So, are you a little bummed that OS X 10.8 Mountain Lion isn’t going to run on your 32-bit Intel Mac? Well bucker-up, little buckeroo, ‘cause it turns out that there may be hope for you yet, courtesy of the “Hackintosh” community.
Mac user “Jabbawok” managed to piece together information from various forums and other postings on the Web to put together his own step-by-step method for installing Mountain Lion on his MacPro1,1.
Even though this would indicate that—to at least some extent—that Apple’s model cutoff was somewhat arbitrary. Even so, the article itself indicates that older graphics cards will cause kernel panics, which means anything other than a Mac Pro will likely not work, since you can’t upgrade the graphics.
Of course, while we commend Jabbawok on his resourcefulness and clear explanation of what each step entails, we’re not endorsing, advocating, or have even personally tried this method of bringing Mountain Lion to machines that Apple doesn’t support.
We just thought you’d find it interesting; use the information at your own discretion.
Wednesday, July 18th, 2012 | Author: OWC Larry
Here at OWC, we’ve been talking a lot lately about the MacBook Pro with Retina display (which will hereafter be referred to as the rMBP). We’ve investigated the quality of the Retina display and how non-optimized graphics look. We’ve even attached multiple monitors to it, just to see what happened. Our research supports that this laptop was designed for professionals and does give us a truly remarkable, super-high-resolution screen. Yet with all Apple gives us in this machine, they leave one area to be desired—upgrade opportunities.
With the creation of the rMBP, Apple also focused on making the whole unit thinner. The result? Less expandability, which could affect the needs of many professionals.
On modern OS versions, and for modern apps, the base 8GB can be a little less than optimal for a “pro” machine. This leads many people to upgrade to the 16GB at an extra $200. Whether 8GB or 16GB is the chosen factory option, if that soldered-in RAM is outgrown, the user has to buy a new MacBook, rather than upgrade the one they have.
As Mac users, we have a few options—accept the options that Apple offers, or buy the minimum configuration and upgrade it with third-party offerings later. Unfortunately, it seems as though the latter option is slowly being taken away from us. What began with the MacBook Air is now present in the rMBP; our options for expansion after purchase have been largely removed. Article Continues…
Wednesday, June 20th, 2012 | Author: OWC Andy
Recently, we’ve seen an increase in calls from bewildered Mac Pro users wondering why the Memory Slot Utility keeps appearing at start-up, even if they haven’t upgraded their memory.
Normally, this dialog box only shows up after you’ve changed the memory configuration in your Mac Pro. Apple has been silent as to the reason(s) why some users have this dialog pop up every time they restart, while the vast majority of users do not.
Until Apple releases a fix, we’ve identified two methods to keep this message from appearing each time the computer boots.
Method 1: Removing the Property list.
- In the Finder, open a new window.
- Either hit Command-Shift-G or select “Go to Folder…” from the Go menu in the menu bar.
- In the box that pops up on the Finder window, type in: /System/Library/CoreServices/
- Locate “Memory Slot Utility.app”, right-click on it and select “Show Package Contents”.
- In the new window, open the Contents folder and move the “Info.plist” and the “version.plist” files to another location, such as the Desktop.
- Close all the open windows and reboot the computer.
In effect, this disables the Memory Slot Utility until an OS update is run. At that time ,the update will most likely rewrite both files and the message may reappear. If it does, simply repeat the steps.
Method 2: Booting with Root User activated.
This method is the preferred way to go, as it does not disable the Memory Slot Utility, but many users are not enthusiastic about activating a Root User account. As long as these instructions are followed to the letter, there is little chance that any problem could arise.
- Select “System Preferences” from the Apple menu.
- In 10.7 and later, choose “Users & Groups”; for 10.6.x and earlier, choose “Accounts”.
- Click the lock in the lower left corner and authenticate with an “Administrator” username and password.
- Select “Login Options.”
- Click the “Edit” or “Join” button next to “Network Account Server” (it may be one or the other, depending on your system’s setup).
- Click the “Open Directory Utility” button in the lower left of the dropdown window.
- The Directory Utility window will open. If the lock in the lower left corner is closed, click on it to open and enter an administrator account name and password to unlock.
- Go to the Edit menu and choose “Enable Root User.”
- Enter the root password you wish to use in both the Password and Verify fields, click “OK”.
- Restart the computer and log into the newly created Root user just one time. The message may or may not appear, if it does click OK. In OS 10.8 you will see an option for “Other” at the login screen. Select this, the user name will be root and the password is what you chose earlier
- Restart the computer and log into your normal user account and you shouldn’t see the message any more.
At this point, you can disable the Root user account. Go through the same steps above, except that for Step 8, select “Disable Root User” instead.
Once you’ve done that, your Mac Pro will be ready to use without the annoying pop-up!
Thursday, June 14th, 2012 | Author: OWC Grant
Though unmentioned in the WWDC Keynote and all but lost in the Retina display euphoric afterglow, the Mac Pro did get an upgrade in the form of a processor bump and a price drop. Now, the entry-level Mac Pro sports a 3.2GHz Quad-Core processor and 6GB of RAM for around $2500, which is both about 400MHz faster, approximately $500 less expensive, and features twice as much memory than the base option offered previously. Many authorities consider the sweet spot to be the 3.33GHz 6-Core model, which is available as a custom option.
So long as you’re not thinking of it as “new” , but rather a “refresh” of the 2010 model line (which many will say it is), it’s fair to say the base speed/price adjustment represents a better value than the 2010 Mac Pro you could have bought a month ago.
However, that doesn’t change the fact that its been far too long since the last update. Considering how long this Mac Pro configuration has been in service and the technological advances since it was introduced, many Mac Pro users took this lack of an actual hardware upgrade as a slap in the face. These users are often professionals with heavy data processing needs. To them, having an “update” without the speed/expandability of USB 3.0 or Thunderbolt, much less relying on out-of-date processor technology, is ridiculous. As a result, there was a huge outcry by pro users over yet another “snubbing” of the Mac Pro from the upgrade cycle - so much so that even Apple relented and took down the “New” label off of the Mac Pro page.
If your business is in need of new Mac Pros and you were holding out in hopes of a refresh, you have several options. You can upgrade your current machines, buy the latest “refresh” machines, or continue to wait until an all new Mac Pro platform comes along, which Tim Cook has confirmed to be some time in 2013 .
However you decide to proceed, OWC has the upgrades that can help boost an existing or “refreshed” Mac Pro’s performance right now to levels that might just meet your all your needs. Article Continues…
Every year, Apple has its conference focusing on Developers across the globe; appropriately called the World-Wide Developers Conference. Generally, it’s a showcase for Apple’s new technologies and software, with a focus on programming for Mac OS X and iOS. While there have been a number of hardware releases at WWDC over the years, including the Xserve, the iSight camera, and the original Mac Pro, the focus has generally been on software; in recent years, iOS has predominated the scene, with OS X taking a bit of a back seat.
This year, though, Apple is rumored to be putting a big focus on hardware by refreshing a large portion of its product line all at once. Here’s a quick rundown of what’s speculated to be making an appearance. Article Continues…