Mac Pro :: How To Flash PC Video Card For Mac

Nov 7, 2010

I've been reading, researching, etc like crazy on flashing PC video cards for mac. Cindori's Post: The Golden Guide to Flashing Graphic Cards [URL]. This guide is GOLDEN!! And Rew's post: Step by Step: How to flash a PC 4870 1 Gig Video Card for your 2006 Mac Pro (1,1) [URL]. Have been really helpful. Only my ATI Radeon HD 2600XT stock card in my 2008 mac pro, totally fried/died out. So I have zero video card (I'm using a PC laptop now). And the tutorials on how to flash a PC cards requires plugging in both the old card (using it while dumping the ROM) and new card. I was looking into buy a Sapphire 4870 1G and I don't want to pay the $300 and plus already used flashed cards on eBay. The 4870 are cheaper compared to the 5870 at $400 plus. I was wondering if anybody got to flashing the 4870 using just the one video card on a mac pro 2008 (3.1)? I need a good video card to do 3D modeling in Maya and Mudbox. But don't want to pay double the price, or lesser choice for 'apple' approved hardware?


Mac Pro :: Flash NVIDIA Gforce 6200 Pci Video Card?

Oct 21, 2008

Is it possible to flash a PNY/nvidia gforce 6200 256m PCI video card? I have searched google endlessly and have found no information regarding it.

I have a G4 AGP. The video card works well but I would like to set up multiple monitors and I prefer not having to purchase a new video card if possible.

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Mac Pro :: Core Video Can Improve Flash Video Performance?

Feb 12, 2010

My PowerMac plays most small videos (640p) on YouTube just fine, as well it does an OK job at playing slightly larger videos in Quicktime. I would like to not have to worry about Flash any more. With the new 10.1 beta 2 I notice a nice boost in performance, almost tolerable. If I install a graphics card that supports Core Video will it free up the CPU? How can I tell if a card supports Core Video? As well, what cards do you recommend? Is it difficult to flash a graphics card to work with OS X Tiger in a PowerMac G4?

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Mac Pro :: Does A Video Card Always Have To Be The Mac Version Of That Card

Apr 28, 2010

I see here that my Mac Pro (Early 2008) is compatable with:

ATI Radeon HD 2600 XT
NVIDIA GeForce 8800 GT
NVIDIA Quadro FX 5600
ATI Radeon HD 4870

It looks like in many cases there's two versions, and the mac version costs about 10x as much on ebay and in stores. Is that accurate, or is one of these models mac and pc compatable, and therefore the laws of supply and demand work in my favour?

(fyi: I just want the cheapest one, I don't do heavy GPU work)

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Mac Pro :: Looking For A Specific PC NVidia Card To Flash

May 5, 2009

I was able to try the new NVidia 3D-Shutter-Glasses on a PC, and I liked it.

It is something I dreamed off in my C64-days long time ago ;-)

I think about getting a MacPro and installing a flashed NVidia-Card with the connector for the shutter-remote. I hope to have the card running under OSX as a normal card and, when booting into Vista ( for games only), I then can enjoy the 3D-effect.

Now: is there a new generation Nvidia-card with the 3D-connector that will be flashable for OSX? That would be great news for me. I know the new Quattro-card has this connector also for OSX (?), but this thing is way off limits in terms of pricing.

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Mac Pro :: Flash NVIDIA Card - Boot DOS

Apr 20, 2008

I bought a NVIDIA 8800GTS, since I saw it was possible to flash the card (thread in these forums). So I got the same card and was all excited! Unfortuantely I do not own a PC but I hoped I could flash the card within my MacPro (early 2008). Too bad that the flash utility nvflash.exe has to be run in a DOS environment. After fighting for a while I want to post my findings and maybe somebody know the solution.

Standard Dos BootCD will work on the mac but the USB keyboard won't be recognized :/ After trying the Hiren's Boot cd - I could use the keyboard, but there was no way the Loader could mount a RAM disk - I guess the MacPro handles ram differently than the standard PC. All I wanted to do is to access the NTFS filesystem so I could save my original NVidia ROM. No success I tried the HP USB Flash utility which creates a bootable USB flash drive with DOS on it but the MacPro doesn't recognise the drive as a bootable disk :/ Tried the same with an iPod but no success neither. So all I want is to boot into Dos with my MacPro - have a "writeable" drive so I can save my rom with the nvflash.exe and flash the card with the new and EFI64 rom version (which can be also found within another thread). Any1 an idea ? I think I am at the end of my knowledge... A .dmg that can be used to restore a Bootable DOS FAT32 partition that can be modified via OS X would be the bomb.

