We had an old beast of a machine in the workshop for repair today – a Mac Pro “Quad Core” 3.0GHz Intel Xeon 5160. The diagnosis at the Apple shop was a faulty graphics card but they wouldn’t work on it because it was ‘Obsolete’ being made n 2008.
Despite being somewhat old we discussed the option of upgrading the graphics card but decided to go for a straight swap because the workstation graphics weren’t being utilised much anyway. We sourced a replacement ATI Radeon x1900 XT 512MB from our suppliers and got it working again. We also checked over the OS doing all the necessary maintenance after 8 years of work.