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Discussion in 'Buying Tips, Advice and Discussion (archive)' started by srobert, Nov 28, 2003.
What are your toughts on PC Graphic Cards flashed to work on a mac. Is it safe? Any glitches?
my only advice - do your homework. there's lots of reports out there letting you know in black and white what cards can be sucessfully flashed, as well as those that can't. don't get yourself in a pickle by assuming a card can be flashed, cause there's a good number that cannot.
if you find a card that can be flashed (like just about any matrox card ever made), and a flash utility that seems legit (most are, so i wouldn't really worry about that), then you really don't have anything to worry about. just follow the instructions.
i just recently flashed a matrox card... nothing major, just a little pci job for my beige, and i couldnt' be happier - matrox has their own flasher utilities and bios on their site, so it was no worries...
I ask because I was considering purchasing a flashed card on ebay. So, it's a go?
hmmm... i'd make sure he has a return policy... some macs are far more picky about flashed cards than others (having to do with their specific firmware...). i guess it really depends on the model he's selling... care to post a link?
Sure. Here it is:
It to use in my good old Powermac G4 500 MHz (AGP Graphics) Graphite
I want a card with a s-video out to retire this computer as a TV internet browsing station. (With wireless keyboard + mouse)
See any issues?
looks okay, but you can do the same thing yourself for a bunch of monies cheaper... just yesterday i was reading over some pages, and there's one page inparticular that lays out in very plain language how to flash that exact card...
so if you don't have access to a pc or arent' comfy doing it yourself (for prolly half that price or less), then go for it. if it doesn't work, he's got a 30 day guarantee...
Thanks. I ain't got no PC so I'll go fot ot. You were really helpfull.
You said your Power Mac was AGP graphics, that card was a PCI card. Why use PCI when you can use AGP?
Thought I might direct you guys to xlr8's forum posting by an ATI employee.. http://bbs.xlr8yourmac.com/ubb/Forum24/HTML/000568.html
take it for good advice or propaganda, it's up to you.