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Its that old vicious cycle. You want to improve one thing on your computer then wind up spending more than you want on peripherals.
I have been doing a lot of PhotoShop work lately and I am dying to get my tools onto another monitor. I am using a 17' LaCie CRT for my PS work and I found a cheap Sony 17 " LCD just to nest my tools (layers, history, info palette etc).
My Quicksilver 733 has a GeforceMX card in it which does not support "expanded monitor" so I need a new card.
ATI is basically an Apple product so it is supported. There is not much of a price difference between the 9000 and the 7000 so I figure I would get a card that I could use in a G5 if / when I get one.
I am sure there would have been a cheaper solution but I am just not that computer savvy.
What would you have done ??
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Ok, what I would do is go here :
And pick up a Geforce4MX card for $65.00. These are genuine brand new Apple OEM service parts, the same card Apple put in G4s starting the generation right after yours. The biggest difference between this Geforce4 and the Geforce2 you have, is that on the GF4, both monitor ports ARE active at once. So you can drive both your monitors from the one card. As you know, your GF2 has an ADC and VGA connector, but only one can be in use at once.
Now, the GF4 card has 1 ADC port and 1 DVI port. As I recal, the GF2 had a ADC and a VGA.
Im going to assume that since your LCD was cheaper one, its got a VGA connector and not DVI. So, if thats the case, order the 75.00 dollar card that comes with a DVI to VGA adapter. Then you will need an ADC to VGA adapter as well, which can be found here:
When your all done, you'l have a 2 headed video card and the proper adapters for 2 VGA monitors. (If your flat panel has a DVI connector, you can get the cheaper 65.00 card as you wont need the DVI to VGA adapter) You'd need the same adapters for the Radeon 9000 pro card, as it has the same ports as the OEM GF4 card from Apple, so your not adding anything extra that you wouldnt also have to buy when going with the Radeon.
This should save you 70-90 bucks over the Radeon 9000.
Unless your also a hard core 3D gamer, you wont see any speed benefit from the Radeon over the Geforce. And the GF4 is about 25% faster overall than the card you have now.
The Radeon 9000Pro you can buy retail is a 4xAGP card, and would not work in the G5's 8xAGP slot anyway, so theres no use trying to take it with you if and when you move up to a G5 anyway.
Also, if you decide to do this, I would hurry. I dont know how many of those GF4 cards Other World has in stock. I do recal that when the first announced that they had some, it was a "limted to stock on hand" deal. Once their gone, that will probably be it.
Also, if you are running OS9, you will need to download some sofware updates to run the card. (it workds fine in OSX however) if you run the card without loading the updated drivers, its stuck in 640x480 resolution. Well, not STUCK.. just untill you load the drivers.. Ask them about it when you call to order the card, they have the drivers right on their site and call tell you the address to download them. Other World is a great company, I have dealt with them a lot over the years.
And Finally, If you do this, and want to sell your GF2 card, drop me a line. I would be interested in it for a good price (to put in a G4 Cube I have)