Mac Pro Video Card

Discussion in 'MacBook Pro' started by Spencer Fry, Sep 11, 2006.

  1. Spencer Fry macrumors newbie

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    As you know Apple lists these cards to buy:

    I would like to buy the one in bold above, but I would rather buy it through NewEgg or a similar service. Does anyone know if this is possible, and if so, could you please link me to the card?
     
  2. Transeau macrumors 6502a

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    Not at this time, No.

    The firmware on the card is different. It may be possible in the future, but you will have to wait for someone to dump the firmware/bios from a BTO Mac Pro and post it first.
     
  3. Eidorian macrumors Penryn

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    Apple's cards will work in OS X and in Windows. You can buy one off of NewEgg but it'll only work in Windows. If you try to boot back into OS X with the card in you'll more then likely be unable to.
     
  4. Spencer Fry thread starter macrumors newbie

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    I see. Are there any comparable cards to the one I listed above that will work in Mac OS X and give good graphics performance for games, movies, etc.?

    EDIT: For instance, will this work (Buy.com) or this (Amazon)?
     
  5. Old Smuggler macrumors 6502a

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    well if i remember corectly Mac compatible and PC video cards are the exactly the same hardware wise but not software or ROM wise so no it wouldnt work
    i heard it would work once OSX boots but you'll have a black screen before meaning you will lose the apple logo in the gray screen when you boot and wont see any thing till system login screen appears
    i think it would kinda make it hard to do stuff like resseting P-ram and other things similar

    if i was misguided someone please correct me
     
  6. Spencer Fry thread starter macrumors newbie

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    That's kind of terrible. So am I screwed? How do I upgrade my video card from the standard MacPro card that I received (i.e. the NVIDIA GeForce 7300 GT 256MB) to something better?
     
  7. Old Smuggler macrumors 6502a

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    how do you upgrade your card ? buy another one from apple but it will be more expensive than it was when it was BTO


    i am assuming if you dont buy it from apple it wont work
    they are give a stock of cards and they Put apple ROM on them
    no one else can sell a card with apple rom if im correct

    Again correct me if im wrong because i might be
     
  8. Transeau macrumors 6502a

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    Like I said - just wait for people to start posting some hacked firmware for the other cards on the market.
     
  9. NATO macrumors 68000

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    Apple sell the ATI X1900XT as a seperate upgrade kit, you can order it from the Apple Store online. You'll have to wait a while until other retailers will offer this or a similar card I'm afraid
     
  10. Old Smuggler macrumors 6502a

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    why not just pony up the dough for a card specifically designed for a mac pro
    that way when apple releases updates via software or firmware you know it will continue to work
    not leaving you in the dark like some haxie job might
    i read in another forum that pc cards come with some thing like a 64k rom chip but apple 's come with a 128k so either it was solder another chip or compress the rom data down to 64

    i think i can find the link but im not shure if its ok to post another forums link in this forum?
     
  11. Spencer Fry thread starter macrumors newbie

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    That's probably what I'm going to have to do. That's too bad, though.
     

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