Resolved Mac Pro 2006 -- graphics card install problem

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  1. Retcon, Aug 1, 2012
    Last edited: Aug 1, 2012

    Retcon macrumors newbie

    Jun 12, 2008
    Update: All sorted. It turned out I just needed to 'give it some welly'.

    Hi All,

    After some research, I bought an ATI Radeon 5770 upgrade pack from my local Apple store to replace my broken NVidia 7300 GT for my 2006 Mac Pro.

    I've plugged in the power leads, etc, but I can't get the card itself to fit the machine. There's a metal lip on the external-facing port end that's preventing the card from sliding into its slot.

    I can't find details of anyone having a similar problem. Is there something else I should be doing?

  2. cal6n macrumors 68000


    Jul 25, 2004
    Gloucester, UK
    For future reference, and for anyone finding this thread via a search, a little judicious wiggling while inserting the card at a slight "tail-first" angle is preferable to "giving it some welly", in my experience.
  3. Retcon thread starter macrumors newbie

    Jun 12, 2008
    Yes -- that's a much clearer articulation of the approach I ultimately took!

    I still had to push the tail a little harder against the fixed, rear plastic glider than I was originally comfortable with to get the front-facing metal lip inside, though. That still counts as 'welly', doesn't it?
  4. shawk1 macrumors newbie

    Aug 7, 2012
    Graphics Card Upgrade

    Save yourself some money, and don't buy it from Apple.

    I had this problem and had a difficult time locating the right graphics card that would work with my 2006 mac pro. Everyone referenced older graphics cards, or ones that were discontinued. After trial and error, I found the XFX Radeon graphics cards sold at Best Buy work perfect. They are the same Radeon type, although older, that was previously in my mac when I purchased it new. All I did was pop out the old graphics card, put in the new one, and fired up the computer. After the system uploads it recognized the new card, the screen appeared and it prompted me to select the proper power configuration for the new graphics card. Then the system resets and I are off and running with the new graphics card.

    I think any of the XFX Radeon graphics cards will work.

    This is the first one I tried. IT worked well but seemed to lack the power.

    The second one I tried seems to work much better.

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