I'm getting ready to replace my 2009 Mac Pro, and I have just about decided to get a retina 5K iMac. The only place where it doesn't measure up to how I currently use my Pro (and would continue doing with a new Mac Pro) is in external display support. Right now I have two monitors on my desktop for work, and an old TV on the opposite side of my office for streaming stuff to. The current Pro runs all this just fine, but it appears the iMac is limited to one external display. [more inside]
I have a 2006 Mac Pro 1.1 (specs below the fold) which I understand can't be upgraded to current OS versions without a CPU replacement. I'm not sure if I can replace the CPU, or if that would even be sufficient to upgrade to a current Mac OS. How hard would it be to change the CPU, and what is my best option if I can't / won't change it? [more inside]
Why do people spend $4,000 or more on a Mac Pro? Who are those people and what do they do with the machine? [more inside]
I am adding an SSD as a boot drive in my Mac Pro. I am comfortable installing it, and intend to clone the existing boot drive onto it with SuperDuper! However, I'm confused about how and WHEN to move my documents, iTunes library, etc. in the process. Can you help? [more inside]
I've retired my old Windows laptop and sprung for a new Mac Pro Retina with a 13.3 screen. It is gorgeous and fast. But my experience with Apple is limited to using an Itouch and Ipad 2. Is there a great detailed Pro Retina for Dummies guide, or especially great website for navigating what this machine can do? And what apps or tricks or tips would be especially helpful to install or learn as I explore this machine? Many thanks, all you Mac users.
How can I best share a monitor, keyboard and Magic Trackpad between a Mac Pro and a MacBook Pro? [more inside]
I use a mid-2009 Mac Pro for photo editing / cataloging in Lightroom. Performance has been increasingly unsatisfactory. Looking for your advice re: upgrades to the Mac Pro, or perhaps getting a new Macbook Pro. Specs inside. [more inside]
Refurbed Mac Pro or new 21.5 inch iMac w Fusion drive? [more inside]
Is it possible to downgrade the SMC firmware on a MacPro? Or is there some other way to fix a fan speed problem which was introduced by updating the firmware? [more inside]
Can I just take the guts out of my old Mac Pro and put them in my new Mac Pro? [more inside]
What's the best way to get an internet connection on my first generation Mac Pro? [more inside]
Why does my Mac Pro beep very occasionally? [more inside]
Will my 2008 Mac Pro benefit from a video card update? Which cards can I use? [more inside]
So I work in a non-profit (education-centric) and I've been asked to put together a new Mac system to help me in my video editing work. I also need to archive 20 years' worth of videos and keep them safe. I could really use your help! [more inside]
I'd like to replace the nVidia GeForce 7300 graphics card on my 2006 Mac Pro with something better. Unlike this previous AskMe, I don't need a current-generation card, nor am I doing heavy-duty video. In fact, I'm hoping to spend $50- $100, which presumably implies buying an older card on eBay. What would be the best bang for the buck in that tightwad pricerange?
when starting up my 5 year old macpro, grandprix flag style graphics have appeared. Could this be a warning of graphics card failure? it is not N vidia so will be costly. The hard drive also needs replacing so is it worth the gamble on such an old model?
I'm a sysadmin for a small nonprofit. It's a mostly-mac shop, about 30 users and 4 servers. It's a pretty nice gig, but I'm largely flying solo on a lot of things, so I come to the hive mind asking what other "Mac Guys" are doing. [more inside]
Help me come up with best Mac based server and backup solution for a small business. [more inside]
I now own a MacBook Pro 17". And now I have some questions relating to MacOS and Windows 7, hardware upgrades and getting Applecare-on-the-cheap. [more inside]
Tell me what internal hard drive to buy for my Mac Pro. [more inside]
MacBook Pro owners... tell me all about owning a MacBook Pro 17". Pros, cons and people suffering from buyers remorse all welcome. A bunch of questions are inside. [more inside]
When I shut my Mac Pro off for a few hours and turn it on, it does not recognize my internet connection. I am having trouble diagnosing the problem. [more inside]
Trouble reinstalling BootCamp Manager in Win XP SP3. Error 2753. [more inside]
OK, so my new Mac will arrive next week. Can power users fill me in on best practices for setting it up? [more inside]
I'm thinking of getting one of the new desktop Mac Pros recently announced. I'd like to both run Apple's OS X and also use Boot Camp to run 64-bit Windows Vista on it. The question is: will I be able to use the Mac Pro's keyboard and mouse with Vista? Will I be able to use an Apple Cinema Display with Vista? [more inside]
I'd like to get one of the new Mac Pros, mostly for use in digital photography. But which one? [more inside]
Can I edit in HD on the latest Macbook Pro without losing my mind? [more inside]
It's time to get a new computer. I'd like some kind of Mac. What's the smart thing to buy? [more inside]
For some reason, my MacBook pro suddenly won't let me use standard shortcuts- i.e. cntrl-x for cut, ctrl-v for paste, etc.- on any program, including MS Word and web browsers. [more inside]
MacPro Leopard 10.5.2, Problems with the Quadro FX 4500 card. It has dual DVI ports. It'll run 2 DVI devices when it's DVI to DVI, but it won't run the same two screens if they go via VGA (both DVI ports having a DVI to VGA adapter). The second port (port 2) has the screen detected in the Displays System Preferences but the screen never lights up. Yes, I know all about DVI extenders, etc; I need the VGA to work.
MacPro for a Windows User: Please help me plan my new MacPro that can ease me from my Windowsean ways and meet my eccentric needs about dual-booting and hardware disk mirroring. [more inside]
Can a MacPro have an iSight camera? As a desktop computer it only can use an external monitor, and Apple's external monitors don't have iSight built in. The clincher is that Apple doesn't sell iSight cameras any more, separate from the ones built-in to MacBooks. So how can a MacPro connect to an iSight?
Questions about importing video from various sources into Final Cut Express HD (note: not Pro!) in order to get live render ability... [more inside]
Help me configure a MacPro for uncompressed HD video capture/editing [more inside]
I just got a Mac Pro and I have questions about upgrading the hard drives, video card, and Bluetooth. [more inside]