Flash GT210 for EFI boot on a MacPro1,1

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  1. 128keaton macrumors 68020

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    I know that I've asked a similar question here. Now, for other reasons, I need my GT210 to display the boot screen. Is there anyway I can flash it to do so? If not, what is a good $40 GFX card that can display the boot screen/drive select screen and has similar specs?
     
  2. 666sheep macrumors 68040

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    If you can write EFI32 ROM for it and replace the EEPROM, it would be doable ;) You can get 2600XT for that price (it needs new chip as well), 4870 or 8800GT.
     
  3. applereviewguy macrumors regular

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    If you dump your ROM I'll try and write something for it
     
  4. 128keaton, Jun 5, 2014
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    How would I go about doing that? Can't google right now, will later if you don't feel like answering.

    EDIT: I figured out that on Mackintoshes, if your AGPM kext is wonky (mine is, long story) the gt210 might 'scale' back which sounds close to whats happening, its sleep/idle state is too low.
     
  5. applereviewguy macrumors regular

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    Boot into dos, and download atiflash.

    Run atiflash -s 0 gt210.rom
     
  6. 128keaton thread starter macrumors 68020

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    Ok, so I need to do this on a PC? EDIT: Duh, yup. I'll do so after I get food and stuff.
     
  7. applereviewguy macrumors regular

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    Yep :)

    There is a way to do it on a Mac but I have a test bench dedicated to flashing and fixing dead GPU's.
     
  8. 128keaton thread starter macrumors 68020

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    Ok, thanks. I'll dump it when I get the chance today
     
  9. applereviewguy macrumors regular

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    Okay

    Honestly, I would just scrap the 210 and get a HD 6870. They are awesome cards, and you can flash it easily.
     
  10. 128keaton, Jun 5, 2014
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    I would if I had disposable income. Do you have a cheaper suggestion(under $100)?
    Really though, something is up that should be fixable. My Late 2011 Intel Graphics MacBook Pro (Thank the lord I didn't get the Nvidia one) doesn't have these weird graphics problems. The 210 has much higher specs than the integrated.
     
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  12. 128keaton thread starter macrumors 68020

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    Wow! That would do it! iMovie can **** and stop stuttering. Well, thanks for the suggestions! I'll watch these and see if I can bid-snipe.
     
  13. applereviewguy macrumors regular

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    Awesome!

    I love buying up cheap cards like those (I just bought some so I am not buying any ATM) and flashing them and flipping them.

    The 280X is my current project, but I have it almost 100% finished.

    Once you get the GPU, if you want I can do the ROM for you. I've done a ton of 6870's in the past.
     
  14. 128keaton, Jun 5, 2014
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    Would this work:
    http://www.ebay.com/itm/251546850209


    Ticks me off that the miners have jacked the prices up so much
     
  15. 666sheep macrumors 68040

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    He wants the bootscreen. EBC 6870 ROM doesn't give it in any way.
     
  16. applereviewguy macrumors regular

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    Doh.

    I guess the cheapest way to do that would be an 8800GT, or a used 5770 Mac.
     
  17. 128keaton thread starter macrumors 68020

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    I guess I need to continue using my 7300. I might just get a GTX 650.
     
  18. applereviewguy macrumors regular

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    Once it is flashed, The 4870 DOES give you boot screens on a 1,1, just so you know.
     
  19. 128keaton thread starter macrumors 68020

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    I got a 6790. Not as nice as I wanted, but it will be better than my GTX 650 in my Gaming Rig, lol. Bitcoin mining, here I come.
     
  20. applereviewguy macrumors regular

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    Nice. Mine some Vertcoin, Bitcoin mining wouldn't get you $.01 a year on a 6790.
     
  21. 128keaton thread starter macrumors 68020

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    Oh good idea!
     

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