Installing new X1900 XT card on a early 2006 mac pro

Discussion in 'Mac Pro' started by robysak, Jan 23, 2011.

  1. robysak macrumors newbie

    Jan 23, 2011
    Been searching the boards for awhile now trying to find install guidelines (if any). I have a Mac pro 1st gen (early 2006) that has the nvidia 7300 card. i bought a ATI X1900 XT to replace it.

    When i went to reboot after installing the card in slot 1, i have no video output, (but the fan does spin). Are there drivers to install? The box did come with PC/Mac install software that when run says its for the Mac G5 edition "This product is intended only for the Dual Core Power Mac G5 systems. A different system has been detected"

    Now i know i dont have a G5, but understand this is the card that i use? Any help would be greatly appreciated!
  2. goMac macrumors 603

    Apr 15, 2004
    Erm... Just wondering..... why would you do that?

    The x1900 was a massively defective series of cards with very high failure rates. The 5770 is usually the cheaper, more reliable, and much faster option.

    Also, you bought the G5 version which doesn't at all work in a Mac Pro.

    (Sorry, seems like this post is just bad news all around...)
  3. shinji macrumors 65816


    Mar 18, 2007
    The X1900 sucks!! Stay far away!!

    They market it as if it's an upgrade. It's not. It's the most finicky problematic overheating-prone piece of garbage ever.
  4. robysak thread starter macrumors newbie

    Jan 23, 2011
    Well, had issues with my Mac not posting, some major issue somewhere, i figured i would start the process of elimination with the video card. Bought it on eBay $69. brand new, seller said it would work and by my research said it would as well.

    As it turned out it wasn't the video card, it was my logic board that in a nutshell figured ide try the "new" card out! no loss, but a new card would be nice as i do a ton of video editing. Ideas as what is a good replacement or my 1st gen mac pro?

    Thanks for the help:)
  5. goMac macrumors 603

    Apr 15, 2004
    The Radeon 5770. It's $250, but likely worth it.

    There is some debate as to whether you should buy the PC version and hack it to work in a Mac, as that might be cheaper, but given that option isn't really supported by Apple, I'll just suggest the Apple 5770 and leave the talk about the PC versions to other posters. :)
  6. robysak thread starter macrumors newbie

    Jan 23, 2011
    Thanks for the advice, ill look into it and decide what ill be doing!
  7. Dzokayi macrumors member

    Mar 12, 2009
    you've answered your own question...

    ... the card is for a specific revision of G5 Power Mac. It will not work in your Mac Pro. Snag a Radeon 5770 and call it a day.
  8. raymondthimmes macrumors member

    Sep 15, 2008
    Columbus, Ohio

    I seriously have had more problems with my old x1900... I thought my $3000 investment was all but lost!

    read around then bought the radeon 4870HD and never looked back, it's like having a new machine for $200

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