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Question re Mac Pro and a Radeon RX580 card
Posted by: PeterB
Date: May 28, 2020 09:51AM
I've got a 5,1 Mac Pro into which I'd installed the RX580 card. I know that this config prevents you from seeing a boot screen immediately upon boot, but what I seem to have just discovered last night ... it also seems to prevent booting into target disk mode?

I tried either booting holding down the T key or by setting it to reboot through Startup Disk in Sys Preferences, and either way, upon reboot, I get no video at all.

Can anyone confirm this, and/or know a workaround? (The problem is that I need to transfer files from my MBP to the Mac Pro, and the MBP of course only has USB-C, while the Mac Pro has Firewire/USB...)




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Re: Question re Mac Pro and a Radeon RX580 card
Posted by: Racer X
Date: May 28, 2020 09:53AM
set up file sharing and do an ethernet or wifi transfer?



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Re: Question re Mac Pro and a Radeon RX580 card
Posted by: MrNoBody
Date: May 28, 2020 10:38AM
Another way if you still have an "Apple" graphics card:
Replace the RX580 with said card, do the transfers & then re-install the Radeon.

Yeah, I know it's a PITA but sometimes you gotta do what you have to do!



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Re: Question re Mac Pro and a Radeon RX580 card
Posted by: PeterB
Date: May 28, 2020 12:42PM
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Racer X
set up file sharing and do an ethernet or wifi transfer?

Yep, I tried that last night, and for some reason it didn't work (ethernet) ... Wifi does work, but is dog-slow because my network is slow.

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MrNoBody
Another way if you still have an "Apple" graphics card:
Replace the RX580 with said card, do the transfers & then re-install the Radeon.

Yeah, I know it's a PITA but sometimes you gotta do what you have to do!

Yep, I can do that, but as you point out... a PITA. Also, it would be nice if there's some way to enable the boot screen on this card... looking into that now.




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Re: Question re Mac Pro and a Radeon RX580 card
Posted by: PeterW
Date: May 28, 2020 12:55PM
Macvidcards will flash your 580 for $125. There is at least one other guy on eBay who claims to be able to do the same but caveat emptor.
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Re: Question re Mac Pro and a Radeon RX580 card
Posted by: C(-)ris
Date: May 28, 2020 01:55PM
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PeterW
Macvidcards will flash your 580 for $125. There is at least one other guy on eBay who claims to be able to do the same but caveat emptor.

That is a nice markup for them considering it costs nothing and takes about 5 minutes total.



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Re: Question re Mac Pro and a Radeon RX580 card
Posted by: PeterW
Date: May 28, 2020 01:59PM
And the alternative is...?
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Re: Question re Mac Pro and a Radeon RX580 card
Posted by: anonymouse1
Date: May 28, 2020 10:21PM
Does it make any difference? Just connect it to the computer which is not in Target mode, the destination computer, and boot in target mode. When the Mac Pro’s drives show up on the destination computer’s desktop or disk utility, you’re good to go. Or am I missing something?
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