QE/CI radeons patch for 10.6.6 (Updated)

There was rumors about 10.6.6 ATIRadeonX2000.kext doesn’t require binary patching, but these turned out to be negative.

So here it is, the patch for 10.6.6, support was added for anything in range of 0x9440-0x9462, but I don’t promise every card in that range will work :P.

Revision 2 released, should fix 4890 in 32-bit mode.


  1. Carl
    February 1st, 2011 | 6:21 am

    First of all: Thanks netkas for all the hard work,

    I’m afraid I’m still out of luck as far as QE/QI, I’ve got full res from my diamond 4890 pumping displayport to a 24″ apple LED CD, both 64 and 32bit, but neither have QE/QI. p55 system 10.6.6,

    Would greatly appreciate some ideas on possible solutions/irc/theads to look through, Thanks

  2. ThibaudAO
    February 1st, 2011 | 4:11 pm

    Hello !
    I installed SL 10.6.3 on my PC by using iATKOS S3v2 and I updated today in 10.6.6 with apple official combo update + Multibeast for USB rollback.
    After reboot, everything seemed to work fine except my graphic card, a HD4850.
    I tried to install netkas patch for 10.6.6 but now, when it boots, I’m stuck on this message : Ethernet [AppleYukon2]: Link up on en0, 100-Megabit, Full-duplex, Symetric flow-control, Debug [796d,6f48,0de1,0200,45e1,4000]

    Does anybody could help me?

    Config : P5B Premium, E8400, HD4850

  3. February 3rd, 2011 | 10:47 pm

    so what you are saying that is not plainly available is that this patch is good for (pretty much) all ATI Cards between ATI RADEON 4700 and ATI RADEON 4800,

    I just bought a HIS Radeon 5770 and i am trying to get that bastard to work, and i feel like i am in the god dam boxing ring. * DING * i am tryin to get as real of a mac as i can.
    and i think maybe ATI Graphics Cards are the only way.

  4. February 3rd, 2011 | 11:01 pm

    i am gonna monkey around with this stupid crap for about another 4 hours, after that i am throwing all this junk in a box, and getting a 27″ imac this is way over complicated, it rapes the idea of Apple/MAC” it just works ” right up the god dam ass.

  5. rysher
    February 5th, 2011 | 8:13 am

    Well, i can’t make it work with my Sapphire 4830…
    Always wants some unavailable resolution @ some weird Hz, i have a Samsung SyncMaster 19″ TFT… so i don’t know whats the problem. Really don’t know what’s missing.
    Is 75Hz really necessary by default??
    I think this kext woulda work for me if it’d get 60Hz by default…

  6. asianmac
    February 10th, 2011 | 7:24 am

    Big Thanks to Netkas.
    Here my story.
    my system P5Q pro, q8300 quad, ATI HD4860 Sapphire 1GB DDR5, ID 9462 1002.
    Multi beast 3.2 ( boot.plist don’t touch )
    I have spend 10 hr to make the video card work from 10.6.2 to 10.5. It don’t work.
    Just to day I try to combo update 10.6.6 and install v2 patch then restart. Bum working good. I’m every happy.
    Netkas and som one can help me how make it work for 2 monitor. Right now just 1 monitor work and 1 monitor it blank no signal. when i install 10.6.6, I just use 1 monitor, after update everything work then I plug second monitor it don’t work. Please help Thanks

  7. David
    February 10th, 2011 | 7:10 pm

    Just throwing in my 2 cents: I’ve tried the 10.6.6 update several times (on a cloned drive for easy recovery) and have been unable to achieve acceleration on my Sapphire (new edition) 4890 card. I’m using the rev. 2 patch for 10.6.6, and I get display, but no acceleration. This is in an original MacPro 1,1. Acceleration worked properly (after ages of work) under 10.6.4. I skipped 10.6.5 to avoid driver issues, but would really like to get 10.6.6 working. Any tips? I’m installing the update, installing the new patch, repairing permissions each step of the way. Thanks!

  8. David
    February 10th, 2011 | 9:56 pm


    Could you please let us know exactly which version of the OS you got your frameworks and kexts from? I do not seem to have the exact version numbers you specify.

  9. Evan
    February 11th, 2011 | 6:01 am

    I’ve been running off of a 10.6.4 patch for a long time and decided to upgrade to 10.6.6 and my flashed ATI Radeon 4870 barely works now. I’ve tried installing the 10.6.6 pkg from this site and I don’t get duel monitors, or QE-CI? Am I missing something?

    I’ve tried repairing permissions and then reinstalling, and it still isn’t doing the trick.

    Any ideas?

