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  2. Disk Permissions won't repair

    You know it's interesting too that none of the startup shortcuts are working. Command R just boots normal, no recovery mode. Holding down D at start up does not take me to the diagnostic app. This is the second old Mac I have had this with in the last month. The other was a Mac Pro 1,1.
  3. Disk Permissions won't repair

    it is just somewhere around $200 to replace the whole thing…
  4. Disk Permissions won't repair

    Our guess was wrong. Any drive internal to the computer cannot have disk permissions fixed or be formatted. If I take the exact same drive and mount it externally it can be formatted. I fear there is something wrong in the controller on the motherboard and my poor computer has met end of life. I welcome any other things I should try.
  5. Disk Permissions won't repair

    yes. putting an SSD in a Mac of any age makes it into a different Mac. the boot up time will got from minutes to undo 20 seconds. every time I had a employee complain about a slow Mac then demanding a new one I put a SSD in the what they had. and every time the bitching about slow stopped.
  6. Disk Permissions won't repair

    You think an SSD will make much of a speed difference in a 2008 MacBook Pro?
  7. Mac Pro 1,1 Hardware Test?

    if I was committed to Pro Tools for making money I would get a running rig and then NEVER change or upgrade it. there is not that much advantage in new hardware considering the cost to move to current. the idea is that I want the center of the studio to just work. turn it on, capture audio, mix it, or send the capture to someplace else that needs the file. it does not need to surf the web, it does not need to get an OS update ever again, and who cares if it doesn’t 64 bit. last I checked audio does not care. and never will. the only thing it has to run is Pro Tools. I looked on craigslist. there are many 1,1 Mac Pro machines listed selling for a few hundred dollars! run it with a Digi 003 from the same era. although that part of the hardware will cost 4X more. but look what you get compared to other stuff from today for the same money. you could watch for deals picking up a spare(s) for the future to keep it running for a decade.
  8. Disk Permissions won't repair

    the hard drive is done. replace it with a new SSD. this will make that Mac new again.
  9. Who do you contact when Apple Pay doesn't work at retailer?

    Hi, been listening to your comments regarding Apple Pay and one of the weird things I have been experiencing with Apple Pay in the UK is that since around the time of 10.2/10.3 there have been glitches that were not there before. Specifically what's happening is that the connection to the reader and I get the notification to my phone telling me the charge has been made. However, despite what I see on my screen, the sales person says the transaction has not gone through, which in the early days of this happening, resulted in arguments between the sales person and I, with me saying I had been charged. Now I realise that there is a glitch in the system and I honestly tap my phone back on the reader and leave it longer and this now seems to work. Now this slow process seems mostly in retail environments and there is no logic as to why some work quickly and others do not. Railway ticket gates work like lightning on Apple Pay so I'm presuming it's the retail devices that are not equipped to take full advantage of the speed that Apple Pay can work at. However, there are times now when it just feels more secure and safer to use the debit card and tap and pay with that. Would like to add that at no time was I doubly charged so at least the bank or the Apple Pay system seems secure at this point.
  10. I have never had this and Adam if you have an answer this may be good for the show. I have an older 2008 MacBook Pro running 10.11.6. It started acting weird about a week or 2 ago. Ran real slow at times, longggg boot ups and eventually wouldn't boot. I got it to boot by holding down the power button a really long time. However it still runs slow. Very slow at times. I went to Disk Utility and tried fixing Permissions. It gets to one point and freezes. The progress bar stop just over half way and freezes there. I don't think it's just slow because I haver left it for 5-6 hours with no progress. I reinstalled the system and got the same result. Booting in Recovery Mode and and running Disk Utility shows everything ok. Any thought on what to do when good utilities go bad?
  11. Mac Pro 1,1 Hardware Test?

