Mac Pro

Why does my Mac Pro take so long to boot up?

Dale from Santa Monica, CA

Episode 1369

Dale is having issues with his old Mac Pro tower. He got a new Ben Q monitor and he has an intermittent problem where the boot up takes a long time before getting to the login page. Leo says that when you power up a computer, it has what's called a Power On Self Test (POST). Leo says it could be a monitor thing. A faulty cable or loose connection could cause it. Sometimes a USB device can hold you up. So try unplugging all your USB devices and see if it makes it faster. If so, then you have a flakey USB cable or device.

Can I put 64GB of RAM in my 5K iMac?

Episode 1232

Robert from Belmont Shores, CA
Apple iMac

Robert is frustrated that his iMac doesn't have enough RAM. 32GB is just not enough for editing 4K video. Leo says that it could be a hardware limitation. The most he can install is 4 to 8 GB sticks. He could invest in the Mac Pro instead, but Leo thinks its terrible. What is Apple up to? Leo says nobody knows. The iMac is faster, better and more reliable than the Mac Pro according to Leo. Will Apple change their tune? No. They want him to buy a Mac Pro if he wants that much RAM. So they have no reason to improve the RAM capacity in the iMac.

What computer do I need for video editing?

Episode 1188

Marilee from Highland, IN
iMac with Retina 5k display

What computer should she get for video editing? Leo says an iMac is the way to go, but some say the Mac Pro is better. Leo disagrees. She'd still have to buy a monitor and other externals if she got the Mac Pro. The iMac is faster and she'll get that huge 5k display, making it easier to edit. She's not doing advanced rendering, so the 5K iMac is ideal. And she'll want more memory, at least 16GB. As far as the processor goes, the faster clock speed is more important than the number of cores. She won't need to get an upgraded video card either.

Can I clone my MacBook Pro drive and install it on my Mac Pro?

Brennan from Orange County, CA

Episode 1185

Brennan has a 2012 MacBook Pro running Mountain Lion. He also has a 2010 Mac Pro. He uses both for audio engineering. He has everything set up, and he wants to know if he could clone the MacBook Pro and then put that onto his Mac Pro. Leo says he may be able to. He could try making a bootable drive from a USB key and then selecting that when booting up the Mac Pro to see if it works. OS X should be smart enough to install any missing drivers. Otherwise he can always run the OS X installer and reinstall the OS directly

How can I get BootCamp to load Windows on my Mac?

Episode 1172

Pete from Brooklyn, NY
Apple Mac Pro 2013

Pete has a 2013 Mac Pro and he's trying to dual boot in Windows with BootCamp, but it won't work. Leo says it's probably a driver issue. When using BootCamp, it loads Apple's drivers. If the drivers are bad, then the OS can't talk to the hardware. So if Apple doesn't have drivers for his version of Windows, he's out of luck.

Running Windows virtually is another story. A virtual app like Parallels can act as a middle man that 'tricks' the OS into believing it's a Windows machine.

Is there much of a difference between a Dell XPS i7 and a Mac Pro for video editing?

Episode 1152

Ken from Cape Girardeau, MS
Apple Mac Pro

Leo says there's not much difference between the two. He uses a Mac Pro at home and likes it, but it's not very upgradeable, and any upgrades he could do would have to be external. On a PC, if he gets a tower case, upgrades are easy. Leo just got all of the video editors at TWiT Dell PCs and they will be moving to Adobe Premiere. The Mac Pro is expensive for what you get, and for pro video editors it's probably not the best solution.

What silent computer would be best for voice-over work?

Episode 1103

Mitch from Burbank, CA
Apple iMac

Mitch does voice-over work and still uses a 2004 Power Mac G5. But the fan is so loud. So he's looking to get a new Mac Pro. Leo says that although it has a big fan, it's extremely silent thanks to it's central core design. But if he doesn't really need a lot of horsepower, the Mac Mini is very quiet as well. An iMac would also work great. That's what Leo would be looking at. It would be about $1200-1500.