Mac Pro 2009 Issues

Discussion in 'Mac Pro' started by milend, Mar 14, 2009.

  1. milend macrumors newbie

    Mar 14, 2009
    Hi all,

    I got my 09 Mac Pro (2.26GHz + ATI 4870) a few days ago and I've noticed a couple of issues.
    - The PSU started to emit a buzzing sound. Should I be worried?
    - Installing the Logitech MX Revolution drivers (LCC) caused the Mac Pro to freeze for 0.5s every like 1-2 minutes while dragging windows. Uninstalling the drivers fixes the issue to some extent
    - I can definitely see occasional stalls / freezes (everything stops). I can't reproduce it but the issue is there. For example, I can just click on a window and if the freeze happens at that point it's like nothing happened so I have to click again (happens totally randomly)
    - Xbench just crashes roughly every 1 out of 3 runs (I run it like 10 times without the Disk Test so it finishes quicker)

    Have any of you run Xbench on the new Mac Pros and found it that it crashes almost 30-40% of the time?

    I'm quite worried that my Pro has some sort of hardware problem (it's also quite noisy). Should I call Apple Care and maybe ask for a replacement?

  2. fabriciom macrumors 6502


    Feb 17, 2008
    Madrid, España
    I most definitely would. With what your paying for that machine I would expect and exchange right away.
  3. amoergosum macrumors 6502

    Oct 20, 2008
    Do others who ordered a new Mac Pro with the ATI 4870 feel the same way?
  4. robinp macrumors 6502

    Feb 1, 2008
    I certainly noticed these freezes occurring when I first got it, but that seems to have stopped now. God knows what was causing it, but overall I'm pretty happy with my machine now (except for some errors I made when moving my user directory over which I am now having to sort out)
  5. Tesselator macrumors 601


    Jan 9, 2008
    I'd be beating on Apple's door the moment I heard the PSU buzz. The other issues just confirm it. And i wouldn't take a warrantee "repair" either! I'd want a whole new machine to replace the lemon I got 1st time around.
  6. milend thread starter macrumors newbie

    Mar 14, 2009
    Can I please ask you to run Xbench and see if it crashes for you (no need to do the Disk Test, takes a lot of time)? Thanks a lot.

    I'm not really sure what to say to AppleCare when I call them up - I just want a replacement unit but they will probably make me go through the procedures and stuff. Also, because the issues occur randomly, I'm not sure what to do if they ask me to reproduce them.

    Has anyone else gotten replacements for their Mac Pros before? The reason I'm asking is because I live quite far away from the nearest Apple Store and I wouldn't want to carry this 20kg computer there on the train (the Pro is custom configured (just change of the gfx card)). Any advice?

    Thank you all for your time,
  7. tsmiller macrumors member

    Mar 13, 2009
    I also had a few freezes when I first set up my Mac Pro 2.26ghz Octo. All seems good now. It was strange, the mouse and keyboard just would not respond. I pressed the power button to sleep, then woke the computer and it started working again.
  8. flashram macrumors newbie

    Mar 9, 2009
    I am seeing some sort of video interference in my display, mostly near the bottom of the image. I connected my Macbook Pro to my LCD using the same cable and it's not there. I have the ATI 4870. I've tried both ports on the video card and I still see it.
  9. jjahshik32 macrumors 603

    Sep 4, 2006
    Man freezing issues already with the new nehalems. I noticed only the 2.26ghz models have the freezing and buzzing issues. None that I heard from the 2.66ghz and the 2.93ghz models.

    Besides the buzzing issues, I wouldn't worry much about the mouse freezing issue, it seems most likely due to drivers issues (only if say you have a logitech mouse with the osx driver installed). But if you have any regular mouse that's acting up and freezing, I would just call up and ask for an exchange for a new machine.
  10. milend thread starter macrumors newbie

    Mar 14, 2009
    The mouse issue is also present in Windows with the Windows Logitech drivers which leads me to believe it's the hardware.
  11. -js- macrumors regular


    Jul 30, 2008
    Southern California
    Logitech Control Center is a known issue. Do not install it. In your case, I'd say to format the hard drive and reinstall the OS, then reimport your stuff, and pay the $20 for Steermouse or get USB overdrive. But do NOT install LCC.

