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  • Upgrading Mid-2010 Mac Pro from Mojave to Catalina

    Posted by Leonard Frankford on December 1, 2021 at 9:15 pm

    I recently installed a <font face=”inherit”>NVIDIA GeForce GTX 680 2 GB graphics card into my 2010 tower, allowing me to upgrade from High Sierra to Mojave. Now I need to upgrade again to Catalina to keep up with Adobe </font>Creative<font face=”inherit”> Cloud updates. However, it is not allowing me to do that, even though with this graphics card I should be able to upgrade to Catalina and even Big Sur. When I go to About this Mac and click on Software Updates I should automatically get a prompt to update to Catalina, but it’s not there. It also tells me that my software is up to date. Any suggestions on how to update the computer to Catalina?</font>

    Leonard Frankford replied 2 years, 4 months ago 2 Members · 5 Replies
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  • John Rofrano

    December 2, 2021 at 2:21 am

    Hi Leonard, Unfortunate for us, Apple has cut off updates for the 2010 Mac Pro at Mojave. They claim that Catalina doesn’t support it. If you look at the Catalina Technical Specs on Apple’s web site it says Mac Pro (Late 2013 or newer). 🙁 That leaves us 2010 Mac Pro users out of luck.

  • Leonard Frankford

    December 2, 2021 at 6:28 pm

    Hi John,

    Wow, that is really unfortunate. I just installed the new graphics card recently hoping it would keep me current for a little while longer. At least I got to update to Premiere 15.4. I guess I will have to give up the tower and my Firewire external drives for a new iMac Pro. Thanks for your response.


  • John Rofrano

    December 2, 2021 at 10:23 pm

    Being in the same boat as you, I’m waiting for Apple to announce a 27″ iMac with the Apple M1 Silicon. The M1 chip is far more powerful than the current iMac Pro. I have a 2020 Mac mini which I picked up for $599 new and it blows away my 2018 MacBook Pro 6-core. I’m talking greater than 2x performance when rendering video (a previous 20 min render took about 8 mins!). I do all of my video editing on it now.

    The Apple M1 Pro chip and Apple M1 Max chip they announced with the new MacBook Pro’s are insanely fast. As soon as they announce an iMac with those chips I’m dumping my 2010 Mac Pro 12-core to get one. The M1 is definitely something to look into. Personally, I wouldn’t buy an Apple with an Intel chip at this point.

  • John Rofrano

    December 3, 2021 at 11:35 am

    I just came across this: OpenCore which is a boot loader that will trick macOS into thinking it is running on newer hardware and allows the 2010 Mac Pro to run Big Sur. Of course this isn’t supported by Apple and I wouldn’t recommend using it on a Mac that you running your business on but it looks interesting. I may play around with it when I get some time.

  • Leonard Frankford

    December 4, 2021 at 2:52 pm

    Thank you so much. Let me know what you find.

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