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ATI Radeon X1900 GT Firmware Update will update the firmware on all of the ATI Radeon X1900 GT graphics cards in the Mac Pro. The updater application will be installed in the /Applications/Utilities folder. Please follow the instructions in the updater application to complete the process.


  • Mac OS X 10.4.10 or later
  • Mac Pro

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g4jay Member IconComment+49

For kicks I ran Applejack in case it works better than MainMenu. It didn't help. Neither does adjusting the color profles or gamma.

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g4jay Member IconReview+49

I installed this hoping it would solve the random pixel artifact issues I've been having. It didn't help. Here's more info on what I am referring to:


It's the weirdest thing. It only started happening a couple months ago. I suspect Apple needs better drivers for this card. It's not heat related either. I can erase the artifacts with a white window OR setting my screens to a lower resolution. Annoying!

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Have you tried using a system utility such as AppleJack or Onyx to do a 'deep clean' of your system caches? It might help.


Yes, I use MainMenu to batch process all my system cleaning tasks quite regularly. Once I get Leopard, I'm going to do a system enema and hope that clears this glitch.


Have you attempted Recalibrating to create a new color profile? Maybe messing with those gamma, hue and saturation settings a tiny bit could be it... :P

Another idea is to try aticcelerator to lower the clock speeds of the VRAM and GPU, I think it works with the X1900 XT—dblchk.


The artifact issue with the GPU is a known rev1 problem and if you mac is still under its one year warranty a quick call to apple care will get you a brand new rev 2 card. I did this 2 months ago. There is a HUGE forum on blizzard on this. Tons of people have got new cards. Here is the link (you can thank me later):


My post with direction on how to handle the apple care reps:

Read the post from "Elderclass" Thats me.


Are you SURE this is the same issue? Most artifacts can be seen in a screen shot. When I do a screen shot, they go away. Did you read the URL in my first post? My warrenty expires on this thing in like 10 days!!!


See... this is what I am dealing with:


Foulger Member IconReview+282

I downloaded it, I installed it according to the instructions. It worked and I restarted BUT I have no idea what the update does because ATI didn't say

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