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  • John Pale

    November 19, 2011 at 5:28 pm

    Last week I posted asking if anyone knew if Avid MC 6 would run on an early Mac Pro…

    I have my answer.

    The Mac Pro 1,1 and Mac Pro 2,1 have 64 bit Xeon processors and can run 64 bit apps, using more than 4GB of RAM just fine. They cannot, however, boot the 64 bit kernel in Snow Leopard and Lion, as the EFI firmware in these machines is 32 bit. (oddly, since windows does not use EFI, they can run the 64 bit version of Windows 7 in Boot Camp without issue).

    I can report that although you get an error message when you install, noting that you are not running the 64 bit kernel, you can proceed with the installation….and it runs well…very well, actually. The app is running 64 bit, if you check in the Activity Monitor.

    Mind you, the Mac Pro 2,1 I own is an 8 core 3.0 Ghz machine with 32 GB of RAM. The Mac Pro 1,1 is a Quad 2.66. , so the performance will not be as great, especially without maxing out the RAM (64 bit apps need lots of RAM). Also note, this configuration is not supported by Avid…but if you are not ready to retire your Mac Pro yet… MC 6 wih third party hardware is still an option for you. I have heard DX hardware will not run without the 64 bit kernel though, as the new kext is 64 bit only, but cannot confirm.

    Right now I am loving MC 6 with my Decklink Studio card. I never thought I would see this.

  • Neil Patience

    November 20, 2011 at 9:07 pm

    I too did an experimental install on a slightly modified MacPro 1,1 which is 8 core 2.66 – 10 gigs ram with a Nvidia GeForce 8800 GT card and a Kona 3. Lion 10.7.2

    Same 64 bit warning on install but all went ahead fine.

    I have only tried importing a few HD clips and making some basic edits but on the face of it – works well, obviously not supported but potentially seems a viable option for those with older hardware.

    best wishes

  • John Pale

    November 20, 2011 at 9:14 pm

    I would put more than 10GB of RAM in. 64 bit really wants RAM. You might start getting out of memory errors on longer sequences.

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