Dead 8800 GT... how to install new 285GTX Drivers ????

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  1. xintasprint macrumors newbie

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    I've got a dead 8800GT and OSX will not boot up (windows 7 will in VGA)

    Question...how do you install the 285gtx's drivers into OSX if they in fact must be installed before you can plug in the card?

    I live in a remote location with no fellow mac pro users to borrow a card.
     
  2. Chad H macrumors 6502a

    Chad H

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    I don't know that you can. I know when I would try to boot from the OSX DVD to re-install leopard with the GTX285 installed it would cause a big ole' kernel panic. Maybe something remotely...a laptop? I'm strictly guessing. I'm gonna google a little and see if I can help. :)
     
  3. MacVidCards Suspended

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    Either screen sharing via another leopard mac or.........

    A safe boot with failing 8800GT
     
  4. xintasprint thread starter macrumors newbie

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    What about this ???

    "u can install 285, startup osx into single user mode

    then do this commands:

    mount -uw /

    rm -rf /System/Library/Extensions/NVDA*

    then u can reboot and get osxto output in vesa/uga mode, then u can install drivers "
     
  5. MacVidCards Suspended

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    sounds like Netkas words from another thread.

    why not try holding the "shift" key at boot first

    simpler and may very well work with a dying 8800GT
     
  6. xintasprint thread starter macrumors newbie

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    Shift key Safe mode doesn't work. Delay, then "Bad Boy, turn off machine" message.

    No extra mac around to boot from.

    Doesn't seem like such an unusual scenario. Old card dies, buy new one, whadaya know. Can't install it and apple doesn't tell you how. Hmmmmm.....
     

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