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  1. Problem Solved!

    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...
  2. 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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    Sonnet Arriving Soon

    Thanks again, Rick. I have always loved that the Gurus will recommend whatever is best, even if they do not sell it! I'm a sentimentalist who takes pleasure in seeing integrity in this world.

    I...
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    Incompatible USB Chips?!

    Thanks to both of you. RickS, I always appreciate how the Gurus never guess, but only state what has been tested and proven, except when one might have a hunch on a fix. Uncle Mac, that's a keen...
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    Problems with USB Hardware?

    For some years, I have questioned whether the built-in USB ports on my MacPro3,1 may not be functioning quite properly. This has extended through several updates and reinstallations of MacOS, leaving...
  23. Keyboard Keys and Mouse Button Stop Responding, but Cursor Still Works

    A new problem has appeared, in just the last few days:

    My Early 2008 MacPro3,1 running El Capitan, will suddenly stop responding to the mouse button and all the keys on the keyboard, despite the...
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    Grey Screen Coma

    Where would I find Dimmer's extensions?

    Dimmer is in the Trash. If I emptied the Trash, would that eliminate all traces of Dimmer? (I have heard that, in theory, it should; but, in practice, does...
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    Grey Screen Coma

    A piece of bad software lurking on my Mac is making it run slowly and blocking the display. Over a year ago, I installed Andreas Sturmayr's Dimmer 2.1 from the Mac App Store. It allows the display to...
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