Resolved options to address dead NVidia on Mac Pro 1,1?

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  1. ckleerun, Jun 26, 2011
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    ckleerun macrumors newbie

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    My stock nVidia GeForce 7300 GT is dead/dying. I currently run dual monitors via DVI, but an ATI Radeon 5770 would probably be overkill since I don't do ANY gaming on this rig (just Adobe CS and some iMovie dabbling). It's already got Bootcamp and XP, so I don't mind flashing a PC card if that's feasible; however, I would like the ability to display boot options with the Alt/Option key.

    What other options do I have for "basic" graphics functionality?

    Thanks,
    --Chris

    UPDATE: see post #7 :)
    UPDATE2: see post #8 :(
     
  2. clyde2801 macrumors 601

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    Some people have reported getting a gt 120 to work in that model...
     
  3. Cindori macrumors 68040

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    I'd try baking the 7300.

    other then that:

    (used, of course, = ebay)

    ATI 2600HD
    ATI 1900XT (overheats alot)
    Nvidia 8800GT (special version for Mac Pro 2006/2007)
    ATI 4870, apple one or flash


    i do recall GT120 had 64bit efi only and didnt work in pre 08 macs, but not sure.
     
  4. GiantDolphin, Jun 26, 2011
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    GiantDolphin macrumors member

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    I replaced my 7300GT with a flashed 4870. Only problems are that you need a hack to have dual DVI. You can find that here, but with every OS update you have to wait until the fix comes before you can do the update if you want to keep using the dual monitors.
     
  5. ckleerun, Jun 26, 2011
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    ckleerun thread starter macrumors newbie

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    Cindori, I had no idea about those other models -- thanks! I had already read up on baking the 8800, wasn't sure if that'd work on the 7300 but I've got nothing to lose on that front. Given the track record for these Nvidia models, that ATI 4870 is looking mighty good. You mentioned the 2600HD, any thoughts on the 2600XT? (edit: looks like it might be the HD2600XT?)

    You folks rock, thanks for all the speedy responses!
     
  6. clyde2801 macrumors 601

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    I will defer to your vastly superior expertise. (No sarcasm intended!)
     
  7. ckleerun thread starter macrumors newbie

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    I've been running for a few hours now on the reflowed GeForce 7300. At the risk of jinxing it, looks like another baking success story here!
     
  8. ckleerun thread starter macrumors newbie

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    Update #2: after less than two months, the card's glitching again. A replacement has been ordered, and I haven't decided whether to try baking the old one again in the name of science. (Certainly not before this heatwave breaks.)
     
  9. Etherz10 macrumors member

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    Just get a 5770 from apple, works like a charm in my 1,1
     
  10. ckleerun thread starter macrumors newbie

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    I strongly considered that, but would've had to pop for a display dongle since I'm running 2xDVI. Between that and the MSRP, it added up to more than I wanted to spend.

    Now running a Radeon HD 2600. Bummed about the added fan noise. It's not tornado-loud, but it's decidedly PC-crude instead of Mac-elegant. Guess that's what I get for cheaping out?
     

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