To get off to an easy start, first step is power. Here is a simple rule, IF YOUR CARD HAS 14 PINS FOR POWER, ALL 14 NEED TO BE CONNECTED ! If it has 12, then 12 need to be connected. These pins are not optional, nor are they mix & match. About once a month we get an email along the lines of "I hooked up one cable and I know it's enough because the fan lights up and spins so the card is defective" In point of fact, the fan will light up and spin with no cables connected, this is a simple failsafe to keep card from catching fire, even if it has troubles. There is another simple failsafe built in that doesn't let the card start up unless all the pins are connected.
The second most common power issue we have is that people can't see that the cables we send can either work as a 6 pin or an 8 pin. The last 2 pins slide off, just have a look. Again, IF YOUR CARD HAS 14 PINS FOR POWER, ALL 14 NEED TO BE CONNECTED ! There are no optional pins, no "only if you feel like it" pins, they all have to be connected.
Some cards will be damaged if you try running them with just one cable connected. Using a PC Dual 6 to 8 adapter with just one side connected will sometimes work, and sometimes not. Better to get the proper setup from us or whoever. Just get the right ones.
High Sierra created some new driver issues. 10.13 and the 10.13.1 update were especially tricky.
A classic sign of the High Sierra trouble is a solid white dock, instead of translucent. This is a partially working driver that will drive you bonkers. This is frequently caused by a partially failed install due to Library install issues. SIP needs to be enabled when you install the drivers.
In the last 2 weeks I have emailed back and forth with three disgruntled customers all convinced their cards were bad. All 3 returned cards are perfectly functional when tested here. This is a massive waste of customer's time and ours.
All Nvidia cards after the GTX 680/780 and Original Titan have required the Web Driver. This is Apple's fault.
People fall into a trap thinking this is some giant puzzle. It isn't.
In "About This Mac" you will see "Version Number" click on this and it will show your "Build Number". So, as an example, 10.13.2 has more than one Build Number. Apple makes a subtle update and doesn't feel like bumping the main number up so they change just the Build Number.
The Web Driver has a simple check in it that compares Build Number. This makes it IMPOSSIBLE to install the wrong driver. ONLY THE RIGHT DRIVER WILL INSTALL OR LOAD. Here is the tricky part to understand for many people. BOTH DRIVERS ARE INSTALLED. One kext loaded at boot looks to see if you have the Web Driver turned on or off. If it is on, it loads the Web Driver. It is is off, it loads the one Apple sent out as OSX Default.
So when Apple issues a Security Update that changes the Build Number from 17C88 to 17C89 the next boot will switch back to the OSX Default Driver. No big deal if you have a GT120 or 8800GT or GTX780 but a completely different story with GTX980Ti or GTX1070, etc.
Anything not covered by OSX Default driver will only work via our EFI on next boot. Typically only one display will work, and the screen redraws will be very choppy, with bands of horizontal black lines coursing up the screen.
It is also possible if someone else uses your machine and does a PRAM reset they will "turn off" the Web Driver. It just needs to be turned back on.
Super easy way to check is to click on that Nvidia Icon in top Menu Bar. It will show which driver is being used.
1/9/2018 04:25:36 am
My MacPro 2009 with 1080ti will get into boot freeze even after checking all the things mentioned in this blog. Of course all the cables were attached.
2/26/2018 12:09:47 am
I just upgraded to OS 10.13.3 and made sure I did all of the upgrades to Sierra for all of my apps. After the firmware upgrade I then logged into my system using Endovia Screens to log into my computer and did the NVIDIA driver upgrades and it went perfectly. No problems and no need for my old video card.
3/12/2018 09:26:17 pm
As of today the latest driver version is 3126.96.36.199.25.161 and it is very good with 10.13.3
4/3/2018 08:10:31 pm
I performed the upgrade to 10.13.4 and upgraded to 3188.8.131.52.30.103 and it is working well. I noticed I had some colour artefacts from time to time but this seems to be cleaner running. No lag or artefacts so far.
1/9/2018 04:27:50 am
If you have white dock, you have the driver issue.
1/10/2018 04:42:48 am
Your last comment and the previous blog posts are saying the opposite.
1/9/2018 04:32:09 pm
It's taking NVIDIA a bit this time to provide the driver for macOS 10.13.2 (17C205).
