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gtx 970 kernel panic with latest High Sierra/nvidia web driver

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I was running my MacPro 5,1 happily with GeForce GTX 970 with the n-1'th versions of nvidia web driver / High Sierra for several months, when suddenly, yesterday, whilst using zoom (vidconf), system reboots with kernel panic. So,


1. I tested GPU RAM and main RAM using Tech Tool Pro, all fine.

2. I swapped in the original graphics card so I could ..

3. install latest High Sierra (17G14019) (I had been holding off for several weeks until an nvidia update became available, you know the drill...)

4. install latest nvidia web driver (387.

5. reboot and run Heaven graphics test


Heaven ran for a few minutes before the kernel panic rebooted the system (attached kernel panic report).

I managed to get "chat" support from nVidia but the tech was useless, saying there were no drivers for GTX 9series for mac (which actually he seems to be right, as I can't find it listed in the supported cards on their website, but then I and many others have been happily using this for years...).


Any ideas? The computer keeps crashing with the same kernel panic. I want to keep using my GTX 970 as the stock GPU is deadly slow on any kind of games :-(


Thanks in advance for your help!

error log.pdf

Thread for the real Mac section, not the Hackintosh one...


I'd suggest you get your GTX970 card thoroughly tested, it may have gone faulty. Or backup your data and re-install from scratch.


The High Sierra Web Driver updates are available within a coupe of days of any 10.13 updates so no reason to "hold off for several weeks". This being said, rest assured that nVidia don't implement any update to the driver other than the target High Sierra version; you could do that yourself if you wanted, it's widely documented.

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