Mac Pro with flashed AMD 7950 crashing alot

Discussion in 'Mac Pro' started by steveOooo, Jan 21, 2016.

  1. steveOooo macrumors 6502a

    Jun 30, 2008
    recently went from a ATI 5770 to a AMD 7950 flashed card from macvidcards a couple weeks ago.

    Had a few freezes and weird square pixelated-ness (see youtube video / flickr link) to begin with - have been largely ok for a week or so until now!

    1. What is causing the squares? Also, have seen giant light green squares and Chinese looking fonts in facebook!

    2. Past two days has been a total nightmare - several freezes and now the mac crashes when i boot FCPX - squares - beachball and sometimes it just turns off and restarts.

    Perhaps ive overloaded my mac with Power as it needs more for FCPX? I have

    2.5" SSD drive in optical bay
    1x DVD Superdrive

    4x 3.5" drives

    1x sonnet USB3.0 PCIE PRO Card

    1x AMD 7950 Graphics cards.

    Before the AMD 7950 install? Yup had a few freezes and brief (half second) glitches - The freezes happened whilst uploading to YouTube via Safari.

    Did a clean install a week before installing the AMD 7950 and today did a re-install of El Crapitan.

    Have had amazing render times with the 7950 so really want this relationship to work, but, may need to downgrade to my older, slower ati 5770 - I have a Clone of Mountain Lion which might indicate whether its a OSX or graphics card or power issue or something more inherent (logic board)
  2. VAGDesign macrumors 6502


    Feb 1, 2014
    Could be also the cables. (the power cables that connect to your card from motherboard)
    Have you tried to change the cables and/or the slot to 2nd or other?
  3. netkas macrumors 65816

    Oct 2, 2007
    email mvc in two days when he's back. it could be bad memory in your system or bad memory in videocard.
  4. steveOooo, Jan 21, 2016
    Last edited: Jan 21, 2016

    steveOooo thread starter macrumors 6502a

    Jun 30, 2008
    i thought you could only install on bays 1 & 2 as they had the retainer plate

    All 4 RAM modules come up as OK in About This Mac

    FCPX crashes on boot (KERNAL PANIC) - doesn't crash if I fully uninstall and reinstall fcpx (but I loose all my projects)

    Ill start a fresh wuth fcpx - if it happens agin think the graphics card is to blame

    Ill order two 6 pin cables and blow on it too lol that always seems to work
  5. h9826790 macrumors G4


    Apr 3, 2014
    Hong Kong
    Assuming you have a 5,1 because you upgrade from the 5770.

    For double width card, you can install them on slot 1,2 or 3 without infringe the HDDs. In fact, I install 2x 7950 in my Mac Pro, one in slot 1 and one in slot 3.

    All 4 RAM shows OK in about this Mac not necessary mean that they are working with zero fault (especially if you replace them by non ECC RAM).

    You can install iStat and have a quick check if both 6pin cable's are loaded with normal current. If one cable doesn't work properly, the card may still boot but gives you plenty of error.

    I have more or less the same hardware as you do. So, unless your PSU is in very poor condition, it should be powerful enough to drive all those hardware.
  6. dfritchie macrumors regular


    Jan 28, 2015
    I'm running a 7950 from ebay that I flashed myself with no problems, and my 1,1 is pretty loaded up with 4 HD's, superdrive, blu-ray burner, USB 3.0 card etc.

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