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El Capitan – running on a MacPro1,1 9 June 2015

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I posted almost a year ago about my success with Yosemite running on a MacPro1,1 – here is that post. https://dgwilson.wordpress.com/2014/07/20/yosemite-on-a-macpro11/

I’ve now been able to get El Captian running on the same MacPro1,1 and it was easy. Although it did take a couple of hours.

The MacPro already had a Yosemite installation.

As for the original post I connected the MacPro to my MacBook Pro over Firewire 800 with the MacPro running in Firewire target disk mode. Next I ran the El Capitan installer – I had already downloaded this to my MacBook Pro. I set the installation to the Yosemite OS drive. The installation ran for some time… and some more time… – it completed successfully and rebooted as you would expect where I was subsequently presented with a logon screen. It took a while before I got a desktop up… but eventually the MacBook Pro was running El Capitan off the Hard Drive in the MacPro.

Next I changed by startup disk back to the Internal drive in the MacBook Pro and rebooted – except I gave up on that after a while and power cycled the MacBook Pro. When everything was back online and all of the drives were connected again (over firewire) I then had to update the boot.efi… via Terminal

cd /Volumes/El Capitan/System/Library/CoreServices/
chflags nouchg boot.efi
cp boot.efi boot_dgwcopy.efi
cp /Users/dgwilson/Desktop/Hackintosh/boot.efi boot.efi
chflags uchg boot.efi

Quit Terminal
Eject the MacPro drives
Disconnect the Firewire Cable
Power Off MacPro
Power on MacPro – option key held down
Select El Capitan drive
Continue boot

Success.

– David

p.s. I installed some software under El Capitan that required a system reboot. The machine did not come back after the reboot – instead booting into Yosemite which was installed on another drive. I’ve since managed to fix the issue… so for the record…

Make sure you’re running the boot.efi (as above) and it is installed in

/usr/standalone/i386

/System/Library/CoreServices/

with the appropriate commands of

chflags nouchg boot.efi

chflags uchg boot.efi

for both directories.

AND PLEASE – MAKE SURE YOU MAKE THESE CHANGES ON THE CORECT DRIVE /Volumes/El Capitan

USB Missile Launcher and Satzuma Missile Launcher 1 June 2015

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I have received reports that the Satsuma Missile Launcher is working with my USB Missile Launcher software.

You will need version 1.8.2 of the Missile Launcher software, available here:
https://sites.google.com/site/dgwilson65/USBMissileLauncherNZV1.8.2.dmg?attredirects=0&d=1

And you will need to do some configuration to tell the software how to find the launcher and control it.

Thank you to those that have contributed via comments here with the results.

Additional reference:
http://www.rngtng.com/2015/05/23/satzuma-missile-launcher-finally-works-with-usb-missile-launcher-nz-v1-8-2-on-mac/

– David

TrafficCamNZ – Mac – Camera Layout 11 March 2015

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I’ve discovered a “feature” of TrafficCamNZ and Mac OS where the camera layout may not look as how it was intended to be displayed in the main window.

The screen shot below shows how it’s supposed to look when you have 4 image grid selected…. i.e. 4 images across and 4 images down.

On some machines and under some configurations within Mac OS 10.10 the intended 4 cameras across may only display 3 and you will see the scroll bar on the right or bottom of the window. This behaviour can be changed by editing System Preferences : General and changing the “Show scroll bars” from what is probably Automatically or Always to “when scrolling”.

I’ll need to take a closer look at this to see if I can have the intended display behaviour no matter what system preference option is selected.

– David

Updates released – TrafficCamNZ 11 March 2015

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Updates for iOS and Mac OS have been released for TrafficCamNZ

This simultaneous release is to address an issue with iCloud syncing – if you were using iCloud. There were a number of other fixes in the releases as well…

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TrafficCamNZ for iOS
https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/trafficcamnz/id299032226?ls=1&mt=8

1.9.4
In this version
● Updates to iCloud syncronisation between Mac OS and iOS. If you have upgraded to iOS 8 and had trouble Syncing changes between devices, make sure that you are using the same iCloud account across devices, that iCloud drive is ON – and that iCloud storage is enabled in the applications on both the Mac and iOS devices. If trouble persists – you may need to delete the application on your iOS devices and reinstall.

