How do I flash a PC GPU to work in a Mac?

Discussion in 'Mac Accessories' started by mrkramer, Nov 8, 2007.

  1. mrkramer macrumors 603

    mrkramer

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    I'm now ready to get an upgraded GPU for my G3 powermac. When I've been looking around, all of the PC GPUs are a lot cheaper than the Mac versions of the same card. I know that you can flash the firmware on the PC cards so they will work in a Mac but can anyone tell me how to do it?

    also just to make sure would this card work in a B&W G3 if I flashed it?
     
  2. disconap macrumors 68000

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  3. admiraldennis macrumors regular

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    The process is different for different cards.

    For any card, you'll likely need:
    -A PC
    -A DOS environment (usually from a boot floppy)
    -A firmware flashing program
    -Mac firmware, either snagged from a Mac card or downloaded
     
  4. disconap macrumors 68000

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    Many ATI and Nvidia cards can be flashed in OSX. I don't think older gen PCI cards can, though.

    Again, google strangedogs. They have lists of compatible cards, roms and instructions in their forums.
     

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