Getting a "flashed" video card 9800 128mb...

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  1. Winstonp macrumors 6502a

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    I just stumbled upon a 9800 pro 128 mb card. Are there any differences between a flashed card from pc and a regular ol' mac card?


    its a 9800 pro 128mb. It's coming off a G4.
     
  2. Bear macrumors G3

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    The 9800 Pro Mac Edition (128MB) is for the G4, the 9800 Pro Mac Special Edition (256MB) is for the G5.

    I don't know if there are any differences, however, I would make sure card has the right AGP specs on it for the machine you will be putitng it in before buying it.
     
  3. Winstonp thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    so...this is coming off a G4...will it work on a G5?


    1.6 GHZ
     
  4. Winstonp thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    card

    the card is a PC card flashed to mac.

    I was wondering if it will have any problems...
     
  5. Bear macrumors G3

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    It might, the G5 (if you're replacing the current card) has an AGP 8x bus, so the card would have to have the same capability.

    My suggestion would be if you feel the need for a better card is that you go for one with 256MB of memory.
     
  6. Winstonp thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    well, I cant afford it. I'm paying 100$ for a 9800 128mb, which is all ill ever need.

    I know that g4's use either 2X or 4X AGP...think thatll be an issue?
     
  7. Bear macrumors G3

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    Are you putting it in a G4 or a G5?

    You have to make sure the card will run in an AGP 8x slot if you're putting it in a G5.
     
  8. velocityg4 macrumors 68040

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    The 9800 Pro for PC's are designed to work with 4x or 8x AGP slots, according to ATI's web site. As for how well a flashed PC card works in a mac I do not no.
     
  9. Winstonp thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    card

    thanks for your help so far guys, but here's the deal:

    I have a G5 1.6GHZ with AGP 8x

    the card is a 9800 ati pro with 128mb ram, which should be AGP 8X



    this is coming out of a G4 450 dual. It worked find in the dual. However, correct me if I'm wrong, but a G4 uses 4X or 2X AGP, meaning that the ati card had to be modded "down". or maybe it wasnt, the guy doesnt know.
     
  10. Rocksaurus macrumors 6502a

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    AGP 8x cards do have to be modded down for use in AGP 4x, there is literally no way around that. This guy's card is modded down. The question now is, can it be modded "up"? I've only read a little on this topic as a whole, but I've never heard of anyone modding "up"... check this site out if you already haven't
     
  11. Dont Hurt Me macrumors 603

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    why dont you just get a new one? have seen them for as lttle as $229 and thats a new mac verson,warranty,drivers,etc and no games.
     
  12. Xeem macrumors 6502a

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    Not true, plenty of 8X cards are backwards compatible...
     
  13. Lord Blackadder macrumors G5

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    If the guy who flashed the card merely taped the connectors over to reduce the AGP bus speed, you are good to go - just remove the tape. However, If he did something more exotic like removing the conductive leads themselves (OWC did this with their modded 9600 Pro cards), you may be in trouble, although even that could be reversible if you are handy with a soldering iron.

    Other than that, the card should work fine in your G5, assuming it was successfully flashed.
     

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