Mac Pro GTX 285 Help

Discussion in 'Mac Pro' started by JJFirehawk, Dec 6, 2011.

  1. JJFirehawk macrumors newbie

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    Hello. First off, this is my first post on this forum so please excuse me if this is in the wrong section. Secondly, I am not too experienced with installing new hardware but I can install a graphics card. I have a simple question that I can't seem to find the answer to. My question is if a PNY GTX 285 1024MB graphics card will work with my Mac Pro. I have installed the card after I installed the CUDA drivers for Mac but nothing happens upon start up. I realize that EVGA makes a Mac compatible version of this card but I recieved this card free and I really want to be able to use it. if anyone can help me it would be much appreciated.
     
  2. wonderspark macrumors 68030

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    I have a GTX285 for my Mac Pro, and I installed the nVidia driver first, then card, then CUDA driver. That worked perfectly.
     
  3. MacVidCards Suspended

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    without an efi rom on it, you won't get much unless you install aty_init

    in lion, that will enable card but you won't see anything til boot done

    in sl you need to install quadro drivers too
     
  4. wonderspark macrumors 68030

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    I should mention that mine is "for Mac" as well. If yours is a PC card, I'm no help whatsoever.
     
  5. VanneDC macrumors 6502a

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    might wanna add that if your in SL, and pervious to the 10.6.8 then you will need a helper card too. ;)
    love the 285, its an awesome mac card. :)
     
  6. JJFirehawk thread starter macrumors newbie

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  7. DeCompose macrumors newbie

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    Unfortunately ATY_Init is not working for me in Lion, same like NVenabler64 :(
     
  8. MacVidCards Suspended

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    ATY_Init works just fine

    I have it on 2 different Mac Pros and just about any Nvidia card works with it.

    if it isn't working for you, problem is on your end

    be sure you have Lion version

    Try with JUST the GTX285 installed, and keep in mind that card won't light up until end of boot sequence.

    Easy way to tell if boot is over is when volume keys work

    If you want to solve issues, best if you have another Mac and set up Screen Sharing

    ATY_Init works
     
  9. kkanuck macrumors newbie

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    ATY_Init is only needed if one has a PC version of the card?


    I have the Mac edition, and when I first upgraded to Lion, it would lose thew screen once in a while where I had to power down and force restart or no go. Now on 10.7.2 it seems stable. It will not work in bootcamp for windows however, is there any way to fix this without a helper card installed on top of the GTX 285 mac?

    Cheers,
     
  10. DeCompose macrumors newbie

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    It is PC card. it works with ATY_Init in 10.6.x.

    Now I am trying everything to run it, changing ATY_init versions for Lion, but not... don't wanna start :(
     
  11. DeCompose macrumors newbie

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    Finaly card is recognized by the system with the help of Kext Utility.

    Thanks!
     
  12. anim8or macrumors 65816

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    Which drivers have installed exactly? Are they th official ones from NVIDIA or hacks? Can you list the version numbers.... I am thinking of purchasing a GTX285 for my Mac Pro but want to make sure i can get it up and running ok in theory before i purchase.
     
  13. leafless macrumors newbie

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    Would you send me a rom for GTX285, i want to flash my GTX285 to use on 2008MAC, THANK YOU.
    awatzentan@163.com
     

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