1/10/2018 09:48:58 am
The new driver was up last night. It's 3184.108.40.206.25.104
1/10/2018 01:08:14 am
What about the window server crashing issue with two cards and two displays?
1/15/2018 11:19:20 pm
Wow, you answer emails now? I ordered a card from you, a GTX 1070 on November 25th, and you never sent it. You certainly charged me though! You’ve basically stolen $855CDN from me. Your business is bullshit. Refund me right the fuck now.
1/17/2018 06:47:52 pm
You guys do great work. Would love to see you start selling the GTX 750Ti and the GTX 960 again - these perform quite well for me, particularly in dual GPU setups. One quick technical note. I am using OS X 10.11.6, build 15G18013. Thus, the NVIDIA driver listed for OS 10.11.6 on http://www.macvidcards.com/drivers.html needs to be updated. I am using 346.03.15f11 and it can be downloaded from http://www.nvidia.com/download/driverResults.aspx/127671/en-us
1/22/2018 09:47:44 pm
1/23/2018 07:47:16 am
I'm sure MVC can help you. Nvidia updated their Web Driver HS to cover the last security update. available here:
1/25/2018 03:14:34 pm
I've always tried to find the Mac drivers on their website but never succeeded. When you select to show all operating systems on their drivers page it shows Windows and Linux but not macOS.
1/25/2018 03:33:03 pm
Go to Quadro series. Then the Mac K5000 card. Then other systems.You will see the Mac OS version list at the bottom.
1/25/2018 08:18:24 pm
Or just use our driver page
1/26/2018 03:53:51 am
Anybody has downloaded the 3220.127.116.11.25.156 driver yet that they could email me (or get to me some other way)?
1/28/2018 08:51:35 am
Another place to find the NVIDIA drivers is https://www.tonymacx86.com/nvidia-drivers/
1/29/2018 07:45:26 am
Anyone have problems with using two non-identical NVDIA GPUs in the same Mac? I have added a GTX 750Ti to Mac 3,1s that already have an ATI 5770 or 5870 with no problem. However, when I add a GTX 750Ti to a Mac 3,1 that already has a GTX 680 or GTX 770 the best case is a a slowdown of both video cards (relative to a single-card setup) and the worst case is a complete refusal to boot (freezes after startup chime and blank screen) that cannot be resolved by NVRAM reset or SMC reset. In the worse case, the Mac cannot be booted into safe mode or recovery mode. Any ideas?
1/29/2018 05:27:23 pm
Having problem getting a gtx 960 to work on MP4,1
1/29/2018 05:48:56 pm
My understanding is that a GTX 960 has to be flashed in order to work in a MacPro. I have several NVIDIA cards (GTX 680, 750Ti, 770, and 960) installed in MacPro 3,1 and 4,1 units and all have been flashed in order to work in a MacPro 3,1/4,1/5,1..
3/24/2018 02:37:24 pm
No, GTX 960 does not need to be flashed to work in a cMP (nor does 970, 980, etc). What flashing gets you is the Apple boot screen, and the ability to access the Startup Manager (what you see when you hold the Option key down on boot). An unflashed card works fine once the web drivers are loaded, but this can be a pain when you are trying to install new drivers, or switch back and forth between different boot drives (such as MacOS and Windows), since you may have to swap in a flashed card (I use an old Mac Edition ATI 5770), or run a second video card for that purpose.
2/4/2018 08:28:25 am
I installed two gtx 1080 in the macpro 5,1 with osx 10.13.3 build 17d47 web drivers 318.104.22.168.156
2/10/2018 04:37:07 am
Anybody know what the (17D2047) 322.214.171.124.25.157 driver is for?
2/11/2018 04:31:07 am
That driver is for certain model of the iMac. It's also used by a number of folks on Hacks that are identified by the OS as iMacs.
2/21/2018 10:23:20 am
I noticed that on my Mac Pro 5.1 Safari does not display sites correctly of text is missing. ( Firefox works well). I use the Nvidia GTX780. Installed latest update. When I switch to the default macOS driver safari works well. Can you explain?
2/21/2018 01:53:14 pm
Uninstall the web driver. Not needed for 780
2/22/2018 12:08:13 am
Hi Mark, so you suggest to use the Default macOS Graphic Driver instead of the Nvidia Web Driver? Will this make no influence when working with FCPX?
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