New fermi drivers for osx

According to nvidia we should see some new fermi drivers for osx soon

an here it is – link


  1. Jocelyn
    November 17th, 2010 | 11:46 pm

    Well its about time! 😉

  2. LoLL
    November 18th, 2010 | 1:48 am

    No trace of GTX 460 in changelog 🙁

    Drivers are updated for Quadro 4000 which is not very powerful… GF104 with (only) 256 stream processors. GPU clocked at 475 MHz / GDDR5 256 bits 2Gb @ 1400 MHz…
    This is not ‘a revolution’ :-/ Also, cost is around 790e in France. Normally Quadro can compute an instructions every 2 cycles against 8 cycles for Geforce (limitation physically or maybe thru drivers ?! i dont know)

  3. sparatr
    November 18th, 2010 | 4:39 am

    i see that 8800GT is in the supported products. any reason to update with this card? (someone maybe tried?)

  4. JezJ
    November 18th, 2010 | 9:55 am

    Erm, Check insanelymac’s forum
    , people are running GTX460,it is in NVDAGF100HAL as well as the GTX580!

  5. Yolanda
    November 18th, 2010 | 10:20 am

    GTX 460 is not in list, because it doesn’t officially available for Mac, but after deleting verifying block in installer, which checks for Mac Pro and NVidia card models, this drivers can be installed on any Hackintosh with Geforce 8 and higher card.

  6. Gusar
    November 18th, 2010 | 11:54 am
  7. Gusar
    November 18th, 2010 | 11:56 am
  8. LoLL
    November 18th, 2010 | 2:41 pm

    Hey this is a good news !

    @Gusar : can you provide any bench as i can compare with my hd5850 ?

  9. Jez
    November 18th, 2010 | 5:32 pm

    First post was deleted for some reason, but I can confirm that the GTX460 works with these drivers, also the GTX580 is inside NVDAGF100HAL.kext as well. Fixes V-Sync issues with Fermi cards, and increases FPS in OpenGL

  10. Jocelyn
    November 18th, 2010 | 6:11 pm
  11. November 18th, 2010 | 7:54 pm

    У меня стало вот так / After install I see
    Кто-нить знает что это / any Ideas

  12. The Rominator
    November 18th, 2010 | 8:47 pm

    Used in conjunction with ATY_Init, these drivers enable my GTX480 to finally get some speed in OSX . On my 1,1 the card works beautifully with 7300GT “helper” card.

    On the 4,1 I needed to delete the “AppleGRaphicsPowerManagement.kext” in order to get it out of 1st gear.

    Hopefully Quadro 4000 ROM will provide EFI to build GTX480 EFI ROM.

  13. roger_cwb
    November 18th, 2010 | 11:21 pm

    @Gusar: GTX 460 working on hackintosh?!? WOW!!!!! At last a great news!

  14. roger_cwb
    November 18th, 2010 | 11:26 pm

    @Yolanda: Could you explainm, what is needed to delete for install this driver?

  15. Txabi
    November 19th, 2010 | 4:54 am

    Does anyone know if OpenCL and CUDA are working properly with these new Fermi drivers and boards like the GTX 460/470/480 in a hackintosh?

    The reason why I am asking is that i develop in those technologies which is why I am still working with the GTX 285 in my current system (the fastest CUDA board for OSX currently).

  16. macwanabe
    November 19th, 2010 | 9:46 am

    These drivers does not seem to be very stable. Numerous people has reported lock ups and kernal panics. No Open CL support, CUDA seems te be limited to only 112 Cores irespective of card even then performance is lower per core than 200 series.

  17. Yolanda
    November 19th, 2010 | 11:36 am

    @roger_cwb: All is simple, as always mount *.dmg file with drivers, but not install, simply copy package with drivers somethere, then View contents of it and search for “distribuiton.dist” file, open it with TextEdit, and delete the following string in the beginnig , save file and have fun 🙂

  18. Yolanda
    November 19th, 2010 | 11:59 am

    @roger_cwb: oh….this forum thinks this string is html keyword and delete it from my post, so search for the string “installation-check script=”nv_system_check() “

  19. Roger_CWB
    November 19th, 2010 | 12:23 pm

    Hi Yolanda thanks for the instructions, I managed to install changing in SMBIOS my hackintosh model to MacPro 4,1 but the performance is poor than my old GTS 250 (I tested with cinebench), I think this driver isnt 100% compatible with GTX 460 yet, but at least run with full resolution.


  20. Jez
    November 19th, 2010 | 2:25 pm

    @roger_cwb, If your SMBIOS is set to MacPro 4,1 you need to edit the AppleGraphicsPowerManagement.kext and find macpro 4,1 and change the first device id from 05e2 to yours. Its just running in powersave mode thats all.

  21. JezJ
    November 19th, 2010 | 3:33 pm

    Why do my posts keep getting deleted, when I am only trying to help someone?????

  22. Yolanda
    November 19th, 2010 | 7:03 pm

    I play in Starcraft II and World of Warcraft 4.03, performance on my GTX 295 is the same as with drivers bundled with 10.6.5. Also I think there isn’t much difference, maybe only new Quadro model support, this drivers is version 256.01, and with 10.6.5 Apple ship 256.00.

  23. Sjors
    November 19th, 2010 | 9:30 pm

    Does this also apply for the GTX460m?

  24. Sean
    November 20th, 2010 | 3:41 am

    Hey Yolanda, I see your GTX 295 is working with 10.6.5?! 10.6.5 broke mine. Everything was fine on 10.6.4, ONLY thing I use is the EFI string and Graphics enabled=No. After the 10.6.5 combo update, I just get a blank screen, if I delete the EFI string and change graphicenabler to yes, I can get into OSX but no graphic acceleration at all! Also, mine is dual-PCM.

