OSX 10.8 and USB-3

Discussion in 'OS X Mountain Lion (10.8)' started by Cactusface, May 8, 2015.

  1. Cactusface macrumors member

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    Hi All,
    I'm newish to Mac and have a Mac Pro 3.1 dual 2.8GHz, etc. The machine came with a PCIe USB-3 card that uses the FL1100 chip and OS Lion which I upgraded to Mountain Lion, from a FREE download site.

    The Mountain Lion I downloaded is just the plant basic OSX 10.8 and from what I read, I need about version 10.8.5 in order to get the drivers, build into that version! But every time I check for updates, it just says no updates available.

    I could go the the Apple store and pay to download Mountain Lion , but will it be the latest version and solve my problem, or do you know a better way, can I just find and download the drivers, and how??

    Any ideas and help most welcome.

    Regards

    Mel.
     
  2. MisterMe macrumors G4

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    OS X 10.8 is free. Yet you downloaded a "version" of it from a software piracy site? Wow!

    There is no need to build your own version of OS X. There is most certainly no reason to install OS X from any source other than Apple.

    According to Mactracker, your Mac Pro can run the latest version of OS X. This is OS X 10.10.3 Yosemite. According to the OS X Mavericks support section, it appears as though you must have OS X Mountain Lion before you can upgrade to Mavericks [or Yosemite]. So the bottom line is: "Yes, you should purchase and install Mountain Lion."

    After that, you may upgrade your OS as high as you want.
     
  3. Cactusface thread starter macrumors member

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    Hi MisterMe,
    But the point is I don't want to go to Mavericks,Yosemite too slow on this machine even using an SSD! I didn't download OSX 10.8 from a pirate site!! not that that is the point!! I NEED OSX 10.8.5 or more to get the USB-3 driver/support. Is this what I will get from the apple store for my £14.95 the latest version of Mountain Lion.

    Why when I check for update do I get told, none are available!! if I am truly running OSX 10.8 and OSX 10.8.x is available??

    Thanks for answering, any other ideas, chaps!!

    Regards

    Mel.
     
  4. chown33 macrumors 604

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  5. TheRainKing macrumors 6502a

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    Mavericks and Yosemite were free, Mountain Lion still costs $19.99
     
  6. Cactusface thread starter macrumors member

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    Hi Chown33,
    Thank you very much for pointing me in the right direction! I downloaded the upgrade and it worked like a charm, now my USB-3 card works, just tried it with 2 different Arduino cards and different programming methods, all OK. Thanks again.

    @TheRainKing, I know that Mavericks and Yosh.. are free, but I don't like them, getting a bit like Windows, bloated with stuff you don't need, this is a computer not an Ipod/iPad or iPhone why would you want it to behave like one!!

    My smart phones not that smart either?

    Thanks all, the problem is solved. ;)

    Regards

    Mel.
     

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