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Old Dec 13th, 2004, 10:52 AM   #1
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I'm considering looking for a used g4 or g5 desktop and part of my thinking around this is that I have a good 19" CRT monitor that I can use until I can afford something newer.

What I'm wondering is, if at some point in the evolution of these Macs they stopped being able to connect to an analog monitor such as mine in their standard configuration/without chanmging video cards ?

Any help greatly appreciated.
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Old Dec 13th, 2004, 11:24 AM   #2
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The G5 comes standard with a DVI and ADC connection so you won't be able to use an analog monitor without an adaptor. Some of the newer Macs came with the DVI to VGA adaptor as a standard feature accessory so you might be OK out-of-the-box.

The G4 depends on the model you are looking at. The later model MDD Duals came standard as the G5 above but the earlier models like the Graphites had DVI and VGA and depending on the video card install aftermarket it may have a VGA only adaptor.

Either way, if you find yourself without a VGA connection you'll need to get a DVI to VGA adaptor. They are easily found for a few bucks on eBay and this board.
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Old Dec 13th, 2004, 12:49 PM   #3
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Thank you so much.

That is exactly the kind of knowledgeable summary of the issues I was hoping to get.

Thanks again.

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Old Dec 13th, 2004, 02:11 PM   #4
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You are absolutely fine. I have an old Sawtooth Powermac with loads of upgrades, including an ATI Radeon 9000 Pro card. This card comes with both DVI and Apple's now-retired ADC connectors. I'm running TWO flat panel monitors... with VGA connections.
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