Monitor takes 1 minute 20 seconds to turn on.

Discussion in 'Mac Pro' started by auptimus, Jan 16, 2016.

  1. auptimus macrumors member

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    Hi guys,
    Now that I brought my Mac Pro 1.1 back from the dead, I have one question. With the graphics card that first came with the mac pro, the monitor turns on instantly after I turn the computer on, but with a different one, it takes 1 minute and 20 seconds for the monitor to display. Any idea?
    Thanks.
     
  2. rawweb macrumors 6502a

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    Did you put an unflashed video card in? If yes, you won't see any boot screens until OS X is fully fired. What video card did you put in?
     
  3. auptimus thread starter macrumors member

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    What do you mean by unflashed video card?
     
  4. rawweb macrumors 6502a

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    if you're not using a stock video card, it likely doesn't have a Mac EFI/rom, which explains why you wouldn't be seeing boot screens. I ask again, what card are you using?
     
  5. auptimus thread starter macrumors member

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    The graphics card is a NVIDIA GeForce 210. PCIe 512 MB.
     
  6. rawweb macrumors 6502a

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    Does not seeing the boot screen bother you? Based on the limited info you've shared all I can assertain is you're not using a card that has been modified to show boot screens.
     
  7. auptimus thread starter macrumors member

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    What more information do you need? I just want to make it work to sell it. Don't want to sell something that does not work. I want to buyer to see the boot screen.
     
  8. rawweb macrumors 6502a

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    Then you will want to put the original video card back in, the one you mentioned in your first post.
     
  9. DeltaMac macrumors 604

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    Or, you can get a flashed version of your GT120 card from MacVidCards - or send your card to MacVidCards, who should be able to get your third-party card to work.

    To answer your earlier question - "flashing" means that code to make your third-party graphics card compatible with your Mac is loaded into the card's ROM chip.

    An un-flashed vid card may work, but won't give you a boot chime, and won't give you a boot screen. It will eventually come up, but won't give you the choice for boot options.
    That MacVidCards company will also flash your existing card, you ship the card to them, and they return in a few days.
    The "flashed" card will then show boot options, and give you a boot chime when booting.
    If your buyer wants to see the boot screen, then you need to get your card flashed, or install a card that is fully compatible, or already flashed. The support pages at the MacVidCard website are very helpful about which cards will work, in which MacPro models.
     
  10. rawweb macrumors 6502a

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    I doubt flashing a card as old as a 120 is a financially good descision, especially since the OP said they were just going to sell the unit. My advise: Put the original card in, sell it, and save the trouble and expense. I know a 120 wouldn't entice me to buy the system anymore than the original card at this point. You could always include the unflashed PC Card in the sale and give that option to the buyer.
     
  11. Macschrauber macrumors member

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    @DeltaMac: No boot chime on unflashed GPUs ?

    New to me, please details...
     
  12. auptimus thread starter macrumors member

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    The reason I want to sell it with the 210, is that the original card shows 9 MB and with Yosemite and the display is very slow. I will just put it for sale and explain the buyer about the problem. If I sell it with the original card, I will have to downgrade to Mountain Lion.
     

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