Why should Nvidia be mad? That people have found that they are needlessly overpricing hardware? The original guy did this trick said he used the latest Nvidia Apple drivers. It sounds like all the magic is in the drivers. Who knows? Maybe the boards are identical!
The Gf2MX and GF3 boards are basically the same as the Apple ones. nVidia built these cards with the Mac in mind. Also, Apple just buys the cards from nVidia and sells them at their own prices($499 BLEH!). nVidia is displeased maybe because they want Apple to make more money and buy more of their cards.
And the magic is not really in the drivers. The bios on the GF3 is set for PC when you buy a PC Gf3. To turn it into a Mac GF3, you must get the Mac GF3 ROM from the Apple card, and flash that ROM on a PC GF3. THEN you have to install the drivers. It's really a quite simple process.
I think that's right...check the xlr8yourmac forums for all the dirt.
I think I am. The only problem seems to be availability! I went to about six different shops yesterday and everyone was sold out. I'm also trying to stick to the
Asus 8200 pure, as that seems to be the one everyone has used with success.
I did see a Geforce 2 MX for $149 (Canadian, I'm in Toronto) very tempting, but I want to hold out for the 64M card. BTW has anyone attempted something similar with a Radeon board???
There are plenty of places online to order it. Try http://www.pricewatch.com
You are aware of the flickering problems on the Asus 8200 Pure, right? I went with the Visiontek GF3 as that card had no flickering. On a side note, Visiontek also makes the GF3 and GF2MX for Apple, so this could be why.
Also, it's absolutely impossible to flash a Radeon.
I bet that someone will come out with beta drivers for the mac that can enable the svideo and other outputs of a flashed gf3 card. I think that may be the only thing needed to activate those other features. Why is it impossible to flash a radeon board? Is there no onchip bios?