Quadro Mac OS X Driver Release 256 256.01.00f03

Version: 256.01.00f03
Release Date: 2010.11.16
Operating System: Mac OS
Language: English (U.S.)
File Size: 28.9 MB

Release Highlights

CUDA Application Support:
In order to run Mac OS X Applications that leverage the CUDA architecture of the Quadro 4000 for Mac product, users will need to download and install the CUDA 3.2 driver for Mac located here.

New in Release 256.01.00f03:

  • 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.
  • The NVIDIA Quadro 4000 for Mac requires Mac OS X v10.6.6 to run, however because OS X v10.6.6 does not have native support for the Quadro 4000 for Mac, users must install this driver before installing the hardware.
  • Please note that if you are running the Quadro FX 4800 for Mac or the GeForce GTX 285, you do not need to upgrade to this driver
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  • Supported Language
    • Chinese(simplified)
    • Chinese (traditional)
    • English
    • French
    • German
    • Italian
    • Japanese
    • Korean
    • Russian
    • Spanish

Supported products

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

GeForce 200 series:
GTX 285 for Mac

GeForce 100 series:
GT 120

GeForce 9M series:

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

Additional information


  • Model identifier should be MacPro3,1 (2008), MacPro4,1 (2009), MacPro5,1 (2010) or later
  • Mac OS X v10.6.5 or later
  • Intel Xeon® processor or higher
  • Dual slot with one (1) open PCI Express ×16 slot (if also installing the optional 3D Stereo bracket)
  • 2 GB system memory recommended

To download and install the drivers, follow the steps below:

STEP 1: Make sure your Mac OS X software version is 10.6.5 or greater. It is important that you check this first before you install the Quadro 4000 for Mac graphics board. Click on the Apple icon (upper left corner of the screen) and select About This Mac.

STEP 2: In the About This Mac window, click on the Software Update button

STEP 3: Continue to install software updates until your system OS is reported to be 10.6.5 or later

STEP 4: Review the NVIDIA Software License. Check terms and conditions checkbox to allow driver download.

You will need to accept this license prior to downloading any files.

STEP 5: Download the Driver File

Download - Retail_256.01.00f03v5.dmg

STEP 6: Install
Click on the Installer package to install the driver. It will guide you through the installation process. Click Continue after you read the License Agreement and then click Agree

STEP 7: Click Install on the Standard Installer screen. You will be required to enter an Administrator password to continue

STEP 8: Click Continue Installation on the Warning screen:The Warning screen lets you know that you will need to restart your system once the installation process is complete.

STEP 9: Click Restart on the Installation Completed Successfully screen.