I fired up my 2008 8-core Mac Pro this morning, only to find out that it has eaten another ATI video card. That would be the second video card that has stopped working in the Mac Pro.
The ATI 2600XT was the entry level video card at the time I purchased the Mac Pro, and early adopters quickly reported issues with the cards as well as failure to wake up from sleep. I had that exact problem and lugged the Mac Pro to the Apple store where I purchased it, twice, in hopes of a resolution.
After winding my way through unsupervised children, and zombified adults, I would heave the heavy Mac Pro onto the table to await judgement. The Apple “geniuses” couldn’t find anything wrong with the hardware, and just shrugged. On “genius” postulated it must be a power issue and I would need to get a UPS.
Needless to say, I wasn’t impressed with Apple or the hardware.
Once the original video card finally blew out, and I replaced the video card most of the problems went away.
So now I’m presented with a conundrum.
On one hand, I really don’t want to spend any more money on fixing the aging Mac Pro when the new Mac Pros are just around the corner. But who knows when they will finally be released for sale.
Conversely, my original plan was to turn the Mac Pro into a virtualization server and run multiple operating systems for software development and testing. In this case, I will need more memory and a cheap video card.
Besides, after two video cards, it seems like throwing good money after bad.
In the mean time, I’ve moved over to my Mac Book Air full time, so no more Windows or Linux under VMWare until I resolve the issues.