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OS X :: Slow Startup Speed Of Mac Pro Due To Flash Card / Reader

Feb 24, 2009

I have a two year old Mac Pro ( 2GB memory and 2GB RAM) which up until now has worked very well, extremely well really. Alas for some inexplicable reason it has decided to takes it's time coming out of the starting gate. It has gone from around 15 seconds to around 5 minutes. So far I have eliminated apps which I have not been using as well as a few startup items that I didn't really need.I have cleaned up my desktop so that there is only one Icon on it.

I have also de-fragged my startup drive.I have used Disk Utility which tells me that the disc is fine, and it seems to be working just fine when it is up and running. I have also unplugged my firewire and USB connections. I have run my cron scripts deleted all rotated log files and repaired disc permissions. Maybe I didn't need to, but heck, who knows, I am no expert. Maybe a reinstall may solve the problem or resetting the Pram may work. I don't really know for sure but I'll try anything just in case.

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Power Mac G5 :: Mac Pro Video Card In Dual 2.0 With Pci - X Slots?

Oct 2, 2007

Will the stock Mac Pro video card: NVIDIA GeForce 7300 GT, work in a PowerMac G5 Duallie 2.0 (mid 2004 model) with the pci-x slots? would a Cube G4 Rage 128 video card work in thePM G5? (I bought a G5 without a video card and I need to test it and find a cheap video card for it).

17" MacBook Pro 2.16/120/2gb ram
Mac OS X (10.4.10)
Mac Pro 2.66, 250 & 80gb hdd, 2 DL-SD, 7gn ram, APX & BT

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Mac Pro :: Updated Mac Video Card To Replace An Aging 8800GT?

Oct 12, 2010

So whats the deal with the 5870, still listed as unavailable on Apple and barely anyones selling it. I'm trying to get an updated Mac video card to replace an aging 8800GT and one before Cataclysm comes out.

Any ideas on getting a 5870, not against buying a PC version and flashing a Mac rom to it if it gets me a working card.

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Mac:: Refurb Mac Pro - Standard Ram And Video Card?

Oct 25, 2009

I need to max out my credit cards before I file for bankruptcy again. No, in all seriousness, I need a new workstation. Which one would you suggest from the pic below, or should I wait till Black Friday? The refurb mac pro come with the standard ram and video card so I'll have to upgrade those on my own. Which would be of better value?

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Mac Pro :: 2006 - Can I Use A Non-Mac Video Card In Windows

Feb 7, 2010

Long time mac user here. While I like OSX Snow Leopard recently I have switched to Windows 7 as I find the experience superior to anything Apple currently offers. I do however how a question about using my 2006 Mac Pro in Windows

My Mac Pro came with a 7300GT which is barely adequate for anything nowadays. I was wondering is it possible to use a passively cooled ATI Radeon 5450 (DX11 that supports all the high definition video codecs) in my Mac Pro alongside 7300GT? I know it wont be possible to use it while in OSX, but can I run both in my system so when I boot into Windows 7 (majority of the time) I can use the 5450 instead?

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Mac Pro :: Mac Pro - Upgradean ATI Radeon HD 2600 XT Video Card?

Mar 22, 2009

I have an early 2008 Mac Pro 2.8 that came with an ATI Radeon HD 2600 XT video card. I'm thinking about upgrading this to something with 512 MBs of VRAM. What GPU for the Mac Pro is a good value right now?

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Mac Pro :: Flash Video Performance On ATI 4870

Sep 1, 2009

Today I just bought and installed an (Apple) ATI 4870 for my '06 Mac Pro. It's all gone pretty smoothly, however I have noticed that flash video playback from sites such as Youtube and Vimeo are jerky. Have I missed something about installing a 4870 into an older MP? I thought it was basically plug and play - even though it's not officially supported by Apple. Quicktime movies are nice and smooth. This is under Snow Leopard, so I'm not sure if the problem exists under Leopard but I could probably move my last bootable backup drive into an enclosure with firewire and check things out.

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Mac Pro :: Use Video Card In PC?

