Second Graphics Card for G5

Discussion in 'Buying Tips and Advice' started by shiftyroach, Jul 15, 2006.

  1. shiftyroach macrumors newbie

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    Hey guys,

    I've got a PowerMac Dual G5. Smokin' machine with 2gigs of RAM and the ATI 9650 dual DVI with 256mb on it. No gaming on this machine, strictly photos.

    I'm about to purchase a Dell 32inch LCD display but I also want to keep my 19inch Samsung LCD.

    I'm looking for recommendations for a second display adapter for the samsung. No digital inputs on it at all, straight VGA.

    Thanks for your help.

    - ish
     
  2. MacFan25863 macrumors 6502a

    MacFan25863

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    You don't need a 2nd graphics card...hook your Dell display up to one DVI port, and then get a DVI to VGA adapter (such as this one) to hook up into your other DVI port and convert it to VGA to plug into the Samsung monitor.
     
  3. shiftyroach thread starter macrumors newbie

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    so when the site says:
    they don't mean i have to use both dvi connectors?
     
  4. reh macrumors 6502a

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    dual-link DVI is NOT the same as just using two DVI connectors
     
  5. MacFan25863 macrumors 6502a

    MacFan25863

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    Nope...you just need a dual link card. The ATI has 2 DVI ports, one of which is dual-link and one of which is single-link. You hook the DVI connector from the dell screen into the dual-link port and the Sharp screen into the single-link port and you are good to go.
     
  6. shiftyroach thread starter macrumors newbie

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    well paint me stupid!!

    party on!! thanks guys!!
     

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