Turning a 2009 4,1 Mac Pro into a 2010/2012 5,1 Mac Pro – 2021 Edition

Turning a 2009 4,1 Mac Pro into a 2010/2012 5,1 Mac Pro – 2021 Edition

Reading Time: 7 minutes Hanging out in the various Facebook groups and other communities, I rarely run into anyone anymore that has a 2009 4,1 Mac Pro that still runs the stock firmware. But there are many Mac Pro users that are not aware of those communities or of the upgrade potential and possibilities for their Macs. They don’t see this kind of information on a daily basis like this geek. I took this knowledge for granted, forgetting there’s a whole world of people…

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3D Printing and one often overlooked, ignored or misrepresented problem

3D Printing and one often overlooked, ignored or misrepresented problem

Reading Time: 6 minutes In the last week of 2020, I took up a new hobby; 3D Printing. Prior to receiving the printer, a good two weeks of non stop research was done looking into almost all aspects of 3D printing and I learned a lot. This research definitely saved me a good amount of time once I received the printer and apart from some calibration issues, I was printing good looking stuff after about a week. One of the things I researched were…

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Troubleshooting – Part 1

Troubleshooting – Part 1

Reading Time: 4 minutes Basic troubleshooting has become a lost art it seems. What used to be the first things people tried when running into computer trouble is now an “oh, wait, I should try this!” step after all else has failed. Looking to get people back into the art of troubleshooting, I decided to start a series, aptly named: “Troubleshooting”. This is Part 1 of… unknown. I’ll keep adding parts until I run out of ideas. New parts may come out at any…

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It’s that time again! The 2021 PPC Challenge

It’s that time again! The 2021 PPC Challenge

Reading Time: 3 minutes Well to be more precise, it’s the 2021 68K & PPC Challenge now. The rules and more info can be found on the Mac Yak website here but it’s quite simple (and always has been): Use your eligible Mac as your daily driver for a week, as much as possible. Mac, Macintosh or Apple Clone only. Mac OS, Linux, your call. No virtualization or emulation of an OS. People are already sharing what their setup is going to be on…

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Early Access – Reviewing the CPB CP300 repair heat plate

Early Access – Reviewing the CPB CP300 repair heat plate

Reading Time: < 1 minute Hello generous donor! This is an early access post for my latest video; Reviewing the CPB CP300 repair heat plate. More and more of my clients are asking me if I work on iPhones and iPads, mostly glass replacements for physical damage. I’ve been happily staying away from phone and tablet repairs for a few years now but if there is a demand, I should get back into it. Since I last worked on phones and tablets, the hardware has…

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The importance of planning ahead

The importance of planning ahead

Reading Time: 5 minutes Earlier today, Karen Haslam wrote an article for Macworld UK titled “Don’t bother trying to update to Big Sur if you have a 128GB Mac“. If you haven’t read it yet, do that first if you want, so you’ll know what I’m referencing in this article. I have several objections about the statements made in Karen’s article and will cover some of them but there is a larger takeaway I want to give you as well. Let’s dive in. In…

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A bit about S.M.A.R.T. Status

A bit about S.M.A.R.T. Status

Reading Time: 7 minutes Part of a conversation between me and my neighbor this week: Me: “Sounds like the drive is failing, have you checked the S.M.A.R.T. Status?” Him: “What’s that?” Being a geek and neck deep in various tech projects every day for the last two decades it’s sometimes easy to forget there are people out there that may have never heard of something I take for granted. Sure, readers of this blog are probably pretty in touch with their inner geek but…

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Check your backups!

Check your backups!

Reading Time: 3 minutes Yes, you’ve heard me say this plenty of times if you know me. I keep repeating it because it’s THAT important! Today I was going through my ridiculously, insanely large stash of backup discs to check for disc rot (we’re talking optical media here) and data integrity. This is something I try to do twice a year but usually end up doing just once a year because it takes up a few days time. What does this process entail? •…

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The differences between the 4,1 and 5,1 Mac Pro

The differences between the 4,1 and 5,1 Mac Pro

Reading Time: 6 minutes My apologies, sometimes I take certain information for granted. When I see people on facebook and other forums ask “what’s the difference between 4,1 and 5,1 Mac Pro?” or “Can I use a 4,1 CPU tray in a 5,1 Mac Pro” I think to myself ‘this is common knowledge, isn’t it?’. No, it’s not. Even in 2020 (and years to come) there will be plenty of people that first get started on upgrading an older Mac Pro or maybe even…

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Power Macintosh G3 poster restoration – grab it!

Power Macintosh G3 poster restoration – grab it!

Reading Time: 2 minutes While rummaging through old Apple Resource CD’s I found a really cool poster from Apple (pdf). Unfortunately the image is looking absolutely terrible! Here’s a screenshot of the original PDF and a detail 100% zoom shot: And at 100%: The text is crisp but the image is garbage! And this is on Apple’s official, original, marketing materials CD from 1999! So I started restoring it. I have some high quality photography from other sales and marketing discs and found the…

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