Aug 19, 2009

is it possible to take my old 2600 XT from my Mac Pro and stick it in a PC?

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Hardware :: Video Card For Mac Pro?

Dec 29, 2010

I'm going to be buying a new Mac Pro soon.

I have 2 30" Cinema Displays (the older ones with DVI plugs) and I'm looking for the right video card to go in the new box. Currently, I have one nVidia GeForce 8800Gt with 1/2 Gb RAM. Video refreshes are a little tardy.

SO: Do I go with the 1 Gb. ATI card that Apple sells as stock with the new Pro's, or is there an nVidia or other unit that will give me better performance?

I know I could use 2 of the ATIs, but if I'm gonna do that, I'd rather do the nVidia Quadro FX 4800. I just happen to prefer nVidia, but it looks like their offerings in the Mac side are limited.

I'm not doing a lot of video, but I will be virtualizing with Win7 for some medical visual applications.

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OS X :: Mac Pro Video Card Upgrade

Jan 4, 2011

So I was given a first gen Mac Pro (2.66 dual dual-core "quad") which has taken a beating cosmetically, but hardware wise it's fine, just bulging caps on the video card: GeForce 7300GT.

This is going to be my testing and OS restore server once I get it up and going, assuming I can do that for less than the cost of a Mini Server.

On GSX the system is listed as "Ver3" so I assume that means it's a later revision that has the PCI-E 2.0 slots.

I need a new video card that will work with this system. Doesn't need to be anything special, I won't be gaming with it. Cheap is always good too. Mac OS X Server's going to cost $500, so if the price goes over $1,000 total, it's probably just cheaper to get a Mini Server. I already need to get an Airport and BT card which is about $150 total.

Apple's TSPS was completely useless at helping with this one, so hoping someone out there will maybe be a bit more helpful. So far I can only really pin down the GeForce 7300GT, GeForce 8800GT, Radeon HD 2600XT and Radeon HD 4870 as being compatible. None of which are very easy to find... At a reasonable price anyway.

So, looking for video cards compatible with Mac OS X, and the first gen Mac Pro. ATI or nVidia makes no difference, preferably sub-$150. I have searched in vain for some kind of list, and wouldn't be posting here if I had any luck, but if someone has better luck with Google than me,

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Mac Pro :: Which Video Card For 2008

Apr 18, 2008

I'm planning on buying a mac pro. Now the question is which video card should I get.

The choices are:

- ATI Radeon HD 2600 XT 256MB GDDR3
- NVIDIA GeForce 8800 GT 512MB GDDR3

I will not play games on my mac. It's gonna be a machine strictly for work, meaning Final Cut Pro, After Effects, Flash, Email, web, eventually maybe also Cinema 4D.

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Mac Pro :: Is Video Card Dying?

Oct 12, 2008

Lately I've been seeing some odd things on my screen. The appear randomly and can only be removed if I change the resolution of my screen (I guess thats the closest thing to a degauss button we have these days) but it always comes back within an hour or so. There is nothing that seems to specifically trigger it either. It shows up as blue on a dark color and yellow on light colors (see the images below).I have an NVIDIA GeForce 7800GT in a 2.5 Ghz Quad PPC Powermac.

This has been going on since about the same time I updated to 10.5.5 but Im not so sure its a software glitch. A part of me is thinking that this is my video card's last gasps for air before it dies. BUT I can take a screenshot of it which makes me question the software aspect. I can only take a screenshot of it when I use the command for taking a shot of the entire screen (Command-Shift-3) and not the command for cropping your shot (Command-Shift-4).

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Mac Pro :: Playing With Different Video Card On OS X

Apr 16, 2009

The GT 120s are killing me in a WinXP program that I use. I tried sticking in a GeForce 8800GT that I took from a windows machine. When you power on, a loud alarm goes off. Obviously, I turned it off. I was under the impression that I could use a different card. I know most pci's won't boot os x, but I thought I could use it just for Win. This alarm going off tells me otherwise. Weren't 8800 GT's available for Mac pros recently?

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Mac Pro :: How To Remove A Video Card

Feb 15, 2012

I'm giving my son my old 2.8 dual quad care computer. We are getting ready to replace the old ATI 2600 video card with the new 5770. How do I release the old card? I removed the metal hold down in the back. It looks like there's a little clip sticking out of the socket on the left of the card. Do I have to press that to release the card. Just don't want to screw anything up. Should I pull straight up on the card from the top edge?

