QE CI Patch for 10.6.1 for radeons

Here is patch to get qe/ci on radeon 4890/4870×2/4830/4850×2

It also adds device-ids of those cards to ATI4800Controller kext.

Note to 4850 users – install it(if you are lazy to add device-id to 4800controller kext manualy) BEFORE rebooting after installation of 10.6.1



  1. el Charlot
    September 11th, 2009 | 5:33 pm

    Yeah, thank you SO much, it works like a charm now 🙂

  2. Anders
    September 11th, 2009 | 5:50 pm

    Just curious, what did you have to patch to make it work?

    ////jump tables 😛

  3. soloalto
    September 11th, 2009 | 5:59 pm

    Thanks. It works great on my Mac Pro 1,1 with 4890

  4. September 11th, 2009 | 7:14 pm

    Can we use two displays at the same time with 4890? Or only 4870? I have 30″ ACD and a TV (hdmi)

  5. Wozniak
    September 11th, 2009 | 7:43 pm

    OMG ! you work so fast !! Thank You Very Much !!

    i can use at the same time my 23″ Cinema HD and a 46″ Lcd TV (hdmi)with my 4890 ans SL

  6. Macest
    September 11th, 2009 | 8:44 pm

    All working with my 4870×2 now, under 10.6.0 I couldn’t get my main display visible because of a phantom VGA display only visible in System Preferences. I used the Gather Windows button (was this there in 10.6.0, I don’t remember seeing it as I’m sure I would’ve tried it) to bring the main Displays window in view to move the main monitor off the phantom VGA display. Anyone else got a phantom VGA display?

  7. exabrial
    September 11th, 2009 | 10:50 pm

    Dear Netkas,

    you rock.


  8. exabrial
    September 11th, 2009 | 10:56 pm

    Well… I just installed the package and I have 3d support.

    Anyone getting random horizontal lines going up/down screen in 3d apps? In COD4 it’s practically unplayable 🙁

    Guess beggers can’t be choosers. I wish apple would have proper support for the card.

  9. September 11th, 2009 | 11:27 pm


    I am having the same issue. I installed SL with a 4870×2 and I am also getting the same “phantom” vga monitor. Even when pluggin 2 monitors it still insists on making the non-existant phantom vga as the primary screen.

    Very annoying. Is there anywhere to in the kexts to force that monitor to be off?

    Also is screen rotation working for the 4870×2? It does not seem to appear in the monitor preferences, and my 2nd monitor is portrait not landscape.

  10. Hutch
    September 12th, 2009 | 7:08 am

    Does this work with 4850 cards too or only 4850X2?

    ////4850 doesnt need patched x2000.kext

  11. ledon
    September 12th, 2009 | 7:14 am

    this pkg and method no work for me,i known my card is bad choose(hd 4850 hdmi/vga/hdmi),but working with your patch file ATY_Init.kext+ATY_Motmot.kext+original ati* in s/l/e(no add dev-id to ati4800controller.kext) in 32bit with vga,but i want to work it in 64bit,can you give me any idea?

  12. Hutch
    September 12th, 2009 | 7:16 am

    What do we need to undo if we installed this pkg? Realized this wont work with a 4850 dvi/svideo/dvi and 64bit

  13. RobRu
    September 12th, 2009 | 10:01 am

    Can someone be kind enough to come up with a step by step howto for a Radeon 4890.

    I am running a Hackintosh with Chamelion 2. I have a MSI T2DIG 4890. I have 2 monitors but can only get the card to display on one monitor without QE CI.

    By reading the posts I see that many have got this working with QE CI and even dual monitors.

    What is the trick. When I loaded the above patch my system does not come. Just stays on apple boot screen..

    Any help would be greatly appreciated.

  14. September 12th, 2009 | 10:12 am

    @wozniak thanks for the reply. My second question is about the use of a ACD 30″ with dual-dvi.

  15. Matt
    September 12th, 2009 | 5:42 pm

    This is the first time I’ve had an issue with a package that I cannot figure out. I’ve installed the new 10.6.1 package but am not getting 3d Acceleration for WoW, in the past when that happened I reinstalled, rebooted, and everything was working again. Running the HD4890 on my Mac Pro with the 30″ ACD. I’m sure it’s something easy, but I’m at a loss atm.

    Any suggestions?

    ////run opengl extensions viewer and check opengl there

  16. Teddy
    September 13th, 2009 | 12:58 am

    Does it work with MacPro 1,1 and 4850?