    Never could get to hardware test. We were trying to just do a test a an old 1,1 we had bought. It boots and runs so I guess we'll just go with that. The other options you listed are better choices except for the fact that this is used with an old ProTools audio system. If we changed from the 1,1 model it kicked off about $20,000 of upgrades. We'll just keep our finger crossed.
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  13. Mac Pro 1,1 Hardware Test?

    what are you wanting the "hardware test" to reveal? maybe you are using it to as a pre-sales tool to verify "all is working." otherwise, if it boots then all is well. and if it does not turn on the problem is likely the power supply. the 1,1 2006-2007 Mac Pro boxes are very inexpensive to replace via the used market. but even with the hacked EFI loaders the life of decade old mac is waning. granted, a tricked out OCTO will outperform a brand new i7 Mac Mini for half the cost. and you can chose your GPU to make Premiere Pro glow. literally, as the box uses 600W of power!
  14. iMovie for iOS: Projects not in iTunes Backup?

    https://support.apple.com/en-us/HT207428 the way that reads to me is that the back up is not really a backup. more like a "backup of the things that 94% of l)users have complained about losing so we back that up unless they keep saying no for some reason."
  15. So I have an iMovie for iOS question I'm hoping to get some help on. Apple replaced my daughters iPhone recently and we restored everything from backup. So far it looks like everything restored EXCEPT her iMovie Projects. We have all the videos and source files, but NONE of the projects are there. She stored the project file locally on the iPhone (not on iCloud Drive). I have looked through the entire backup file using iMazing and I can see nothing that indicates where the local iMovie projects are stored. It's not a devastating loss for just annoying. At this point I just want to make sure I'm not missing something. Seems like if you want to keep your iOS iMovie projects (and back them up) you have two options. 1) Store the project files in iCloud Drive or 2) Export the project files from iMovie to iTunes or iCloud Drive manually. They are NOT backed up automatically iniCloud backup nor are they backed up if you do an iTunes backup. Does this seem correct?
  16. Mac Pro 1,1 Hardware Test?

    Option D didn't do it. Some good info in that GitHub link though. Thanks!
  17. Mac Pro 1,1 Hardware Test?

    AHT might not be installed: https://github.com/upekkha/AppleHardwareTest
  18. Mac Pro 1,1 Hardware Test?

    Option D maybe. https://support.apple.com/en-us/HT201257
  19. Mac Pro 1,1 Hardware Test?

    Long time no see folks. Hope it's still a little active here. I am working on an old Mac Pro at a recording studio. It's a Mac Pro 1,1 with 10.5.8 on it. I cannot get to a hardware test for it. I looked online and it seems I need a system disc and hold down the D key. I put a 10.5.1 disc in the drive, held down the key and nothing. Just boots as normal. Any ideas?
  20. Start up MacBook Pro 2011

    Greetings, Yes, the hard drive cable was the problem. [I bought a replacement cable on eBay.] It took me some extra courage to open it up, but the hard drive is safely back in my Macbook Unibody. [The original, expensive silver case.] This is the video explanation and detailed fix. [~ Note: Part 1 only...] A Special Thank You goes out to: ~"Sttrek341" & MacCast Admin "King Mac Geek" for their responses~
  21. Convincing employer to introduce Macs at work

    I broke up a very long thread that I wrote to make specific points about Macs being a better ROI not so much. if it is YOUR money to spend then you watch over how and what that money is spent on. I would rather have employees have better a chair, mouse, and keyboards then to spend it on CPUs that they will lose, spill water on, or intentionally break because they want a new box.
  22. Convincing employer to introduce Macs at work

    Malware. draconian IT rules about using company computers is a must. such as, "don’t surf PRoN on this machine.” it also means that users are Users not Admins. they cannot add or delete apps in their day to day unless they are a Developer who usually always know better. as email is the most used vector my company email server is aggressive about SPAM. and my work policies about employees using their address are specific. no, I cannot stop them from doing stupid but I can point to policy when a computer gets PWND. and then say, "told you I did. don't do it again!"
  23. Convincing employer to introduce Macs at work

