Replacing Video Card in PowerMac G5

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  1. soloer macrumors 6502a

    soloer

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    Hello all,

    I purchased my first G5 tower about a month ago, and just ordered an X800 XT video card to replace the one that came with my system. This is the first Apple non-laptop machine I've owned.

    I remember from the last time I upgraded the video card in my PC that I had to jump through hoops, including reinstalling the OS for optimal gains. What is involved in replacing the video card in a PowerMac? Anything other than powering down, taking out the old card, putting in the new card, and powering up? Do I need to do anything driver-related?

    I imagine any instructions I get with the card may tell me some of this, but I would like to be prepared :)

    Thanks in advance!
     
  2. Mord macrumors G4

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  3. soloer thread starter macrumors 6502a

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  4. yippy macrumors 68020

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    The only reason to download drivers would be if you want to use ATI monitor to override graphics settings such as AA. And even then I am not sure you are actualy downloading new drivers.
     
  5. Cuckoo macrumors 6502

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    I have an old G4-400mhz, and upgraded the video-card, tried both, liked the apple stuff a whole lot better <had some serious weird problems with the ATI drivers>

    Based on this experience, i'll say, keep apple's...
     
  6. ChrisFromCanada macrumors 65816

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    Just use Apple's drivers (does ATI even have drivers up for download?). Apple updates their drivers every OS update eg 10.3.8 10.3.9 10.4 10.4.1 (usually)
     

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