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Infrared

macrumors 68000
Mar 28, 2007
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surprised no one has posted about this yet...

anyway hopefully this will resolve some issues, fingers crossed with regards to the wake/reboot issue.

http://support.apple.com/kb/TS1237

That link didn't work for me. But there's this instead:

http://www.apple.com/support/downloads/atiradeonhd2600xtfirmwareupdate.html

[EDIT] Your link is now working for me.

Not sure whether to download it. I've had zero freezes and
the like so far.

[EDIT] ps Yes it is surprising there have been few posts about this.
After all the hoo-ha, barely a whisper when a potential fix actually
appears. Maybe it's the wrong time of day or maybe they've all
got 8800s by now :)
 

slackpacker

macrumors 6502a
That link didn't work for me. But there's this instead:

http://www.apple.com/support/downloads/atiradeonhd2600xtfirmwareupdate.html

[EDIT] Your link is now working for me.

Not sure whether to download it. I've had zero freezes and
the like so far.

[EDIT] ps Yes it is surprising there have been few posts about this.
After all the hoo-ha, barely a whisper when a potential fix actually
appears. Maybe it's the wrong time of day or maybe they've all
got 8800s by now :)

So what did it do?

My assessment is that is downgrades its power even more.
 

Mackilroy

macrumors 68040
Jun 29, 2006
3,724
322
I downloaded the update and upon launching it, I was told I did not need it.

Perhaps it's because I'm running on a 2006 Mac Pro...
 

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macrumors bot
Apr 12, 2001
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ATI Radeon HD 2600 XT Firmware Update



Apple has posted a firmware update for ATI Radeon 2600 XT cards for Mac Pro users running Mac OS X 10.5.2.

This update is for Mac Pro computers with one or more ATI Radeon HD 2600 XT graphics cards installed, running Mac OS X 10.5.2 or later with the Leopard Graphics Update.

It updates the ATI Radeon HD 2600 XT graphics card firmware on all of the ATI Radeon HD 2600 XT graphics cards in the Mac Pro to improve system stability.

Article Link
 

Squonk

macrumors 65816
Mar 15, 2005
1,370
14
Now I'm wondering....

I have not been having any problems on my machine, I wonder if I should install this or not. It shouldn't hurt it....right?

Can anyone confirm or deny that it's slowing down the video card?
 

kingtj

macrumors 68030
Oct 23, 2003
2,606
747
Brunswick, MD
Heh, I did!

I just sold my HD2600XT on eBay yesterday evening.
I flashed one of the PC 8800GT's with Mac firmware and it works great. Even runs at an overclocked speed since I flashed those parameters into it as well.

For what it's worth though, I didn't have a single problem with my 2600 card while I was using it, BUT I was also using it in a dual display configuration. As I understood things, dual-monitor users weren't having problems with it anyway. The firmware fix was supposed to address issues people only had when using it with 1 display.


ps Yes it is surprising there have been few posts about this.
After all the hoo-ha, barely a whisper when a potential fix actually
appears. Maybe it's the wrong time of day or maybe they've all
got 8800s by now :)
 

netdog

macrumors 603
Feb 6, 2006
5,760
38
London
My Mac Pro is much quieter after the update. Anyone else experiencing this? Fans fire up longer at boot, but now all I hear is my drives.
 

Infrared

macrumors 68000
Mar 28, 2007
1,706
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My Mac Pro is much quieter after the update. Anyone else experiencing this? Fans fire up longer at boot, but now all I hear is my drives.

Hmm... I don't see why that would be so unless the graphics card
fan speed has been changed. I wonder.
 

netdog

macrumors 603
Feb 6, 2006
5,760
38
London
Hmm... I don't see why that would be so unless the graphics card
fan speed has been changed. I wonder.

Well, I can tell you that it is MUCH quieter. Hear almost no fan noise now. The Mac Pro is now putting out about the same noise as the satellite box.
 

UK2TX2CA

macrumors newbie
Feb 20, 2008
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The 2600 XT firmware update is here!

http://www.apple.com/downloads/macosx/apple/firmware_hardware/atiradeonhd2600xtfirmwareupdate.html

This update is for Mac Pro computers with one or more ATI Radeon HD 2600 XT graphics cards installed, running Mac OS X 10.5.2 or later with the Leopard Graphics Update.

It updates the ATI Radeon HD 2600 XT graphics card firmware on all of the ATI Radeon HD 2600 XT graphics cards in the Mac Pro to improve system stability.

Installing this update on a 2.8 GHz Mac Pro system configured with multiple hard drives or more than 2GB of RAM will result in the system meeting Energy Star 3.0 requirements.

System profiler now shows:
Chipset Model: ATI Radeon HD 2600
Type: Display
Bus: PCIe
Slot: Slot-1
PCIe Lane Width: x16
VRAM (Total): 256 MB
Vendor: ATI (0x1002)
Device ID: 0x9588
Revision ID: 0x0000
ROM Revision: 113-B1480A-252
EFI Driver Version: 01.00.252
 

shinji

macrumors 65816
Mar 18, 2007
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I downloaded the update and upon launching it, I was told I did not need it.

Perhaps it's because I'm running on a 2006 Mac Pro...

I'm running a 2007 Mac Pro that I added a 2600 XT to...I guess I'd have the same issue as you if I were to download this. I have had a few strange crashes, though...
 

xraydoc

macrumors demi-god
Oct 9, 2005
8,866
3,254
192.168.1.1
The updater doesn't run on gen. 1 Mac Pros even though the Radeon HD 2600XT card does. So, can't update my card, though I haven't had any stability problems either.
 

SandynJosh

macrumors 68000
Oct 26, 2006
1,652
2
I'd heard that the earlier driver from Apple handled some graphic inputs in a non-standard way that conflicted with some 3D graphic sites and this was to fix that.
 

rockinrocker

macrumors 65816
Aug 21, 2006
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0
from what the link says, it sounds like this doesn't have anything to do with the reboot from sleep issue......
 

OlBlueHair

macrumors regular
Feb 7, 2008
117
0
Has anyone else been having the "sitting on a blue screen for 5 minutes after the gray screen" after restart issue, and if so, does this do anything to fix that?

To be honest, after going through 2 brand new mac pros and updating to 10.5.2 and getting that problem, I'm afraid to try anything new.
 
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