Do I need a new Video card? where from?

Discussion in 'Mac Basics and Help' started by Zisa, Feb 10, 2009.

  1. Zisa macrumors member

    Feb 10, 2009

    I bought a second hand PowerMac with a 1.8GHz DP, which came with the default ATI Radeon graphics card with 64 MB VRAM.

    I love the machine, works really nice with Leopard, especially when I upgraded my RAM to 4 GB.

    I mainly run the following apps on the mac:

    Office 2008
    iWorks 08
    iLife 08 - excluding Garage
    Adobe CS2
    Macromedia Suite 8
    Freeway Pro
    Adobe Lightroom

    I have two questions:

    1. Will I benefit from a 128MB/256MB graphics card?
    2. I have a slight problem with the crispness of the characters on the screen. Is this a sign of a faulty card or a dodgy monitor?

    Will a new card fix this problem?
  2. wrldwzrd89 macrumors G5


    Jun 6, 2003
    Solon, OH
    I don't know if any of those apps stress the GPU particularly hard, so I can't really answer your first question.

    In regards to your second: Are you new to Macs, and switched from Windows? If you are, Mac OS X renders fonts differently from the way Windows does it. There's really nothing you can do to change it, and it has nothing to do with your hardware if that's the case.
  3. Zisa thread starter macrumors member

    Feb 10, 2009
    Yes, I am new. I am comparing the crispness to Windows and was worried whether the video card was faulty, given that the computer is four years old.

    Hence my question whether a new video card will fix the problem.

    Having said that, it is proving very challenging finding one of the cards that Apple recommends in stock.

    thanks for tip, btw.
  4. Consultant macrumors G5


    Jun 27, 2007
  5. MSD401 macrumors 6502


    Oct 18, 2006
    Ogden, UT
    I cant comment on the font issue but on the hardware front....

    is usually a good bet for parts...
  6. JustGretchen macrumors 6502

    Dec 2, 2008
    Windows does oversharpen, but the fonts should still be nice and crisp on the screen. They are on my PowerMac 1.8ghz...I have a 17.4" Apple Studio Display and a Planar 17.4" LCD monitor hooked up to it. Everything looks nice.

    Maybe try a different monitor but it could be your card.

    I have that same crappy 64mb card in it too, and I'd love a new one, but I haven't found anything. I have a really really hard time putting 200 bucks into a machine from 2003 that I don't use that much for work for a new vid card. If I could find a used one I'd do that.

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