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Black screen on boot after graphics card upgrade

20 December 2012 - 04:41 AM

Hi people,

Recently I have made an upgrade from my 9600GSO(8800GS) DDR3 384MB to a more faster GTX 295 GDDR3 1792MB as it was cheap when I brought it from the internet and offers significant increase in performance without me investing on a fortune. It turns out that after this switch OS X does not boot for some reason so I would like to ask about this. Below are the specifications of my rig. Also note that the card is fully functional therefore not hardware problem. I have tested it in Windows 7 on furmark for half an hour straight and played many games for countless hours fine. I would also take my time to give more detail on the situation to make it more easier to help.

Intel Core 2 Quad Q6600
8GB DDR2-800 (2GB*4) memory
Samsung 830 Series 128GB SSD(That I use to boot Mac)
Seagate 7200.12 500GB(For storage, probably not too relvant to the situation)
Seagate 7200.14 1TB(For storage, probably not too relvant to the situation)

As for bootloader I am currently using Chameleon v2.0-RC5 r1096 running Mac OS X Lion 10.7.5

My friend who also run using a GTX 295 told me that his card boots OS X Lion out of the box although I believe he runs a earlier version of Lion. He said that if I install the Nvidia GeForce and CUDA drivers from their official website for Lion I should get full support. Of course I have done a bit of research my self and many of the HCL I read did note that.

Therefore I went ahead and tried the method that many of those agreed. Prior to upgrading my graphics card I have installed drivers for 10.7.5(The version that I am currently running) and shut down to install the new card and switched the rig back on. On boot that apple logo was there with the usual wheel spinning however once the sequence was over I was then lead to a black screen. But I know that the OS is still running as the HDD activity light is flashing and that when I press the volume buttons it makes a sound making me believe is the problem with the new card I installed that the driver does not want to make it work.

I read many threads in the forum regarding to this problem but many of them only refer to older version 10.6 therefore not very helpful. One of the post suggest to change display output due to GTX 295 nature to not have dual GPUs enable in OSX. So i tried that on my other DVI port still black screen.(Note that my GTX 295 is a single PCB with only two DVI outputs)

Then I did some self testing of different boot commands my self to try get the card to display. Below are the out comes I have got by booting with the commands below that I hope it should save some time.

GraphicsEnabler=No -v (Black screen)

GraphicsEnabler=Yes -v (Able to boot to login screen with Apple logo and nothing else)


-x -v (Black screen)

-x -f -v (Black screen)

-x -f -s -v (Black screen)

GraphicsEnabler=Yes -x -v (Able to boot with login screen and to use desktop. However freezes shortly after use.)

GraphicsEnabler=No -x -v (Black screen. Knowing that setting GraphicsEnabler would not even let the card to display I continued testing with GraphicsEnabler=Yes)

GraphicsEnabler=Yes -x -f -v (Able to boot with login screen and to use desktop. However freezes shortly after use.)

GraphicsEnabler=Yes -x -f -s -v (Presented with option screen>typed exit as shown images below. Boots but as above freezes after shortly after use.)



At the end it turns out the enableing the GraphicsEnabler gave life to display but however freezes shortly after or simply just shows the login screen without option to do anything else. At the moment I am very stuck on what to do so I would like to know what the experienced people think in the forum? Would be quite helpful for those who got it working on the GTX 295.

Many Thanks,

Lion support for Realtek 8139 PCI?

17 February 2012 - 04:43 AM

Recently my onboard Attansic L1 network chipset decides to die, well not really but however it shows that theres no ip address found on lion as well as windows. Then i decided to install my good old reliable Realtek 8139 PCI card. Works on windows but does not on lion. I tried serveral kext from this forum already but all it shows is that theres no ip address found. So was wondering does anyone have a working kext or driver for Realtek 8139 PCI with lion support?

Thanks in advanced
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