Mac pro 2008 - ATI HD 5870 how THE hell do you get it in

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  1. Soulplayer macrumors newbie

    Mar 3, 2010
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    Hello everybody,

    I just bought a new video card but it doesn't seem to get in the slot. Does anybody has some tips or hints? I can slide the 8800 gt nVidia in and out but the ati card just doesn't seem to go completely down which means I can't screw the holder tight (the thing with the two screws).

    I hope somebody can help me. Now the 8800 is back in place but it feels like a shame. Perhaps a how to movie?

    Thank you!

  2. goMac, Feb 15, 2011
    Last edited: Feb 15, 2011

    goMac macrumors 603

    Apr 15, 2004
    Sounds like you're doing something wrong. My 5870 went in my 2008 Mac Pro just fine, just had to angle it in.
  3. Soulplayer thread starter macrumors newbie

    Mar 3, 2010

    Good to hear it's something I'm doing wrong :).

    So what did I do:

    1. Removed all of the Hard Drives
    2. I loosed the screws and got the plaque out that's holding the card
    3. Replace power cables with the 2 included
    4. Slide the card in port 1 which barely fitted
    5. Tried to slide it in the first port but it doesn't go in all the way (small cm left at the right side).

    So do you see something I'm doing wrong? Do I need to remove something? I have the feeling the bottom halve of the card is not really in the right position (it doesn't go all the way down at the right side, you can see it if you look at the back at the ports).

    What do you mean by angling it?
  4. Transporteur macrumors 68030

    Nov 30, 2008
    You have to slide it in diagonally, otherwise you won't get past the case.

    However, I didn't understand your procedure, especially steps 4 and 5 are a little confusing (fits in 4, not in 5, albeit the same port [I figure you mean the PCIe slot?]).

    Could you maybe make a picture of your exact problem?
  5. Soulplayer thread starter macrumors newbie

    Mar 3, 2010
    I'll make one tomorrow, then I'll have more time. Sorry for the confusion.

    I slid the card in the slot where the original 8800 GT was (indeed the PCI slot) and that was the lowest one if you look at the mac pro standing normally.

    Sorry for my bad english, it's not my native language.
  6. Cindori macrumors 68040


    Jan 17, 2008
    this shiet right here


    can easily get caught in some metallic stuff here


    make sure you're not doing that.
  7. Soulplayer thread starter macrumors newbie

    Mar 3, 2010
    I think that's the problem. How do you keep it from doing that? Luckily I didn't force anything I guess ^^.

    Although your picture is different from mine (the ports anyhow)
  8. goMac macrumors 603

    Apr 15, 2004
    The cards in his pictures are different, but same concept.
  9. cantthinkofone macrumors 65816


    Jul 25, 2004
    Missouri, USA
  10. DanielCoffey macrumors 65816


    Nov 15, 2010
    Edinburgh, UK
    Ah, the old "If it ain't broke, whack it with a hammer 'til it is!" trick...
  11. goMac macrumors 603

    Apr 15, 2004
    Oh jees, don't ACTUALLY hit your card with a hammer. :p
  12. Soulplayer thread starter macrumors newbie

    Mar 3, 2010
    I used a screwdriver to guide the card and now it's in there. Yeah!!

    Thank you guys for the help.

    And no, no hammer was needed, just a wooden plank.
  13. Loyalty4Life macrumors regular

    Aug 28, 2006
    I am in the process of installing this card. What are you circling and what am I not supposed to do? I have a late 2006 Mac with this flashed card.

  14. Mackilroy macrumors 68040


    Jun 29, 2006
    It's easy to get the card stuck back there. That's what he's saying don't do.
  15. Loyalty4Life macrumors regular

    Aug 28, 2006
    But what is he circling? And do you have any advice for not getting it stuck? Thanks.

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