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Unexpected 09 Mac Pro Project (new CPU tray w/6 core CPU)
Long story short, finally 'recovered' my 09 Mac Pro today. I thought it felt a little light and later found out for good reason - the entire Processor tray (w/OEM Dual 2.66GHz X5550's) was missing. Everything else appears as it was when I last used it almost a year ago. (Nvidia GTX-285 card, NewerTech 6G SATA PCIe controller, airport card, HDs still installed.)
    I'm not counting on getting the processor tray back and my guesstimate to replace the dual 55xx Xeon setup (appx 1K CPUs each, + processor board, Heatsinks, tray hardware/latches, etc) would be around $2500 (not practical) - so I'm thinking a better option/value for me would be a fast single CPU setup. For most tasks (that don't use all the 8 cores I had anyway), a 3GHz+ single CPU would be noticeably faster - at a small fraction of the cost of dual/MP (Xeon X55/56xx) CPUs.
  IF I can borrow a processor tray to flash my 2009 motherboard with the 2010 EFI/bootrom for 6-core CPU support (ref: earlier post), I'd probably get the 3.2GHz 6-core W3670. (There's a university nearby that used to have a campus store that repaired macs. Hoping they have a tray I can use for the flash.)
  The W3670 would be around $600 or so, plus the cost of the Apple processor board (2009 w/SMC 1.39f5 - must match SMC version of motherboard), Tray hardware and a heatsink. (I'll have to look up the cost/part numbers of the apple hardware - if anyone knows a good source of that let me know.)
  And almost forgot - RAM (it's on the processor tray). I kept the OEM 6x1GB dimms (1066) when I bought the 6x2GB upgrade back in 2009, but I'd want more than 4GB of ram, so I'd add some 1333 ram as well.
Anyway, just thinking out loud here. And regardless of how this turns out, it would be an interesting diversion from all the other problems in the last year.

Apple ProKit 7.0 Update (Snow Leopard)
"About ProKit 7.0 (SnowLeopard 10.6.6 and later)
This ProKit Update fixes the following minor issues:
  • Improved support for PopOver style tooltips.
  • Improved support for Font Smoothing.
  • Addresses an issue with an unwanted gap between a menu and submenu.
  • Fixes leaks and improves stability for the color picker and timecode interface in Final Cut Pro and Motion.
  • Improved compatibility when importing assets from older versions of Soundtrack Pro.
  • Fixes an issue with the scrubber appearance in Logic Express and Logic Pro.
  • Addresses AppKit related crashes in Motion.

This update is recommended for users of Final Cut Pro, Motion, Soundtrack Pro, DVD Studio Pro, iPhoto, Aperture, Final Cut Express, Logic Pro, MainStage, Logic Express and iAd Producer. "

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