Mac Pro :: Can't Handle Detail Intensive Graphic Without Slowing Down / Crashing Programs

Feb 28, 2012

I have a Mac Pro 4,1 with an NVIDIA GeForce GT 120. It can't handle detail intensive graphic without slowing down and/or crashing programs. I need to upgrade. What should I get?

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Mac Pro, Mac OS X (10.6.8)

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May 4, 2012

I've had numerous, yet infrequent, kernel panics with my 2010 15" MacBook Pro running Snow Leopard. I have a dual-core i7 model with the NVIDIA GeForge GT 300M. They always happen when I'm using a graphic-intensive program (Motion, Photoshop, and - believe it or not - when running PowerPoint presentations). They have all happened when using an external monitor or projector as well - although I rarely work without an external monitor plugged in, so it could be a coincidence on that. The maddening thing is that they don't happen all the time (well, I guess that's good) - sometimes they come at the start of the day when I'm first in a program, some come later in the day, some come when I've been using a program intensively (as in working in Photoshop for hours), and some just seem to happen right away when I first start using the program. There will be days I get multiple ones, and then not see the panics again for weeks and weeks. 

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Feb 19, 2009

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Computer: Macbook Pro 15" 2.0Ghz with Rosetta, ATI X1600 graphics card, 1 gig RAM.

Problem: There will be horizontal pixel lines when the temperature goes above 50 degrees celsius. The computer will freeze in games randomly (particularly Warcraft III).

What I've noticed:

Apple+Q and Apple+option+escape does not do anything. Because it forces me to restart, I have no logs.

Other Macs can run in temperatures over 60 degrees celsius perfectly fine while mine cannot. When I put it on an A/C unit set at 40 degrees fahrenheit, I don't get any horizontal lines or freezes. (maybe the mac shuts off things at a particular temperature to prevent overheating and the set temperature was lowered)

Freezes vary from instantly going to a black screen, a green screen with vertical white lines, or just a normal freeze.

In a normal freeze, if I have iTunes playing in background, it won't be affected and will continue to play the song. (background processes may still be fine).

The green and black freezes will make the same sound repeat over and over.

Warcraft III (in-game) will sometimes start flickering in large random areas of the screen and it usually leads to a freeze.

Sometimes it will freeze even when the temperature isn't hot. (without warning)

What I've done:

reinstalled the OS and just installed Warcraft III to test display (still froze)

replaced the thermal paste

cleaned out the dust

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I've done these things so far:

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May 13, 2010

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If you need to reinstall 10.6, it automatically archives and installs for you. A reinstallation will not affect your Mac OS X version number. In other words, reinstallation of Mac OS X 10.6 on a Mac that contains Mac OS X 10.6.1 (when it becomes available) will not overwrite any new components delivered by 10.6.1. So when the re-install is complete, you will still be running Mac OS X 10.6.1. This will save users considerable time. There is no "Previous System" folder at the root level after reinstalling. If a power outage occurs, installation will pick up from where it left off. To prevent the Blue Screen error that plagued some users when upgrading to Mac OS X 10.5, a software compatibility check is included that has a list of known "bad" apps, and disables them. Those programs are moved to an "Incompatible Software" folder.

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