Problems With GTX 285 Mac Edition

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  1. wispy007 macrumors member

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    i have just bought a second hand GTX 285 Mac Edition. The card looks in good condition but I'm having major issues trying to get my mac to recognise it. I have a 2009 mac pro which has the "08" firmware.

    The problem i have is that the card spins the fan up full speed and and no video is displayed (black screen) when booting the machine.

    I have read the reviews of this card and when the card was released there was an issue where a black screen was displayed if you did not install the drivers before installing the card. I have tried to install the drivers but my system reports that no updates are necessary.

    I can place my original GT card in slot two and boot with that and when i look in the system profiler PCI slot one does not show up!

    I have tried on my existing system disk and also with a fresh install but to no joy :-(

    Has anyone else experience this or do i just have a dead card?
     
  2. Cindori macrumors 68040

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    What OS version are you on?

    285 GTX was released after 2009 MP, meaning you would have to update the OS to a newer version then the default one.
     
  3. wispy007 thread starter macrumors member

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    Thanks for the reply Cindori.

    I am running 10.6.7 and i have tried a fresh install with the system disks that came with the mac (10.6.2).
     
  4. wonderspark macrumors 68030

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    Hmm. I have an '09 (Nehalem) Mac Pro, and I also bought a used GTX285 that works fine, even though I prefer (and switched back to) Apple's 5870 upgrade card, even for use in After Effects / Premiere CS5.

    I do recall installing an nVidia CUDA driver that activated something in the GTX285, but I don't recall if I did that prior to installing the card or not. It shows up as CUDA Driver Version 3.2.17, but checking it now shows there is an update (which I haven't done yet) to 4.0.17. Also, greyed out below my 3.2.17 version, it reads "GPU Driver Version 1.6.26.31 (256.00.35f05)"

    I don't know if any of this helps.
     
  5. wonderspark, Jun 17, 2011
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    wonderspark macrumors 68030

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    I'm installing the update, reinstalling my GTX285, and seeing what happens. I'll report back in a bit.
    By the way, I'm on 10.6.7 as well.
     
  6. wispy007 thread starter macrumors member

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    Thanks wonderspark.

    What boot rom do you have on your mac pro?
     
  7. wonderspark macrumors 68030

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    Hey, I'm up on the GTX 285 now, after updating to that newer CUDA driver.

    Boot ROM Version: MP41.0081.B07

    Maybe you have a borked-up card... I hope not, though.
     
  8. wonderspark macrumors 68030

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    More System Profile info that may help you figure it out:

    NVIDIA GeForce GTX 285:

    Chipset Model: NVIDIA GeForce GTX 285
    Type: GPU
    Bus: PCIe
    Slot: Slot-1
    PCIe Lane Width: x16
    VRAM (Total): 1024 MB
    Vendor: NVIDIA (0x10de)
    Device ID: 0x05e3
    Revision ID: 0x00a1
    ROM Revision: 3434
    Displays:
    DELL G2210:
    Resolution: 1680 x 1050 @ 60 Hz
    Pixel Depth: 32-Bit Color (ARGB8888)
    Main Display: Yes
    Mirror: Off
    Online: Yes
    Rotation: Supported
    Cinema HD:
    Resolution: 2560 x 1600
    Pixel Depth: 32-Bit Color (ARGB8888)
    Mirror: Off
    Online: Yes
    Rotation: Supported

    NVIDIA GeForce GTX 285:

    Name: NVDA,Display-B
    Type: display
    Driver Installed: Yes
    Bus: PCI
    Slot: Slot-1
    Vendor ID: 0x10de
    Device ID: 0x05e3
    Subsystem Vendor ID: 0x3842
    Subsystem ID: 0x0010
    ROM Revision: 3434
    Revision ID: 0x00a1
    Link Width: x16
    Link Speed: 5.0 GT/s
     
  9. wonderspark macrumors 68030

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  10. wispy007 thread starter macrumors member

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    Thanks for your help.

    I have come to the conclusion that the card is a dead duck :-(

    The original seller has refunded my money, it's good to see there are still honest people on ebay.

    Now should i get the 5870 in it's place .........
     
  11. wonderspark macrumors 68030

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    Ah, bummer about the card, but very cool you got refunded!
    I really like my 5870, so one vote for that.
     
  12. alphaod macrumors Core

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    A 5870 is a good choice... though unfortunately it is a bit old, but we don't have much of a choice.
     

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