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  • Robert Pena Level 1 Level 1 (5 points)

    As it turns out after saving and scraping the money I bought the ATI Radeon 5770 video car. Plugged it in and BAM!! I can boot into the Lion drive I had managed to install last time, but without my personal files. That's still on the external back up drive. Just shuffling drives and I'll be back to normal. Stiil pretty pricey to have my beloved Mac Pro back.


    A friend with the same Mac Pro 1.1 faster CPUs went with 8800 card and managed to work. She wants the 5770 too, but had to get by with the 8800 for her web designing business.


    It's going to be hard spending the money since I have a 35 mile a day commute for work, but I needed my Mac back.

  • Robert Pena Level 1 Level 1 (5 points)

    I just can't catch a break. As soon as I restored from my Time Machine back up my Mac Pro 1.1 stalls again. The only difference is I can boot into Recovery mode and use the USB, but my restoration it just hangs. I fixed permission, which had a lot of errors, and still hangs on reboot.


    I'm reinstalling Lion again. Just want my Mac back already.

  • Robert Pena Level 1 Level 1 (5 points)

    Finally, caught a break. I am booted and updated with my Lion and account. Including the malware removal tool Apple released just recently.


    My only gripe now is a buzzing noise that comes on fromtime to time. I removed the panel and made sure the screws were tightened. I pushed on the plastic bracket that slides into the slot towards the front side. That stopped the rattling, but as soon as I removed my finger it would return. I reseated the card and placed the panel back and the rattling is gone.


    I was prompted this morning to install Java from Software update. Seems all is going well and I get my Mac Pro for at least a few more years. I hope.

  • Robert Pena Level 1 Level 1 (5 points)

    Correction. The rattling was coming from one of the four harddrives I have in the Mac Pro. It's a 1 Terabyte drive that holds some video I've been editing. Otherwise I have my Mac Pro 1.1 back and it's glorious.

  • AzNJ808 Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

    Hey what's up everyone! I'm new to these forums, so I just want

    To say hey and introduce myself.


    I have a Mac pro 1.1, bought in late 2007. It was purchased with

    An nvidia 7300 gt video card. Recently my MP would not boot normally

    And I can't even get it to boot from the DVD (optical drive). It would just

    Hang on the apple splash screen, turn blue, then a white screen. With two

    Mouse pointers (one arrow, and one spinning color wheel). Then it justs hangs

    And the color wheel keeps spinning. Even if i leave it alone for a while

    (to give it a chance for it, to do its thing) it still hangs. I have been reading

    Around these discussions and have concluded that it may be my video card going



    I have read that the 5770 works well in a MP 1.1. My question is about upgrading my

    Graphics card. I was thinking the 5770 would be the optimal choice. But however, I was

    Wondering which one is best. I am not usually a Mac user and I know little when it comes

    To video cards. I saw on amazon that there are two 5770 cards. One is the official apple brand,

    (with two dvi connectors) for $260, and the other one has two dvi, one hdmi, and one other port

    (I am not Familiar with) for around $130.


    Which one will work with my MP 1.1? Will both of them work?

    I would like a video card with an HDMI port, so I can use my LED screen with sound.

    Your help is appreciated and thanks in advance for your replies and info!


    On a side note: I already did all the procedures to troubleshoot my problem.

    It is running with original apple keyboard, mouse, ram, video card, and one HD.



    Gray screen error, After apple splash screen.

    Hangs With two mouse pointers (one arrow & color spinning wheel)

    Only boots in safe mode

  • Grant Bennet-Alder Level 9 Level 9 (53,060 points)



    buy the 5770 with the Apple firmware -- the other one will not show a picture under Mac OS X.


    If in the US, these guys in NewYork have a good deal going:


  • Robert Pena Level 1 Level 1 (5 points)

    Your Mac Pro's symtoms are the exact as mine. If you look at the early part of this post of mine you will see a pic of an odd square object around my mouse. Like you I couldn't get it to boot even from the disk or jump drive. Only safe mode worked for a few times long enough to back up important files.


    I went with the 5770 Apple driver supported card and boom. It booted up normally and with a much higher resolution I noticed right way. It was easy to install and my Lion recognized it just fine. Easy to install even as long as it is compared to the original video card.


