Mountain Lion on My Mac Pro First Edition…Sort Of

Mountain Lionized!

In a previous article, I bemoaned the fact that my Mac Pro 1,1 (First Edition) was left behind as part of the Mountain Lion launch. Even though I had upgraded the video to an ATI Radion 5770 HD and boosted the RAM to 18 GB, Apple decided that my workhorse machine was just to ugly to get an invitation to the Upgrade Party.

Not wanting my Mac Pro to feel left out, I decided to take action.

First, I did upgrade my 2008 Aluminum MacBook  to Mountain Lion.  Thankfully, that machine had secured a spot for an upgrade, just barely. Once that installed, I moved back to my Mac Pro.

Using Parallels Desktop for Mac, Version 7, I created a Mac OS X Lion virtual machine from the recovery partition on the Mac Pro. Once I had that up and running, I tweaked the Virtual Machine settings in preparation for Mountain Lion.

  • Boosted the virtual RAM to 4 GB
  • Increased the video RAM from 32 to 512 MB.
I restarted the Mac OS X Lion Virtual Machine and launched the App Store inside the VM. On the Featured page, there sat that Mountain Lion. If I didn’t know better, I’d swear that it had an “I’m too good for you” look on it’s face.

Never the less, I pressed the “Download” button to the right of the Mountain Lion icon and patiently waited for the installation app to download. The network traffic was such that I had to attempt this multiple times. At first, I thought the Mountain Lion would get the better of me. Was it detecting that I was using a VM running on obviously inappropriate hardware? Was that why the download  was failing?

On the third attempt, the Mountain Lion installation app beamed at me from the VM Launch Pad. I clicked the icon and the OS installation process started up. After about 35 minutes, and a couple of restarts, I had a full fledged Mountain Lion OS running as a VM on my Mac Pro 1,1.

It’s still not what I really want, i.e., Mountain Lion accepting my Mac Pro and running natively on it’s hardware, but , at least I can let the Lion roam within the confines of it’s virtual world. Hopefully, a reprieve will surface that will give me what I want, but, in the meantime …

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The Mountain Lion Lamentation

I first entered the Apple OS environment in 2005 with the Mac Mini running Mac OS X Tiger (10.4). Through the intervening years, I have upgraded through the progression of new OS X offerings; Leopard (10.5), Snow Leopard (10.6) and Lion (10.7).

As with most journeys, I’ve had to say good-bye to some as I said hello to others. My original Mac Mini and iBook fell by the OS highway at Leopard. These PowerPc machines were not supported by Snow Leopard.

But, my faithful workhorse Mac Pro 1,1, 2007 MacBook and 2008 MacBook continued to move forward through Snow Leopard and Lion.

Now I learn that another fork in the road will soon arrive. With the release of Mountain Lion (10.8), the 2008 MacBook alone will be able to continue the journey. But will it? My Mac Pro 1,1 is the “main machine”. If it must stay at Lion, then perhaps the MacBook will stay as well.

All you Mountain Lion users, have fun. Don’t mind me. I’ll just stay back here in the shadows. Sniff….

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iBook Reborn

There’s been a lot of rumor and speculation surrounding the release of a smaller device to fill a niche between the iPod Touch and the iPad. The device is usually referred to as the “iPad Mini”.

5-9-12, iPad Mini Legal Pad

However,  there is another naming possibility; a name that held a prominent place at Apple; a name that was rumored for the original iPad before the iPad was. That name is “iBook”.

Yes, I know that Apple recycled the “iBook” moniker when it opened the iBook Store, but that was a “software only” use of the name.

The first Apple laptop I owned was the iBook. I still have that machine, running OS X Leopard. Occasionally, I bring it out, dust it off and start it up. Still works fine.

A 1st generation Apple iPad showing i...

The obvious market for the new device is direct competition with the Amazon Kindle, Barnes & Noble Nook and the Asus Nexus 7, i.e., it will compete in a market area generally understood as eReaders. What better name than iBook for the Apple eReader.

Of course, Apple marketing is most likely considering the “halo effect” available if “iPad” is linked with the new offering.






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