ATI Radeon 6870 package

ATI Radeon 6870 package
June 28, 2011 Oskar

Here is all you need to get ATI Radeon 6870 working on your Mac Pro or Hackintosh 10.6.7 or above.

ATI 6870 package

just added a bin image to netkas ATY_Init, should work for most card models.

if you are on Lion, you ONLY need to install the ATY_init.

This should work with Steam, DVD Player etc without crashing.

what doesnt work with this ATY init:
– second dvi port
– dvi->vga adapter on upper dvi port, for vga displays you will need active mdp->vga

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  1. playmac 8 years ago

    Is there patch for the flashed 5870 displayport issue on 10.6.8 ?
    I use a mac pro ,not Hackintosh.

  2. Cindori 8 years ago

    nope, thats apples job

  3. FFder1. 8 years ago

    Works fine with my XFX 6870 Black Edition in my MacPro 2009.

  4. Tom 8 years ago

    Thank you so much!

  5. Trudel 8 years ago

    Hey I’m thinking about getting a 6870. Do you think it’s safe to say it will work with Lion?

  6. Tom 8 years ago

    – MacPro 3,1 (that’s early 2008)
    – Mac OS X 10.6.8 (10K540)
    – ATI Radeon 6870 HD 1GB by Saphire

    Works fine with 32 AND 64-bit kernel on my Mac (more info @

    Also, no more crashes with the mentioned applications and Ableton Live!

    I’m a happy man.


    I think I saw somebody post (can’t remember where) about running the developer release of Lion successfully with an 6870 and the previous drivers. That won’t make it “safe” of course, but it’s maybe a good sign.

  7. KB 8 years ago

    I’m noticing some slow downs in browser and finder.

    Is there any way to remove the ATY_Init kext to test if that was the issue?

  8. chan 8 years ago


  9. Cindori 8 years ago

    system/library/extensions , just trash it
    repair disk perm after

  10. shongohan 8 years ago

    Sorry CIndori I dont like that you annoy me
    but the aty_init.kext is not working in my macpro 1,1 with my card…

    again black screen… may be is required some minor
    retouch of the .plist in this case or… I dont know…
    the thing is that I have tried and is black as in every previous attempt.
    First time I tried do by myself with plist editor but the app
    gave me error, the bin image seem very big to paste in data field… then I tried pasting with texteditor after that
    two persons in the blog tried to help me but nothing still black screen…. Can I do some thing? thanks!

  11. shongohan 8 years ago

    I want to apologize but my case can be good for others

    The thing was that I forgot that some people says about problem in the 6870 ports in OSX

    and yes that was the problem with aty_init.kext

    When I change to the other DVI port then the screen switch on again! ohhh my gooooddd

    Only that…

    sorry to every people that have read my posts πŸ™

    best regards


  12. shongohan 8 years ago

    oops and the most important thing
    thank you very much for this kext and for support me !!!

  13. R0M 8 years ago

    So what’s the deal with Lion GM?
    Is the package still works?
    Is it still needed at all?

  14. FFder1. 8 years ago

    My Mac Pro freezes regularly with this new drivers!
    Often in connection with iTunes.
    What can I do?

  15. David Lindegren 8 years ago

    You say that dvi-vga doesn’t work on the upper dvi.. what about the lower?

  16. Cindori 8 years ago

    try and report

  17. David Lindegren 8 years ago

    heh.. simple solution: The apple vga-dvi converter has these four pins that have to have corresponding holes in the socket. My card doesn’t have that in the upper slot so it would only fit in the lower DVI anyway. But it didn’t work. Buying a minidp – vga tomorrow for my “extra screen”.

  18. Mytch 8 years ago

    Thanks for this package !
    Work with a Macpro 3.1 (2008), SL 10.6.8 32bits kernel and a Sapphire 6870 (11179-09-20G).
    No prob with steam, dvd player etc
    Cinebench OpenGL 25,93
    LuxMark : 3188

  19. Anonymous Tester 8 years ago

    Working fine with XFX Radeon HD6870
    in Macpro 3.1 with OS 10.6.5 and 10.6.8

  20. David lindegren 8 years ago

    I also get the “iTunes slowdown”. The computer almost grinds to a halt, but it never stops, it just gets very very slow while iTunes is active. Works like Γ  charm again once iTunes is shut down.