    Only the price was the biggest hinderance. Highly recommended.

  • Robert Pena Level 1 Level 1 (5 points)

    Oops sorry I thought this link was mine.

  • AzNJ808 Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

    Ok thanks..Grant & robert for the quick replies. 


    I will purchase the 5770 with the apple firmware,

    And I will let you know if my problem persists after swapping

    Out my 7300 for the 5770.


    I am at my Wits end, and I got To the point of almost buying

    a new Mac because of this. Hopefully I can revive my MP and

    be able to use it for another 5 years! Thanks again for the help.

  • Robert Pena Level 1 Level 1 (5 points)

    I have no doubt your problem is the same as mine. The 7300 are failing on this Mac Pro 1.1 after 6 years. There's YouTube video on how to install. Good time to clean out the dust in there while your removing the old one and just before you install the new one. As is in any case make sure you have a back up or make a back up of your data. Good luck.

  • Robert Manning1 Level 1 Level 1 (5 points)

    Just wanted to say thanks for posting this problem.  I couldn't for the life of me figure out what went wrong with my mac pro 1,1.  I just installed the 5770 and I was back up and running in no time.  No one new what the problem was.

  • Robert Pena Level 1 Level 1 (5 points)

    I feel for you. My friend has a Map Pro 1.1 and had the same failure as we did. She had a higher end graphics card, but the same failure.


    I glad I found the link to solve my problem......but it led me back here on the Apple community which I couldn't find in the first place. Go figure.


    Anyways, I am back up and getting plenty of use with my 5 year Mac Pro 1.1. Wish I could upgrade it to Mountain Lion. Oh well save my pennies.

  • AzNJ808 Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)









    Hey just wanted to post up the recent results of my solved issue.



    The 5770 video card was installed and the Mac instantly

    Booted up with no problems. I just hope after booting and

    Rebooting my mac constantly, it didn't cause some problems

    To the motherboard, power supply, etc. (internals) due to

    always shutting it down by means of Hard off-ing

    (holding the power button down, till it shus off).



    Thanks to the original Poster (Robert) for his quick

    replies and for sharing his Situation on solving the issue.


    I will be forever grateful and your help was greatly

    Appreciated. Now I too, am wondering if it is possible

    To run mountain lion on such an old Mac. Lol!

  • Matty2deep Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

    Hi guys,

    I think I might have the same problem, but don't understand half of the stuff being discussed here, so bare with me if you can:

    I was watching a youtube video when the computer froze. Booted it up again and firefox restored the same tabs and it froze again, so I thought it had something to do with the youtube video. Next time I booted up, I made sure I wasn't going near firefox, but I noticed little grey - ish blue lines going accross the screen (not moving lines), also the background graphics are a little different, lower solution, or something like that.I did the permissions repair and disc repair, ran OnyX. At the earlier stage I was able to boot from the original installer disc, but now it will crash when I try. I booted with hardware test and it tells me everything is normal. Power on self test tells me this:


      Result:          Failed

      Failure Type:          Memory

      Memory Slot:          DIMM 2/DIMM Riser A


    I unplugged everything, let it cool down, opened it up, cleaned the dust out, took both risers out and cleaned dust, put them back in and still get the same message. At this point, it will only boot up in safe mode and I don't know what else to do. I saw the thread, but since I don't even know what the Gforce 7300 does, I am a bit reluctant to buy a new card for that price, to find it's not the problem. I have a Mac Pro 1.1, running 10.6.8.

    Could the ram be the problem?

  • Grant Bennet-Alder Level 9 Level 9 (53,060 points)



    Your problem is unrelated to the issues discussed in the rest of this thread. You have encountered a memory failure, and unlike in older Macs, once these fail they need to be replaced with a new one -- it is not just an issue of corrosion.



    Result:          Failed

      Failure Type:          Memory

      Memory Slot:          DIMM 2/DIMM Riser A


    If you take off the side door while your Mac is running, you may see a red light next to the failed DIMM (memory module) on Riser A (usually the top Rider card). It needs to be replaced with a good one.


    If you can change it yourself, good ones come from this source, among others:


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