2013 Mac Pro and macOS 10.12.4 ??

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  1. richmlow macrumors regular

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    Hi all!


    Has anybody been brave enough to install macOS 10.12.4 (officially released on Monday, March 27, 2017) on their 2013 Mac Pro?

    Any problems?


    richmlow
     
  2. now i see it macrumors 68020

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    Don't do it. Wait at least a month unless you're the type who enjoys visiting Las Vegas.
     
  3. richmlow thread starter macrumors regular

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    I hear ya! =)


     
  4. Rad macrumors regular

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    Just updated to 10.12.4 on my 2013 6-core Mac Pro with D700s and 64 GB RAM. I have two 30" monitors. The resolution of one of the monitors, a Dell U3011 connected with displayport, is now being limited to 1080P max and not the native 2560 X 1600. Rebooted several times with no change. Never had this problem before. Any one else with this unacceptable problem?
    --- Post Merged, Mar 27, 2017 ---
    Fixed it by deleting /Library/Preferences/com.apple.windowserver.plist then rebooting, then pressing the option key when toggling to scaled resolution in the display preferences of the control panel. The correct resolution was now an option. Looks like Apple does not even bother testing updates on the very old yet still new 2013 Mac Pro. Not impressed.
     
  5. poematik13 macrumors 6502a

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    Sierra (and basically any latest version of macOS- always stick to 1 version behind, as it's more refined) is a minefield. I stick to 10.11.6 on my nMP (6c, D500, 32GB, 1TB) and will continue to do so until it stops getting security updates.

    There is literally nothing in new macOS's that is worth jeopardizing your workflow for. 10.11 was worth it just for the 10bit color support, that's it. No reason to update now.
     
  6. filmak macrumors 65816

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    In my case everything went smooth. Nice update, boot rom upgraded too, probably and the GPU's firmware, because after the update for the first time we have boot screens on 4k Eizo Displays (using (DP 1.2).
    I think that 10.12.4 is a rare good update for nMP, after a long long time.:)
    Good luck!
     
  7. richmlow thread starter macrumors regular

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    @filmak,


    That's good to hear! I'm still debating whether I should upgrade to 10.12.4 or wait awhile.


    richmlow


     
  8. Yahooligan macrumors 6502a

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    I did the 10.12.4 update on my nMP (quad-core 3.7, D700, TB display) yesterday and had no problems whatsoever, everything went smoothly and it's been stable.
     
  9. Scary Spice macrumors regular

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    This has been a long time coming but it's a solid release. Upgraded my nMP (12 core, D500, 64 GB, 1TB 2016 high speed drive, 4K display) and it has never run better. Finally 4K boot screens work as designed!

    Only a fool would wait!
     
  10. steve123 macrumors 6502

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    Is it safe to upgrade my nMP to 10.10 yet?


    Just kidding ... I think ...
     
  11. edanuff macrumors 6502

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    It does look like 4K boot screens on the nMP now work. Amazing!
     
  12. poematik13 macrumors 6502a

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    Now I'm tempted to update. Have the GPU drivers been updated? I wonder if they are less likely to glitch now....
     
  13. Yahooligan macrumors 6502a

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    So weird to see so many people having issues with the GPUs. The only issue I had with mine was towards the end of 2015 with the defect that was identified for nMPs built earlier that year. Ever since the GPUs were replaced my nMP has been rock solid with no GPU/video issues.

    Those of you with GPU restart or crashing nMP issues are aware of the warranty extension for the GPUs and have checked to see if yours qualify, right?
     
  14. aedigitaltv macrumors newbie

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    Do you do a lot of 4K editing that actually taxes the nMP and makes it over heat the GPU's? Already had one editing system with D700's replaced a couple months ago. Now we are seeing the same artifacts in file exports a second time and will have to have Apple replace the GPU's a second time under the extended replacement program. I work with multiple nMP's (D500 & D700) and some of them do not have issues when working in HD media, but any of them pushing 4K content seem to have GPU issues. BTW, none of these nMP's are running Sierra yet, still on EL Capitan 10.11.6.
     
  15. Yahooligan macrumors 6502a

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    I do edit 4K, not as frequently as I'd like since I don't shoot much in the bleak winter, but I do other tasks that do exercise them regularly.

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  16. aedigitaltv macrumors newbie

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    Yeah, no fun heading out into the cold if you don't have to. It's one of the tasks that does make it fail for our nMP's. Cranking the fans helps sometimes, but when doing multiple 4K exports, it will tax the system enough even with the fans running full. The editor is having to shutdown after a export failure and let the Mac cool down for 5 minutes, boot up, restart a fresh export. Not a productive workflow. As I've said in other threads, hopefully Apple will deliver some new hardware soon. Otherwise it's a retool of all our hardware to windows boxes for the edit systems... not something I'm looking forward to after being on Apple hardware for years.
     
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  18. Yahooligan macrumors 6502a

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    I hear ya, that would definitely suck to have to make that move. I have AppleCare but if mine develops hardware issues after it expires then I'll either go with a Hackintosh or switch to a cMP like I got my wife. Hopefully it won't come to that and there'll be a decent refresh or redesign for the nMP by then.
     
  19. aedigitaltv macrumors newbie

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    I wish Apple would hear it! Apple's current actions sure don't show it. Another iPad, another iPhone, another watch band. I know plenty of companies in the M&E (Media & Entertainment ) space that are chomping at the bit to upgrade their old Apple hardware.
     
  20. pat500000 macrumors G3

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    Tim has to go. Hes on political campaign.
     
  21. poematik13 macrumors 6502a

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    I had the same GPU issues as most others, D500's would cause kernel panics when waking up from sleep or during rendering in Davinci Resolve. This was in the spring 2015-era bad batch of AMD GPU's (confirmed to me by an engineer assigned to my case)

    They replaced 1 of the GPU's in September of that year and since then it has been running strong. Just paranoid about updating since everything is perfect right now but if 10.12.4 really has mac pro-specific updates in it then I'm going to do it. And I guess now with sierra I can use my airpods too!
     
  22. richmlow thread starter macrumors regular

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    Hi All,


    I took the risk and updated to macOS 10.12.4 on my 2013 Mac Pro. Everything seems to be working with the new update. =)


    richmlow
     
  23. steve123 macrumors 6502

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    Nice.
     
  24. edanuff macrumors 6502

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    Boot screens not completely fixed, you still can't hold down the option key and bring up the drive picker. The monitor will stay dark if you do. The EFI Driver Version on the GPU cards has been updated though, used to be 01.00.687, now it reads 01.0D.687. I think this might be the first update of the nMP GPU EFI Driver since it was released.
     

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