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lutra Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
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Apr 1, 2013 10:56 AM

My husband's older POWER PC G4 is still running. He has an HD CINEMA DISPLAY connected to the Laptop. Lately, he has been noticing some strange "lines or cross-line" patterns showing slightly over areas of the screen. Any input about what could be causing this?

PowerBook, Mac OS X (10.5.8)
  • Ralph Landry1 Level 7 Level 7 (28,785 points)
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    Apr 1, 2013 11:00 AM (in response to lutra)

    Could be either a problem with the display itself or a problem with the graphics module in the PPC.  Try a different display and see if the problem still exists...that will tell which is at fault.

  • Ralph Landry1 Level 7 Level 7 (28,785 points)
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    Apr 1, 2013 11:13 AM (in response to lutra)

    You are welcome lutra, that is the simple way to narrow down the problem...hope it tells you sometiing useful like a monitor issue and not computer issue.

  • Ralph Landry1 Level 7 Level 7 (28,785 points)
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    Apr 3, 2013 2:38 PM (in response to lutra)

    Hi Lutra,


    You are welcome, and glad to be able to help.


    There were users disappointed when the new iMacs came out with no option for a matte finish display...I have the glossy display on my iMac and MacBook Pro and keep moving around to reduce glare, can be very annoying.


    A PPC is really dated even though they are good running and solld machines.  Repair of a graphics module would be more expensive than the computer is worth...but like a car, if it is paid for and you really need it, can be a difficult decision.


    If you and your husband start looking at the new models, MacBook Pros not cars, keep in mind that the 15" standard MBP has a matte hi-res screen option.  The Retina does not.  And, the regular MBP can be user upgraded in memory at a later time if you want to do so.  The Retina, like the Air, cannot be upgraded at all.  All components except the battery are soldered to the logic board so what you buy is what you stay with.  Same with the new iMac 21", no upgrade by the user.  The 27" iMac can have the ram upgraded by the user but that is all.


    Just some things to think about.


    It has been a pleasure helping, good luck making decisions on where to go with your computing.




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