    Then if you still have freezing issues, and the PSU is buzzing, call Apple. Heck, call Apple anyway, but LCC is a bad idea on a Mac.
  12. milend thread starter macrumors newbie

    Mar 14, 2009
    I know about LCC. The issues are present with SteerMouse as well (buzzing and random stall / freeze).
  13. Abidubi macrumors 6502

    Feb 13, 2009
    Where did you get this info? I'm running LCC on my G5 without any problems for the last 2 years? I've ordered a new pro so I'd appreciate a little more clarification since I'd very much like to keep using this excellent mouse.
  14. summitscout macrumors newbie

    Mar 11, 2009
    I am not surprised there are problems with LCC on the new hardware. I've been running it on my G5 for years, but I have had spotty issues with their updates.

    Logitech, like Linksys, has good hardware, but crappy software. Don't hold your breath on Logitech fixing these (right) anytime soon.

    That's a shame because I enjoy my Logitech cordless keyboard with its programmable left-hand scroll wheel and buttons. I guess I won't be adding LCC to my new 2009 MP (at least not until I get a good mirror of the drive.)
  15. flashram macrumors newbie

    Mar 9, 2009
    No problems running LCC here. I have the Wireless Wave Keyboard and Mouse.
  16. Abidubi macrumors 6502

    Feb 13, 2009
    Could you post your system?
  17. jjahshik32 macrumors 603

    Sep 4, 2006
    Ive never had any issues with the logitech LLC drivers for osx tiger or leopard on the 2.8ghz 8 core mac pro, 15" unibody mbp, current mac mini, it's never once crashed, froze, no problems whatsoever.
  18. k2director macrumors regular

    Jan 2, 2006
    I've had a major problem with the current version of Logitech's control panel software. I'm using the MX1100 mouse with a Mac Pro running the latest OS X. My scroll wheel speed settings constantly change when I'm using the mouse---first the mouse will scroll down a page at the appropriate speed, and then it will suddenly forget that setting and start scrolling very slow. This happens in all apps at one time or another. Eventually, the scroll speed returns to its normal settings.

    Apparently, it's yet another bug in the LCC software. Too bad I have to use Steermouse, which doesn't recognize 2 of the 1100's custom buttons.
  19. Macpropro80 macrumors 6502

    Jan 31, 2009
    Um..... apple even came out and said that Logitech drivers were causing blue screens at start up, when OSX leopard was first. I think it might be related.
  20. galstaph macrumors 6502a


    Jul 24, 2002
    The Great White North Eh
    my lcc is working just fine... no issues here.
    only one small issue, happened twice, not sure if it is the gfx card (gt 120) or just an anomaly... while rendering in parallels 4 (which is fast on this thing compared to my mbp) I pushed the display to shaw static, like on a tv when you're not on a channel with signal. This occured today as well when waking from sleep. maybe the video driver is still buggy?
    both times, just a few seconds then back to normal:confused:
    I think I'm going to keep an eye on it and if it persists call apple...
    it has happened twice now since this post... static no signal like screen... both times while waking from sleep... looks like I might have to call apple... any one else experiencing this?
  21. Abidubi macrumors 6502

    Feb 13, 2009
    I guess I'll give LCC a try once my mac pro arrives. I'll probably go a week with the apple mouse to make sure there aren't any pre-existing issues. Then if crap starts happening I'll have a good idea what it is.
  22. barefeats macrumors 65816


    Jul 6, 2000
    I have a 2.26 8-core loaner. It's not given any problems or made any strange noises.

    I did have a problem with Photoshop CS4 which crashes when I run the Lighting Effects filter. I don't know if that's a hardware issue, but I've reported it to Adobe and Apple.

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