Netkas STrikes Again !! EFI64 ROM for 6870...with Boot screens !!!

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  1. MacVidCards Suspended

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    Dear old Netkas just created an EFI ROM for 6870...allows boot screens via DVI on 2008 or later Macs.

    Can run at least 4 displays at once using MDP ports (and active adapters)

    What would we do without him?

    http://forum.netkas.org/index.php/topic,1085.0.html
     
  2. fabriciom macrumors 6502

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    Its crashing with games and apps. That no better than what was done before...
     
  3. MacVidCards thread starter Suspended

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    I think that perhaps Google Translate has failed you.

    EFI boot screens on DVI.

    And most issues are actually fixed.
     
  4. netkas macrumors 65816

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    Can't read further than first page? lazy you...
     
  5. Igantius macrumors 65816

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    Great stuff - I was looking at that thread yesterday when there were five post, so delighted to read the rest!
     
  6. fabriciom macrumors 6502

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    Did you get it fully working? All I see is one person stating that the DVD player works for him. Also, Im not clear on what ports DO work... You tried it on 3 monitors with what plugs?

    -Thanks
     
  7. netkas macrumors 65816

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    4 monitors work - 2 mdp, 1 dvi, 1 hdmi->dvi
     
  8. slughead macrumors 68040

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  9. Inconsequential macrumors 68000

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    No.

    No 32-bit EFI for people to use.
     
  10. Cindori macrumors 68040

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    now that we are seeing ROMS for 6870, could someone try out this attempt on 6000-series flashing support for zeus:

    http://groths.org/zeus/test/6870flasher.zip

    please verify first that you have 2 different roms to flash between and that you can notice difference between them (like flashing from/to netkas mac rom and noticing that bootscreen works/doesnt)
     
  11. handheldgames macrumors 6502a

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    Ive downloaded zeus.. Everything is set up and labeled for the 4870. There doesn't seem to be a facility to back up the current ROM, or am I missing something?
     
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  13. HawkEye40 macrumors member

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    Just ordered a 6870 to flash for my 3,1 octo - will post results :)
     
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  15. rds macrumors regular

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    I have a 2008 Mac Pro and am looking to buy a PC graphics card for some BF3 action. Is a 6870 the way to go if I want the least amount of issues? Is there a particular card I should purchase?
     
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  17. derbothaus macrumors 601

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    The least amount of issues may be Apples 5870. It's faster than 6870 anyway. But costs more than twice as much. Because, you know, it's Apple's.
     
  18. MacVidCards thread starter Suspended

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    New GUI ROM creator

    The brilliant one has gone the extra mile and added a GUI ROM creator.

    It extracts the PC ROM from your 6870 and adds Netkas' EFI.

    The only way this could get any easier is if he drove over to your house and flashed it for you.

    Three cheers for Netkas !!!
     
  19. ActionableMango macrumors 604

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    Currently, and for some months now, in-stock PC 5870s are extremely expensive too. The days of $150-$180 PC 5870s are long gone for some reason.
     
  20. derbothaus macrumors 601

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    Yeah. I was looking the other day for a possible crossfire later down the road but 349.00 or more for a PC card is tough to swallow for it's age. I hate ebaying GPU's. Never sure what condition you're getting.
     
  21. Cindori macrumors 68040

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  22. Inconsequential macrumors 68000

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    I've been reading up on this for a while, just wondering what exact stage we are at.

    If I were to buy a reference 6870 or 6970 what would the score be?

    1. Is flashing involved or just some kext changes?
    2. Does it work 100%? I.e. DP, DVI, DVD Player, Steam games, boot screen, i.e. EVERYTHING that my Apple 4870 does currently?

    Just planning my upgrade route if the E5-1650 (6 core 3.2Ghz SB-E) Mac Pro 2011 is too much/too slow.

    (Thinking W3680 + 6870 maybe 6970..)

    Cheers!
     

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