A note about 10.6.4 beta

No Fermi (gtx480 gtx470) support and no Evergreen (ATI 5xxx) support.

Also, looks like support for hdmi/DP audio on nvidia cards (transitional, via realtek chip on mobo) is coming.(it’s just new SPAudioReporter reporting hdmi audio in System profiler)


  1. 7kbert
    April 29th, 2010 | 7:19 pm


  2. April 29th, 2010 | 7:45 pm

    Not a good sign- hopefully they’ll be adding it to the final release. A lot of people are waiting on ATI 5xxx.

  3. adamsmasher
    April 29th, 2010 | 7:48 pm

    That’s too bad about no 5xxx support as they are so prevalent. I’m surprised that Apple hasn’t wanted to include them in their own models?

  4. eturk
    April 29th, 2010 | 10:02 pm

    How about better support for GTS 360M and other 3xx cards?

    My Asus G51Jx with Core i7 & GTS 360M won’t even boot any DVD distros or retail from boot loaders.

  5. Yolanda
    April 30th, 2010 | 9:32 am

    So we need to wait for new Macs with low end ATI 5xxx and Fermi based cards, but Fermi low end are not even released for PC (

  6. sm1ley
    April 30th, 2010 | 9:45 pm

    Do we still need 10.6.2 kexts to get HD48xx working without DVI>VGA adapter?

  7. May 1st, 2010 | 4:23 pm

    Any news on AppleHDA? Does it still has the hadcuff for non-885 boards? Another thing i keep wondering, what about the alc883 iMacs, how do they pass trough this check since the hda binary only states 885s in its hex?

  8. MacWynn
    May 1st, 2010 | 6:16 pm

    What I don’t understand is that just because Apple doesn’t support it, why can’t an injector be modded to do so? I know that writing a driver is a major deal but injecting for say the gtx 470/480 even if it meant no Fermi hooks “should” be doable right?

    One of you super gurus PLEASE help! Do what Apple should be doing yet again and give us a way to inject for our 480/470’s please…..

  9. DeluxZ
    May 1st, 2010 | 6:59 pm

    Hopefully they will add support for HD5xxx series so I can use my HD5850 completely

  10. mrt
    May 1st, 2010 | 9:13 pm

    No 5xxx support? i’m growing old waiting for this…

  11. Yolanda
    May 1st, 2010 | 9:38 pm

    470/480 are new cards, maybe with new microcode, so driver must translate OpenGL calls to this new hardware level code, in this case we should wait completely new driver.

  12. May 2nd, 2010 | 12:27 pm

    arrrrrrrgh this sux hard

  13. Sean Chen
    May 2nd, 2010 | 12:51 pm


    Dont the support 48XX series in the 104a32GM retail build?? then whats the atiradeon4800.kext in the extensions folder?


    Unless apple start incoperating ati 5XXX series cards into mac pro, imacs and macbooks there not going to release a update with support for it.

  14. sasta
    May 2nd, 2010 | 1:29 pm

    what about new six core processors. Are they supported?

  15. Gusar
    May 2nd, 2010 | 11:00 pm

    не будет эппл эти кочегарки ставить: ни ферми, и уж тем более кал от АТИ.
    Хотелось бы чтобы они в конце концов хотя бы 285 ПЕЧ до опен ЖЛ 3.2 дотянули, а то ж вообще курам на смех, похоже пока нвидия снова дрова не сделает не будет нормального видео.

  16. I am gone cry now
    May 3rd, 2010 | 12:26 am

    What the hell is this No ATI 5xxx support.
    hey god do some magic and give me ATI 5xxx support for osx86.

    and u did very very hard jobs done.
    but make some magic and make it ATI 5xxx drivers & support.

    F**k Apple

  17. 2ndgenirish
    May 3rd, 2010 | 2:27 pm

    Heads up, Netkas,

    Paypal gives this error message to your account:

    This recipient is currently unable to receive money.

  18. Will
    May 4th, 2010 | 2:01 pm

    GTX480 works fine under Bootcamp on a 2008 Pro with external power and a Mac 285 as boot card. Does no harm under 10.6.3 but crashes 10.5.8 shortly after boot up. So the hardware is OK. Shame no drivers looming in 10.6.4.

  19. May 5th, 2010 | 1:17 pm

    its not looking good, apple was rolling with nvidia 9400 for quite a wile, and no real dice on any product that worked,

    its like only netbooks still can, however, but they are so crappy.

    i must admit when the price of the i3 comes down / and the pentium dual core versions come out, at the 300 400 price range, hopefully vendors do what gigabyte did, make hardware that runs mac well. its nice having everything work + sleep.

  20. May 5th, 2010 | 1:22 pm

    i have yet to adopt any ati products, with all the nvidia products 7x, 8x, 9x, 200x, 300x –
    i wouldn’t mind getting ati products, looks like you get more card for less money.

    i have been sticking with core2 still, 31,41,45 series mobo’s, they work well still.

    the new 6 core amd for 199.00 looks tempting, i am just not in the hack me up mood.