  10. February 11th, 2011 | 9:55 pm

    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: 7 GB
    Bus Speed: 1.33 GHz
    Boot ROM Version: MP11.005C.B08
    SMC Version (system): 1.7f10

    ATI Radeon HD 4870:

    Chipset Model: ATI Radeon HD 4870
    Type: GPU
    Bus: PCIe
    Slot: Slot-1
    PCIe Lane Width: x16
    VRAM (Total): 1024 MB
    Vendor: ATI (0x1002)
    Device ID: 0x9440
    Revision ID: 0x0000
    ROM Revision: 113-B7710C-176
    EFI Driver Version: 01.00.318
    BenQ G2420HDB:
    Resolution: 1920 x 1080 @ 60 Hz
    Pixel Depth: 32-Bit Color (ARGB8888)
    Main Display: Yes
    Mirror: Off
    Online: Yes
    Display Connector:
    Status: No Display Connected

    not working no 3d acc

  11. February 11th, 2011 | 9:59 pm

    and ofc
    System Software Overview:

    System Version: Mac OS X 10.6.6 (10J567)
    Kernel Version: Darwin 10.6.0
    Boot Volume: Mac
    Boot Mode: Normal
    Secure Virtual Memory: Not Enabled
    64-bit Kernel and Extensions: No

  12. plush
    February 15th, 2011 | 12:04 am

    Is it supports ID 0x944c1022/0x94421022 ??
    Still having heavy monitor glitch under 10.6.6 Retail after installing this stuff.
    I have a Sapphire Radeon HD4830 (512MB, VGA, HDMI, DVI)

  13. February 15th, 2011 | 11:58 am

    Hey daniel,

    I have the same video card, and exactly the same information that your provide for your 4870:

    ATI Radeon HD 4870 :

    Jeu de composants : ATI Radeon HD 4870
    Type : Processeur graphique (GPU)
    Bus : PCIe
    Logement : Slot-1
    Longueur de la voie PCIe : x16
    VRAM (totale) : 1024 Mo
    Fournisseur : ATI (0x1002)
    Identifiant du périphérique : 0x9440
    Identifiant de révision : 0x0000
    Révision de la ROM : 113-B7710C-176
    Version du gestionnaire EFI : 01.00.318
    Moniteurs :
    W2261 :
    Résolution : 1920 x 1080 @ 60 Hz
    Profondeur de pixels : Couleurs 32 bits (ARGB8888)
    Moniteur principal : Oui
    Miroir : Désactivé
    Connecté : Oui
    Rotation : Géré
    Connecteur pour le moniteur :
    État : Aucun moniteur branché

    Vue d’ensemble du logiciel système :

    Version du système : Mac OS X 10.6.6 (10J567)
    Version du noyau : Darwin 10.4.0
    Volume de démarrage : Snow_Leopard_RAID
    Mode de démarrage : Normal
    Mémoire virtuelle sécurisée : activée
    Noyau et extensions 64 bits : Oui

    I have QE and CL working out of the box. I don’t need this patch.
    Also, I checked the differences between the files provided by Apple and the two kexts Netkas provides, and I only found 2 differences: mine provide a valid Code certificate from Apple, Netkas doesn’t have any Code signing provided with his kexts… and some files have been delete from the Content folder… nothing else

    So where is the patch? oO Is this just about deleting files into both kexts?

  14. CAG
    February 18th, 2011 | 4:15 pm


    1st try: GraphicsEnabler=Yes (by Chameleon RC5 def.)
    Installed to a brand new osx installation (10.6.6i Hazard)
    so no orphaned/useless kexts, and got glitched or black screen after reboot…
    2nd try after sudo revert: Modified both kexts with the correct ID of my VGA in Smultron, then added them with kext helper. Then rebuilt them with kext util, reboot, but same result… revert again. Kext util again.
    3rd try: GraphicsEnabler=No, installed the pkg then reboot, got kernel panic.
    4th try: I saw here that somebody changed some kexts with a couple of older one, well i found them after 2hrs seeking in the net, added with helper, rebuild, reboot and got THIS:

    This is a really weird glitched screen… I got this screen for like 30 secs, then my screen turned black until restart. But hey… at least it worked for a “while”… lol. 🙂

    So forget QE/CI with this config… :

    cpu: Intel Core2Duo E7400 2,8GHz
    mbd: ASUS P5QD Turbo (P45)
    vga: Sapphire Radeon HD4830 (512MB) vga, hdmi, dvi…

    Dear netkas! I spent like 5 hours to make this thing work but i failed. What did i do wrong?
    Can you, or even anybody can help me with this??
    So annoying to read “its working” texts from other people who having the same stuff like me…

    Thanks in advance, sorry for my bad english, hope you understood me.. 🙂 And please don’t remove my post!


