Replace AGP or get second PCI Graphics card?

Discussion in 'Buying Tips, Advice and Discussion (archive)' started by cheapnis, Aug 21, 2005.

  1. cheapnis macrumors newbie

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    I've got an ancient G4 400 Gigabit Ethernet with a Sonnet 1.2 GHz upgrade and the original ATI Radeon graphics card - I've had a villagetronic MPDD+ as a second PCI graphics card for the last few years but with Tiger it's no longer working properly. . . I get stripes, lines and dots. The screen is readable but it ain't pretty!

    So I'm looking for either a replacement AGP card that will do dual monitors (spanning) or a second PCI graphics card. I'm not fussed about 3D games etc as I mostly use it for 2D and music making so I'm not looking to spend a fortune.

    Can any reasonably priced PC AGP graphics cards be reliably flashed? I don't seem to see PCI graphics cards in the shops anymore - so if I go that route it would be something like the ATI Radeon 9200 PCI 128MB

    Any advice? Thanks!
     
  2. doucy2 macrumors 65816

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    go with the ati 8500 64mb
    one of the best cards in my opinion for agp models
    i have one for sale if you are interested also
     
  3. tweakers_suck macrumors regular

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    There are options for you.

    I bought a pc-flashed-for-mac ATI Radeon 9200 AGP with 128 MB VRAM on ebay for $88 plus shipping. It works great. It is approximately equivalent to an ATI Radeon 9000 AGP.

    You could buy this pc card and flash it yourself since you already have a pci video card.
     
  4. cheapnis thread starter macrumors newbie

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    Thanks for the info and suggestions!

    ATI have recently released the Radeon 9600 Mac and PC edition card and this seems like the best bet - as soon as I can find somebody that will sell me one in the UK! It seems pretty much tailor made for people like me with older G4 Powermacs and though not cheap - tho it should be less than the quoted $199 - it should also be trouble free.

    Getting a new PCI card that totally outperforms my original AGP card seems a bit silly - also using up a PCI slot that I'll possibly need... So I think this is the way to go -especially as it means I don't have to hassle with flashing a PC card.
    cheers
    C
     

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