  21. May 5th, 2010 | 1:28 pm

    audio through hdmi seems like a super fresh thing apple has just adopted, i am told my new MBP can do hdmi+audio out, something with the 320m, i will try it on friday see if it works, the mini display port 2 hdmi is 29 bucks.

    by the way the magic mouse is kinda lame, if you are one that plays wow, some press left and right mouse button at the same time for movement, stock driver does not support that.

  22. charlesterror
    May 6th, 2010 | 9:23 pm just for your info. It’s away of being 799$

  23. May 7th, 2010 | 2:59 am

    i did say micro center dip shits,

    Apple MacBook MC207LL/A; Intel® Core 2 Duo Processor 2.26GHz; 2GB DDR3-1066 SDRAM; 250GB 5,400RPM Hard Drive; 8x Double-Layer SuperDrive; NVIDIA GeForce 9400M; 10/100/1000 Network; AirPort Extreme 802.11n; Bluetooth 2.1 + EDR; 13.3″ Widescreen Display; Mac OS X 10.6 Snow Leopard
    SKU: 415190

    ( current model )

  24. charlesterror
    May 7th, 2010 | 4:07 pm

    Well Charles. As Georgi and I said. We don’t live in the US! Believe me, I agree it’s a fair price. In our countries however, it’s like being assaulted. 799$ is fair enough, in Mexico it’s like buying a 15 inch macbook pro, but you get the basic macbook.

  25. Yackoo
    May 7th, 2010 | 8:32 pm

    On Apple official website price of cheapest MacBook is 999 USD (in USA). The same model in UK costs 816 GBP (about 1195 USD). In Poland price is similar to UK. So, where is problem, you may ask? Answer: in salaries. With minimal monthly earnings about 1000 GBP in UK buying original Apple computer is no problem. In Poland, with monthly earnings about 350 – 500 GBP it’s not easy.
    In my opinion, Apple should have low-cost line of their products, accesible to everybody.

  26. AAA
    May 8th, 2010 | 1:52 pm

    Is a new SleepEnabler needed?

  27. mark
    May 9th, 2010 | 9:43 pm

    well mac OS doesn’t need to have it because they use opengl instead of direct x

  28. Flamenco
    May 10th, 2010 | 3:58 pm

    Yep. In US it’s very cheap compared even to EUR.
    Here a MBP 17 inch is 2900 USD the lowest – for example

  29. JohnSmith
    May 11th, 2010 | 5:06 pm

    ??no Evergreen (ATI 5xxx) support??

    to say the truth I am surprised at this. I have read newly the following:

  30. atlee
    May 12th, 2010 | 1:18 pm

    Hi Netkas,

    What if i manually edited ATi4800Controller, ATIRadeonX2000 and Framebuffer kext’s could i force to to load ATI 5770 or is a completely new kext required for those cards as they use the Motmot Framebuffer? I’m guessing only a new ATIController kext would need to be released? I tried forcing but it sometimes KP’d sometimes didn’t. Dev ID: 68b81002

  31. lulo
    May 13th, 2010 | 11:45 pm

    GeForce.kext have some Fermi reference inside with 10.6.3:
    strings GeForce |grep -i fermi

    Seems good ?

  32. May 17th, 2010 | 6:52 pm

    Do you know if Apple has altered the drivers for Nvidia 7 Series GPUs in 10.6.4?

    It’s probably the last chance at seeing Steam/Source compatibility on my 24″ white iMac.

  33. Almaz
    May 18th, 2010 | 1:52 am

    Ooohhh, no(((

    I’m tired of waiting Evergreen support. Will you plan their support? Thnx!

  34. May 22nd, 2010 | 8:49 pm

    AMD&ATI Mobility Radeon HD 5XXX,AMD&ATI Radeon HD 5XXX.
    Hope to achieve in the Apple System Eyefinity technology!

  35. Jim
    May 30th, 2010 | 3:38 am

    no TRIM for SSD either?

  36. Chris
    May 31st, 2010 | 4:34 pm

    So, if I get a ASUS Radeon HD 5670 I’m pretty screwed ?
    I use a 8800 GTS right now , and it works good with QE/CI. Thing is I would want a more powerful card for the windows part of the computer…. and that card specs looks good enough and have a decent price..

  37. June 7th, 2010 | 4:22 pm

    oh ma god.

    I updated 10.6.4 combo 10F564,
    then disable QE/CI on my 4890

    do not works dual monitor. (just mirrored)
    resolution is 1400×1050 fixed.

    I always appreciate you, nekas. thx.

  38. OmniAtlas
    June 16th, 2010 | 9:00 am

    10.6.4 ATI 4850 drivers not working as expected. I had to revert back to 10.6.2.

  39. June 16th, 2010 | 11:54 am

    @OmniAtlas: Have u tried ATI Kexts fro 10.6.2 after the update??? I’m still using 10.6.3 with kexts from 10.6.2 (ATI HD4870), and just working fine (full res, QI/CE enabled).

    Let me know, thanks! 😉

  40. June 16th, 2010 | 2:49 pm


    can you tell me how to revert to 10.6.2 ?
    kindly reply to my mail at raffaell at gmail dot com

  41. June 18th, 2010 | 10:33 pm

    hi i m just wondering that if there is ne available ati 4770 driver for mac os x 10.62?


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