So I was offered a MacPro 6.1 aka the trashcan.

And well it’s a Mac. I did the Windows Key + R to boot into recovery mode and install some old version of OS X over the internet. Nice.

I updated to Catalina and kind of forgot about the break with the ‘awesome world of home 32bit computing’ as it’s all 64bit now.

Needless to say none of my favourite stuff runs.

I’ve been maintaining a subscription to Crossover for a while, as I really like to support the future of Wine. I know a while back they too had the 64bit freakout, but they apparently found some shim to keep on running Win32 apps. And sure enough I loaded up my old Fortran Power Station bottle and it actually run!

Fortran on OS X!

Sadly SQL Server 4.21 seems to lock up, but it has been doing that under Wine when I last gave up on OS X a few years back. I tried some Win16 games (SimCity) and it bombed out. Looks like there is no support for Win16 apps. Pitty.

Steam is 64bit now, however none of Valve’s hits that have 64bit versions for Windows have made the 64bit leap for OS X. I have a feeling it’ll never happen as OS X users are so few and far between they are literally outnumbered by Linux users.

I did fire-up Subnautica, and of course the PC with the RTX 2070 blows this thing away. Although it’s hardly a fare competition. But who wants to play fare?

It’s far too early to really tell, and who knows I might just wipe this thing and install Windows. In my opinion OS X 10.6 was the greatest release ever bridging the divide from PowerPC to x86, just as 10.2.7 on the G5 was the greatest PowerPC version to bridge that 68000 divide. I still have that G5, but now my 2006 machine is dead. I’ve seen them in the used stores for around $100 USD. Although I don’t know if I can be bothered as they are incredibly heavy. And I’m pretty sure 10.6 will run on VMWare thanks to hackintosh efforts.

Also I should add as a personal note, my 2006 MacPro 1,1 died. I let someone else use it, and she broke it in one day. I’ve had it for years, several moves in the USA, then to Canada, then to Hong Kong. It died with only one day on the job. Sad.

8 thoughts on “So I was offered a MacPro 6.1 aka the trashcan.

  1. win16 requires the kernel do some LDT shuffling, which is Really Dangerous. i think Linux is unique by letting you do it at all (if it hasn’t been disabled by sysctl).

    • I didn’t know that 16-bit programs wouldn’t work on Wine/Mac/Catalina. I guess I need to hurry up and make an official release of Boxedwine on Mac since it can emulate 16-bit just fine.

      • It certainly opens up the world for it. Amazingly it seems few people have 64bit their applications making OS X far more of an island.

        At this point its more likely Apple just wants out of the PC business. Can’t blame them, even the worst selling iWhatever absolutely crushes Mac sales, which honestly have always been incredibly weak.

    • I guess it was amazing that they worked on older OS X at all…

      I haven’t tried WineVDM under wine yet, but it being 100% synthetic CPU emulation ought to work. I think.

      • Winevdm works in reactos so I’m sure that it’ll work in crossover (you might need to remove the wine win16 dlls because of the name conflict).

  2. Install Mojave if you want 32-bit support. I still run it because Catalina has been a buggy mess. How did someone kill your MacPro in a day?!

    • At first things were ‘fine’ on Catalina, but I’m now getting these “no successful checkins from com.apple.WindowServer” all the time. I thought it was GPU related as I was pushing it pretty hard, and when it crashed out, I opened it up and it was HOT. So I had to download one of those fan utilities and push the thing to 100% which sure helped with the cooling but sadly not with the crashing.

      This thing will crash just staring at the desktop with nothing (user based) running. WOW.

      I was looking this morning on YouTube for a video on disassembly and cleaning and the autocomplete instead went to disappointed.

      Seems kind of appropriate.

      Although, physically it’s a nice portable machine. Maybe it is the Operating System.

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