Ugrading G4 733mhz D/A

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  1. stevey500 macrumors 6502

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    I have a g4 digital audio 733mhz with 1gb of ram and 17"apple studio display at highest resolution. I am very very happpy with this machine. There is just one thing... Graphics, it runs the Gforce 2 MX with the ADC port. When I am in certain websites, it gets a little choppy when scrolling, iphoto is choppy when scrolling through pictures and loading pictures into full view, opening up pictures in viewer (3.3mp pictures) has quite a delay when opening, zooming in an out of PDF's in viewer is extremely slow.. Im thinking it might just be video card. What could i do to make it run better in those areas? What video card would you recommend ( has to have ADC ). Another thing, I just installed an m-audio revolutions 5.1 card and installed all software and it works great, DTS in movies and all... but sometimes when a sound playback is started I get kind-of a static POP sound... lets say.. I was playing a song in iTunes then I pause it, then I go to quicktime and start a playback, it will sometimes make a static pop or maybe a tick sound... also, is there an alternative program to enhance my audio? M-audio's software has an option for SRS II surround sound emulation but I dont like it too much, it sounds too fake. Im using logitech Z680 5.1 speakers... any help or suggestions appreciated.
     
  2. Converted2Truth macrumors 6502a

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    I'd say your iphoto slowdown is due to slow CPU. Working in mostly 2D, slowdown cannot be attributed to the graphics card.

    I'd get two upgrades however. A 1ghz- 1.4ghz CPU upgrade along with a video card upgrade... does your system have AGP or is it PCI?
     
  3. stevey500 thread starter macrumors 6502

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    It's AGP... does the digital/audio g4 support dual processor cards?
     
  4. Mertzen macrumors 6502

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    It sure does .. a dual 1Ghz card will speed things up quite a but without breaking the bank too much ..

    GPU wise there isn't that much choice .. either a ATI 9000 or a 9800 .. with the latter over and the former underpowered ..

    You could look on eBay for a Geforce 4Ti but only the ATI 9800 will support coreimage in 10.4 ..
     
  5. stevey500 thread starter macrumors 6502

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    Another quick question... Does the pcmcia slot in the g4 digital/audio computer function the same as it would in an ibook/powerbook ? Or does it only detect apple airport cards? thanks
     
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