3rd party USB driver

Discussion in 'Mac Pro' started by spin498, Aug 17, 2016.

  1. spin498 macrumors member

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    Recently purchased a Mediasonic pcie 3.0 Type A usb card, from Newegg. Newegg claims the card will work in OS X 10.8 or higher with native drivers. It doesn't. I have since discovered that this is Newegg's claim, nowhere on Mediasonic's site or even on the box, does it say this card HP1-U34F, is compatible with OS X.

    However, did some reading and some say all these cards run NEC chipsets. I can't seem to find out if this is true of this card or not. What has me curious and annoyed is that I used TonyMac's mutlibeast for El Capitan to install 3rd party drivers. After that install completed 2 of 3 external drives showed up. I tried to reboot the system to see if I could get the 3rd drive to mount. After reboot none were visible. Someone in another thread indicated that their system would not show anything under USB but did show the drives under Storage. I now have the opposite situation in About this Mac the USB field not only shows the card, it identifies, correctly, all 3 external drives. So, I'm confused as to why the system log identifies them but neither disk utility or Finder will.
     
  2. ActionableMango macrumors 604

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    Sorry I can't help troubleshoot. I don't know anything about hacks and multibeast.

    But nevertheless, I'd return the card and get an appropriate one. Even if you get this one working I feel there is the potential for future headaches. Cards with NEC chipset often don't get driver updates for newer versions of OS X, or get them late.

    There are some recommended cards in the thread in my signature.
     
  3. spin498, Aug 19, 2016
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    Well, I'm not sure if it makes a difference, but, my machine is not a hack. It's a genuine Mac Pro 1,1 running a modified boot.efi. I used the Multibeast program because I was getting frustrated. I remain frustrated. My question regarding the Multibeast install, was basically how would it get the card to work temporarily?

    Info on useable cards is all over the map. I checked out your guide earlier, but it goes back to 2012 and is 70 pages. Can you point me to the page where it or, is the front page info current? I see you modified the post in Apr.
     
  4. ActionableMango macrumors 604

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    Yeah there is a lot of old information in that thread, but the front page is up to date as far as I know.

    I don't know anything about modified boot.efi or how that might affect USB 3.0 cards or drivers. I don't remember anyone reporting incompatibility with the Fresco Logic chipset cards and a 1,1, but for all I know nobody with a 1,1 has tried one yet.
     
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    I was check hardware status on my HP Compaq and realized I'd installed one of the 3.0 cards that ran natively in El Cap so I swapped them around, now I have functioning 3.0 usb in both machines.
     

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