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Reminder for 2009 Mac Pro owners to check Northbridge Heatsink Retainers
Saw another post in the apple forum thread on 2009 Mac Pro NB Heatsink retainer failures and wanted to remind owners to check for this as the retainers age and are more prone to fail. (Shut the mac pro down, the remove the side cover, unlatch the CPU tray and pull it out to verify the black plastic retainers are still on the Northbridge Heatsink. An example photo and previous reports on repairs are here.)

Last month a reader said repairing the retainers fixed two 2009 Mac CPU boards he had bought cheap (as failed parts). Also something to check if you're buying a used 2009 Mac Pro.

FYI on Nvidia CUDA 6.5.33 for OS X Download Page:
On Tuesday (Jan 6th), Nvidia posted a download page for CUDA 6.5.33 for OS X, which was available via their Prefs Panel back on Dec. 19th. Noticed the CUDA 6.5.33 page has a note:

"This driver does not support GeForce GTX980 and GTX970. Please download the equivalent CUDA 6.5.32 which supports GeForce GTX980 and GTX970"
(It's not linked on that page but here's the CUDA 6.5.32 for OS X D/L.)

Unless they revised CUDA 6.5.33 without changing the version number, some users noted it didn't support the (Dec. 22nd) Nvidia 343.02.01 driver update for Yosemite. (I don't have a Mac running Yosemite/Nvidia card to try it but previous posts had notes on CUDA file edits for the problem. Hopefully one day they'll sync new OS X Graphics driver and CUDA update releases.)

News/Reviews/Updates/CES PR:

(Jan. 6th/7th) Apple Support Article Updates:

(Topic based page of Tips, Troubleshooting & How-To articles for Mac/OS X/iOS Users here.)

Recent Updates, Tips, DIY Upgrades and Repairs:
List of Updates, DIY Repair, Upgrade articles, Tips and more you may have missed. (Topics range from OS/software updates, troubleshooting to hardware upgrades and repairs.)

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Previous News Archive Summary:
    January 5th, 2015 News Archive
  • Edimax 7822UAC 802.11ac USB Adapter Driver for OS X Yosemite
  • CES 2015: Helios PCIe Thunderbolt Expansion Chassis now with Thunderbolt 2
  • CES 2015: OWC Showcases Aura SSD for 2013 Mac Pro and Thunderbolt 2 Dock
  • Another 2013 Mac Pro "A graphics problem has been detected" post (cards replaced)
  • Apple's Software Problems Are Eroding Confidence in the Brand
  • 9 Reasons Leopard keeps Power Macs real in 2015
  • Updated Apple Support Articles
    - Get help using iCloud storage
    - iCloud Storage and Backup Overview

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