6 Replies Latest reply: May 21, 2013 4:26 AM by The hatter
Wingston Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

Hi

 

I bought a faulty Mac Pro to see if I could do anything with it. The serial tells me it is a late 2008 single CPU quad core. I stuck a drive with OSX 10.6.8 in it and turned it on. I get the chime but nothing on the monitor. However, my mac pro sees it as a server. It appears under 'Shared' in Finder along with my Mac so I guess something is alive in there. It has a real basic graphics card like nothing I see when I search the net for Mac Pro 2008 graphics card. Does anyone think that it may just be the card? If so I may take the risk.

 

Thanks

 

Phil


Mac Pro (Early 2008), Mac OS X (10.6.8)
  • 1. Re: Mac Pro Graphics Card Issue
    Kappy Level 10 Level 10 (226,775 points)

    I doubt anyone here will state without reservation that the GPU is at fault. The only way you will know is to put in a new GPU. Stick to ones made specifically for the Mac. Non-Apple cards will not have the required EFI ROM, and they won't display any video during the startup process.

  • 2. Re: Mac Pro Graphics Card Issue
    The hatter Level 9 Level 9 (58,880 points)

    take it out. look at it. tell us just what graphic card is in there you are trying to use.

     

    that should always be you know like step #1

     

    there was no "late 2008" just Early 2008 or better yet "3,1" or similar designation.

     

    It came with OEM 2600XT and those can be flakey. Could be they used something else. 8800GTs die too.

     

    The Apple ATI 5770 is the best safest bet $249, requires 10.6.5 but there is NO such DVD, only 10.6.3 sold retail sadly.

     

    FBDIMMs have gotten cheaper by 10:1 and worth looking at a set just to be sure.

  • 3. Re: Mac Pro Graphics Card Issue
    Wingston Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

    Its a GEForce 7600 gf. As regards the build date I got it by putting the serial number into the search box here - http://www.appleserialnumberinfo.com/Desktop/index.php It told me it was built in Cork in Oct 2008. Not that it really matters. I am simply canvassing for opinion. I don't expect anyone to say 'yeah. that will work'. I could always take it to the Genius Bar. It only cost me £150 with a functioning 20" cinema monitor so I have something to play with financially.

  • 4. Re: Mac Pro Graphics Card Issue
    The hatter Level 9 Level 9 (58,880 points)

    There was someone else not that long ago with one iwth 7600.

    Apple never sold or supported a 7600GT

     

    Older Mac Pro use a different EFI and had a 7300GT, that was the OEM for 2006-7.

     

    A GT120 if you can find one, Apple OEM for the 2009s, is about $120US and ebay USA West Coast MacVidCards is a good source... but you are in UK.

  • 5. Re: Mac Pro Graphics Card Issue
    Wingston Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

    Haven't found a Gt 120 in the UK yet but I did find that apparently it  'Requires Mac Pro (Early 2009 with 1066MHz DDR3 memory)'

     

    When I checked out the serial number of this machine it told me that the memory was 800mhz DDR2 - would that be an issue? 

  • 6. Re: Mac Pro Graphics Card Issue
    The hatter Level 9 Level 9 (58,880 points)

    badly written again, easier than being direct. nothing to do with type of ram, requires EFI 64 firmware, you are fine, card came out with the 2009s, take with grain salt