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benhg
Feb 18, 2008, 04:19 AM
Hello

I have a G5 with an Nvidia 7800GT graphics card. what are my options if i need to have 3 monitors running at the same time (currently i can only have 2).

Thank you

Ben



robbieduncan
Feb 18, 2008, 04:41 AM
1) Add a second video card. This will have to be a Mac card compatible with your particular machine

2) Accept the compromises and go with one of the Matrox Dual or TripleHead2Go products (http://www.matrox.com/graphics/en/gxm/home.php)

benhg
Feb 18, 2008, 05:38 AM
1) Add a second video card. This will have to be a Mac card compatible with your particular machine

2) Accept the compromises and go with one of the Matrox Dual or TripleHead2Go products (http://www.matrox.com/graphics/en/gxm/home.php)


I have a Dual 2.3Ghz PowerPC G5
2Gig Ram
Nvidia 7800GT

what other graphics card will i need to get? will putting in an additional Nvidia 7800GT do the job, or will i need to purchase 2 new graphic cards?

Thanks

Ben

choreo
Feb 18, 2008, 05:58 AM
I have run 3 monitors for the past 12 years on all my Macs. I just retired a Dual 2.0-Gig G5 that had 3 monitors connected for the past 4 years. I now have a new Mac Pro running 3 Sony 23" CRTs.

What I always do is hook my Main monitor to the card in the fastest (lowest) slot and then buy a second PCI card, put it in slot 2 and hook up the other two monitors to it. That gives me full speed to the main monitor that may be used for video often. I had an ATI 1900 in my latest G5 as a second card, but you will just need to see what is compatible with your particular machine.

Tallest Skil
Feb 18, 2008, 06:31 AM
I now have a new Mac Pro running 3 Sony 23" CRTs.


THREE 23" CRTs?! Is your desk made of I-beams?!

Father Jack
Feb 18, 2008, 06:37 AM
Quite a few years ago I had a 21" CRT and it was a brute !! I can't imagine 3 23" CRT's .... :eek:

smogsy
Feb 18, 2008, 07:19 AM
if i was you ive just get a good 24ich LCD might have lower resolution but you will love the extra space heck if you got space for 3 23ich crts you could fit 6 LCDS :P

choreo
Feb 19, 2008, 01:09 AM
THREE 23" CRTs?! Is your desk made of I-beams?!
Close... it is specially reinforced as they weigh about 100-lbs each and that does not count the video monitors an light box!