    group writing with Word on Windows works. it just does not work the same way on the Mac version. if I ever have to work with a client who has a document that links into an Excel spreadsheet the only way to work on that is in Windows if the document lives there. otherwise there is a 100% chance that all the links will be broken when the document returns to them.when there is a properly set up server binding a bunch of Windows machines together on a network that is marvelous as well. Server on a Mac has been ignored for too long. using it always felt like a second step child compared to other Mac software. why is Time Machine to a network drive is a joke to this day? the solution to the suck? putting hard drives on employees desks then reminding them to plug in once in a while to maintain a current image. except those drives ALWAYS got used for everything else. and not used for back ups.
  24. Convincing employer to introduce Macs at work

    batteries are a problem on new Fruit Co products. I replaced a battery in a MacBook Air that was half glued in. if you have a iPad with a dying battery good luck. hopefully you bought AppleCare. but nobody does that for iPads.
  25. Convincing employer to introduce Macs at work

    one of the problems that I had with “artists” is that if I put an iMac in front of them they bitched because it was not “pro” enough. put a Macbook Pro there with a 24” screen on the side that frankly was less powerful but they were happier because of the airquotes pro in the name. mind set. ugh. perception. if I built a box from parts specifically with that artist in mind then I’m not only a hero in that person’s mind but I’m spending a lot less money. and I get to pick the GPU! which is important because Adobe supports significantly more GPUs on Windows compared to Macs. if After Effects, Premiere, and Photoshop are your tools you will find more performance there compared to Macs. on a Mac you have to edit the .plist to enable unsupported cards. but you need to check what does work before purchasing one. oh wait, to run a modern GPU in a Mac means you are buying a 4 year old Mac Pro that costs <$1500 used or you are buying an un-upgradeable “trash can” Mac for even more. granted that old Mac is still breaking records in the Price / Performance curve compared to a say a same cost Mac Mini or most priced MBP but that isn’t a surprise when you have 12 cores compared to 4. software costs are identical. compare this to that. there is not difference in Adobe software. or Microsoft. Affinity. support in general for Macs is mostly miss these days. in reading the discussion forum provided by Apple 90% of the posts are “me too, I have that problem. how do you solve it? help me!” it’s maddening. “have you tried zapping the PRAM?” that never works. “did you rebuild the permissions?” that never works. “did you…” Window 10 support seems to be moderated better. last year when upgrading several machines I had one that was stuck. a search revealed my problem without a lengthy “me too…” the post read, “disconnect the second hard drive temporarily. you can use the BIOS or remove it or the cable. and reinstall.” success! which seemed stupid that an installer could not deal. but whatever, I had an answer and a working machine 34 minutes later.
  26. Convincing employer to introduce Macs at work

    to follow up on my “training is key” comment, I filled out the rest of my thought. long ago my business was largely run by Macs. with the exception of the accounting computers. those have always been Windows because accounting software on a Mac sucks. all of the “money” people I have ever worked with used Windows. so QuickBooks running on Windows saved a ton time in a decade. the biggest problem there was getting Windows to print to a network printer. but that was solved by getting a better printer. the TCO of Macs being cheaper is now a myth. there was a time, a very long time ago, when I could make a case for TCO for Macs being a better proposition. but that has equalized. Windows based computers are much cheaper. they are more repairable. and there are machines that are made with supporting a group of people more easily. like being about to swap a hard drive from a borked to a working machine by undoing a single screw. repair costs for Macs are dramatically more compared to more generic hardware. replacing a borked MacBook Pro screen out of warrantee using Apple as the service can cost between $500 - $900 depending on the Mac and it’s age. remember that new MacBooks are unrepairable by anyone except Apple. read iFixit for the details about that. this means that AppleCare is a requirement for any MacBook purchase which adds $250-$350 to the cost of each Mac. there are perfectly workable computers that sell for what AppleCare costs. meaning when an employee breaks, loses, gets stolen, or pours a glass of water on the replacement cost is not going to break the bank. that Macbook Pro all decked out will fund EIGHT of those machines. one versus eight. I will take eight. or spending a little more money gets a better machine. especially if you forgo laptops for desktops. it is pretty amazing what $600-800 will buy.
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