[Sidefx-houdini-list] Mac Hardware

David Johnson daveinengland at gmail.com
Mon Aug 3 12:37:10 EDT 2009


Mondi has all the details of exactly what we went through. I got to the
point where I could have flashed it and completely chickened out. We're
going to put it in a Linux machine instead.

Dave

On Mon, Aug 3, 2009 at 8:51 AM, mondi <mondi at dyskinetic.com> wrote:

> Intel Macs use EFI rather than BIOS, and the graphics card must have
> the appropriate ROM to be recognized by the machine. / OS.
>
> IIRC it should work if you boot into Windows or Linux, but you must
> have an EFI compatible card installed for the Mac to get past the
> initial boot sequence. Or, you can try flashing it with the
> appropriate ROM, if you can:
>
> a) Find it
> b) Have enough space for the ROM image ( there are different sized
> chips )
>
> and
>
> c) Are much braver than I am - This can brick the card, which is
> generally undesirable if you've bought a shiny new Quadro.
>
> M
>
>
> On Aug 3, 2009, at 5:27 PM, Nevins E. Duret wrote:
>
> >
> > Hello Dave,
> >
> > Stupid question, and I'm sure you covered thos already but are your
> > drivers up to date???  It sounds like a driver issue, maybe you need
> > to revert to an older or newer driver.. Just a thought, and again
> > I'm sir you addressed this already..
> >
> > Sent from Nevins Duret's Mobile
> >
> > On Aug 3, 2009, at 11:23 AM, David Johnson <daveinengland at gmail.com>
> > wrote:
> >
> > We bought a Quadro FX5600 direct from nVidia to put in a Mac Pro. At
> > the
> > time we bought the Mac Pro, that was the model that Apple was
> > shipping with
> > the card, but for accounting purposes, it was easier to buy the card
> > separately and install it ourselves. This card, though identical to
> > the one
> > that shipped with the Mac Pro, has something in it that won't let it
> > work in
> > a Mac Pro, but will work in a PC. We bought a special power cord
> > attachment
> > also and it didn't work.
> >
> > All this to say, if you can buy the card in the machine from Apple,
> > you will
> > be much happier. Every machine we've bought with the card installed
> > has
> > worked great. We've bought machines with the high end nVidia cards
> > and with
> > the high end ATI cards, all have worked very well, though I don't
> > have any
> > benchmarks.
> >
> > Dave
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