Is There Any Solution For The Beige G3 Video Panic?

Discussion in 'macOS' started by Psycho Therapis, Oct 10, 2005.

  1. Psycho Therapis macrumors newbie

    Oct 10, 2005
    Ever since I got this Beige G3, it has suffered from the known video panic in OS X, where it will just simply crash at seemingly random points, eg. launching a particular program or at times of heavy disk load.

    A read a while back that removing the ATI graphics drivers would solve the problem, so I did and for a while, the problem seemed to go away. But after booting back into OS 9 one day, upon returning to OS X the problem re-appeared and is still there after an upgrade to Panther, from Jaguar (same also from a clean install of Panther).

    So I'm wondering, is there any solution to the video panic problem, other than buying a PCI Graphics card?
  2. madmax_2069 macrumors 6502a


    Aug 17, 2005
    Springfield Ohio
    have you tryed reseting pram and open firmware if not try it and if you cant get any answers here try here or here and try these fourms cause i found alot of help at these other forums about a beige G3 that i didnt get here

    BTW what all hardware is installed is there any upgrades in it like cpu, vram, memory, any pci cards
  3. Psycho Therapis thread starter macrumors newbie

    Oct 10, 2005
    Yeah I tried that when it first happened, it doesn't make a difference. :(

    RAM, PCI USB Card & a PCI Network card. It does the same thing with the original configuration too (well, almost original, I think it had a RAM upgrade before I originally bought it and I replaced the HDD with another of equal size - 6gb, because the previous one died.)

    I think I read on one of those sites that you posted, the solution that I tried "removal of drivers". So I guess I'm just left with 1 option afterall, to get a PCI Graphics card. I might put my old Voodoo 3 card in it, I'll be stuck without any 2D/3D acceleration under OS X, but at least it will be stable until I find the time to put something better in there.
  4. FFTT macrumors 68030


    Apr 17, 2004
    A Stoned Throw From Ground Zero
    I've had a G3 300MHz tower now for over 7 years
    and still haven't braved Panther.

    I'm not even sure what video cards would fit in your machine, but a Radeon 7000 Mac edition worked wonders for me and allowed me to install my DVD burner.
    check for compatibility and upgrades.

    It's cool that you've got it running as well a you have, but your cost to performance ratio is dismal
    when you can get an eMac or a mini for so little these days.

    I gave up trying to run expostfacto on my G3 because I had read that there were video issues
    and I didn't want to risk my DVD capabilites
    trying it.

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