Everything Apple (the Mac heads thread)

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  • Does holding option key then clicking the wifi icon tell you anything? Look for high noise levels, poor transmit / receive levels.

    Assume other devices are fine?

  • other devices (iOS, android, windows) seem fine...

    it's not so much the wifi signal, just internet access. connection to the router doesn't (appear) to drop andat all other times connection and speeds are ok

  • Ipad Mini 4 Cellular 64GB

    Still available?

  • Two problems I’ve had recently. I use a saatchi hub thing to connect two monitors to my MacBook Pro and when it’s on low battery they often fail to connect. Is this a likely hypothesis? Annoyingly, it also doesn’t like charging through the hub when the battery is low.

    Secondly, my water bottle leaked in my bag last night and the screen has become a little fucked. Is this ever going to go? Everything else seems to be okay at the moment - except the touchbar...

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  • I've been using my free Mac Pro 5.1 for a bit now and it's been pretty good for my purposes. Could do with a little bit more grunt so I reckon I'll upgrade it a little.
    An SSD to run OS and apps off, some RAM, USB 3 PCI card and a new graphics card will probably do the trick, but what graphics card please?
    My budget for that would be around £150ish, so something like this?

  • Saved this from when I upgraded my graphics card so I could update to Mojave

    Mojave will only install if you have upgraded your BootROM and your Mac Pro have a Metal capable GPU.

    If you are trying to install Mojave on a Mac Pro 5,1 (2009 updated to 5,1 firmware, 2010 and 2012), you have first to upgrade your BootROM to version MP51.0089.B00 and to High Sierra 10.13.6, then you can install a Metal capable GPU and install Mojave.

    Remember: Apple Mojave recommend RX-560/580 cards do not have Mac EFI, so you need to install your original EFI GPU to upgrade your BootROM to MP51.0089.B00 using the Mac App Store 10.13.6 full installer. After that, Mojave installer can upgrade your firmware without the need of a Mac EFI GPU and requires that you only have Metal supported cards installed in your Mac Pro.

    The Apple third-party graphics cards list identifies specific cards that are compatible:

    • MSI Gaming Radeon RX 560 128-bit 4GB GDDR5
    • SAPPHIRE Radeon PULSE RX 580 8GB GDDR5

    These three cards have Mac EFI.

    • SAPPHIRE Radeon HD 7950 Mac Edition
    • NVIDIA Quadro K5000 for Mac
    • NVIDIA GeForce GTX 680 Mac Edition*

    These ones might be compatible, none of which have Mac EFI:

    • AMD Radeon RX 560
    • AMD Radeon RX 570
    • AMD Radeon RX 580
    • AMD Radeon Pro WX 7100
    • AMD Radeon RX Vega 56
    • AMD Radeon RX Vega 64
    • AMD Radeon Pro WX 9100
    • AMD Radeon Frontier Edition
  • Is there a good reason to buy a MacBook Air 2019 via the official Apple refurbished store - rather than get it from one of various sellers that offer a brand new one for the same price or even cheaper?

  • I'm already running 10.13.6 / bootROM MP51.0089.B00 so presumably I can just chuck, for instance, a Sapphire Radeon RX 580 in there and go.

  • Thanks @ObiWomKenobi for the sale of this big Mac screen, just the job!

  • I went the safer route and brought a second hand Radeon 7950, which is working fine currently, as I didn't want to do any fiddling, just wanted plug and play..

  • what riddling would I need to do to use a non-Mac EFI card though? If I understand correctly, I’ve already done the fiddling so can just pop one in? Or would I have further fiddling with future os updates?

  • Sorry to say I have no idea, you’ll have to speak to someone with more experience than me.

  • I think so yes... I think the Mac efi is only needed to get the bootloader screen, so long as you’re not dual booting you’ll have no issues. I may have a spare rx560 and/or Vega 56 if of interest.

  • Ah ok, and as long as I hold on to the current card, I can always just whack it back in if I ever need to.

    Definitely interested, yes. Drop me a pm if you turn something up?

  • The Apple refurb store is a good place to find upgraded spec configs (e.g. larger SSDs) that don’t exist in other channels.

    I’d be pretty suspicious of stuff about these other sellers, whoever they might be. Apple is pretty strict about who they sell new stuff through, and are a big target for fraud and scams.

  • Thanks for the thoughts, yea seems like a good idea to get the higher spec configurations from there.
    I just need a base model though; here in Germany this is €1250 from Apple, €1060 from Apple refurbished - and you can get a new one sealed in box for around that price (and not talking about dodgy online shops you have never heard of before but big chains like what John Lewis is in the UK).

  • Do you have Media Markt etc in Germany? I usually find these chains keeps their prices 10% ish below apple. You’ll still get all apple warranties etc (double check that though)

  • Yea, we have them, and also a few others that are focused more on computers and focused more on apple even - and indeed they are usually quite a bit cheaper (prices change a lot these days with 'special deals' and whatnot), but are quite low for the 13" Airs and Pros as I guess they're aware that new models will be here soon..

    The warranty situation is more complicated here in Germany (and less in favour of the buyer, compared to the UK, from what I've read in this thread) - we only get one year of guarantee from the manufacturer, so Apple in this case, meaning you should approach them directly if there are issues in the first 12 months (go to the Apple store no matter where you bought the device), and then there's a 24 month warranty (by law) situation which is quite complicated in real life scenarios (after 6 of the 24 months you, the owner, essentially have to proove to them (the seller) that the device was faulty when you got it).

  • Sounds like the same setup we have here in Sweden.

    I bought my mac mini direct from apple as I wanted some upgrades, but the MBP before that I got from somewhere else and save £2-300 iirc with no difference in warranty etc

  • Got em both kicking about whenever you need em...

  • Ace - have PMed

  • I have an almost BNIB one but it’s 60W.

  • so close. Thanks for responding

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Everything Apple (the Mac heads thread)

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