G5 with 3x 20" Monitors

Discussion in 'Mac Basics and Help' started by frankydaq, Jan 13, 2006.

  1. frankydaq macrumors newbie

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    Hi all, new to the forums and I am currently getting used to working on a Mac, I have a couple issues if I could get some help with would be greatly appreciated.

    (Problem #1)
    I was just given a G5 Desktop with 3x 20" Monitors. (Not a spoiled rich kid, its for work) I have managed to get 2 of the Monitors hooked up and working, but I cant for the life of me get the third monitor hooked in too. I believe there is a way, as the person that gave it to me had all three monitors lined up on his desk. (although i never saw them working). Anyone have any ideas about this, If you need more information let me know, ill be sitting here for the next 12hrs. :(

    (Problem #2)
    We are trying to transfer about 200gigs of images from our old PC to the new mac. Stuck them all on a external hd, formatted to NTFS and hooked it up to the computer via usb. images are sorted into differnet files, and we also have other stuff on there. I can view some folders on the hd, but not all of them? What gives?

    Thanks again, any help would be appreciated, if pictures would help ill toss some of our current setup online.
     
  2. skimaxpower Guest

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    Fat32

    In my experience with external hard drives and OSX, you'll have much better luck if your drive is formatted to FAT32. It seems OSX views NTFS drives as "read only." Several other issues crop up as well.

    You can change the formatting of the drive (without losing all the data) by using Partition Magic on a PC.

    Good luck with the monitors.

    PS: Where do you work? Are they hiring.... :)
     
  3. iEdd macrumors 68000

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    Firstly, what graphics card(s) do you have with what outputs?
     
  4. frankydaq thread starter macrumors newbie

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    US Military, Join at your own risk 8) I enjoy it myself though
     
  5. frankydaq thread starter macrumors newbie

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    Graphics Card 1
    ATI Radeon 9200
    Card Model: ATY,RV280
    FCode Version: 1.94
    VRAM Size: 128 MB

    Grapics Card 2
    Unknown ATI Graphics
    Card Model: ATY,R481
    FCode Version: 1.95
    VRAM Size: 256 MB

    Does this help? Thanks
     
  6. frankydaq thread starter macrumors newbie

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    Ive Done a lot of digging, here is my system specs.

    Hardware Overview:

    Machine Name: Power Mac G5
    Machine Model: PowerMac7,3
    CPU Type: PowerPC G5 (3.1)
    Number Of CPUs: 2
    CPU Speed: 2.3 GHz
    L2 Cache (per CPU): 512 KB
    Memory: 4 GB
    Bus Speed: 1.15 GHz
    Boot ROM Version: 5.2.4f1
    Serial Number: G85302EMRTZ

    ATI Radeon 9200:

    Chipset Model: ATY,RV280
    Type: Display
    Bus: PCI
    Slot: SLOT-3
    VRAM (Total): 128 MB
    Vendor: ATI (0x1002)
    Device ID: 0x5961
    Revision ID: 0x0001
    ROM Revision: 113-A27502-127
    Displays:
    Display:
    Type: Display
    Display Type: LCD
    Resolution: 1680 x 1050
    Depth: 32-bit Color
    Core Image: Supported
    Mirror: Off
    Online: Yes
    Quartz Extreme: Not Supported
    Display:
    Status: No display connected

    ATI Radeon X850 XT:

    Chipset Model: ATY,R481
    Type: Display
    Bus: AGP
    Slot: SLOT-1
    VRAM (Total): 256 MB
    Vendor: ATI (0x1002)
    Device ID: 0x4a48
    Revision ID: 0x0000
    ROM Revision: 113-A35804-108
    Displays:
    Display:
    Type: Display
    Display Type: LCD
    Resolution: 1680 x 1050
    Depth: 32-bit Color
    Core Image: Supported
    Main Display: Yes
    Mirror: Off
    Online: Yes
    Quartz Extreme: Supported
    Display:
    Status: No display connected

    Hope this helps, Thanks for all the help guys, sorry for my new comments every 5mins im learning :D
     
  7. MacsRgr8 macrumors 604

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    Allright.
    You have the Dual G5 2.3 GHz, with two grfx cards:

    1) AGP 8x ATi Radeon X800 XT (the X850 was never released for the Mac IIRC)
    2) PCI ATi Radeon 9200

    The top one (in the AGP 8x slot) has one DVI connector and one ADC = Radeon X800 XT.
    The lower one has DVI, VGA and S-Video = Radeon 9200 PCI.. correct?

    I have never tried your SUPER setup, but I would connect the monitors like this (assuming you're using 3 x 20" DVI monitors)... :
    Hook 2 of those displays to the X800 (top card). Get the ADC to DVI connector first ofcourse.
    Hook the 3rd display to the DVI connector of the 9200 (the one with the VGA and S-Video).

    It should work.

    After some searching I came across this thread!! : http://forums.macrumors.com/showthread.php?t=91613

    Have fun with that setup man! :cool:
     
  8. MacsRgr8 macrumors 604

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    Heh.....

    Must be best military in the world if they use Macs! :cool:

    Respect :)
     

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