Mac Pro, Mac OS X (10.6.8)

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Mac Pro :: PC Video Card - Special Drivers?

Nov 6, 2010

Last month, my mac pro stopped working. I can still hear the chime but nothing loads in the scree. So i brought it to a service center and they told me it's problem with the video card and that I have to pay 500 dollars for that. I am hesitant to shell out that big amount of a cash. Been using the Mac for 3 years now. the video card is nvidia p435(says on the sticker) which i think is a 7300 gt. My question is, can I use PC video cards for this cause I find the similarity. Since it's PCI-e then it should fit and work. My only concern is if they is a special driver that needs to be installed.

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Mac Pro :: Video Edit - More RAM / Card?

Nov 6, 2010

Got 6GB RAM on 2009 2.66 Mac Pro with 4870. The upcoming 5870 is $450. 12 GB (3x4GB) is $320 and 16 GB (4x4GB) is $425, and finally 24 GB (3x8GB) is $820. Which purchase or combo of purchase is best for video edit on Final Cut Pro? BTW, any additional benefits of getting the 5870? Gaming would be better (I game a little; X-Plane & Call of Duty), but wouldn't some apps off load to the GPU to make the CPU faster, though I don't know what those apps would be. I could run 2 displays with 5870 with ease, not sure if the 4870 can handle 2 displays.

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OS X :: Additional Power For Video Card In Mac Pro?

Jan 29, 2008

,A friend just recently purchased a NVIDIA Video Card and went to install it in his new Mac Pro but could not find a source to hook up additional power to the card. He called Apple and they weren't able to tell him how to connect to the Mac power supply.

Does the motherboard provide the necessary power so that he doesn't need to hook up the extra power cable to the card or does he need a booster cable etc?

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Mac Pro :: Will A Second Video Card Help Performance On Only One Monitor

Mar 22, 2008

this is kind of a dumb question. I have a Radeon 8500 in a Power Mac G4 that I'm repairing. I have a PCI Radeon 7000, and I was wondering, if I put it in too, would having two GPUs affect performance even though the monitor was only attached to the 8500?

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Mac Pro :: Using Video Card In Windows With BootCamp

May 2, 2009

I have a 2009 Mac Pro, and was wondering if it would be possible to put a PC 4870 video card in it and only use the 4870 in windows with bootcamp, and use the GT120 in OS X?

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Mac Pro :: Video Card Is Not Working Correctly

May 20, 2009

I am writing a book on mudbox-3D digital sculpting. My video card is not working correctly here are my specs

I am using Mac Pro Mac OS X 10.5.6
2 x3 GHz Dual-Core Intel Xeon
ATI Radeon X1900 XT

Dual displays
20 " display
20" Cintiq tablet

I must say there are no specs on Autodesk website for mudbox for mac and video card.I would have thought my video card would have been sufficient, but it is apparently not. So I am asking what others have. Have you upgraded? anyone trying the nvidia Quadro FX4800? It is a shame that I would have to step away from the Radeon graphics card.I thought it might need an update in its driver but there is no update on the site. So what are the options?I have a call into the media at AMD to see if there is something that can be done with the card that I have.I sure hate to have to review it and say.Take out the Radeon card.I am open for suggestions and comments on this subject.

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Mac Pro :: What Video Card Best For 2006 Model

Jul 25, 2009

I have a 2006 Mac Pro with 7300GT and I'm thinking about upgrading the video card since Photoshop takes advantage of GPU and Lightroom will also in not too distant future. The system is still fast for my needs so all I want is a GPU upgrade What are my options?

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Mac Pro :: Best Graphics Card For HD Video Editing?

Sep 21, 2009

As you can see in the title. What is the Best Graphics Card for HD Video Editing?

Obviously it should be compatible with the mac.

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Mac Pro :: Get Windows Video Card For Bootcamp Only?

Dec 3, 2009

I want to buy either of these cards and use it for windows only via boot camp... is that possible?

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PowerPC :: Old G5 Video Card On Newer Mac Pro?

Jan 4, 2010

A friend of mine scored a quad 2.66 with a 20" ACD for $900! what a deal. He has 4 monitors he wants to connect. I have an old 64mb video card from a G5 I want to give him if it will work. Will it work in the mac pro?

