X1900XT drivers?

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  1. daddywags214 macrumors regular

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    Hi! I'm new to the forum.

    I just got my mac pro with the X1900XT and as soon as I fired it up, I ran software update, updated all my apps and my firmware, etc, and it's been great. However, I thought I'd check ATI.com to see if there were updated drivers. There is an ATI updater thing that one can download; it isn't card specific. It didn't list the x1900 as being supported specifically, but it said it worked with all ATI OEM cards in Apple computers. So I downloaded and ran it, but the ATI preference pane in System Prefs won't open. Ever since, my video performance has been a bit slower. Unfortunately, I haven't yet installed Windows so I don't have any 3D benchmarks of which to speak, but I have noticed that little things, like the Genie Effect, and opening Dashboard don't go as smoothly as they did before i updated. Basically, my video performance is just mildly choppy. It's not a big deal-- yet-- but I just wanted to throw it out there and see if anyone had had a similar thing happen.

    If it is in fact these updated drivers, is there a way to revert to the ones that were on it when it was new? And if so, can I do it without losing any data or reinstalling?

    Thanks for your help.

    Mac Pro quad 3gHz
    2gb RAM
    ATi Radeon X1900XT
    Airport/Bluetooth
    1 SuperDrive
     
  2. Abulia macrumors 68000

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    Are you talking about the December 05 update or the January 05 update for your brand new Mac Pro? :rolleyes:

    Yea, I think you messed something up. These drivers, historically, have been for aftermarket retail cards, not OEM cards that ship with Apple products (and certainly not past 2005).

    Unfortunately I don't know anyway to roll back a driver update, ala Windows "rollback driver" button. Sorry. :(

    Anyone?
     
  3. knome macrumors 6502

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    yea you're screwed. There is as tool you could use to fix it but it works in os9 only, its a ati flash tool. you'll either have to take it to an apple store and say help me help me help me. Or load windows get a rom flasher and search the web for the EFI drivers someone extracted from the card (i know someone has done it and still has the document)
     
  4. waremaster macrumors 6502

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    Are you saying he inadvertently flashed his card? I don’t think that’s what happened at all. I think he just has a messed up driver on his system now.

    I wonder if a software update would contain drivers. Worst case maybe someone on here with a system of the same specs could send him the kext files.
     
  5. knome macrumors 6502

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    oh i thought he installed the ROM update from early 2005 which is a bios update. lol, my bad.
     
  6. daddywags214 thread starter macrumors regular

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    thanks for the help guys. a reinstall of OSX fixed the problem. silliness.
     
  7. daddywags214 thread starter macrumors regular

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    would someone take a snapshot (old fashioned style, shift-propellor-4!) of the graphics tab of his system profiler graphics tab and put it up so I can compare it to mine?

    thanks
     

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  8. Origin macrumors regular

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    Here it is
     

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  9. daddywags214 thread starter macrumors regular

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    merci monsieur, j'ai voulu vérifier que c'etait le même chose
     
  10. Origin macrumors regular

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    Pas de problèmes ;) . Votre français est presque parfait, bravo !

    No problem, your french is nearly perfect, congratulations ;)
     
  11. peas macrumors member

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    where's the ati preference pane in system prefs?
    only thing close to that i see is displays, appearance, and desktop/screensaver:confused:
     
  12. sarge macrumors 6502a

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    Never Update the Video Driver?

    I have a question related to this as I have the same vcard. I am having trouble a Spyder 2PRo Monitor Calibrator that I got for xmas and the guy asked me if I updated my video card to the latest driver. I am running 10.4.8 on a 1.67 G4 PB and I have never updated my video drivers nor have I ever heard of anyone else doing so. Is this then not advisable?


    BTW, I am thinking of upgrading my HD though to a 120g and wonder if it is worth it to upgrade the video card as well. Iam going to be editing a lot of video in the near future...
     

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