Previously… in version 1.9.3
● iOS 8 support
● Fixed some constraint/layout issues on the Camera Chooser screen ● Fixed some layout issues on the preferences screen for iPad ● Fixed a zooming issue when displaying images full screen
● Fixed a problem when showing preference screen – previously required a double tap on the preference button for first use
● Fixed a bug where the landscape view would not scroll properly until the device was rotated ● Fixed a bug loading the help
● Fixed a bug scrolling on the main view were the first and last images would bounce left and right when scrolled

● iCloud : if you are using iCloud to syncronise your camera data then the first run on iOS 8 may start up with the initialisation screen. Please wait a few minutes (suggest 2 to 5) to allow the iCloud TrafficCamNZ database to download and syncronise. The Refresh button will turn Red indicating that a refresh can be performed. This may happen a number of times as data is incrementally loaded – you will not have to press Refresh everytime.

● iCloud : If you upgrade iCloud you may be unable to syncronise TrafficCamNZ databases between iOS 8 and earlier versions of Mac OS i.e. Mavericks. For syncronisation to work properly your iDevice should be on iOS 8 and your mac should be on Yosemite.

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TrafficCamNZ for Mac OS
https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/trafficcamnz/id420191716?ls=1&mt=12

1.2.4
In this version
● Updates to iCloud syncronisation between Mac OS and iOS. If you have upgraded to iOS 8 and had trouble Syncing changes between devices, make sure that you are using the same iCloud account across devices, that iCloud drive is ON – and that iCloud storage is enabled in the applications on both the Mac and iOS devices. If trouble persists – you may need to delete the application on your iOS devices and reinstall. ● Created Duplicate deleter for CalTrans cameras – see utilities menu

Enjoy.

– David

TrafficCamNZ updates for Desktop and iOS 22 October 2014

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It’s update time…

TrafficCamNZ desktop has had a minor change for MacOS 10.10 Yosemite support. Images will fit better on the screen which alters the behaviour a bit when resizing the main screen. This update v1.2.2 has been released and is available NOW in the Mac AppStore.

https://itunes.apple.com/nz/app/trafficcamnz/id420191716?mt=12

TrafficCamNZ for iOS will be released on 25 October after 1900 New Zealand time. Theres a few fixes in this release:
This update v1.9.3 contains the following changes:
● iOS 8 support
● Fixed some constraint/layout issues on the Camera Chooser screen
● Fixed some layout issues on the preferences screen for iPad
● Fixed a zooming issue when displaying images full screen
● Fixed a problem when showing preference screen – previously required a double tap on the preference button for first use
● Fixed a bug where the landscape view would not scroll properly until the device was rotated
● Fixed a bug loading the help
● Fixed a bug scrolling on the main view were the first and last images would bounce left and right when scrolled

https://itunes.apple.com/nz/app/trafficcamnz/id299032226?mt=8

– David

TrafficCamNZ for iOS v1.9.3 30 September 2014

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It’s submitted and in the approval pipeline.

Version 1.9.3 as the following changes/fixes/additions:

● iOS 8 support
● Fixed some constraint/layout issues on the Camera Chooser screen ● Fixed some layout issues on the preferences screen for iPad ● Fixed a zooming issue when displaying images full screen
● Fixed a problem when showing preference screen – previously required a double tap on the preference button for first use
● Fixed a bug where the landscape view would not scroll properly until the device was rotated ● Fixed a bug loading the help
● Fixed a bug scrolling on the main view were the first and last images would bounce left and right when scrolled

● iCloud : if you are using iCloud to syncronise your camera data then the first run on iOS 8 may start up with the initialisation screen. Please wait a few minutes (suggest 2 to 5) to allow the iCloud TrafficCamNZ database to download and syncronise. The Refresh button will turn Red indicating that a refresh can be performed. This may happen a number of times as data is incrementally loaded – you will not have to press Refresh everytime.

● iCloud : If you upgrade iCloud you may be unable to syncronise TrafficCamNZ databases between iOS 8 and earlier versions of Mac OS i.e. Mavericks. For syncronisation to work properly your iDevice should be on iOS 8 and your mac should be on Yosemite.

It’s pleasing to have finally fixed the orientation launch bug that meant scrolling on the iPad was somewhat confused until you rotated the device. And also when scrolling images left/right you will not longer get the strange bounce back.

– David

TrafficCamNZ – Datafile Update – September 2014 11 September 2014

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A datafile update for TrafficCamNZ is available now.
Cameras for London, CalTrans, and New Zealand have all been updated and/or new cameras added.

You can get the update now by going to preferences on the iPhone/iPad and choosing XML Merge.

On the Mac version you can also do an XML Merge from Preferences.

