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Question: Expansion Slot Utility Popped Up This AM

What does this mean? What do I need to do? Thanks!


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G4, Mac OS X (10.4.5)

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Mar 17, 2018 8:11 AM in response to dianakob2 In response to dianakob2

Hi Diana,


Is the Mac and OSX version in question the G4 in your equipment profile? I ask because the pre-1998 Macs this forum section covers do not have PCIe graphics nor can most of them run any version of OSX. This forum also gets dreadfully few views so help is slow coming here. If you have a newer Mac we can get you moved to a more active forums section.


I'm not familiar with that utility but when I search "Expansion Slot Utility" I find it appears to be an Apple package bundled with early (2006-7) Mac Pro computers. Mac Pros have their own forums with some excellent helpers. Is that what you have? Early Mac Pros and late PowerMacs G5s are similar in external appearance but very different inside. The also get separate forums. If you are nto sure it yours is a Mac Pro or a G5, there is an easy way to tell: PowerMacG5s have one optical drive bay; Mac Pros have two.

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If you know the difference, I apologize. However, as "G5 or Mac Pro" historically is a source of great confusion in these forums, I had to ask.

Mar 17, 2018 8:11 AM

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Mar 19, 2018 8:46 AM in response to Allan Jones In response to Allan Jones

Hi!

Something is going on since we lost power with the Nor'easters here in the east. Comcast had me get a new modem because they said that the modem was not responding correctly. Sometimes it freezes on the internet. I'm going to have Comcast physically come out; because I don't see anything wrong...and I pay them plenty of $ every month...the least they can do is come out every so often. But that popped up this AM when the computer just relaunched itself.


I purchased this MAC in Feb 2007 (yea...I know...it's 11 years old)


Hardware Overview:


Model Name: Mac Pro

Model Identifier: MacPro1,1

Processor Name: Dual-Core Intel Xeon

Processor Speed: 2.66 GHz

Number of Processors: 2

Total Number of Cores: 4

L2 Cache (per Processor): 4 MB

Memory: 6 GB

Bus Speed: 1.33 GHz

Boot ROM Version: MP11.005C.B08

SMC Version (system): 1.7f10

Serial Number (system): G8******UPZ

Hardware UUID: **************

NVIDIA GeForce 7300 GT:


Chipset Model: NVIDIA GeForce 7300 GT

Type: GPU

Bus: PCIe

Slot: Slot-4

PCIe Lane Width: x8

VRAM (Total): 256 MB

Vendor: NVIDIA (0x10de)

Device ID: 0x0393

Revision ID: 0x00a1

ROM Revision: 3008

Displays:

VA2349 Series:

Resolution: 1920 x 1080 @ 60 Hz

Pixel Depth: 32-Bit Color (ARGB8888)

Display Serial Number: TT*******156

Main Display: Yes

Mirror: Off

Online: Yes

Rotation: Supported

NVIDIA GeForce 7300 GT:


Chipset Model: NVIDIA GeForce 7300 GT

Type: GPU

Bus: PCIe

Slot: Slot-4

PCIe Lane Width: x8

VRAM (Total): 256 MB

Vendor: NVIDIA (0x10de)

Device ID: 0x0393

Revision ID: 0x00a1

ROM Revision: 3008

Displays:

VA2349 Series:

Resolution: 1920 x 1080 @ 60 Hz

Pixel Depth: 32-Bit Color (ARGB8888)

Display Serial Number: TT*******156

Main Display: Yes

Mirror: Off

Online: Yes

Rotation: Supported


DIMM Riser A/DIMM 1:


Size: 512 MB

Type: DDR2 FB-DIMM

Speed: 667 MHz

Status: OK

Manufacturer: 0x80AD

Part Number: 0x48594D5035363441373242503844322D5935

Serial Number: 0x*****609


DIMM Riser A/DIMM 2:


Size: 512 MB

Type: DDR2 FB-DIMM

Speed: 667 MHz

Status: OK

Manufacturer: 0x80AD

Part Number: 0x48594D5035363441373242503844322D5935

Serial Number: 0x******709


DIMM Riser B/DIMM 1:


Size: 512 MB

Type: DDR2 FB-DIMM

Speed: 667 MHz

Status: OK

Manufacturer: 0x80AD

Part Number: 0x48594D5035363441373242503844322D5935

Serial Number: 0x******602


DIMM Riser B/DIMM 2:


Size: 512 MB

Type: DDR2 FB-DIMM

Speed: 667 MHz

Status: OK

Manufacturer: 0x80AD

Part Number: 0x48594D5035363441373242503844322D5935

Serial Number: 0x*******702


DIMM Riser A/DIMM 3:


Size: 2 GB

Type: DDR2 FB-DIMM

Speed: 667 MHz

Status: OK

Manufacturer: 0x80CE

Part Number: 0x4D3339355435373530455A342D4345363620

Serial Number: 0x******D53


DIMM Riser A/DIMM 4:


Size: 2 GB

Type: DDR2 FB-DIMM

Speed: 667 MHz

Status: OK

Manufacturer: 0x80CE

Part Number: 0x4D3339355435373530455A342D4345363620

Serial Number: 0x******3A2


DIMM Riser B/DIMM 3:


Size: Empty

Type: Empty

Speed: Empty

Status: Empty

Manufacturer: Empty

Part Number: Empty

Serial Number: Empty


DIMM Riser B/DIMM 4:


Size: Empty

Type: Empty

Speed: Empty

Status: Empty

Manufacturer: Empty

Part Number: Empty

Serial Number: Empty


When it said it was running below max speed....wasn't sure if that's something going wrong?

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Mar 19, 2018 7:24 AM in response to dianakob2 In response to dianakob2

That shows your graphics card installed in the top slot, and set to x8 instead of the preferred x16.


Normally, we run the graphics card in the bottom slot, and set to x16 for maximum performance of the graphics. The difference will be hardly noticeable unless you do video or picture editing a a lot. On slightly later Mac Pro, you are compelled to use the bottom slot because it is double-wide, and so are many of the graphcis cards.


If you do not expect to add more PCIe cards in the near future, moving your existing graphics card to the bottom slot is not compelling.

Mar 19, 2018 7:24 AM

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