Flash nVidia GeForce 6600 256MB to PC?

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  1. WalnutSpice Suspended

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    So awhile ago I purchased a video card for my G5. The seller sent me the wrong card and pretty much told me to piss off. So I've been stuck with this video card and nothing to do with it. Recently I've collected a few broken PCs and am building myself a temporary PC until I can get the money for a real nice build.
    At the moment I have no video card in the machine and am using the integrated graphics. But the video card I got does fit in the computer, and the computer knows it there, but when I boot it with the monitor connected to it, I get six beeps. Unfortunately I need a video card because the integrated graphics went bad on the motherboard and am stuck with a 1024x768 resolution from the built in VGA.
    I've read all about people flashing PC cards to PowerPC (someone just flashed a newer 2GB card to a G5 and got it working under Ubuntu) so I figured it must be possible to get it working in a PC.
     
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    That sounds like complete lies. Have you been talking to Rabidz7?
     
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    OP wouldn't know who he is. He joined a little over a month ago.

    That said, I am not sure if this card is one that can be flashed or not.
     
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    I'm not sure, I just stumbled across it on Ubuntu Forums a few weeks ago. Sounds familiar though
     
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    If it's a PCIe G5 then it's technically possible with Ubuntu but unlikely.

    As for the 6600, depends on the card and manufacturer. You'll need a PC with working graphics to flash it with though.
     
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    I believe the limitation with other cards is the hardware, not the software. OSX 10.5.8 supports the Nvidia 8800GT completely, yet the ROM on any 8800GT does not support the G5 hardware.

    The OS is in effect largely irrelevant as a result.
     
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    Note I wasn't talking about OS X.

    I was working along the same lines as sticking a Windows firmware card into a Mac Pro. No (firmware) boot screen support, but reference cards usually initialise once the OS loads the drivers.
     
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    Might not be the answer you are looking for, but a GT210 is like $35 on Amazon and it performs decently well. Two years ago my main computer was a P4 machine with 4GB of RAM and a GT210. It was adequate for a long time.
     
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    The GT210 is not worth 5 euro IMO. I've owned it. The BEST value for money card out there with an unbelievably low power requirement is the Nvidia GT730. I got mine for 50 Euro on Amazon and it can play GTA V at 30 FPS, waayyy above what I wanted it to do. Make sure to get the 64bit version, the 128bit one is much worse.
     

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