Here's an odd one; 10.6.3 installed wrong graphics drivers

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  1. elephant macrumors newbie

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    So I was having major problems with anything 3D after the 10.6.3 update, and when I took a look at the System Profile, I saw that the graphics card listed in the Hardware section is not the graphics card I actually have.

    I'm using an early 2008 MacBook Pro, which has a GeForce 7800GT graphics card...but my System Profile says I have a GeForce 8600M GT.

    This must be the reason for the issue with the graphics, but is there a way to correct the system profile?
     
  2. iLog.Genius macrumors 601

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    The Early-2008 MacBook Pro does have the 8600M GT GPU...

    I'm not sure why you're under the impression that you have a 7800GT GPU.
     
  3. maflynn Moderator

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    yes *cough* pilot error *cough* ;)

    The early 08 model of MBPs did in fact use the infamous 8600m GT nvidia GPU
     
  4. elephant thread starter macrumors newbie

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    I don't recognize the 8600M GT spec at all, but I might be mistaken. It seemed like the obvious problem, as I've always been under the impression that I had a 7800 GT.

    Back to square one then. 3D not working. :confused:
     
  5. elephant thread starter macrumors newbie

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    Just installed the 10.6.3, didn't do anything else...so the error is on Apple's side, once again.
     
  6. roadbloc macrumors G3

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    Re-install and only go up to 10.6.2
     
  7. elephant thread starter macrumors newbie

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    Not an option I'm afraid.
     
  8. roadbloc macrumors G3

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    Care to elaborate?
     
  9. gusterfan macrumors newbie

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    I'm having video card issues... I think. My early 2008 MBP (just like yours) has frozen at least 5 times since updating. I think its a video card issue bc when this happens the screen gets pixelated and expose works halfway (ie i can see parts of itunes and ichat while looking at top sites). Also, the trackpad was acting up, the cursor moved the opposite direction of my finger on the trackpad! I'd like to downgrade if at all possible, so if anyone has any ideas, please let me know! thanks

    Also, when this happens the keyboard becomes completely unresponsive and itunes kept playing, even though at one point i closed the computer! itunes kept on going, song after song
     
  10. MacTech68, Mar 30, 2010
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  11. Signal-11 macrumors 65816

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    You are mistaken. Early 2008 MBPs came with 8600 GT with either 256 or 512MBs RAM. You can confirm this detail with every other MBP owner and every spec site on the internets.
     

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