that shows what you are doing. That said I found repair guides on iFixit.com for that ...
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Where can I buy a replacement Mac pro 2013 SSD drive?

Unfortunately there are still very few, very expensive options because of the proprietary interface. Your best bet is to go with an external storage option using USB 3.0 or Thunderbolt. However, if ...
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Is it legal and "workable" to use a Mac Pro as a thin server for Mac OS?

Can you use VNC (or ARD or some other remote desktop software) to remote into a server to do development work? Short answer is "yes." However, it is a royal PITA. I use VNC to administer my OS X ...
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What are the hardware requirements for Hypervisor.framework?

Apple's documentation for the Hypervisor framework (https://developer.apple.com/library/mac/documentation/DriversKernelHardware/Reference/Hypervisor/index.html) mentions that the processor needs to ...
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Problem Installing Boot Camp Windows Partition on new Mac Pro

@manuignatius and @Andrew Swift are correct. I had to install windows 10 on the newest MBP(15, 2018). Tried everything from other threads nothing and almost all version of versions of windows isos, ...
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Mac Pro + 50” 4K Ultra HD LED TV as monitor -- Best graphics card?

TL;DR: Don't get a TV, get (almost) whatever graphics card you want Using a TV as a monitor Let's start with this issue. There's nothing inherently wrong with using a TV as a monitor, but it's ...
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Latest OS X I can install on Mac Pro 3,1

The Mac Pro 3,1 [Early 2008] Can quite happily run the current OS X - at time of writing El Capitan 10.11.3. I have one here running just that. As of Sierra, 10.12, the above still remains true, yet ...
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Random Untitled Folders Appearing

Ok so I finally figured out the issue (at least for me). It turns out that some games when you have multiple monitors do not use true full screen and so right clicking can create accidental new ...
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Disable SIP without recovery mode

By experimentation I just discovered that it is possible to reboot holding Command-R-S and this will enter a single user recovery mode (combination of Command R for recovery and Command S for single ...
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