Mac pro 1,1 and nvidia 8800gt

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  1. darkmac79 macrumors newbie

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    Hi guys I bought a Nvidia 8800gt from ebay flashed to work on my 1,1 mac pro. Well I took out my 7300gt and installed the new card. Upon boot the graphics card fan was running real fast,it didn't spin down, so I did a shutdown and tried it again. Same result. Third time the mac did the bong but kept repeating the bong held the power to get it to stop. It did it a few time like that. Next time it bonged, fans spun down and it booted normal. Mac reconized the card was a 8800gt and whatnot.
    So I figured I would reboot to make sure all was well but when I did it did the repeat bong thing again. Tried it one more time did a normal bong but no video. No during the repeat bongs they had no video as well. So I figured I would put the old card in to see if maybe I messed something up, we'll put in the old card everything boots fine even after me booting it 10 11 times so it has to be the card. What do u think it is?
     
  2. owbp macrumors 6502a

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    That is one of the reasons why you should always buy flashed nVidia crads only from MacVidCards.

    You should contact the seller, but you could try clearing NVRAM (Command+Option+P+R at boot) and SMC (uplug power cable for 15 seconds, plug in, wait 5 second and turn on your Mac) first.

    I hope you'll sort it out.
     
  3. pastrychef macrumors 601

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    The 8800 GT is a very old card and one that is extremely prone to failure. Trying to find one that's still working well can be challenging.
     
  4. darkmac79 thread starter macrumors newbie

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    Think it did any damage to my mac. Should i try to put it back in? Maybe i didnt seat it right the first time. Will try and see what happens. What is the correct keys for a pram reset using a regular windows keyboard(logitech)
     
  5. owbp macrumors 6502a

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    Don't believe GPU can harm your Mac, maybe try it in a different slot too.
    Command is Winsows key and Option is Alt.
     
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  7. darkmac79 thread starter macrumors newbie

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    Thanks guys. I contacted seller gonna walkthrough it with him tommorow on the phone. I ordered a 4870 last week and it arrived broken cause the seller shipped it in a USPS Envelope with no padding and when i pulled it out it was bent and a battery,might be a capacitor, fell right off. So yeah not the best week for me as far a graphics cards go
     
  8. darkmac79 thread starter macrumors newbie

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    What exactly is the looping reboot mean anyway?
     
  9. darkmac79 thread starter macrumors newbie

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    Ok here is an update.
    Well I got the startup bonging to stop I'll chalk that up to maybe I didn't have the card inserted in the pci slot all the way or something. Idk it's been ok the last 10 15 boots so idk.
    The only thing is the gpu fan sometimes when it starts up is running like full blast. Sometimes it spins down, sometimes it doesn't. When it doesn't I can put it to sleep and wake it up its fine. Anyone have a clue about that. I did a pram reset I think I did it right. I'm kinda stumped on that.
    Anyway guys if you can help I'd appreciate it
     
  10. CapnDavey macrumors 6502

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    That sucks the 4870 is a much better card to bad it came broke
     
  11. darkmac79 thread starter macrumors newbie

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    Yeah I know but didn't wanna spend a whole lot on those early cards. Wanna save up for a newer nvidia card
     
  12. MacVidCards Suspended

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    8800gt that has fast fan that can be slowed by sleep/wake is a G92b, better chip but poor choice for clueless flashers
     
  13. darkmac79 thread starter macrumors newbie

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    I only wanted to get that card for a good boot screen card. I wanna get a gtx 680. Looks like I'll be coming to you guys to get my next card in a few weeks. Buying a working graphics card has been a nightmare. I think I asked before but what does the repeating startup chime mean. Mac isn't seeing a graphics card?
     

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