6 Replies Latest reply: Mar 19, 2007 2:06 PM by Malcolm Rayfield
Nelson May Level 1 (10 points)
I have 10.4.8 and a g5 with a radeon xt800x card and 30 inch cine display. I would like to add another video card to be used with lower resolution monitors as tool pallates. How can I flash the PC card to make it see the mac OS?

Thanks.

G5 2.0 Ghz 4MB RAM, 2 FW Drives, MBox, radeon x800xt/w 30' cine, Event monitors, Mac OS X (10.4.5), G4 1.67 Ghz 2MB RAM 1 FW Drive
  • FangSuede Level 4 (2,195 points)
    Hi,
    Why not just plug another monitor into the ATI X800XT, it has another connector (ADC), just get a ADC->DVI adapter like this:
    http://eshop.macsales.com/item/BELKIN/F2E9142WHT/.

    To add another Video card to the G5 you'll have to get a PCI video card (Mac Edition), if you've got enought PCI slots available. There are ATI 9200's available from some retailers like OWC that will work for you too. Like this:
    http://eshop.macsales.com/item/ATI%20Technologies/100436014/

    Flashing PC cards to Mac ROM is not easy, you'll need a PC and some knowledge and risk.

    Regards,
    Dave

    no comp...
  • Mike Sombrio Level 6 (14,846 points)
    Nelson, the flashing experts reside at http://www.strangedogs.com/
    You have to register but it's free.
  • Nelson May Level 1 (10 points)
    thanks for the E shop link. I may have been told in an earlier discussion: or possiblly on another thread topic that it was best to go from DVC to VGA. In fact I remember being told absolutley not to go from DVC to DVI then adapt to VGA.

    Any additional thoughts?

    Thanks
  • FangSuede Level 4 (2,195 points)
    > thanks for the E shop link. I may have been told in
    an earlier discussion: or possiblly on another thread
    topic that it was best to go from DVC to VGA. In fact
    I remember being told absolutley not to go from DVC
    to DVI then adapt to VGA.

    Any additional thoughts?

    Thanks


    I don't know what you mean "DVC".
    But, going from VGA to DVI is a poor deal.
    ADC to DVI works fine.
  • Nelson May Level 1 (10 points)
    Sorry ADC to DVI, then use a converter to got to VGA.

    Does that make more sense?
  • Malcolm Rayfield Level 7 (28,075 points)
    Sorry ADC to DVI, then use a converter to got to
    VGA.

    Does that make more sense?

    Many (maybe all) ADC to DVI adapters only pass the digital video, not the analog needed for VGA.
    Notice the note at the end of the page for the ADC to DVI adapter mentioned earlier:
    "OWC NOTE: Not compatible with DVI-VGA adapters."
    <http://eshop.macsales.com/item/BELKIN/F2E9142WHT/>

    Use an ADC to VGA adapter to use a VGA display with a graphics board using an ADC port. Gefen sell one
    <http://www.gefen.com/kvm/product.jsp?prod_id=1299>