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Old Jan 18th, 2018, 02:31 PM   #1
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Arrow MacPro 2006 with CPU upgrades - not working

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$100 + shipping

NOT WORKING

Machine quit after a reboot and now will not start. No sounds or lights at all. I suspect the power supply. Was previously working reliably, daily.

Originally a 2006 "MacPro1,1" model. I upgraded it many years ago with two Xeon quad-core X5355 2.66 GHz CPUs. Thus it is an eight-core machine. OS X identifies it as a "MacPro2,1" model. I used it for years as my desktop machine then as a server running Linux.

"About This Mac" reports the following

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Model Name:	Mac Pro
Model Identifier:	MacPro2,1
Processor Name:	Quad-Core Intel Xeon
Processor Speed:	2.66 GHz
Number Of Processors:	2
Total Number Of Cores:	8
L2 Cache (per processor):	8 MB
Memory:	12 GB
Bus Speed:	1.33 GHz
Boot ROM Version:	MP21.007F.B06
SMC Version (system):	1.7f10
Serial Number (system):	RM7290VEUQ2
Hardware UUID: 00000000-0000-1000-8000-0017F207EB48
Included:
  • Original GeForce 7300 GT video card
  • DVD drive
  • 12 GB RAM
  • Airport wireless module installed
  • Bluetooth module installed
  • 4 empty hard drive sleds

No hard drives, no keyboard, no mouse

This machine is 64 bit but Apple gave it a 32 bit firmware so that is the best that OS X will support. The highest version of OS X that will run with the 7300 GT video card is 10.6.8. Debian Linux, however, can run the machine in full 64 bit mode. (Which is how I was using it.)

Will ship to any Canadian address at buyer's expense. Reply with your postal code for a shipping cost.

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Old Jan 19th, 2018, 11:21 PM   #2
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The highest version of OS X that will run with the 7300 GT video card is 10.6.8....
I wish I had known this before I screwed around with Lion!
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Old Jan 20th, 2018, 10:28 AM   #3
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I wish I had known this before I screwed around with Lion!
It was an arbitrary, forced-obsolescence decision by Apple. The machine can be hacked to fool higher versions of OS X to run. Easier, however, is to install a newer, off-the-shelf video card and run Linux. (Or keep the old 7300 card if using the machine for server duty, as I did.) The machine is (was) still very capable and, ironically, runs the newest versions of Debian Linux better than old versions of Apple's own OS X.

I used the machine daily as a server until it quit a few days ago.
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As always did you replace the little clock battery? I have seen many different varieties of Apples paralyzed by those little batteries.
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Old Jan 21st, 2018, 11:23 AM   #5
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It's a good machine--I still use it for video conversions. I was just furious that the switch to Lion forced me to swap video cards with another box so I could downgrade.

One of the more valuable components of your box is the drive sleds--try to buy them aftermarket for under $100.

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It was an arbitrary, forced-obsolescence decision by Apple. The machine can be hacked to fool higher versions of OS X to run. Easier, however, is to install a newer, off-the-shelf video card and run Linux. (Or keep the old 7300 card if using the machine for server duty, as I did.) The machine is (was) still very capable and, ironically, runs the newest versions of Debian Linux better than old versions of Apple's own OS X.

I used the machine daily as a server until it quit a few days ago.
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