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Try deleting AppleInteE1000.kext. Then go to /Library/Preferences/SystemConfiguration/ and delete NetworkInterfaces.plist. Then reboot.

Btw, NoVPAJpeg disables hardware acceleration...

Done, done, and done. I'm afraid still no luck. It looked promising though! :)

I very much appreciate your help - and EdHawk's!

But I guess it's time to familiarize myself with OpenMediaVault. Thank you very much for the recommendation. It's a relief to have a fallback option. And if I'm going to go through the trouble of reinstalling software, I might as well go for software that's specialized to the task.
 
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Having read through the post over at the other site it appears that the problem is caused by Enabling 'Parental Controls', as this can block some preferences from working, if you are not using an Administrator account.

Solution seems to be as follows:
  1. Create a new account with Administrator access,
  2. Then log in to the new account,
  3. Then turn off Parental Controls on the affected account.
 
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This looks promising. Curiously, I don't seem to have any of these files or directories.

Typing in Terminal either of these results in nothing (they do not exist)

defaults read com.apple.systempreferences DisabledPreferencePanes
defaults read /Library/Preferences/com.apple.systempreferences DisabledPreferencePanes

I also don't seemed to have a "Managed Preferences" directory anywhere.

Daven@TARDIS ~ % ls {~/,/,/System/}Library/Managed\ Preferences/
ls: /Library/Managed Preferences/: No such file or directory
ls: /System/Library/Managed Preferences/: No such file or directory
ls: /Users/Daven/Library/Managed Preferences/: No such file or directory

Nor do I have any of these files:
ManagedInstalls.plist
com.apple.MCXBluetooth.plist
com.apple.MCX.plist
com.apple.MCXAirPort.plist
com.apple.loginwindow.plist

Although I do have this:
com.apple.loginwindow.plist~orig

But I think it's located in the equivalent of relocated system junk drawer:
/Users/Shared/Previously Relocated Items/Configuration/Library/Preferences/com.apple.loginwindow.plist~orig

Maybe the lack of this directory and/or (some of) these files is the problem?
 
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Having read through the post over at the other site it appears that the problem is caused by Enabling 'Parental Controls', as this can block some preferences from working, if you are not using an Administrator account.

Solution seems to be as follows:
  1. Create a new account with Administrator access,
  2. Then log in to the new account,
  3. Then turn off Parental Controls on the affected account.

Curious. I don't seem to have parental controls. Or at least, I'm not seeing them. There also doesn't appear to be anything similar in any of the obvious areas, like Users and Groups, Security and Privacy, or even Family Sharing (I have two Apple IDs listed there).

Screen Shot 2022-06-10 at 1.33.43 PM.png


When creating a new user with full administrator privileges, I didn't see any place to set parental controls. Nor do any of the other profiles have anything like that, just administrator privileges.

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Screen Shot 2022-06-10 at 1.26.52 PM.png


FWIW I'm running Catalina 10.15.7.
 

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Curious. I don't seem to have parental controls. Or at least, I'm not seeing them. There also doesn't appear to be anything similar in any of the obvious areas, like Users and Groups, Security and Privacy, or even Family Sharing (I have two Apple IDs listed there).

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When creating a new user with full administrator privileges, I didn't see any place to set parental controls. Nor do any of the other profiles have anything like that, just administrator privileges.

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FWIW I'm running Catalina 10.15.7.

Look in System Preferences > Screen Time.
 
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Look in System Preferences > Screen Time.

Thank you. Not seeing anything that should be causing this.

Content and privacy restrictions, etc. are all turned off. App Limits off.

Checked several profiles (Mine, the Admin, and the new one created today) none seem to have any restrictions on them either.
 
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Quick (remedial) OpenMediaVault question that I'm not finding. (For anyone who isn't already out partying on a Friday night) :)

What are the fastest types of connections with an OpenMediaVault setup?

Can an old computer be set up like a JBOD (Just a Bunch of Disks) external drive enclosure, say, by connecting two computers via a USB-C cable?

(Presumably they'd all be accessed via the Network folder on the Mac?)

I'm seeing comments about transfer speeds maxing out ~100MB/s on the high end (with many people getting much slower). I presume they're using either a direct ethernet connection or going through Wifi/router.
 

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Quick (remedial) OpenMediaVault question that I'm not finding. (For anyone who isn't already out partying on a Friday night) :)

What are the fastest types of connections with an OpenMediaVault setup?

Can an old computer be set up like a JBOD (Just a Bunch of Disks) external drive enclosure, say, by connecting two computers via a USB-C cable?

(Presumably they'd all be accessed via the Network folder on the Mac?)

I'm seeing comments about transfer speeds maxing out ~100MB/s on the high end (with many people getting much slower). I presume they're using either a direct ethernet connection or going through Wifi/router.

You'd have to connect to your OpenMediaVault server via ethernet.

~115MB/s is the limit of 1GBase-T. You would run in to the same limitation if you share via macOS.

If you want faster, you can install 10GBase-T in the system running OpenMediaVault. Your Mac Studio already has 10GBase-T built-in.

Yes, you can configure each drive individually or you can set up RAIDs. It's up to you how you want to configure it. Once you set up the storage pool, just create a folder and share that folder.
 
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Out of curiosity, I just tried to create a new OpenMediaVault NAS on my Raspberry Pi with an old 2.5" drive. From start to finish, it took less than 45 minutes. Most of the time was spent on trying to make sense of unintuitive UI. But once set up, everything worked as advertised. Even performance was pretty decent considering it's just a Raspberry Pi. I got ~70-90MB/s writes and ~105MB/s reads.
 
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