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    MacPro3,1 Mysteriously Restarts -- Solved!

    Since pulling those two RAM sticks, the spontaneous restarts have not recurred, even after reinstalling all the funky USB devices. Ran all day yesterday in MacOS. After cooling all night, booted into...
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    MacPro3,1 Mysteriously Restarts -- Bad RAM

    Progress? Maybe! I never trust a solution until the computer has run without trouble for a few days, but…

    After pulling one matched pair of RAM sticks, the Mac booted without any spontaneous...
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    MacPro3,1 Mysteriously Restarts -- Restarts Upon Being Used

    Thanks, M.Brane! Not what I had hoped to hear, but, yeah; maybe my Eternal Mac shall not last forever.

    "At this point I would try a clean install of the OS. If that doesn't solve it then you know...
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    MacPro3,1 Mysteriously Restarts -- A Problem in Hardware

    After shutting the MacPro3,1 off and allowing it to cool all night, I booted it directly into Windows 10 this morning. It spontaneously restarted after only a few minutes. With the same issue...
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    MacPro3,1 Mysteriously Restarts -- Now at Any Time!

    I left the computer running for a few hours, and returned to find the login screen, meaning it had restarted. So, updated situation: It restarts repeatedly and frequently when booted from cold, and...
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    MacPro3,1 Mysteriously Restarts

    My venerable MacPro3,1 running El Capitan often suddenly shuts off to a dark gray screen, and then immediately restarts. Often, this is a double-restart, with the second following the first...
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    sparsebundle is the type of file recommended for backups by SuperDuper.

    Older versions of MacOS Migration Assistant would restore from a disk image, but High Sierra will not (did I recall...
  8. Migration Assistant Won't Assist After Fresh Install

    I erased the hard drive on my MacBookPro7,1, and installed a clean copy of High Sierra. Then, I opened Migration Assistant, and tried to move the data from a sparsebundle on my MacPro3,1 to the...
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    Confirming Bad USB Port

    One last discovery: Now that I finally have a USB dongle that is known to be good with my OS, I can confirm that the second of the three USB ports on the back of my MacPro works intermittently. Put...
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    Backward Compatibility of Not So Universal Serial Bus?!

    Curious whether I understand this… The dongles that do not work with El Capitan may require USB3.1 drivers, which Apple just happened to leave out of El Capitan, yet which exist in older operating...
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    Finally, a Solution! A Better USB Dongle Works.

    I've learned more about this problem with USB dongles, and finally have a solution. To recap the problem, My MacPro3,1 and MacBookPro7,1 both run the same version of MacOS El Capitan (10.11.6), but...
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    Security of Older Versions of MacOS X

    As I understand it, after however many years, Apple stops posting security updates for older versions of MacOS X. I need to run some older software on Mavericks, because the USB drivers for its...
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    Problem Found in nsUSB

    Well, there ya go! Booting into MacOS Mavericks 10.9.5 solves everything with this simulator! Both dongles work, and there is no problem switching between them. This suggests that the newer versions...
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    USBust

    I'll be away for a few days, so the project is on hold until I return. Will also ponder buying new drives then. Amazing how cheap they have become.

    How intriguing, that USB, across the ages and...
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    Different USB Drivers in Different OS Versions?

    The simulator's author says that different versions of MacOS have different USB drivers, that may or may not play nicely with different models of Mac, and which may especially be a problem when...
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    Gremlins in the Machine

    One last detail suggests Gremlins in the machine. After the clean installation of the OS on the boot drive, and migration of all the apps and data to it, upon moving to a new bay, it first booted,...
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    Can Bad PCIe Bays Run Some USB Devices, But Not Others?

    Is it plausible for a PCIe bay to go bad in such as way that, when the OS is booted from the bay, USB keyboards and mice work, but the USB dongle for connecting the radio transmitter to the simulator...
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    Complications Narrow the Problem

    As stated before, with the boot drive completely wiped and a clean MacOS installed, the flight simulator software still can not receive signals from the USB dongle connecting it to the transmitter...
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    Failure!

    Mysteries abound. I wiped the boot drive, passed a surface scan 100%, clean installed El Capitan (the newest OS this old Mac runs), ran Migration Assistant, and, having seen how well the update to...
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    Clean Installation Fixes the USB

    Sure enough, running the simulator from a clean installation on an auxiliary disk fixed the problem! After installing the simulator, the USB dongle worked perfectly, the first time, no problem....
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    Yet To Try…

    > Have you tried an fresh OS install?

    I actually have a clean install made as a test months ago for something else, but never used after, so it is fresh. I'll install the simulator there, and try...
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    "Terminating" Failed

    Thanks, Marrand;

    That would have been a neat bug with a neat fix, had it worked on my Mac! "Terminating" the USB bus with a USB memory stick made no difference.

    Could it be possible that,...
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    An Insoluble Mystery?

    "Frugal Idaho" -- Brilliant! If it wouldn't ruin the localness, and you'd not mind spreading your knowledge, would you consider affiliates? "Frugal Maine" could be an equal success!

    The trouble...
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    Sonnet Card Does Not Help

    An intriguing strategy, and admirable to shift the model in a changed world. What will constitute "local?" Would caring about what the Gurus offer, supporting the work with purchases, and...
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    No Change Under Sonnet USB

    That's bizarre, yet I think I understand what you are saying. With Amazon and eBay all selling every bit of hardware ever manufactured, there is no hope for success in competing for the same sales....
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