4 Replies Latest reply: Feb 8, 2011 4:50 PM by Oneab
Oneab Level 1 Level 1 (25 points)
Sorry for the obviously silly questions

I have searched around and could not find an installation guide anywhere...

I am trying to install my new Quadro 4000 Card to speed up Premiere Pro CS5. Do I need to connect the power cable that came with the video card somewhere in The MAC Pro to get the card to display video ? Does the existing display port support an older Cinema Display, vintage 2008, or do I need to use the adapter that came with the package to light up the display ?

MacPro 2010, Mac OS X (10.6.4), 30" Cinema Display
  • The hatter Level 9 Level 9 (60,795 points)
    Do I need to connect the power cable that came with the video card somewhere in The MAC Pro to get the card to display video ?

    Yes.
    Does the existing display port support an older Cinema Display, vintage 2008, or do I need to use the adapter that came with the package to light up the display ?

    You will need either single link or dual-link DVI adapter probably.

    The install guide is right there on Nvidia.

    And all the details that I posted a couple days ago on Feb 6th (Sunday):

    FYI for Quadro 4000 Mac Owners upgrading to 10.6.6:
    To save you a lot of clicks (the doc links to the nvidia product page) - here's the page with the current (as of this AM) Quadro OS X 10.6.5 Driver page shows the 11/16/2010 driver date/v256.01.00f03. But the file downloaded is "Retail_256.01.00f03v5.dmg" (28.9MB) - dated Dec 17th.

    http://www.xlr8yourmac.com/archives/jan11/010611.html#quadro4000

    http://support.apple.com/kb/HT4499

    http://www.nvidia.com/object/quadro-macosx-256.01.00f03-driver.html

    Reinstall the 10.6.6 combo update manually is sometimes a good idea (some of us use only combo updates when it comes time to update OS X).

    Here: http://support.apple.com/kb/DL1349


    From Nvidia:

    Mac OS X Software Version Upgrade

    Make sure your Mac Pro software version is 10.6.5 or greater. It is important that you check this first before you install the Quadro 4000 for Mac graphics board.

    If your system OS X is not at 10.6.5 or later, you need to upgrade.

    10.6.6: http://support.apple.com/kb/DL1349

    Use the following procedure to get your system OS upgraded to 10.6.5.
    1. Click on the Apple icon in the upper left corner of the screen and select Software Update...
    2. Continue to install software updates until your system OS is reported to be 10.6.5 or later.

    Mac Driver Upgrade

    You will also need to install a driver package to be able to run your Quadro 4000 for Mac.

    The driver package is included in the CD that ships with your product. Please follow the installation guide for further instructions. It is also available for download at the nvidia.com driver here.

    Important: Both the Mac OS X Software version upgrade and the Mac driver upgrade must be completed before installing hardware.

    Please note that the downloaded file will be a single file that includes both the graphics driver and the CUDA driver.

    http://www.nvidia.com/Download/index5.aspx
  • Oneab Level 1 Level 1 (25 points)
    Thanks for sending along all the helpful information, however it deals more with the software issues. I am a bit more concerned about the hardware integration as I am running 10.6.6 and I did install the drivers provided on the CD/ROM. Can you please tell me where to connect the power to fire up the card and I guess I am taking a leap of faith to think the older Cinema Display will work with the new card.
  • The hatter Level 9 Level 9 (60,795 points)
    CDs are almost always out of date; and 10.6.6 requires re-install.

    The two aux power connectors are not hidden, look at the cable, and use a flash light.

    Because the 4000 is not offered in new Macs you must have another card already (5770 the Mid-2010 came with), using one power connector already. So follow that aux connector.

    OWC usually has install videos, and here is a photo of 5770 + cable:
    http://eshop.macsales.com/item/Apple/6615718/

    I would think Apple includes a photo like they normally do with your 'booklet' and pdf guides. http://www.apple.com/support/macpro

    See you updated to 10.6.6.

    Only Apple could sell equipment that makes everything that came before to be unsupported. Just bought HP monitor with connectors for every interface there ever was, VGA to HDMI with DVI and MDP.
  • Oneab Level 1 Level 1 (25 points)
    Mr. The Hatter,

    Thanks for your help and I appreciate the bread crumbs. I just connected the power cable from the card to the little black jumpers on the left hand side of the machine behind the PCI slots and presto my display came up. Most of the issues I have read about this install suggest following the best practices you recommended in the thread. I was just one of those super clueless cases that just needed help with the physical connectivity, but the good news is that I did get the driver and MAC OS issues straightened out before I put the card in the machine. Looks like everything is working well and thanks for sending me down the right trail.

    Best !

    Andrew