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NV77
Jul 15, 2010, 07:27 AM
I need another monitor for my G4 Power Mac. It looks like a G3 or a G4 monitor should work. I have the old-school grayish connector.

I understand that there are adapters that will allow me to use other monitors but I am not sure which one I need.

Can you guys help me out?



spinnerlys
Jul 15, 2010, 07:33 AM
Do you have a G4 PowerMac or a G4 iMac?

If it is a PowerMac, what graphic card (GPU (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Graphics_processing_unit)) do you use?

NV77
Jul 15, 2010, 07:37 AM
Do you have a G4 PowerMac or a G4 iMac?

If it is a PowerMac, what graphic card (GPU (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Graphics_processing_unit)) do you use?

Sorry...its a Power Mac. I have no idea on the graphics card. I assume it is the stock one that came with the machine. I bought it used. BTW,I'm looking for a cheap monitor to get by. Not a new digital flatscreen or anything.

spinnerlys
Jul 15, 2010, 07:43 AM
Sorry...its a Power Mac. I have no idea on the graphics card. I assume it is the stock one that came with the machine. I bought it used.

http://forums.macrumors.com/images/buttons/edit.gif Just realised you can't do the checking without a monitor.

Does the connector on the GPU look like this:

1. Apple Display Connector (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Apple_Display_Connector)

http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/thumb/0/09/AppleDisplayConnector.jpg/800px-AppleDisplayConnector.jpg

2. DVI (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Digital_Visual_Interface)

http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/thumb/f/fb/DVI_Connector_Types.svg/181px-DVI_Connector_Types.svg.png

3. VGA (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/VGA_connector)

http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/thumb/9/92/SVGA_port.jpg/300px-SVGA_port.jpg

/EDIT

Check the Model Identifier and post it here.

http://farm5.static.flickr.com/4060/4707069290_6547e29211_b.jpg

To find out what GPU you use:

System Profiler (GREEN 3) > Graphics/Displays

http://farm5.static.flickr.com/4134/4795685797_27d907b647_b.jpg

NV77
Jul 15, 2010, 08:00 AM
Mine is definitely the VGA.

It is the mirror window Mac - the one that is basically a big plastic shell that can be opened from the side.

I can't do all that other stuff because I don't have a monitor.

spinnerlys
Jul 15, 2010, 08:06 AM
Mine is definitely the VGA.

It is the mirror window Mac - the one that is basically a big plastic shell that can be opened from the side.

I can't do all that other stuff because I don't have a monitor.

Then you can get almost any (98-99%) display produced between 1995 and 2005 I think, as VGA is almost ubiquitous. Thus you can buy every CRT displays and many LCDs out there.

NV77
Jul 15, 2010, 08:07 AM
Thanks! I'll take my cable with me and start checking some out.

OrangeSVTguy
Jul 15, 2010, 08:32 AM
Look on Craigslist.com for some local monitors. I'm sure you can find a deal on a DVI/VGA LCD monitor in the $50 price range or you can pick up old CRT(big tube monitors) for free. Many people just give them away since they are basically worthless now-a-days since LCD has come down in price so much.

Kaji79
Jul 15, 2010, 07:01 PM
Look on Craigslist.com for some local monitors. I'm sure you can find a deal on a DVI/VGA LCD monitor in the $50 price range or you can pick up old CRT(big tube monitors) for free. Many people just give them away since they are basically worthless now-a-days since LCD has come down in price so much.

Also try thrift stores. I was walking through one today, and they had a sawtooth for 20$. Also they had about 15 crt monitors all from $5-$20.