How Mojave-ready is MacPorts?

Dave Horsfall dave at
Mon Nov 12 21:40:13 UTC 2018

On Mon, 12 Nov 2018, Mojca Miklavec wrote:

> Since you are talking about the optical drive and 10.6: is your

I take it you mean 10.12.6 (Sierra)?  The OS works fine, but Mojave is 
officially not supported on this model (and I couldn't install High 

> hardware even officially supported? The last OS officially working with 
> my MacBook pro from 2009 (hardly different from those from 2012, the 
> last ones being sold with optical drives) was 10.11. The fun thing is 
> that once I finally decided to upgrade it, I could no longer even 
> download 10.11. Yes, I could probably upgrade to 10.12 in one way or 
> another, but I would then likely get into troubles with security 
> patches, and I could run into performance issues, at which point I would 
> probably be better off with hackintosh :)

The model here (after much digging around) is "MC207xx/A, 13" screen, 
serno 45008Q7Exxx, late 2009, firmware 6,1 (note the comma)" with 4GB 
memory (dealer-installed).  I'm told that it can go to 8GB to cut down on 
the paging, but it's not a supported configuration (otherwise it would 
compete with the MacBook Pro), and I don't feel like futzing around with 
the firmware to make it pretend that it's a Pro.

> I replaced the SATA cable only three or four times, I bet it could be 
> the same problem at your end (I've never heard of sata cables failing on 
> other laptops). But probably not worth fixing if you plan to stop using 
> it soon anyway.

The motherboard connector for the SATA cable is broken, hence the external 
USB 2.0 drive (and hence is as slow as a wet weekend when active).  I was 
staying in a hotel at the time, and I suspect a housemaid dropped it (but 
no-one would admit to it, of course).

-- Dave

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