Newer maxpower eSATA

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  1. bjar macrumors regular

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    I have a Newer technologies Maxpower eSATA card in my Mac Pro 5,1. Since installing Mojave any drive connected to it is giving IO errors and the MP will eventually crash. The dock I am using is eSATA/USB 3.0, I don't have any USB 3.0 ports but plugged in to a USB 2 port it does not give these errors. So I am assuming it is the card and not the drive or the dock (Could still be the eSATA on the dock I guess but I don't have a way to test this). Anyone else having these sort of problems with eSATA and Mojave? I have contacted the manufacturer and have not received a response. May be time to put my USB 3.0 card and not mess with eSATA, but last time I had the USB card in it would cause my wireless mouse to stutter.
     
  2. bookemdano macrumors 65816

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    I use a Highpoint eSATA card, the RocketRAID 644LS (well actually the version I have goes to a miniSAS port, and then I have a miniSAS>eSATA breakout cable). It works fine in Mojave from some limited testing. I have no experience with the NewerTech card.

    One note about your mouse problem though. Is your mouse Bluetooth? USB 3.0 is notorious for causing interference with Bluetooth devices. You may be able to help matters by using shielded USB 3.0 cables for anything you connect to the card, and/or routing those cables immediately away from the chassis. You could also look into connecting a larger BT antenna.

    When I added a BT 4.0/WiFi 802.11ac Airport card to my cMP I connected one of the WiFi antennas to the BT connector, which helped my signal strength a lot. The built-in BT antenna is located on the back, right near the PCIe cards, unfortunately. That was a really dumb place for Apple to put it, even setting aside the USB 3.0 issue as most people have their cMP on the floor backed up into a wall.
     
  3. bjar thread starter macrumors regular

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    Yes I was using a Magic Mouse but have since switched to a wireless razer mouse that uses a dongle. So might just try the usb 3.0 again.
     
  4. bookemdano macrumors 65816

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    Yes you should not have interference problems with that.
     
  5. bjar thread starter macrumors regular

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    Thanks!
     

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