[rescue] [geeks] AppleMacanix GFX cards

Nick B nick at pelagiris.org
Sun Sep 4 11:38:11 CDT 2011

Did you seriously just kvetch about a commodity video card "only"
lasting 3 years?

On 9/1/11, Mark Benson <md.benson at gmail.com> wrote:
> On 31 Aug 2011, at 19:15, Jonathan Patschke wrote:
>> I've not bought from that seller particularly, but my Mac Pro has an
>> Nvidia 8800GT that was flashed with Mac firmware by an eBay seller.  So
>> far, it's given me no problems.
> No issues in 10.7? One thing applemacanix are not 100% about is testing in
> 10.7 - apparently they haven't got to that yet. I don't imagine there *are*
> any issues as it's hardware, it's gonna look the same to whatever OS, but
> again it's a lot of wedge for a card that may not work as expected.
>> Double-check that the card has the correct firmware for your Mac.
>> MacPro1,1 and MacPro2,1 need 32-bit firmware;
> I am well aware of this. I have a 1,1 and used to have a 8800GT that we all
> had to wait 4 months for when Apple refused to do a 32-bit version until
> everyone jumped up and down.
> <rant>It lasted 3 years then (I suspect) blew a RAM chip (I got massive
> screen
> corruption to the point that the screen just stops working after 2-3mins).
> It'd be the second time I've laid down big bucks for an NVIDIA card only to
> have it do that. I whipped off the (poorly designed IMHO) heat-sink to find
> the RAM chips used that crappy white stick-on thermal pad stuff as a cooling
> interface and it had all but dried out over the 3 years. As well as that 2
> chips were under the centre of the fan (where there's no airflow) and there
> wasn't a lot of metal above them to dump the heat. The whole system also use
> to fur up with dust very easily because it was low-profile and all enclosed.
> Even *with* regular cleaning it still died. It didn't even have  a
> back-panel
> outlet vent. Rubbish design... </rant>
> Apparently Apple's current Radeon 5770 *still* works on a 1,1 and a 2,1 with
> 32-bit firmware... but not officially. They cost over 200 GBP though. Bit of
> a
> wallet breaker when you consider the Sapphire 5770 in my PC cost me 104 GBP
> a
> year and a half ago!
>> There are, however, problems with some cards that have multiple DVI
>> outputs that cause the secondary DVI port to not work.  Check on the
>> forums for reports on the card you're looking to buy if this would be a
>> dealbreaker for you.  Most work just fine, though.
> The dual-DVI Radeon 4870 1GB I was looking at has that issue but only in
> 10.5.
> 10.6 and up see both DVI ports just fine.
>> One final thing: make sure the power cable is included.
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