  21. Mytch 8 years ago

    Same problem here with iTunes and Quicktime. Need to wait a minute or so for the cmd+q to take effect. Or killing the app via SSH.
    After reboot it work great and slow down again when using those apps for a little while.

  22. David Lindegren 8 years ago

    VGA works via a mini DP-adapter, so now I have two screens again πŸ˜‰

  23. Anonymous Tester 8 years ago

    Looks like I can’t connect more than 2 Displays at once.
    Whenever I connect a third Display via HDMI or Displayport my main Screen on the Dual Link DVI connector turns Black.

    Any suggestions welcome. Thanks

  24. Saitou Hajime 8 years ago

    will this also work for a RADEON HD6850?

  25. Bob 8 years ago

    Hi, great site.

    I’m a newbie to pc cards in Mac.

    Will this card probably work in my Mac Pro 3.1 (early 2008) with this package ?


    And how about a Radeon 6970?
    Allready supported?

    The Saphire 6870:

  26. Saitou Hajime 8 years ago

    I took the plunge and installed the kext, it works for a Sapphire ATI Radeon HD6850

    Thanks Cindori for your great work.

    Off to play Portal 2 and TF2

  27. Name (required) 8 years ago

    still new to all this. have a sapphire 6870 on a macpro 1,1 it works under 10.6.7 with the recorded pitfalls(no bootscreen, no steam-cider etc) so i set up a partition installed 10.6.8, installed the above package, rebooted – nothing just a lovely black screen. Am using dvi-vga connector. have tried both ports on the card. Any help?

  28. TimDE 8 years ago

    @ #27

    Did u plug the 2 pci power adapter ?

    For me the XFX6870 works fine in my macpro

  29. from#27 richard 8 years ago

    just removed the ATY_Init.kext…..working fine now. and FARCRY2 now works as well BRILL. will be testing soon in lion.

  30. planter 8 years ago

    6870×2 will only run 1 core it seems. Stick to the single. Just a side note,. I bought one and returned it. Thanx for all the good stuff Cindori ..the 6870×1 powers on !

  31. Bob 8 years ago

    Sapphire ati radeon 6870 1Gb works natively in Lion.
    No need to use the 6870 package on my Mac pro 3.1
    Aty_init slowed down openGl tremendously.
    14 fps in Cinebench. When I deleted Aty_int: 33 fps in cinebench. Lion has kext extensions for ati5000 and ati 6000 series.

  32. ive 8 years ago

    does anyone know if any of the Radeon HD HD 69XX series cards work with Lion?

  33. wojtek 8 years ago

    Does the 6870 card work quietly in OSX?

  34. Tom 8 years ago


    Yes, it does. At least with my configuration (see above).

  35. Dave 8 years ago

    After having very bad luck with my Sapphire 4890 New Edition and various kexts etc, I decided to go XFX this time and snagged the standard (non-black edition) XFX HD 6870. This card works “driverless” in my Mac Pro 1,1. Open GL games, DVD player etc. work just fine. However, because I also still have my NVidia card install to run additional screens some programs report they are running on the Nvidia card (but then *appear* to run properly on the Radeon card anyway. The Amnesia game demo is a clear example of this). I don’t know if Open CL is working on it or not (but seeing as nothing really uses it, it isn’t a big deal at this point). Unfortunately, as other’s have noted, I can’t get more than 2 of the ports to function simultaneously. (To make this even more fun, the ports which appear to work properly on the Mac appear to be conflicting in Windows 7 64bit, but hopefully I’ll eventually find some combination of ports that works properly in both environments). So my current configuration is 1 HDMI port to my DLP projector (works great in both Mac and Windows), and a DVI monitor that has to be hooked to the top DVI port in Windows 7 and to the bottom DVI port in Lion…. Not ideal. I’ll test further and see if some other combination of ports works in both environments, but have already tested extensively and it isn’t looking good at this point… So a real mixed-bag overall, but still a much better solution than the 4890 and somewhat faster in Windows games.

