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Mavericks E6520 NVS 4200M and graphics problem


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I have done a clean Mavericks install on my E6520 with NVIDIA Quadro NVS 4200M and it is working beautifully.

My menu bar is transparent.
Adding apps to the dashboard happens with a lovely wave effect.
Chess plays with no artifacts.
 

However, when I open the (magic) trackpad preference pane, the application crashes when it tries to show the movie with the instructions. The following shows in the console:

 

05-11-13 15:09:08,687 System Preferences[820]: AVF error: AVAHDGPURendererVP2VP3BoostVP3: AGPMSetBoost code = 0 returned 0xe00002c2 (ig)
05-11-13 15:09:08,689 System Preferences[820]: AVF error: AVAHDGPURendererVP2VP3BoostVP3: AGPMSetBoost code = 0 returned 0xe00002c2 (ig)
05-11-13 15:09:09,457 com.apple.launchd.peruser.501[158]: (com.apple.systempreferences.5488[820]) Job appears to have crashed: Segmentation fault: 11
 
After repeating it a number of times the pref pane with the movie does appear and the following shows in the console:
 
05-11-13 15:13:58,704 System Preferences[892]: AVF error: AVAHDGPURendererVP2VP3BoostVP3: AGPMSetBoost code = 0 returned 0xe00002c2 (ig)
05-11-13 15:13:58,707 System Preferences[892]: AVF error: AVAHDGPURendererVP2VP3BoostVP3: AGPMSetBoost code = 0 returned 0xe00002c2 (ig)
05-11-13 15:13:58,707 System Preferences[892]: AVF error: AVAHDGPURendererVP2VP3BoostVP3: AGPMSetBoost code = 0 returned 0xe00002c2 (ig)
05-11-13 15:13:58,708 System Preferences[892]: AVF error: AVAHDGPURendererVP2VP3BoostVP3: AGPMSetBoost code = 0 returned 0xe00002c2 (ig)
05-11-13 15:13:58,709 System Preferences[892]: AVF error: AVAHDGPURendererVP2VP3BoostVP3: AGPMSetBoost code = 0 returned 0xe00002c2 (ig)
05-11-13 15:13:58,722 System Preferences[892]: AVF error: fail to setup QT accelerator (7)
05-11-13 15:13:58,723 System Preferences[892]: AVF error: fail to setup QT accelerator (7)
05-11-13 15:13:58,723 System Preferences[892]: AVF error: fail to setup QT accelerator (7)
05-11-13 15:13:58,723 System Preferences[892]: AVF error: fail to setup QT accelerator (7)
05-11-13 15:13:58,723 System Preferences[892]: AVF error: fail to setup QT accelerator (7)
05-11-13 15:13:58,735 System Preferences[892]: ava error: AVAHDCreateGPURendererVP2VP3, plugin is NULL
05-11-13 15:13:58,737 System Preferences[892]: ava error: AVAHDCreateGPURendererVP2VP3, plugin is NULL
05-11-13 15:13:58,739 System Preferences[892]: ava error: AVAHDCreateGPURendererVP2VP3, plugin is NULL
05-11-13 15:13:58,741 System Preferences[892]: ava error: AVAHDCreateGPURendererVP2VP3, plugin is NULL
05-11-13 15:13:58,743 System Preferences[892]: ava error: AVAHDCreateGPURendererVP2VP3, plugin is NULL
 
I've had he same thing happening when pre-viewing a movie, but I cannot reproduce this.
 
I have removed the NVS4200M.kext. It seems to have no function and makes no difference.
I have changed the model name to MacBookPro6,1 with no effect.
 
Any idea's?
 

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it looks like it is quicktime accelerator is not loading because of improper graphics power management.. either look at our tuning guide and see if that helps, try different smbios or you need to patch agpm kext and modify your smbios profile to use your graphics card.

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Thanks for your tips Bronxteck.

 

I have edited the AGPM kext, and now it no longer boots with "[AGPM Controller] unknownPlatform" but instead shows "[AGPM Controller] build GPUDict by Vendor10deDevice1056".

 

The pref pane still crashes, although without the AGPM messages. The other messages still appear.

 

When you said to look at the tuning guide did you mean the "Performance tuning with FakeSMC & SMBIOS plist"? or have I missed a guide?

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Mmmm.

The MacMini5,1 has the same processor (i5 2520M Sandy Bridge) as my E6520 according to Mactracker. But the SMC update table has no entry for this model.

I could try MacBookPro8,1 which has i5 2435M Sandy Bridge, and substitute 1.68f98 as SMC version.

 

Is there any risks?

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I found the model number for the i5 2520M sandy bridge should be Macmini5,2. I found that the SMC should be 1.75f0. Followed the guide and updated FakeSMC.kext en smbios.plist with the attached result. Also changed the AGPM.kext to have the Nvidia card under Macmini5,2. The Magic trackpad prefpane does not crash anymore, but the "AVF error: AVF_VirtualAcceleratorCreate: fail to create QT accelerator " still appears in the console. I suppose i can live with that, but I still find it strange.

Nice to see the GPU core jump between 270MHz and 737MHz. And the CPU between 792MHz and  2.48 GHz in HWMonitor.

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