  15. marty
    February 20th, 2011 | 8:18 am

    hi i have mac pro with a ati hd4890 i have run the netkas patches trouble is only 1 monitor works but when i boot into windows both work can anyone tell me what i am doing wrong ? many thanks

  16. Paul
    February 22nd, 2011 | 1:44 pm

    After much trying im still stuck with no q/e with my 4890 (dev id : 9460). system boots then gives a light blue screen and occasionally flashes a lighter colour. i have tried editing the 4800 kexts(this worked for 10.6.3), added dev id etc. this gives a black screen with artefacts.

    Any ideas anyone?

    Ps: im stuck running 32bit as im using amd

    ati 4890
    amd phenom x4
    8gb ram

  17. CAG
    February 26th, 2011 | 1:37 am

    Seems no one gave a damn on us.. :]
    I reinstalled 10.6.6 then followed the steps, but got same results as before, looks like its a weird glitch related to widescreen or idk, tried on 3 different monitors, including a crt either, but keep failing.

    netkas, i know you’re way too busy with Lion, but please do something! I’ll bake you a cake! 😀

  18. Filthynight
    February 27th, 2011 | 8:29 am


    I have mobility Radeon 4650 (ati). How can i enabled QE/CI for this card, i tried the installer but does not work for me.


  19. spyker
    March 1st, 2011 | 11:26 pm

    Thanks Netkas for this driver. Ati Sapphire HD4850 512MB works perfectly on SL 10.6.6 😉

  20. PisToV
    March 10th, 2011 | 11:08 pm

    ATI Radeon 4850 Series:

    Chipset Model: ATI Radeon 4850 Series
    Type: GPU
    Bus: PCIe
    Slot: Slot-1
    PCIe Lane Width: x16
    VRAM (Total): 1024 MB
    Vendor: ATI (0x1002)
    Device ID: 0x9442
    Revision ID: 0x0000
    ROM Revision: 113-B7710C-176
    EFI Driver Version: 01.00.318
    Resolution: 1024 x 768 @ 85 Hz
    Pixel Depth: 32-Bit Color (ARGB8888)
    Main Display: Yes
    Mirror: Off
    Online: Yes
    Rotation: Supported
    Display Connector:
    Status: No Display Connected

    this i have only when i installed this version 2 update fix

    Hey Netkas , why i cant see this acceleration working or not ?

  21. Leigh
    March 14th, 2011 | 3:12 am

    I have a mac pro with a Wacom Cintiq monitor/tablet as well as an Apple display. The os x 10.6.6 update knocked out my dual monitor display, but this patch totally fixed it.


  22. Taki
    March 21st, 2011 | 5:41 pm

    Not working in HD 5450 i can change the reslution But Cant oper FrontRow Or any Game !!! Any Help ?

  23. Ray
    March 22nd, 2011 | 1:24 am

    Is there a patch for the Radeon 4890 yet qe_ci_exotic patch 10.6.6 ?

    I am using qe_ci_exotic patch 10.6.6.pkg

    But I am fearful of installing Mac Osx 10.6.7 until a card patch is released.


  24. March 24th, 2011 | 6:15 am

    Without thinking, stupidly agreed to the prompt to upgrade to 10.6.7. Needs an updated patch it would appear. *So* appreciate the work you’ve done on these patches previously. Is it worth waiting for one for 10.6.7, or is it likely to be a while so am I likely to be safer to roll back at this stage?

  25. Superparati
    March 24th, 2011 | 1:23 pm

    The netkas’ patch QE/CI 10.6.6 don’t work with Mac os X.6.7

    I’ve bug with Safari and Aperture
    Final Cut doesn’t install.

  26. Giuseppe
    March 25th, 2011 | 7:19 pm

    I too made ​​the mistake of upgrading to 10.6.7 and now I work a few more programs will come out a future update?
    Thank you so much

  27. Jake
    March 29th, 2011 | 2:13 am

    What do you do for 10.6.7. This patch is not working on 10.6.7. Any options? Or should the 10.6.7 ATIRadeonX2000 work out-of-the-box?

  28. lexqq
    March 31st, 2011 | 6:47 pm

    Will it work on HD 2600 XT?

  29. Sam
    April 13th, 2011 | 11:07 pm

    Visiontek 4870X2 Works – have QE/QI even though system doesn’t report it (games work, Front Row/Dashboard has effects) DVI port 2 gives 2560*1600. DVI port 1 only gives 1280×800 – but looks fine.

    Tried SwitchResX to force resolution of 2560*1600 – but didn’t work.

    Any suggestions?

    Thanks for making the 4870×2 work in 10.6.6!

  30. shrek
    June 11th, 2011 | 11:40 pm

    Hi, any chance for 3470 Mobility?

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