Fermi and Lion

Apple didn’t include Fermi drivers in Lion DP (Shame!!)

But, with nvidia’s Fermi drivers you can get resolution change working, just copy NVDAResman.kext and NVDAFG100hal.kext from nvidia drivers into /S/L/E/ of Lion, and remove GeForce.kext from /S/L/E/

That’s all, you will not get QE/CI because

a) Lion’s GeForce.kext doesn’t properly work with Fermi and snow’s nvdaresman (from nvidia drivers)

b) Lion’s GeForceGLDriver.bundle doesn’t work with GeForce.kext from nvidia drivers, and

c) Snow’s GeForceGLDriver.bundle (from nvidia drivers) can’t be used in Lion.

ATY_Init i posted earlier supports it just fine


  1. roger_cwb
    March 5th, 2011 | 12:02 am

    Thanks Netkas!

    Keep the infos coming!

  2. lllevelll
    March 5th, 2011 | 8:55 am


  3. Stefano
    March 5th, 2011 | 9:28 am

    #@[]“««“‘¶ß!!!!!!!! spechless… hope now that is the nvidia itself that wake up and make a proper drivers for its 5xx/quadro graphic cards….
    i’m in hurry to change the gfx and now i don’t know what to do… i’ve never get in trouble with ati… but i always thinked that the nvidia had the better support/performance….

    anyway tnx netkas for your appreciated work… let us know if something is movin on…

  4. turnip101
    March 5th, 2011 | 9:56 am

    Disappointing about Fermi. Any news on QE/CI for the 6xxx series?

  5. JCanty
    March 5th, 2011 | 10:22 am

    A few things:
    I got 10.7 up and running using the iBoot method. However, I am using a fermi card and can’t seem to get anything higher than 1280×1024 resolution, and I wasn’t sure if anyone was able to solve this yet – also, its showing I have a 5mb video card, so I am not sure if I am supposed to edit something on my system to fix this, and then install the nvidia fermi drivers again?

    The other thing is I was wondering if we constantly have to use the flashdrive to boot into the installation, or if I missed something during the installation guide. I am assuming that we have to keep the drive in until Chameleon releases something that is compatible with Lion. Right?

    Anywho, if anyone is curious, I am using the EP45UD3P motherboard from Gigabyte, all the same components as the Lifehacker tutorial build, with the biggest exception being a fermi video card. Worked perfectly in Snow Leopard – but I can’t get full resolution or dual monitor output in 10.7

    Any thoughts, ideas, solutions, suggestions would be greatly appreciated!
    Thanks 😉

  6. Yolanda
    March 5th, 2011 | 12:35 pm

    JCanty. Do exactly as Netkas wrote here. I have Fermi based GTX 570 card, now I can use it in any resolution and two monitors work. Sure, where is no hardware acceleration and only software OpenGL.

  7. JCanty
    March 5th, 2011 | 6:45 pm

    Yolanda, thanks for the reply – where in the nVidia drivers should I find those 2 files? Or do you know where I could download them?

    I know how to ‘Show Package Contents’ but where from there can I find the files I need?
    Thanks for the quick reply! P.S. I assume you are also using iBoot method? Did it initially show you had a 5mb videocard as well?


  8. JCanty
    March 5th, 2011 | 6:55 pm

    Ah just ignore the above, I dug around the retail drivers package and found the files I needed. If anyone needs those, I archived just those 2 files and threw it up on cloud here:

    I am sure nobody is as dense as me, but just in case 😉

  9. roger_cwb
    March 5th, 2011 | 10:03 pm

    @Jcanty What iBoot method is that? I tried install Lion with XPC but dont success, could you explain a little more about the iBoot?

  10. ZZ
    March 6th, 2011 | 12:01 pm

    Is there anyway to make GTX 580 to work on a real mac? No QE/CI is fine.

  11. Daniel
    March 24th, 2011 | 4:47 pm

    Tried my luck with the files mentioned above, but I still have just a small vga res screen with my GTX 560 🙁

  12. 10THzMac
    March 25th, 2011 | 3:22 pm

    Netkas: have a 580 in a real 08 Pro and working fine under Bootcamp (so power OK etc).
    Under 10.6.7 I boot from an 8800Gt with your injector but no joy at all. Where is the absolute latest ATY_Init.kext so I can make sure I am not wasting time using an old one?

    ///gtx5xx just doesn’t work yet.

  13. kocoman
    April 30th, 2011 | 2:05 pm

    So we need to wait for the source code to fix the QE/CI problem for 6600, 7300 and 7900 cards?

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