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Old Jun 14th, 2010, 08:20 PM   #1
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Dual PowerMac G4 Video Card

I've got an older PowerMac Dual G4 which I've been running for quite some time. But with today's new technology the ATI Rage 128 Pro Video Card just can't keep up with online video replay. It's an AGP bus and need VGA. I do have an empty PCI slot, so maybe I can use that instead?

Trying to find a seller that isn't e-bay and Canadian.

I guess my options are something like:

Radeon 7000/8500/9000 64 MB

I've read issues with some of the 128 MB + because of the age of my hardware. Honestly I think 64 MB is plenty compared to my existing 16 MB lol.

Any suggestions?
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Old Jun 17th, 2010, 02:57 PM   #2
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Best bet would be to try your local retailer (if they've been around more than 10 years) to see if they've got any old parts lurking in the back. They often do. You could also try craigslist, and searching for similar G4 models, and getting a card from there, though that might be a tougher bet. There's also a few forums users on here who have absolutely enormous hordes of old mac gear, maybe they might be willing to sell you an old card they don't use. I know I've seen these guys' collections in the photo galleries.

Honestly though, your hardware is so old the graphics card might not make much of a difference, because flash video can have a debilitating affect even on much newer machines. I wish you luck though, nothing like keeping a solid machine running for a long time.

also this thread has lots of info that might be useful Video card recommendations for gigabit G4 tower [Archive] - The macosxhints Forums
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Old Jun 17th, 2010, 05:49 PM   #3
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Ya, I've gotta agree with the Sheepster.

YouTube videos run poorly now on G4 machines. It get worse every year due to the changes in the video streaming add-on garbage.

Even a year ago YouTube videos used to run great on my Powerbook G4 Titanium 800, and my Powerbook G4 1.67 GHz. Nowadays, even the 1.67 GHz model struggles. My G5 is starting to get sluggish too.

The real problem is clearly software bloat on the streaming end. A video card upgrade will make little to no difference, since the G4 processor can't keep up either.

It's very frustrating, but if you're into video streaming then you're better off spending your money on a newer machine.
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Old Jun 17th, 2010, 10:16 PM   #4
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Damn! Ok guys thanks for your time! I wasn't expecting crazy improvements but was hoping for just enough.

I'll keep my eyes peeled for a cheap replacement in the meat time, but will focus on upgrading to a used G5 over the next year.

I just can't validate buying new when I don't do graphics development anymore. I just can't steer away from mac's after having used them for 10 years, but can't validate buying a new console It's just a pleasure computer now.

Cheers! If anyone has something laying around, please feel free to contact me
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Old Jun 18th, 2010, 01:43 AM   #5
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I've got an older PowerMac Dual G4 which I've been running for quite some time. But with today's new technology the ATI Rage 128 Pro Video Card just can't keep up with online video replay. It's an AGP bus and need VGA. I do have an empty PCI slot, so maybe I can use that instead?

Trying to find a seller that isn't e-bay and Canadian.

I guess my options are something like:
Radeon 7000/8500/9000 64 MB

I've read issues with some of the 128 MB + because of the age of my hardware. Honestly I think 64 MB is plenty compared to my existing 16 MB lol.

Any suggestions?
I recently posted my ATI PCI graphics card for sale that I no longer need to my local VMUG user group, and the particulars are posted below:

For Sale: ATI Radeon 9800 Pro 256MB "Special Edition" (Mac) PCI Graphics card.

This is being offered to to the list members first before hitting the big WWW.

This is NOT the cheaper 128MB nor a flashed PC card but the real genuine PCI Mac *Special Edition* 256MB graphics Mac card that will work in many G4/G5 PCI Macs and maybe some other previous PCI models.

The specs say a G5 is needed, but all the Core Image and Quartz Extreme are fully supported if the extra power Y-splitter cable (included) is used with a G4 and with excellent results.

With this card installed you can run ALL the recent iLife '09 and other applications that require Core Image and Quartz Extreme on your G4 PCI Mac fully supported.

Let me know if you're interested or for more tech details.

Asking price is $140.00.

Patrick Mead-Robins
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