– David

Yosemite on a MacPro1,1 20 July 2014

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I have a MacPro1,1 that I brought second hand recently – this machine is well built and has some really decent processing power.I got the machine with the original graphics card and have been fortunate enough to obtain a later graphics card that has allowed me run later versions of the operating system that would normally not be possible. The graphics card isn’t the end of the story though. If you want to run MacOS 10.9 or MacOS 10.10 there are some tall buildings to leap over.

Installing 10.9 – Mavericks
Put the macPro into Firewire Target Disk mode. Connect the MacPro via firewire to a mac that can install Mavericks. Install Mavericks.
Next you will need to replace your boot.efi file in 2 places.
This file can be obtained from http://forums.macrumors.com/showthread.php?t=1598176&page=2
The first post in that thread has a link to the bootloader.

I have successfully done this and have Mavericks running on one hard drive in the MacPro.

Installing 10.10 – Yosemite
Follow these installation instructions to the letter.
Yosemite on a Mac Pro 1,1 or 2,1 – AppleLife

discussion forums…
http://forums.macrumors.com/showthread.php?t=1740775

I have successfully done this and have Yosemite running on one hard drive in the MacPro.

I’ve also subsequently installed one of the Yosemite updates via Software Update and the update for Preview 3.

You wouldn’t believe how long it’s taken me to find this decent set of instructions…. actually if you’ve got here… perhaps you would.

The graphics card I have installed is: ATI Radeon HD 4870 512 MB

Screen Shot 2014-07-20 at 8.00.19 pm

– David

Note: Beta4 installation required that I boot back into MacOS 10.9 and rerun the Chameleon installation to the boot volume – remember to edit the plist with your serial number.

Note: Beta5 installation completed successfully without issues.

TrafficCamNZ for Mac and iOS updates released v1.9.1 (iOS) and v1.2.1 (Mac) 14 June 2014

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An important update for TrafficCamNZ was released today. Actually there was one for Mac and one for iOS. The Mac version has a small change. The iOS change is more important and hopefully it addresses a launch crash when data was trying to be converted.

TrafficCamNZ for iOS version 1.9.1
In this version
● Fixes an issue with ChromeCast and 64bit
● Fixed add button on the Camera List screen – it works now
● AutoRefresh will stop when application is backgrounded and restart when brought to the front
● Tapping Save in Preferences will dismiss the Preferences window
● Fixed an error where data migration did not occur after choosing Local as the storage mechanism
● Fixed a data migration error for flat file to CoreData – NULL fields for attributes are no longer setup

TrafficCamNZ for Mac version 1.2.1
● Fixes an error when importing data from infoconnect

And here’s some helpful tips and information.
With iCloud enabled your TrafficCamNZ database is syncronised between your devices using the same iCloud account. Allow time for syncronisation to occur. When completed on an iPhone or iPad the Refresh button will turn red. On the Mac version the menu bar will change its title to indicate that syncronisation has completed – and on the Mac you will need to save the database to syncronise data to other devices.

Cool tip: Select your cameras to display using TrafficCamNZ on the Mac and save. When syncronised to an iPhone or iPad you can use the Chooser screen to re-order the images. Exit TrafficCamNZ on the iPhone/iPad and after the database has syncronised across iCloud the display order on the Mac is changed.

● TrafficCamNZ for Mac and iOS have a similar feature set. The goal was to allow monitoring of image snapshots from any camera on the internet and allow users to add/change/delete their own cameras rather than restrict the application to a specific list of cameras. The images displayed must come from a fixed address, that is the image file names cannot change – this can restrict TrafficCamNZ from displaying some images.
● TrafficCamNZ is not intended to be complex to use. The Main data file contains approximately 9000 cameras – these can be added/removed by the providers at any moment – the only “default” cameras shown by TrafficCamNZ are those that have been “scraped” off the internet.
● If you have an XML formatted list of images you think would be useful to TrafficCamNZ users please contact dgwilson to arrange for the data to be made available in the main data feed. I look forward to hearing from you.

Work Around for launch Crash: On the chance that I have not managed to identify the launch crash (and I’m pretty sure it occurs during data conversion from the old version of the App)…
You can delete the application from your iOS device, re-download and start again like the program is new. This is of course an issue if you have your own specialised dataset. If you have previously mailed the data file to yourself (option via preferences) in the older version then it can be reloaded…. a few hoops to jump through… it can be done though.

– David

ChromeCast support in TrafficCamNZ for iOS 30 May 2014

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The new TrafficCamNZ for iOS released tonight has Chromecast support built in.

– David

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