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Problem 1: Computer not supported error
This is caused by the system definition not being MacPro3,1/4,1/5,1.


Fix: Edit the "Distribution" file within the package using the Flat Package Editor.

  1. Download the Flat Package Editor (FPE) from Apple: https://developer.apple.com/downloads/index.action
  2. Login and search for "Auxillary Tools"
  3. Download the "Late July 2012" dmg
  4. Mount the dmg and right click Package Maker to show the package contents
  5. Browse to /Contents/Resources and copy the FPE to your Applications or Utilities folder
  6. Open the NVIDIA Web Driver package using the Flat Package Editor
  7. Drag the Distribution file to your desktop
  8. Open the Distribution file using TextEdit
  9. Scroll down to the line: var system_models = ["MacPro3,1", "MacPro4,1", "MacPro5,1"];
  10. Add your system ID.
  11. Make sure that you don't use smart quotes which look like italicized quotation marks.
  12. Save the Distribution file
  13. Go back to FPE and delete the Distribution file from that window
  14. Drag the edited Distribution file to the FPE window and save the package, command+S
  15. Run the package and you shouldn't get the error.
NOTE: Once the drivers are installed this doesn't matter anymore and you can use any system definition you like and it will update fine.​




Problem 2: This version OS X is not supported
This is caused by having the wrong driver for your installed build of OS X.


Fix: Find out your build number and then get the right driver.

  1. Open up About This Mac
  2. Click where it says 10.10.2 or 10.10.1, etc.
  3. This will display your build number
  4. Download the right driver for your build:






Hello,

I am trying to install the Nvidia drivers however the package install keeps failing.
( Problem 2: This version OS X is not supported )

I tried to edit the package "Distribution" file however there is no
" var system_models = " line in the package distribution file.

Can you tell me how to hack this "Distribution" file so that it will allow the installation of Nvidia drivers?

I am using El Capitan 10.11.1
My Computer build is Mac 3,1
 
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Hello,

I am trying to install the Nvidia drivers however the package install keeps failing.
( Problem 2: This version OS X is not supported )

I tried to edit the package "Distribution" file however there is no
" var system_models = " line in the package distribution file.

Can you tell me how to hack this "Distribution" file so that it will allow the installation of Nvidia drivers?

I am using El Capitan 10.11.1
My Computer build is Mac 3,1

As of 10.10.5 the drivers no longer check for system model. If you are getting the error about your version of OS X not being supported then you just need to download the right driver for 10.11.1.
 
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Hello slim.jim...as everybody i updated Yosemite with the new security patch and i'm not able to boot OSX.
I'm on an X99 system (Asus X99-E-WS + 5960x+EVGA Titanx) Mac6,1 definitions and boot with Clover.
My original bootflag is npci=0x2000 nvda_drv=1 kext-dev-mode=1
After the update i changed as described here nvda_drv=1 to nv_disable=1 but after boot, system reboots at PCIConfiguration begin...
i tried adding -x -v -f but nothing happens...always stuck at PCIConfiguration begin and i'm not able to reach the GUI to install new nvidia web drivers...
Any suggestion?
 
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Hi,

Ive done a clean instal using clover on a z97 sabertooth Mark 2 board. OSX working fine, now trying to get 2x EVGA Geforce GTX 960 ssc cards working.

The new drivers from nvidia install fine as did Cuda, however the card (or cards it seems to make no difference) show up in about this mac as 'Display 5 mb', and don't show up at all in the nvidia preferences pane. if i switch the graphics drivers to nvidia and reboot, it reboots with the os drivers...? Help

best Jon
 

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Hi,

Ive done a clean instal using clover on a z97 sabertooth Mark 2 board. OSX working fine, now trying to get 2x EVGA Geforce GTX 960 ssc cards working.

The new drivers from nvidia install fine as did Cuda, however the card (or cards it seems to make no difference) show up in about this mac as 'Display 5 mb', and don't show up at all in the nvidia preferences pane. if i switch the graphics drivers to nvidia and reboot, it reboots with the os drivers...? Help

best Jon

GraphicsEnabler=No or Inject/Nvidia/False, depending on your boot loader.
 
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Hi Slim Jim,

Thanks for your quick reply, I've now tried both but no joy... it may be me being an idiot as I'm not yet used to clover.

Am i right that on clover 2.0 you press space while options is highlighted then either;
write GraphicsEnabler=No into the Boot Args option,
or
navigate into the Graphics injector menu find the nvidia option and press enter which places a '+' in the box?

Is this correct?

thanks again, Jon
 

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Hi Slim Jim,

Thanks for your quick reply, I've now tried both but no joy... it may be me being an idiot as I'm not yet used to clover.

Am i right that on clover 2.0 you press space while options is highlighted then either;
write GraphicsEnabler=No into the Boot Args option,
or
navigate into the Graphics injector menu find the nvidia option and press enter which places a '+' in the box?

Is this correct?

thanks again, Jon

GraphicsEnabler=No is not for Clover. You need to go to the options and press enter to remove the check box for Inject/Nvidia.
 
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GraphicsEnabler=No is not for Clover. You need to go to the options and press enter to remove the check box for Inject/Nvidia.

Hi Jim,

in that case, the option for nvidia injector is set to unflagged as default. I also had a quick look at the config.plist file and it contains the string
'<key>NVidia</key>
<false/>'

It still boots os graphics drivers, and describes the card in about this mac as 'Graphics 5mb', while not detecting the card in the nvidia preferences pane.

any other ideas?

Following is copied from system report. could it be to do with the MacPro3,1 definition?

Model Name: Mac Pro
Model Identifier: MacPro3,1
Processor Name: Intel Core i7
Processor Speed: 3.30 GHz
Number of Processors: 1
Total Number of Cores: 4
L2 Cache (per Core): 256 KB
L3 Cache: 6 MB
Memory: 32 GB
Bus Speed: 400 MHz
Boot ROM Version: MP31.006C.B05
SMC Version (system): 1.25f4
Serial Number (system): W88A77AA5J4
Serial Number (processor tray): C02140302D5DMT31M
Hardware UUID: 3C8F5378-7890-5F62-B34A-D3D43E690654

Display:

Type: GPU
Bus: PCIe
PCIe Lane Width: x16
VRAM (Total): 5 MB
Vendor: NVIDIA (0x10de)
Device ID: 0x1401
Revision ID: 0x00a1
Kernel Extension Info: No Kext Loaded
Displays:
Display:
Resolution: 1280 x 1024
Pixel Depth: 32-Bit Color (ARGB8888)
Main Display: Yes
Mirror: Off
Online: Yes

Thanks again for any pointers.
jon
 

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What boot flags are you using?
 
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