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What do people use Mac Pros for?

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]
posted by StephenF on Jul 7, 2014 - 26 answers

Moving to SSD, moving iTunes, overthinking beans

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]
posted by Admiral Haddock on Apr 4, 2013 - 4 answers

Looking to do ALL the things with new Mac Pro Retina 13.3

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.
posted by bearwife on Mar 12, 2013 - 9 answers

KVM for MBP and Mac Pro (DVI and Mini Displayport)

How can I best share a monitor, keyboard and Magic Trackpad between a Mac Pro and a MacBook Pro? [more inside]
posted by Joleta on Feb 23, 2013 - 16 answers

Speeding up Lightroom on Mac Pro

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]
posted by Admiral Haddock on Feb 20, 2013 - 12 answers

Refurbed Mac Pro or new 21.5 inch iMac w Fusion drive?

Refurbed Mac Pro or new 21.5 inch iMac w Fusion drive? [more inside]
posted by Hobbacocka on Nov 20, 2012 - 3 answers

Mac Pro fan speed problems caused by firmware update

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]
posted by ook on Aug 6, 2012 - 5 answers

Mac brain transplant

Can I just take the guts out of my old Mac Pro and put them in my new Mac Pro? [more inside]
posted by stewiethegreat on Aug 5, 2012 - 6 answers

Internet Connection for Mac Pro

What's the best way to get an internet connection on my first generation Mac Pro? [more inside]
posted by kirkaracha on Jan 25, 2012 - 10 answers

Why does my Mac Pro beep?

Why does my Mac Pro beep very occasionally? [more inside]
posted by mark7570 on Dec 20, 2011 - 8 answers

Will my 2008 Mac Pro benefit from a video card update?

Will my 2008 Mac Pro benefit from a video card update? Which cards can I use? [more inside]
posted by Caviar on Dec 12, 2011 - 9 answers

Calling all Storage Ninjas!

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]
posted by mordecai on Oct 17, 2011 - 4 answers

Help Me Play Portal On My 6-Year-Old Mac Pro

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?
posted by yankeefog on Jun 28, 2011 - 7 answers

repairing 5 year old macpro

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?
posted by King_Wang on Feb 3, 2011 - 2 answers

Lighting the Mac-Signal

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]
posted by Oktober on Jan 19, 2011 - 5 answers

Help me come up with best Mac based server and backup solution for a small business.

Help me come up with best Mac based server and backup solution for a small business. [more inside]
posted by jesseendahl on Dec 2, 2009 - 12 answers

More MacBook Questions

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]
posted by Effigy2000 on Nov 11, 2009 - 19 answers

Tell me what internal hard drive to buy for my MacPro.

Tell me what internal hard drive to buy for my Mac Pro. [more inside]
posted by Joleta on Oct 17, 2009 - 24 answers

Help Me Learn More About the MacBook Pro 17"

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]
posted by Effigy2000 on Oct 1, 2009 - 37 answers

Why won't my Mac Pro recognize my internet connection

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]
posted by helios410 on Aug 5, 2009 - 6 answers

Help me close this can of worms!

Trouble reinstalling BootCamp Manager in Win XP SP3. Error 2753. [more inside]
posted by siclik on Jun 16, 2009 - 1 answer

New Mac Setup

OK, so my new Mac will arrive next week. Can power users fill me in on best practices for setting it up? [more inside]
posted by Admiral Haddock on Apr 17, 2009 - 16 answers

64-bit Vista on Mac Pro?

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]
posted by richg on Mar 30, 2009 - 13 answers

Need Mac Pro Advice

I'd like to get one of the new Mac Pros, mostly for use in digital photography. But which one? [more inside]
posted by Admiral Haddock on Mar 17, 2009 - 12 answers

Should I downgrade to a laptop or keep the 8-core?

Can I edit in HD on the latest Macbook Pro without losing my mind? [more inside]
posted by phaedon on Mar 2, 2009 - 5 answers

What Mac should I buy if I want to play games on it for the next 3 years?

It's time to get a new computer. I'd like some kind of Mac. What's the smart thing to buy? [more inside]
posted by so_necessary on Sep 30, 2008 - 15 answers

First They Came For The Keyboard Shortcuts, And I Did Not Speak Up, Because I Was Not a Shortcut

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]
posted by foxy_hedgehog on Sep 6, 2008 - 9 answers

MacPro Dual DVi->VGA problem with the Quadra 4500

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.
posted by Towelie on Apr 10, 2008 - 1 answer

MacPro for a Windows User

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]
posted by hincandenza on Mar 17, 2008 - 15 answers

How to get an iSight on a MacPro?

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?
posted by mark7570 on Aug 8, 2007 - 11 answers

Amateur Editor Needs Tech Assist

Questions about importing video from various sources into Final Cut Express HD (note: not Pro!) in order to get live render ability... [more inside]
posted by Asparagirl on Apr 26, 2007 - 2 answers

Configuring a MacPro for uncompressed HD video capture and editing

Help me configure a MacPro for uncompressed HD video capture/editing [more inside]
posted by dbolll on Mar 1, 2007 - 11 answers

Questions About Upgrading a Mac Pro

I just got a Mac Pro and I have questions about upgrading the hard drives, video card, and Bluetooth. [more inside]
posted by kirkaracha on Sep 15, 2006 - 15 answers

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