  17. Matt
    September 13th, 2009 | 2:33 am

    Ok I checked everything out in OpenGL Extensions Viewer, and I think I see the problem. Under the Extensions tab, my it says my “Renderer: Apple Software Renderer” rather than my ATI 4890… could that be my problem? If so how do I get my computer to switch to the graphics card? Sorry about the questions, one of the problems with having a machine that “just works” is when stuff like this comes up and I have no clue where to go from here. Going to keep scrambling through some more forums and check back, thanks for any help!

  18. Francisco Viana
    September 13th, 2009 | 4:14 am

    Many Thanks from Vancouver, CA.

  19. Trograin
    September 13th, 2009 | 8:25 am

    Hi there Netkas, Dam youa re fast mate, thanx for another great job.

    I have a fast question about 4870 cards. Pretty sure I can not use this patch for it but wills tilla sk it here just incase. I am using EVOEnabler only and getting Full QE/CI. The card works real nice except one thing.. Running Benchmark the GPL side shows mearly 97 points when it should be over 200. The card framerate wise gives me aproximetly the same as my old ATI X1950 Pro card, and this is …well… pretty annoying. Any thoughts about what could cause this? I have not removed any kexts, I even just in case added my Dev-Id to the ATI4870 kext, did not ofcourse help anything 🙂 Any idea why the GPL is so badly supported at the moment? ( On original macs the benchamrk for GPL comes up to around 217 if I dont remember to wrong) If you need any more specifics please mail me and ask, I am at work right now so I dont have them on top of me head at moment 🙂

    Once again, great work mate.

  20. Ricato
    September 13th, 2009 | 1:47 pm

    How do I uninstall it. Had trouble getting my gtx260 to work and thought I would try this for my radeon card. Well I tried my gtx again and it is working and being read in system profiler but won’t give me all resolutions and think this package might be the problem

    ///kexts in pkgs arent loaded if there is no ati card

  21. elnino
    September 14th, 2009 | 3:50 am

    I`m using 4870X2 with 10.6.1. My resolution stucked at 1024 x 768 and no QE CI.
    I installed this package but my SL does’t boot. Only show apple logo on white background. What should I do use to full screen 1920 x 1080 with QE CI?

    ////is it really that hard ?

  22. Usman
    September 14th, 2009 | 6:17 pm

    Hi boys, do you know how to enable v sync?
    What is CI?, what does it do?


  23. Philippe
    September 14th, 2009 | 7:08 pm

    Netkas, you’re a genius!

    I’ve finally got my 4980 (Powercolor 1GB, model AX4890 1GBD5-UH) to work, on my MacPro (Early 2008). I tried other cards (Diamond 4870 1GB, Palit 4850) but were unsuccesful. I’m running 10.6.1 and everything seems ok! Good work, pal!

  24. Iqbal
    September 14th, 2009 | 8:06 pm

    I got problem with vsync to, bad tearing on sims 3.

    OS – mac 10.5.7 – AITKOS latest version
    cpu – 4300 intel
    vga- gigabyte 4850 1gb
    ram – 2gb

    Patched framebuffers for 48×0 and 3870×2
    ati display 4.5.7

    help please

  25. dunkmaster
    September 14th, 2009 | 9:59 pm

    i have sapphire 4850 (dvi, hdmi, vga) non-reference and its a big pain in 10.5.7 and i get no qe/cl. will snow leopard give me qe/cl or should i just go for a reference 4890?

    ////why would I (owner of reference 4850) know ?

  26. nocmnt
    September 15th, 2009 | 1:59 pm

    hey, i have a HIS Hightech 4850 (crossfire)

    QE/CI seems to be working for me without this ?

    can someone tell me if thats ok?

  27. Psygnosis
    September 16th, 2009 | 11:13 am

    Hi to all…
    Is there any way to have my mobility radeon hd 3450 work? I have a dell studio 1537!
    I don’t know how to mod a kext maybe if someone mod it I can test it, maybe there is a similar graphic card and you can use the same kext and change the device id…

  28. orbitaldebri
    September 18th, 2009 | 3:37 pm

    Hi, just wondering if there is a way of increasing the default fan speed of the radeon 4870s on hackintoshes?

    Any help would be greatly appreciated.

    Thanks in advance


    ////use radeon bios editor

  29. Wombat
    September 19th, 2009 | 8:02 pm

    Thanks a lot for your work.

    Please can you tell whether it will ever be support for 3870 in SL? Or I’m better get myself a 8800GT or something? Love this card but it prevents me from switching to SL – such a pity.

    Thanks in advance.

