5 Replies Latest reply: Nov 25, 2012 1:13 PM by Michael Grenadier
robert742 Level 1 (0 points)

Hi I have been using FCP for years on my 2006 Mac Pro tower. My bbot drive just crashed and I lost everything on it, including all my programs. I just tried to install Final Cut Studio from the disc, and I immedidately got thiis message:


Final Cut Sudio Installer requires that your system have a Quartz Extreme capable video card.


How'w that?  I should say that recently I updated my old graphics card to a ATI Radeon 5770 card. But FCP worked fine for the short time I used it with that new card before the crash. I don't even know if that new graphics card has anything to do with the 'Quartz Extreme capable video card' in the message.

Can anyone shed any light on this. I would love to get up and rolling again.

Thanks, Bob

  • David Harbsmeier Level 7 (29,930 points)

    When you get the error message, hit the Escape key and continue with the installation.



  • robert742 Level 1 (0 points)

    Thanks David, but nothing happens when I hit the escape key. All I can really do is click the CLOSE button on the message, and closes down the Install process. Any other thoughts?


  • Michael Grenadier Level 7 (20,340 points)

    do some googling on this.  I seem to remember there was a hack to install fcp on systems that didn't meet the graphic specs.  Also, not sure at what point you get this warning, but it might be because you're trying to install Color and/or Motion which have greater graphics requirements than fcp itself.

  • robert742 Level 1 (0 points)

    Wow, this is starting to look harrowing for a non-techy like me. I assume that when the Apple message talks about the need for a 'Quartz Extreme video card', they are referring to what I call the graphics card? If so, it seems weird that I replaced my original 2006 NVIDA graphics card with a new one because I was advised:


    - The NVIDIA GeForce 7300 lacks certain features that are essential to modern graphics applications.

    - The NVIDIA GeForce 7300 is quite slow. It's a shame that Apple shipped this card in first-generation Mac Pros. Those systems have really fast CPUs, even by today's standards, and they are dragged down by the slow graphics card.

    Thus we recommend users in your situation to upgrade the graphics card in the system as soon as possible: The best card that will run on a 2006 Mac Pro is the ATI Radeon 5770:


    So now I have done that, and having a modern card means I can't install Final Cut Studio? Crazy. Incidentally, the message comes us IMMEDIATELY.

    Any thoughts? Please?


  • Michael Grenadier Level 7 (20,340 points)

    did you do some googling as I suggested?  You'll get lots of hits.  Here's one for finalcut server which may work