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Mac Pro :: 7300GT Video Card Dying On 1.1

Jul 19, 2010

My Mac Pro 1,1 (two dual-core 3Ghz) has begun to have a blue screen flick on intermittently for a second or two. Sometimes the blue screen may not happen for over an hour and then it may happen a few times in a few minutes. I did a Safe Boot and reset the pram but there was no change. I was going to run Apple Hardware Test but after some Google searching it seems that Hardware Test probably won't spot the problem if it is the 7300GT video card I have in the machine - which is what I suspect is the problem. Based on doing a search of this forum and a Google search, it seems like the cheapest replacement I can get for the 7300GT is the ATI Radeon HD2600XT. (I don't do anything that needs a higher "power" video card.) Does anyone know if either one or both of these cards will work in my Mac Pro: [URL:...] If not, what cheap video card might you recommend for my Mac Pro 1,1 and where might be a good place to obtain it?

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Mac Pro :: Upgrading Video Card In Early 08?

Feb 26, 2012

I have an early 08 Mac Pro with an Nvidia 8800 GT and 10 gigs of ram. I want to upgrade for video editing as well as gaming. I game in PC as well. Is it true I have to buy official Mac video cards? That would be easier right, rather then dealing with flashing the cards and etc? Would the Ati 5770 be good enough or should I splurge for the 5870? Is the 5870 that much better that it's worth the extra 200 dollars?  What do you guys think, since my comp is kinda old would the 5770 be a big enough jump? Also, is it easy to install these cards? Do I need tools? For bootcamp, how do I install the drivers for windows 7? Do I download and install the Ati drivers before  I put the card in?  

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Hardware :: What 2nd Video Card To Buy For My MAC PRO ?

Jun 14, 2010

I have a 2008 intel 8 core mac pro with a NVIDIA GeForce 8800GT 512MB with 2x 30 inch cinema displays.

I want to add 2 smaller displays, what is the best card to add ? Find the same Nvidia Geforce 8800GT ? Or can I buy another one ?

Do i have to buy it specially for mac or are the pc video cards off the shelve working on the mac ?

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Hardware :: Confused About 2nd Video Card On Mac Pro

Jan 25, 2008

I purchased a Mac Pro and the one we ordered is with the NVidia G8800 GT option. We are going to be running 3 monitors with this but the 3rd monitor won't be as important. To save money we are considering getting the ATI 2600 XT as the 2nd video card. I read a lot on these boards and never really have found an answer as to whether these can be used together or not. I don't want to do it unless I know it works for sure since I don't want stability issues. I can imagine until the Nvidia is out likely there won't be an answer for sure.

Here is the problem. Tonight I decided to call AppleCare figuring I could get a good answer. When the guy answered I told him I am getting a Mac Pro and asked my question. Before I knew it he was explaining how the "MacBook Pro has two video cards in it already, one for the internal LCD, one for an external" I explained I have a Mac Pro coming, not a MacBook Pro. I hope I'm not wrong but I almost explained to him that the MacBook Pro only has one video card.

Then I explained it was the Mac Pro and how I want to know if I could use an NVidia G8800GT with an ATI 2600 XT and that I would be using it with 3 monitors. He said to hold on a minute and he would check into it. He came back in minutes and said he talked to several other csr's there that specialize in desktops and they told him that you can't use an ATI with a NVidia, you can only use one card type.

The next part is what shocked me, he then said how before I buy another video card to check with the manufacturer to make sure it works with a Mac Pro. I explained I'm not buying a graphics card from another manufacturer, I'm buying Apple's graphics card. Well he tried to tell me Apple DOES NOT sell video cards. I realized at this point I was not going to get any help. I never have had problems with calling Apple in the past but am shocked he talked to others who gave him this information. I also realize now that I should not take his comment seriously about them not working together. What I'm wondering, does anyone know yet if these two will work well together?

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Mac Pro :: Compatible Of Video Card For 1st Generation

Dec 10, 2010

New to forums. Just purchased a first gen(2006) mac pro off ebay and found out it had a x1900 for a video card, I have a 8800gt in my old comp(hackintosh) but tried removing the ati card and installing 8800gt and no luck. Could anyone reccomend me a video card that would work maybe out of the box and that isnt too expensive, really wanna spend 100$-150$ max.

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