Mac Pro 1,1 Video Card for Mountain Lion

Discussion in 'Mac Pro' started by rgfincher, May 27, 2014.

  1. rgfincher macrumors newbie

    rgfincher

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    Hi, am looking to run Mountain Lion on Mac Pro 1,1.
    It currently has nVidia GeForce 7300GT which is apparently no good.
    (Tried it, and the mac just shuts itself down again during boot sequence)

    Now the stock advice seems to be to get a ATI Radeon 5770 1GB - PCI-E 2.0 X16 Dual DVI HDMI Graphics / Video Card - GCJ42

    … however, this seems a very high powered card, and the computer would be used as a server with no screen even connected most of the time!!

    Any thoughts on a cheaper 64 bit card which would work?

    (I know I have some other kludges to apply to the kernel to get around the EFI problems)
     
  2. Intell macrumors P6

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    The lowest, possibly cheapest, card that will work is the ATI Radeon 2400/2600. Perfect for a mostly headless system and fully OS X compatible. You can get an Apple OEM one for maximum compatibility.
     
  3. electonic macrumors member

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  4. MacDann macrumors 6502a

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    I have a Mac Pro 1,1 with a 7300 and it runs both Mountain Lion as well as Mavericks. Granted, the video quality is marginal in Mavericks, but if all you're doing is running terminal or basic OS operations it shouldn't be a big deal.

    MacDann
     
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    I sent you a PM about a 3870 I have no use for.
     
  7. Macsonic macrumors 65816

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    You may want to check Radeon 4870HD 512g vram for Mountain Lion for your 2006 Mac Pro. Here is a discussion about the video card on Mountain Lion https://discussions.apple.com/thread/4325996 Though the Radeon 5770HD would work fine in your 1.1 Mac Pro. My friend is using a 5770HD on his 1.1 Mac Pro.
     
  8. rgfincher thread starter macrumors newbie

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    Interesting. Is there perhaps a firmware upgrade for my 7300 which would help? As I mentioned, no monitor would be connected 98% of the time, we'll be connecting to it via "Screen Sharing" and other network protocols only.
     
  9. mikeboss macrumors 65816

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    then why not just pull the card? the Mac Pro will run fine without a graphics card in it :cool:

    regards,
    michael
     

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