Radeon X800 XT Mac Edition

Discussion in 'Mac Basics and Help' started by RMD68, Feb 8, 2007.

  1. RMD68 macrumors 6502

    Jan 7, 2007
    Tomorrow or rather later today I should finally be receiving my Radeon X800 XT Mac Edition. After a lot of help on this site I decided on that one. My question now is in regards to installation. In terms of work it's a fairly simple installation just remove the stock AGP card and replace it with the new one. Then obviously install the software that come with the CD/DVD. What I wanted to know is if I had to do anything with the original card besides simply removing it. For example do I need to fix or remove something from OSX in conjunction with removing the hardware or will just removing and installing the new one suffice. I save most of my paperwork and CD/DVD's from all my Mac products. However, I didn't find one that had anything to directly do with Video card. I was wondering if I would need something like this. Any help will be greatly appreciated.

    EDIT: I also wanted to add that I'm using the latest version of OSX.4 just incase this complicated or benefited my issue.
  2. WildPalms macrumors 6502a


    Jan 4, 2006
    Honolulu, HI
    Nothing as complicated as that.
    1. Shutdown your Mac.
    2. Remove the old card.
    3. Install the new card.
    4. Boot up your sexy Mac.
    5. Grab the latest driver set from ATI http://ati.amd.com/support/drivers/mac/macosx10-4x-3x-radeon.html
    The Preferences panel that gets installed allows you to tweak certain game or application settings.
    6. Grab both and install both from the web site.
    7. Restart and then watch the FPS go through the roof :p ;)

    The ATI's are gorgeous cards, much richer colors than nVidia and they are able to hang in there longer when AA is enabled whereas nVidia cards tend to slow down.
  3. MacsRgr8 macrumors 604


    Sep 8, 2002
    The Netherlands
    Yeah, that Control Panel really is superb.
    I have the nVidia 7800 GT in my Quad, and I really miss it :(
    In my old MDD Dual 1.25 I have the Radeon 9800 Pro installed, and used it alot, especially with older games like F1 CS 2000. Setting the 3D grfx to the max made this game look far better than on an nVidia using the standard AA and AF settings.
    What's so special is that you can tweak the setting for each game seperately. :cool:
  4. RMD68 thread starter macrumors 6502

    Jan 7, 2007
    Sweet! Thanks for the input. I'm looking foward to giving the new card a spin.
  5. Redneck1089 macrumors 65816


    Jan 18, 2004
    I noticed in the latest software update offered by ATI it says that the updates are basically no good for OS 10.4 users. Perhaps that's why I have had so much trouble with my X800 XT--it sleeps and then wakes up only to go back to sleep mode 10 seconds later.

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