Apple/Mac/AGP Video Card Question

Discussion in 'Macintosh Computers' started by drunkgoat, May 31, 2004.

  1. drunkgoat macrumors newbie

    May 31, 2004
  2. Ph4lynx macrumors member

    Apr 29, 2004
    University Place
    Yes you do need a special card to put in a mac
    there are several hacks you can do to flash the card
    try googleing for that. hope this was helpful

    Emerson Lamb
  3. dbauer macrumors member

    Dec 24, 2003
    Cleveland, OH
    You need to purchase a video card that is made specifically for the Mac. There is a way to flash some PC GeForce cards' ROM but you will have to look on to find the site that tells you how to do this.

    Ati is one of the only manufacturers that make aftermarket AGP cards for the Mac. Your choices depend on which model you have. If you have an older G4 Sawtooth model, you only have a 2x AGP slot and won't be able to use an AGP 8x video card (like those that are in G5's). You can find Ati Radeon cards on eBay for around $40 but they are not much faster than the Rage128 that is in a lot of older G4 PowerMacs. There are Radeon 9000 cards available but at ~$150, I don't think the price is justified. Your other options are Radeon 8500, which can be found on eBay for ~$140 which may be the best you will be able to get for an older PM. The problem is that when you start adding up all the upgrades that would be required to get your older PM up to the same speed as new ones, you could just buy an eMac, which will have a faster memory bus, faster hard drive bus, and faster video card.
  4. drunkgoat thread starter macrumors newbie

    May 31, 2004
    OK that settles that for video cards.

    Now how about IDE drives??

    Do IDE drive like a pioneer107d need some kind of special ROM to work with a mac???
  5. drunkgoat thread starter macrumors newbie

    May 31, 2004
    Anyone know if IDE drives are similar to video cards for MACS in that they need a special ROM???
  6. bradz_id macrumors member

    Nov 16, 2002
    Tasmania, Australia
    No problem whatsoever putting normal IDE drives in a Mac like a Pioneer DVR-107D. Will burn things with Toast no prob and probably natively too. You may need to do a software modification for things like iDVD to work but I hear that even that works with the DVR-107D.
  7. Coolvirus007 macrumors regular

    Apr 27, 2004

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