  30. MeTheOrion
    September 22nd, 2009 | 3:24 am

    Have 10.6.1 installed on my UD3P with a HD 4830.
    Have the SL 10.6.1 package for radeon cards installed with your latest PC EFI 10.3 that you released yesterday.
    When i boot, the resolution of my monitor goes to 1920*1080 – but then the desktop comes visible then goes invisible and this cycle repeats itself..somewhat like screen flickering but with lower frequency..
    I can see all the icons on my desktop and can move my mouse around a little…
    Can you help me please..I would very much appreciate any assistance…..

    Thank you once again
    The Orion

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  32. Dust
    September 29th, 2009 | 4:32 pm

    first, thx for all your people are amazing.
    im going to build my first Hack* and i bought an “HD4890 by CLUB3D”, it have a double dvi port i guess, and maybe an s-video, im interest just in one monitor working but will full 3D enabled, any of you got the HD4890 working under 10.6.1?

    ///yes, it works fine

  33. Sylima
    October 8th, 2009 | 9:39 am

    Ставил другу барса 10.6.1, ПК с такой вот карточкой 4850, завел через GraphicsEnabler-y + 10.3 boot +прописал ID в 4800.kext Завелось и разрешение и QE, но при загрузке компа часто вырубается видеокарта, т.е. доходит до загрузки интерфейса, а потом клац, куллер выключается и темный экран. Потом вставляешь монитор в другой слот загружаешь – снова бока, потом снова возвращаешь в свой порт и загружается. Помогите советом что не так? Или нужно пакет ставить этот после 10.6.1????? Пропись ID руками ничего не даст?

  34. Pat
    October 14th, 2009 | 12:39 pm

    Hi Netkas,

    I have been trying for over a week to get Quartz Extreme working on my Hacintosh with an ATI Radeon HD 4890. The computer recognises the card and everything else seems perfect, i just cant seem to get QE working. I have installed your package which doesnt seem to have changed anything. Any help would be greatly appreciated

  35. October 21st, 2009 | 8:37 pm


    Could you please explain where in the ATIRadeonX2000 binary file (from the kext) you’ve added support for the other device ID’s?
    I’d like to be able to edit this myself if possible. Thanks a lot!


    ////its jump table, so long to explain

  36. Ale
    October 24th, 2009 | 10:43 am

    Hi netkas, first of all thanks for the Graphics Enabler support for 3870 in Snow Leopard.

    Now I would like to know if in future there will be support for qe/ci with 3870 in Snow Leopard..


  37. October 24th, 2009 | 9:49 pm


    OK, I’m no coder and had writing assemblycode is not something I could ever hope to do.
    I’m pursuing this ‘bug’ and I’m trying to find out how to edit a ‘virgin’ X2000 bin file to accept the 9441 (need only one)
    Already tried this: with no success.

    When shutting down the Driver dumps a lot of bugtracking to screen, will try to pipe that somewhere if i knew how.

    Kind regards,


  38. fuzzylollipop
    November 10th, 2009 | 5:25 am

    This installer pkg doesn’t seem to work on 10.6.2 any idea when/if an installer pkg will be available for 4890 again?
    That or instructions on how to re-enable QE/CL on 4890 under SL 10.6.2?

  39. hector
    January 22nd, 2010 | 6:20 am


  40. ghajini08
    March 16th, 2010 | 9:28 pm

    the link no longer works….can u plks give another link….thx

  41. alf
    March 21st, 2010 | 1:03 am

    please update the link to the package… THANKS !!!!!!!!!!!!!

  42. Monty
    March 21st, 2010 | 12:36 pm

    Can we have a new link put up please

  43. Andrey
    March 21st, 2010 | 7:08 pm

    PLease reupload that package. (better on megaupload since rapidshare is deleting everything)

  44. April 14th, 2010 | 9:32 am

    Ok dziekuje

  45. xixor
    April 21st, 2010 | 3:38 am

    Does this work with 10.6.3 ?

  46. patrick
    May 31st, 2010 | 11:19 am

    i cannot download the file anymore. Can u up it again ?

    lot of thanks 🙂 🙂 🙂

  47. Faxtron
    June 15th, 2010 | 7:00 pm

    Update the link please.

  48. homeboyardee
    December 7th, 2010 | 7:36 pm

    Netkas, you are a god amongst mere mortals 8) I am sending this prayer to you in the hopes that i can figure out why my hd4890 wont work with qe/ci in 10.6.5 I have tried everything i can think love. Crappy thing is, im probably gonna have to pray to you again when my 4870×2 get here. I would gladly drop offerings at your temple if i could figure this out with your divine guidance. Ok enought ass kissin lol Help a brother out and he will reward thee 8)

  49. homeboyardee
    December 7th, 2010 | 7:45 pm its an xfx 4890 zdec i screwed ?

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