    Please let me know how you got it working and link me some files if possible.

    Thanks Yolanda.

  25. Sean
    November 20th, 2010 | 3:17 pm

    Hey Yolanda, how did you get your GTX 295 running with 10.6.5? When I run the combo update and then restart, I just get a black screen. On 10.6.4 I have everything running fine with just the EFI string and GraphicsEnabler=No. Also, mine is dual-pcb. If you don’t mind sending me some links/files on how you got yours running that’d be great. Thanks.

  26. Sean
    November 21st, 2010 | 10:46 am

    Hey Yolanda, what method did you use to get your GTX 295 to work with 10.6.5? Mine works great with 10.6.4 with just an EFI string and GraphicsEnabler=No, but 10.6.5 breaks it (blank screen) Thanks in advance!

  27. Flym4N
    November 21st, 2010 | 4:42 pm

    Quadro 4000 are working for Geforce 460 “fermi” 😀 😀

  28. Yolanda
    November 21st, 2010 | 7:40 pm

    Hi Sean, I have dual-pcb GTX 295 too.

    So there are two ways, first, that I use now, works both in 32 and 64 bit mode, but only one GPU, to which DVI ports connected, works. You need to install latest Chamellion2 RC5 build R6XX, you get it from , then delete EFI strings for GTX 295 card and change GraphicsEnabler to Yes.

    Second works only in 32 bit, but both GPUs work. I think it can be usable only then you need HDMI port on card, it connected to secondary GPU, or OpenCL test, where you can run OpenGL graphics on primary GPU and OpenCL maths on secondary. Do do it set GraphicsEnabler=No, delete EFI strings and all graphics injectors and install ATY_init.kext from Netkas.

  29. November 22nd, 2010 | 7:52 pm

    hey … so this means i can use my GTX460 2GB GDDR5 Graphic Card to make my dreamy hackintosh ?

  30. Sean
    November 23rd, 2010 | 9:24 pm

    Hi Yolanda, thanks alot for the reply. I still couldn’t get it working. I just bought a GTX 470 and it’s working great. Will use the GTX 295 in my other computer 🙂

    Even if I got it working it would be only half the card working…it’d be like 1 GTX 260 🙁

    Anyways I’m happy 🙂 The GTX 470 was on sale for $280 too, not too bad IMO.

  31. Tony
    November 24th, 2010 | 4:17 am

    I used it with my 460 for a couple of days. It’s sluggish somehow and the screen freezes randomly. I sold my 460 already. Looks like it’s not a stable solution though. I just don’t wanna the computer to freeze when I am working on my project or something. sigh, still stick to my old 8800gt, it’s not a fast card but at least it works without any problem. Probably I will try 5850 or get a used gtx285, any suggestion?

  32. Rene
    November 25th, 2010 | 2:36 am

    Hi Guys,

    i installed the Nvidia Driver (Quadro Mac OS X Driver Release 256) and it works but my System Profiler shows this.

  33. peter vr
    November 27th, 2010 | 5:54 am

    hey all

    i have a GTX470 i’m about to send back. i get it working fine with 10.6.5, latest chameleon RC5 and nvidia’s drivers, the desktop works fine, quick movie or two works fine. BUT unfortunately, no luck with world of warcraft, the login screen works fine but the moment i log into the world the display freezes.
    this is on a 3,1 hackintosh. reverted back to my 8800GT for now (which is about 40% faster under 10.6.5!) … considering getting a radeon (the first in many many years:).

  34. any support for gt325m yet...?
    November 27th, 2010 | 9:45 am

    thanks for your great effort…for the efi..,
    i recently bought a lappy with optimus nvidia gt325m…after i install 10.6.3 on it and install bootloader in both hard drive and thumbdrive, both fail to load into system…it stop at apple logo screen without spinning,if i try -v and it stop at black screen after the apple logo…,does anybody know how to make it loaded with proper bootloader..anyway i still can boot it using the efi CDROM….

  35. December 1st, 2010 | 10:25 pm

    Does anyone tried this on the Nvidia 220 MB 1024 GT DDR3?

  36. diegoq
    December 2nd, 2010 | 8:40 pm

    Any news on having DVI-to-HDMI out on GTS250! seems that there is a lot of people with this problem on G92 Chips! since 10.6.3!

    please any help???

    my monitor only has hdmi input 🙁

  37. December 7th, 2010 | 7:11 pm

    Any openCL luck?

  38. brockwitting
    December 9th, 2010 | 4:02 pm

    Has anyone had any success with a 580? And is there any hope of GTX 570 support with this driver release?

  39. SWAT
    December 17th, 2010 | 5:42 pm

    Hey diegoq got the same problem have Nvidia 250 GTS 1G RAM with HDMI outputs DVIs are working but HDMI hangs. Used iAtkos S3 with Snow Leopard 10.6.3. Does not recognize the card right if i don’t check the Nvidia drivers during installation it properly finds the VRAM size but if i do it just says it is some Nvidia product with 128VRAM. both ways there’s no HDMI found a lot of ppl on all the forums with similar problem yet no solution.
    Nvidia kexts dont work Chamelion 2 RC3 + netkas also failed. Please post something if someone was able to solve this.

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  43. Slyr
    February 14th, 2012 | 11:14 pm

    I have Quadro 4000 MAC card. I use with graphics enabler, but I saw somebody used it with EFI string. How can I add it under Lion?

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