USB not working on Mac Pro 2006/7 - Yosemite

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  1. 3001vinny macrumors newbie

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    Hello,

    I originally posted in the "2006/2007 Mac Pro (1,1/2,1) and OS X Yosemite" mega thread about the USB ports stopped working since upgrading to Yosemite and i was given some advice. Unfortunately, after trying it didn't resolve the issue. I didn't want to keep spamming the original thread so i though i could post a new one (if that's ok).

    Before the upgrade the USB ports were all working fine and as soon as yosemite was installed they all stopped. Hennesie2000 kindly posted some things to try - repairing permissions and try booting with kext-dev-mode=1. But unfortunately that didn't work.

    I looked at System Information and under the USB bit it has the below details. I don't know if it's meant to be like that(?)

    Also this is on a Mac Pro 1,1 but it's been upgraded to a 2,1. The board ID is F4208DC8

    I did try and search for people with similar issues but there wasn't any real fixes. A few people who had a similar issue with USB stopped working with Yosemite had reset the NVRAM and it resolved the issue, i tried that but it didn't work, and i also reset the SMC but that didn't work either.

    Also, i noticed this happened when i briefly had Mavericks installed but i had to revert back to lion because i had the standard Graphics card in, i now have the ATI 5870 card installed.

    Sorry for the wall of text.

    Thank you,
    Vinny
     
  2. crjackson2134 macrumors 68020

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    Can you boot to another OS or OS X version to verify if the hardware itself is working?
     
  3. 3001vinny thread starter macrumors newbie

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    I'll try that now and report back!

    (can't believe i didn't think to try that before)
     
  4. 3001vinny, Mar 12, 2015
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    I've just loaded Lion and the USB ports do work. I checked in System Information and it displays the same information, albeit in a different order.

    One thing i forgot to add in the original post was that when i was booting with Yosemite and i had my phone connected in it pinged to say it was charging. This happened from the chime, then as soon as the apple logo with the loading bar appeared it stopped charging.
     
  5. crjackson2134 macrumors 68020

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    Yosemite does have some issues with USB at times (the infamous Disk not ejected properly error). I'd try again from scratch using a spare HD. See if you can get them to work with just a basic install.

    BTW, my iPhone does that too. I try not to have it connected to the computer to avoid this.
     
  6. 3001vinny thread starter macrumors newbie

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    Thanks, i'll try.

    I only ever connect my phone to transfer data.
     
  7. 3001vinny thread starter macrumors newbie

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    Right, i've just done a clean install of Yosemite on a different HDD and the same is happening.
     
  8. crjackson2134 macrumors 68020

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    I don't know where to go from here regarding the internal ports. Hopefully someone with an older Mac has the answer.

    As a bandaid measure, you could install a compatible PCIe card and gain USB 3.0.
     
  9. 3001vinny thread starter macrumors newbie

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    What is the difference between a normal usb 3 and a mac compatible usb pci-e card? Can you recommend one?

    Also, if anyone else has any ideas what the problem could be i would greatly appreciate it.

    Vinny
     
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    crjackson2134 macrumors 68020

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    The drivers I would guess, also different USB hardware controllers.

    Read through this thread and see what you find.

    Also, I wonder what other users are doing. Are they facing the same problems when putting Yosemite on an older machine? I haven't heard much noise about that, but then again I don't normally pay that much attention to the goings on where the older machines are concerned as I started with a 5,1.

    Could it be that it has something to do with the method of the install? I would seek out the help of others on the original thread where you got the install instructions. If anyone has knowledge of this issue, you'll likely find them in that thread. I'm just guessing and trying to help since you're not getting much of a response. I'm sure there are MANY people here with greater technical knowledge than I, who could enlighten you on the issue. If I were you, I'd seek them out in the original thread.
     
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    Issue ended up being an old WiFi card that needed to be removed.

    Both Airport slot and BT connector are wired on USB bus, so future folks who find this thread should look to those.
     
  13. 3001vinny, Mar 16, 2015
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    Thank you :)

    Edit:

    The wireless card that was in the MP that caused the conflict is

    Model No: AR5BXB6
    Serial No: 6F74506X3U4GA
    AP ID: 001CB3B1B9D5
     
  14. rkep01 macrumors newbie

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    Thank you MacVidCards. Changed out the old wifi card(it was the same model # as 3001vinny's) and voila! All the usb ports are now working and wifi is back. I've been working on this for several days now to no avail until I happened upon your post. It's funny though, if I booted up using Lion, all usb ports worked. Booting from Yosemite, none of them worked.
     
  15. Ih8reno macrumors 65816

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    I had the same problem with my 1,1 pro. I'm using a usb wifi dongle now. May I ask which wifi card you installed?
     
  16. rkep01 macrumors newbie

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    I don't remember what the model number was, but is was an Apple branded card. I bought mine on Ebay back during 2012. I went back in my purchase history to see if I could find a record, but it only goes back to 2013. They're not expensive. Here's a link to an Ebay page of Apple wifi cards. http://www.ebay.com/sch/i.html?_from=R40&_trksid=m570.l1313&_nkw=apple+mac+pro+wifi+card&_sacat=0.
     
  17. meet.nick macrumors newbie

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    My USB port were not working too on a Mac Pro 1,1 with Yosemite and I did as MacVidCards suggested. I removed the wifi card and all the USB ports are fine now. Thanks a lot MacVidCards!
     
  18. ActionableMango macrumors 604

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    I know Yosemite is not for 2006/2007, but nevertheless it's disappointing that an Apple Airport card would break built-in Apple USB ports due to an Apple OS update. It's the sort of thing I'd expect only from third party products.
     

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