Please help! I can't seem to patch my graphic board (update to OSX10.6.8 with Ati4870

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  1. tomtomtotal, Sep 4, 2012
    Last edited: Sep 4, 2012

    tomtomtotal macrumors newbie

    Apr 10, 2010
    Hi there bulletin board community

    Since I updated to OSX 10.6.8 I am unable to use the Quartz driver, I tryed it with Zeus tool.

    Previous updates worked always properly. Kudos to the developer of Zeus!

    Already figured I got an off-wall type here:)

    Namely the model XFX ZWFL / ZWFC ATI Radeon HD 4870

    The card itself works fine, I just had to exchange the fan to reduce the heat.

    I'm looking for a solution to make the drivers work but haven't found anything yet.

    That is why I am seeking your help :D

    I own a mac pro 2007 1.1 Devise I D: 0x00009440 ATI Radeon HD 4870 XFX 1GB

    In case you need more background information, please let me know:D

    Respectfully to all the smart people reading this:D

    (I apologize in advance if this doppic already exists)
  2. Mr. Zarniwoop macrumors demi-god

    Mr. Zarniwoop

    Jun 9, 2005
  3. tomtomtotal thread starter macrumors newbie

    Apr 10, 2010
    i have osx 10.6.8 not 10.8.X ???? sorry, i dont understand :confused:
  4. Neodym macrumors 68000


    Jul 5, 2002
    Take care with old 4870 cards! Voltage regulators are infamous to fail on those (depending on the card's design) and may damage your monitor in doing so.

    If you can afford it, i'd recommend looking for a 6870 card, which consumes less power (= less heat), offers ootb functionality under 10.6.8 (caveats: no boot screen, no Steam games, no Apple DVD player playback - though all of those can be mitigated) without finicky driver tweaking and is significantly more powerful. On top of it - as it is already one generation behind, prices should be quite affordable nowadays.
  5. tomtomtotal thread starter macrumors newbie

    Apr 10, 2010
  6. Cindori macrumors 68040


    Jan 17, 2008
    4870 is not an "excotic" card. The problem with the ZWFC 4870 is that QECI support just simply dropped around 10.6.something. Netkas has never done patches for them. The solution has just been to revert to older drivers, and that possibility was broken on 10.6.somethingelse.

    OP, get a new card.
  7. tomtomtotal thread starter macrumors newbie

    Apr 10, 2010
    thanks for feedback

    up version osx 10.6.6, I've had no problem, even update with zeus.

    missing in the patch Q-driver device id for my card? or more?

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