Updated Nvidia drivers for 10.6.8

Mac Technical Support
http://www.nvidia.com/object/quadro-macosx-256.02.25f01-driver.html

Release Date:
2011.06.24
New in Release 256.02.25f01:

Of note:
This driver update is required if upgrading to the latest Mac OS X v10.6.8.
Contains performance improvements for a wide range of applications
Contains fixes for several corruption and crash bugs, including issues with Autodesk Mudbox, and World of Warcraft.
Contains support for display rotation.
Adds Driver Archive/Restore Functionality.

GeForce 300M series:
GT 330M, GT 320M

GeForce 200 series:
GTX 285 for MAC

GeForce 100 series:
GT 120

GeForce 9M series:
9400M

GeForce 8 series:
8800 GT

GeForce 8M series:
8800M GTS, 8800M GS

Quadro series:
4000 for Mac

Quadro FX series:
FX 5600, FX 4800 for MAC
Nice work Omegal!
Interesting. We should sticky this. Or at least link to from the 10.6.8 update thread.
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I Have a GT 330M (2010 MBP) which is supported according to the Supported Products list but it refuses to install on my 10.6.8

06/27/2011 03:33 PMPosted by Stokkes
I Have a GT 330M (2010 MBP) which is supported according to the Supported Products list but it refuses to install on my 10.6.8


What's it tell you when you attempt to update ?
it's possible the updater may be forcing mac pro only upgrades? not sure, weren't there also multiple version of 330M though for mac?
06/27/2011 08:38 PMPosted by Bluspacecow
I Have a GT 330M (2010 MBP) which is supported according to the Supported Products list but it refuses to install on my 10.6.8


What's it tell you when you attempt to update ?


Tells me I don't have the supported hardware (even though it's on the list)
I too have a macbook pro with 330M, and get the message:

This computer will not support this NVIDIA graphics solution.
I get the same error, 2008 MBP with the 9400M/9600M GT combo.

Looking at the page, it's a little misleading. The "Supported Products" tab lists a lot of cards, yet on the "Release Highlights" tab in the "Release Notes Archive" section it states


This driver update is for Mac Pro 5,1 (2010), Mac Pro 4,1 (2009) and Mac Pro 3,1 (2008) users only, whose owners would like to use the new Quadro 4000 for Mac graphics card.


So NVidia, is it quadro only? Or is that for previous iterations of the driver? If so then why does this not work on configurations with cards listed under the "supported products" list.

Meanwhile, I hope everything runs nicely now that I have updated.
Steps to install this driver on any computer:

1. Open/mount the dmg
2. Copy "NVidia Retail Mac Driver 256.02.25f01" package to your desktop
3. Right-click the package and click "Show Package Contents"
4. Open the file "Contents/distribution.dist" in textedit
5. Find this line "var found_hardware = 0;"
6. Change it to "var found_hardware = 1;", notice the 1 at the end
7. Save the file and close it
8. Go to your desktop and double click on the driver package and install
9. Restart
10. Enjoy

Steps to uninstall:

1. Go to "/Library/Application Support/NVIDIA"
2. You should have "NVIDIA Driver Restore.mpkg" in there
3. Open Terminal
4. Type: sudo chmod -R 777 /Library/Application\ Support/NVIDIA/NVIDIA\ Driver\ Restore.mpkg
5. Right-click the package and click "Show Package Contents"
6. Open the file "Contents/distribution.dist" in textedit
7. Find this line "var found_hardware = 0;"
8. Change it to "var found_hardware = 1;", notice the 1 at the end
9. Save the file and close it
10. Double click the package and install it
11. Restart
12. Enjoy slower performance


Maybe someone can make the change to the driver and make it available to others.
Steps to install this driver on any computer:

1. Open/mount the dmg
2. Copy "NVidia Retail Mac Driver 256.02.25f01" package to your desktop
3. Right-click the package and click "Show Package Contents"
4. Open the file "Contents/distribution.dist" in textedit
5. Find this line "var found_hardware = 0;"
6. Change it to "var found_hardware = 1;", notice the 1 at the end
7. Save the file and close it
8. Go to your desktop and double click on the driver package and install
9. Restart
10. Enjoy

Steps to uninstall:

1. Go to "/Library/Application Support/NVIDIA"
2. You should have "NVIDIA Driver Restore.mpkg" in there
3. Open Terminal
4. Type: sudo chmod -R 777 /Library/Application\ Support/NVIDIA/NVIDIA\ Driver\ Restore.mpkg
5. Right-click the package and click "Show Package Contents"
6. Open the file "Contents/distribution.dist" in textedit
7. Find this line "var found_hardware = 0;"
8. Change it to "var found_hardware = 1;", notice the 1 at the end
9. Save the file and close it
10. Double click the package and install it
11. Restart
12. Enjoy slower performance


Maybe someone can make the change to the driver and make it available to others.


Hah, I love working around this kind of installer nonsense.

However, do we have confidence that it will work properly on a macbook pro? I guess I can test.
My 9400m is getting a lot better FPS with the
Nvidia Retail Mac Driver 256.02.25f01 !!

At least 25% on average, sometimes more!
Id recommend downloading this fo shizzlewhich~~!

v('.')v
Cannot install on Macbook Pro with Mid 2010 and GT330M. Tried to edit file as suggested above and cannot save any changes. Too bad cannot apply update.
Montabal, good post. Yeah i figured those would work on all the listed cards, the installer was mainly targeting mac pro for bug fixes, but the kexts are still for all the cards they usually issue driver updates for. I am curious what wow bugs they fix though, they are unspecfiic in notes.

also, lightbringer, warrior? heh you don't happen to know a trade troll warrior named smallviille/meatballss do you? <3 smalls
Whatever this did, it actually caused me problems. I can't uninstall it.

Whenever I open my map the screen leaves black shadows whenever anything moves. Once I close the map, the black shadows are gone until I reopen my map.
06/29/2011 10:01 PMPosted by Omegal
I am curious what wow bugs they fix though, they are unspecfiic in notes.


When I installed 10.6.8 I had a hang in my system playing WoW with my 285 GTX. Screen went black and everything. When I restarted I could see it was my graphics driver that caused it.
I can no longer play WoW. It wont even start up after I installed this. I tried Installing the 10.6.8 to overwrite it and return my setting to normal, but it only made them worse. All because of this stupid installation I can no longer run WoW.
06/30/2011 06:48 AMPosted by Måssimo
I can no longer play WoW. It wont even start up after I installed this. I tried Installing the 10.6.8 to overwrite it and return my setting to normal, but it only made them worse. All because of this stupid installation I can no longer run WoW.


This method is at your own risk. If you do not have any of the cards listed here, or installed it incorrectly, then you may need to contact Apple for a solution. If this issue of WoW not playing happened prior to this, please create a new thread with the issue, do not hijack threads. This was just to be informative and helpful to other users who wanted to try newer drivers.
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Pfft! Secret doors, who needs 'em? What do I care about secret doors?... and the unparalleled delights they keep hidden from the world!
also, lightbringer, warrior? heh you don't happen to know a trade troll warrior named smallviille/meatballss do you? <3 smalls


Heh, no I tend to tune out trade chat as it normally just hurts my brain. This is just one of my toons as I have quite an army of them.

I haven't observed any direct bug fixes in my tests as of yet, though I see an increase in FPS across the machines I've tried the package on.

Finally a solution to the kernel panic problem that was affecting so many of us. Cross your fingers people. Thanks for the link. :D

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