Mac Pro 5,1 won't boot after update to 10.11.6

Discussion in 'Mac Pro' started by Graham King, Sep 25, 2016.

  1. Graham King macrumors member

    Graham King

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    Oakland, CA
    #1
    I was on 10.11.3 and everything was fine except Spotify causing kernel panics. So I thought I'd update to the latest version of El Capitan. After the apple logo and loading bar, the screen goes black. The white spinning icon appears for a few seconds and disappears and then the cursor appears for a few seconds and then disappears. This just repeats over and over. Booting into safe mode does work and I can log in.

    Apparently others have had this problem. And a simple solution was found. https://discussions.apple.com/message/30612910#message30612910

    So I put my machine in target disk mode and used another computer to delete the recommended folders. Doesn't work for me, same result.

    So I created an external boot drive - a clean install of 10.11.6 on a freshly formatted drive. It boots fine when I try it with a MacBook. But when I try it on my Mac Pro, I get the same result: black screen, spinning white icon. My Mac Pro won't boot with a fresh install of 10.11.6!

    So now I'm updating the external boot drive to Sierra to see if my Mac Pro will boot that. At the same time, I don't upgrade my OS until usually a year after release because I like all the major bugs to be ironed out and all my app compatible. So I really don't want to update my main machine to Sierra.

    Any ideas on how I can boot my Mac Pro 5,1 with 10.11.6? I tried all the usual stuff like repair permissions, reset PRAM, reset SMC.

    Mac Pro 5,1
    GTX 780 flashed by MacVidCards (could that be the problem?)
    32GB Ram

    Thanks for any feedback or ideas.
     
  2. monkeybagel macrumors 65816

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    Your video card is the problem. You need to make sure you are running the correct one for the new kernel included in the Security Update for 10.11.6.
     
  3. h9826790 macrumors 604

    h9826790

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    It seems you get a 780 that required the Nvidia web driver, and must install the correct version that fit your OSX version.

    Did you buy that card from MVC? Or just purchase his flash service? You may contact him and ask for his help.

    And since you can boot to safe mode, I guess that means you can install the Nvidia web driver from there, and then reboot to normal mode.
     
  4. Graham King thread starter macrumors member

    Graham King

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    Thanks for your help guys. I'm kicking myself for not thinking of this before. I installed the new driver in safe mode and booted right up again. Thanks!
     

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