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PostPosted: Sun Sep 19, 2004 4:49 am    Post subject: Video Card Q? (Mac to pc?) Reply with quote

Im sorry if this is the wrong forum for this, feel free to move it.
So im looking to upgrade my video card, right now im using a oem radeon(100QD - 16M/AGP) in my powermac g4(dual 450). And I was wondering...do I have to buy a mac specific version of a card or can i buy a regular agp card to install( i use gentoo about 90% of the time,ptherwise its os x). I know ill have to buy a dvi-to-adc converter so thats not a concern.

Also could anyone recommend a good card (preferably in the $50-100 range) I do mostly graphics work and sometimes gaming, so just something that'll do the job. Id prefer to stay away from nvidia as ive read nothing but problems with the drivers on the forums here. Thanks.
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PostPosted: Sun Sep 19, 2004 7:19 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

as far as I know you _have to_ use a apple specific video card... it's because its firmware: apple hardware requires a special design of all agp/pci(-x) cards...

Markus

P.S.: In my opinion Apple should use widely used standards!!
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PostPosted: Sun Sep 19, 2004 10:52 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Not that you would likely want to shell out the dough, but some .. -SOME- .. newer-end sun graphics cards (frame buffers) based on ATI and nSuckia chipsets are reported to work in newer generation mac systems... dont spend money based on this post, but something to look into if you get -very- desperate...
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