Can a Mac Pro video card be swapped out for a PC video card?

Discussion in 'Mac Pro' started by NJRonbo, Jan 14, 2007.

  1. NJRonbo macrumors 68000

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    Just bought a mac pro. It arrives in a few days as I had it customized.

    It comes with a rather lackluster NVIDIA GeForce 7300GT video card.

    I just bought a NVIDIA Geforce 7900GT card for my PC.

    Can I easily swap the cards? Are they compatible in both machines?

    I'm also hoping the video card drivers already installed in the Mac
    will work with the card I am swapping out as they are both within the
    NVIDIA Geforce series.
     
  2. robbieduncan Moderator emeritus

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    The basic answer is no. Do a search: there are quite a few threads on here with people trying this out. It is sometimes possible to flash the EFI/Mac Rom onto the BIOS/PC one but this means that there has to be a Mac version of the card to start with...
     
  3. apfhex macrumors 68030

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    It's more than a driver issue, as robbieduncan mentioned, the card also has to have Mac/EFI compatible firmware on it.

    The cards will work in Windows, but not in Mac OS X.
     
  4. disconap macrumors 68000

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    Go to strangedogs.com and check and see if the card is compatible for a ROM swap. If so, follow the instructions (WARNING: some cards, even if compatible, require soldering on a new ROM chip, not just swapping the ROM file).
     

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