  36. Dave 8 years ago

    Errrr. I forgot to say “works “driverless” in my Mac Pro running LION. (Further note; I am also testing with a mini display port to DVI adapter).

  37. Dave 8 years ago

    After another hour or so of testing, it looks to me like the problem with which DVI port works in mac/vs windows might be a driver conflict. Disabling my Nvidia card in windows *appears* to have resolved some “could not initialize direct x” errors that I was getting.

  38. Matt 8 years ago

    Everything working under Lion except World of Warcraft is freezing at the menu and I’m unable to close it down, hard reset required and then Lion starts it back up again with the same issue.

    Anyone else having issues or know of a fix?

  39. Johan 8 years ago

    Installed a HIS 6870 #H687F1G2M in a late 2006 1,1 Mac Pro model. No DVI screen picture at all with OS 10.6.7. Update to 10.6.8 => seems to work on both DVI ports (at least) without any extra firm- or software. All programs tested so far works except DVD-player. Journler required update from 2.5.5 to 2.6.0. Startup screen is black. Have not yet tried the “6870 package” above. So far so good …

  40. Matt 8 years ago

    Seems my 6870 was faulty causing everything to crash, including things in Windows. Got a replacement and everything is working perfectly!

    Thanks so much for this! Lets hope to see even more graphic card support in Lion.

  41. Cleveland 8 years ago

    So I installed a Sapphire 6870 into my Mac Pro 3,1 (2008). After I installed the above package and the ATI Graphics update and it finally worked under SL 10.6.8. I noticed others say they have both DVI ports working, but I can only get one to work and I am going DVI for both monitors.

    When I first used JUST the kext, it did nothing (Black screen). But when I installed the graphics update it worked. Not sure if that has to do with anything. Also, when I installed JUST the kext, I did a remote log in from another computer and system profile said no extension installed so I feel like it definitely has to be there (Which is strange given that many others say it worked out of the box and mine didn’t)

    Any help would be appreciated.

  42. Cleveland 8 years ago

    Whoops, I meant 10.6.7… Maybe updating to 10.6.8 will help?

  43. Cleveland 8 years ago

    Sorry for posting so many times but hopefully this will help someone else. I completely removed all ATI related Kexts, repaired permissions and rebooted to a black screen. I used a remote login to then reinstall the Kext above with the ATI graphics package and everything now seems to work including both DVI ports (2 monitors) and no weird graphical errors. For some reason I had it go black on me randomly and then white but after reinstalling it seems fine both in 10.6.7 and Bootcamp. *crosses fingers*

  44. Planter 8 years ago

    So, since your first 6870 post ive been running the 6870 FINE…with your package Also FINE (deleted aty though)… to be frank , im having a hard arse time understanding why anyone has issues with an sapphire 6870. Ive used different and they all work. No performance issues.
    So , 1, im amazed at the amount of peeps that post 3-4 times in a row, with nonesense. What, your chatting with yourselves? This aint a forum. Learn the bare basics of osx maintenance ATLEAST before you spam the world with your …again…none-sense.
    OFC in the future with osx updates issues can evolve. This has nothing todo with people trying to HELP you for free to make non apple cards work. It has something todo with the No-Knowledge alot of posters are showing. So blame your knowledge before you blame informed-informers.

    Finally , thanx again for Your work and the info you pass on. Good Job!

    p.s. i have 2 6870 cards in my macpro3.1 .. i run 1 in osx 2 x-fire in win7 – Still working great.

  45. Dash.Riprock 8 years ago

    Mac Pro 1,1
    Flashed Radeon 4890

    Am I hearing right that I will no longer need Quartz Extreme driver patches with Lion? I’ve held off from updating because I dont want this to stop working.

    If not, are there driver patches coming, or am I going to have to live at 10.6.8 for a while?

    Also, thanks for everything you do Cindori. Your work has made it possible to keep using my 7 year old Mac Pro like its new.

  46. cisco 8 years ago


    system/library/EXTENSIONS , just trash it
    repair disk perm after?

    or Preferences?

