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PostPosted: Thu Aug 10, 2017 5:54 am 
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From Craigslist:

"I'm selling a Mac Pro in excellent condition. It has been flashed to 2,1 and upgraded with dual quad-core 3.0GHz cpus and 32GB RAM. It is running MacOS 10.11 El Capitan, and comes with a USB installer for Lion as well. $150"

https://rmn.craigslist.org/sys/d/8-core ... 95415.html

Sounds attractive to me given that a quad core 2.5GHz 2012 mini with 16 GB RAM runs around $600 on Ebay. I know this MP is an older model but seems fairly capable. I am a bit puzzled about it running El Capitan. Everymac.com has it listed under http://www.everymac.com/systems/apple/m ... specs.html and says it can run a max. of Lion, though some have hacked the installer to run Mountain Lion. That's still a few steps to El Capitan.

The main drawback is it's like an hour's drive from me, so I really have to want to have it.


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PostPosted: Thu Aug 10, 2017 7:23 am 
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Hmmm, Apple disagrees with EveryMac...

OS X El Capitan - Technical Specifications
General Requirements
OS X v10.6.8 or later
2GB of memory
8.8GB of available storage
Some features require an Apple ID; terms apply.
Some features require a compatible Internet service provider; fees may apply.
Mac Hardware Requirements
For details about your Mac model, click the Apple icon at the top left of your screen, choose About This Mac, then choose More Info. These Mac models are compatible with OS X El Capitan:

MacBook (Early 2015)
MacBook (Late 2008 Aluminum, or Early 2009 or newer)
MacBook Pro (Mid/Late 2007 or newer)
MacBook Air (Late 2008 or newer)
Mac mini (Early 2009 or newer)
iMac (Mid 2007 or newer)
Mac Pro (Early 2008 or newer)
Xserve (Early 2009)
Feature Requirements
Handoff and Instant Hotspot
Supported by the following Mac models:

MacBook (Early 2015)
MacBook Pro (2012 or newer)
MacBook Air (2012 or newer)
Mac mini (2012 or newer)
iMac (2012 or newer)
Mac Pro (Late 2013)
Handoff requires an iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch with a Lightning connector and iOS 8 or later.
Instant Hotspot requires an iPhone or iPad with cellular connectivity with a Lightning connector and iOS 8.1 or later. Requires Personal Hotspot service through your carrier.

Phone Calling
Phone calling requires an iPhone with iOS 8 or later and an activated carrier plan.

SMS
SMS requires an iPhone with iOS 8.1 or later and an activated carrier plan.

AirDrop
AirDrop between Mac computers and iOS devices is supported by the following Mac models:

MacBook (Early 2015)
MacBook Pro (2012 or newer)
MacBook Air (2012 or newer)
Mac mini (2012 or newer)
iMac (2012 or newer)
Mac Pro (Late 2013)
AirDrop to iOS devices requires an iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch with a Lightning connector and iOS 7 or later.
AirDrop between two Mac computers is supported by the following Mac models:

MacBook (Early 2015)
MacBook (Late 2008 Aluminum or newer)*
MacBook Pro (Late 2008 or newer)*
MacBook Air (Late 2010 or newer)
Mac mini (Mid 2010 or newer)
iMac (Early 2009 or newer)
Mac Pro (Early 2009 with AirPort Extreme card, or Mid 2010 or newer)
Time Machine
Requires an additional hard drive or AirPort Time Capsule (sold separately).

Metal
Supported by the following Mac models:

MacBook (Early 2015)
MacBook Pro (Mid 2012 or newer)
MacBook Air (Mid 2012 or newer)
Mac mini (Late 2012 or newer)
iMac (Late 2012 or newer)
Mac Pro (Late 2013 and newer)

Sounds like a steal ! :)


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PostPosted: Thu Aug 10, 2017 12:02 pm 
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Everymac has it listed as being introduced April 2007 but ElCap requires early 2008 or later. Under the OS section they say it can run 10.8 if you do an unofficial installation method, so maybe somebody came up with later methods too and Everymac hasn't updated. I read the ML installation method and it is pretty involved.

Edit: I'm guessing somebody came up with a hack for El Cap but Sierra Patch tool definitely excludes the MacPro2,1.


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PostPosted: Fri Aug 11, 2017 1:00 am 
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You can install 10.11 using a certain method on the original MP1,1/2,1 and even 3,1. It can't be done the traditional "apple legit" way, but it is possible and it does work.

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PostPosted: Mon Aug 14, 2017 3:34 pm 
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2009-2012 are the same motherboard with different CPUs, you can turn a 2009 into a 2010 by flashing the 2010 firmware onto the motherboard and then putting 2010+ CPUs into the MP. At that point it becomes a 2010 and you can treat it like one.

Earlier than 2009 there's quite a bit of hackery involved to get them going. I have a couple 1,1s still tromping around my workplace that are overdue for retirement. They've only held out this long because they didn't need an internet connection. I honestly don't know what this place is going to do with them, without hackery they can't run anything newer than 10.7. I'd rather spend my time futzing with the couple 2009s.


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PostPosted: Thu Aug 17, 2017 6:30 pm 
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I emailed the person about it but never got a reply and now it is gone from CL.


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