Who makes the drivers for video cards?

Discussion in 'General Mac Discussion' started by mklos, Mar 30, 2004.

  1. mklos macrumors 68000


    Dec 4, 2002
    My house!
    I thought I read somewhere that Apple makes the drivers for the NVIDIA and ATI cards? Is this true? Or does Apple just have a in say in how they are developed.
  2. grapes911 Moderator emeritus


    Jul 28, 2003
    Citizens Bank Park
    I really don't know, but I'd guess that it is a joint effort with nvidia and ati having more say than apple.
  3. superbovine macrumors 68030


    Nov 7, 2003
    its probably a combination of both. actually nvidia would actually at least have to have drivers to test the video card. their driver may not support all the bells and whistle but it has the basics. i don't think nvidia would make a piece of hardware and here it works, now write the software. to write the drivers to takes knowledge of the hardware and the operating system.
  4. mikepctp macrumors member

    Nov 17, 2003
    just north of Toronto, Canada
    The graphic card manufacturers (and many other card-type manufacturers) are provided with the source codes needed. By signing Developer and Manufacturer agreements, the codes are released to the developers and the outsourced support for the system is complete... until version 2 is released.


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