  47. Rohan 8 years ago

    Hey Bob (comment #31),

    I have had a MacPro 1,1 with a flashed Sapphire 5770 that worked a treat but without a bootscreen.

    I now have a MacPro 3,1 that I want to put a Sapphire 6770 into. Stoked that I don’t have to flash anything!

    Just want to check if you get a bootscreen though…I think I would be seriously pushing my luck here, but thought I’d check with you.


  48. Rohan 8 years ago

    …sorry – I meant a 6870! πŸ™‚

  49. Cindori 8 years ago

    rohan: you don’t get bootscreen without flash and you can’t flash 6000 yet

  50. Rohan 8 years ago

    Thanks Cindori – much appreciated. It makes sense to me now…no EFI boot screen as there is no EFI flashed on the card. RIght?

    I guess it’s about time I upgrade the RAM, graphics card and storage!

  51. hany 8 years ago

    Thanks Cindori!
    A noob question: dose this card work on a MacPro1,1 (mid2006)?

  52. Jip van Kuijk 8 years ago

    I’m talking about a Mac Pro 1,1 here, it has the 2.66 Ghz cpu… and I’m wondering if I can just install a PC AMD 6870 in this Mac Pro. I know the boot screen wont work, but will it just work in Mac OS X without apps like steam/dvdplayer crashing?

  53. Cindori 8 years ago

    it will work if you are on 10.6.8 or Lion, and if you use aty_init from the package above, apps wont crash.

  54. duicebuger 8 years ago

    Worked great on a Mac Pro 1,1. Too bad about the second DVI port. I will test the HDMI as a workaround for 4 screen output.

  55. duiceburger 8 years ago

    Cindori, Anyway to change the Frambuffer of the driver? I’m getting bad Cinebench scores of 23fps. I have the XFX 6870 (HD-687A-ZDFC)

  56. jorgemonge 7 years ago

    Hi everyone

    First Cindori thanks for your contributions.

    I have a newbie question, I read a lot but I dare not do anything without ask for

    A few days ago I bought the graphics card Gigabyte Radeon HD 6870 OC 1GB GDDR5, and installed directly on my Mac Pro 2.1 Mac OS X 10.7.4 Lion (11E53), this worked fine without installing anything.

    But as many of you know there are some uncomfortable issues:

    DVD Player quits
    After Effetcs

    I am working with 2 monitors on DVI, it can be for that?

    I can or should I install / flash my card? Using Kext Zeus or tools?

    Thank you very much everyone.

  57. Cindori 7 years ago


    To counter DVD player and other software issues, install ATY_Init.kext from this package.

  58. jimmymonge 7 years ago


    To counter DVD player and other software issues, install ATY_Init.kext from this package.


    I have installed the kext ATY_init.kext with the kext tool and now the MAC PRO 2.1 can not boot. the initial beep sound but DVI screens are black. I think i can go in throught remote control..

    Any help? can i delete or modify the Kext and go back

  59. Cindori 7 years ago

    Swap around displays, try one at a time, etc. I don’t think dual displays works with ATY_Init.

    You can just remove it from Extensions folder, by remote control or booting another OS on the computer.

  60. jimmymonge 7 years ago


    Swap around displays, try one at a time, etc. I don’t think dual displays works with ATY_Init.
    You can just remove it from Extensions folder, by remote control or booting another OS on the computer.

    My Mac is dead and even i can not restart by timemachine, the alt key dont work. I dont why…. πŸ™

  61. jorgemonge 7 years ago


    I have pluged in my old 1900XT and the system is up. I think the ATI_INIT.KeXT no works for MAC PRO 2,1.

    My 6870 no works correctly in 2,1, now DVD Player, After effetcs CS6 and Ableton Live are good.

    Thanks, for try help to me.

  62. barsuke 7 years ago

    I have saphire 6870 and i tried aty_init on macpro3.1 and get working steam, ableton and dvdplayer, but after 20 minutes system is gone crashing, get black screen and need to reboot. Anyone know solution??

  63. Digitalfunky 6 years ago

    how can I uninstall ATI Graphics Update.pkg ??

  64. simon 5 years ago

    wow, thank you so much! ableton live 9 is now running on my lion hackintosh!

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