G5 running an Apple LED display

Discussion in 'PowerPC Macs' started by Mr Content, Jun 1, 2009.

  1. macrumors newbie

    May 31, 2009
    Hi Guys, new to here, new to Mac's.
    I have a Power Mac Quad 2.5. late 2005 I would like to get a LED display. The new Apple LED , I am told it wont run on my Power Mac. Is it as simple as putting in another video card........currently have a NVIDIA 6600, but I cannot confirm that. I pulled the video card out, but could not find a model number on it anywhere.
    What about third party cards, adapter etc.
    Thanks in advance

    Mr C:)
  2. macrumors 65816

    Nov 14, 2003
    For now, it cannot be done.

    If some company decides they want to bother making an adapter… well, you'd better hope they do
  3. thread starter macrumors newbie

    May 31, 2009
    wow that was super quick- not the answer i was looking for though lol. Thanks so much.
    Mr C:)
  4. macrumors 6502

    Jan 17, 2009
    Well, as you probably know, you need a card, or an adapter (if anyone actually bothers to make one) that has the Mini-Displayport connector.

    The new cards for the Mac Pro have Mini-DP connectors on them, so I guess you could see if one of those cards would work with your G5. I doubt it will work though. I think the cards need EFI to work. I don't know much about this so hopefully someone could expand on what I have said.
  5. macrumors P6

    Tallest Skil

    Aug 13, 2006
    1 Geostationary Tower Plaza
    I'll give you an answer right now: they CAN'T work.
  6. macrumors demi-god

    Spanky Deluxe

    Mar 17, 2005
    London, UK
    My advice would be to get rid of the G5 fairly pronto. It looks highly likely that PowerPC's going to drop in price big time if Snow Leopard does indeed turn out to be Intel only. Sure a computer isn't worthless if it can't run the newest iteration of an OS but if Snow Leopard is Intel only then chances are third party software will rapidly start to be Intel only too. Having a quick glance on eBay, it looks like G5 quads are going for ~$1000. If you need the quad cores then a Mac Pro (any model) and an Apple 4870 card will let you run a 24" Apple LED display. Alternatively, if you don't need four cores then you could get a new 2.26GHz Mac Mini, put in 4GB of RAM third party and a 7200rpm 500gb drive all for under $1000. That would be faster in anything that can't use more than two cores.

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