DVI to HDMI not working-- Can't detect monitors

Discussion in 'Apple TV and Home Theater' started by Soprych, May 23, 2009.

  1. Soprych macrumors newbie

    May 23, 2009
    I bought a DVI to HDMI cable to hook up to my Vizio LCDHD (VX32L) to my Power Mac G4 (450 MHz) with VGA and a DVI outputs on the video card (ATY,Rage128Pro). When I boot up the computer the apple screen pops up on the LCDHD then immediately disappears. I then unplug the DVI cable and plug back in my old monitor, nothing happens, then a restart brings back the old CT. When I plug in both monitors, I get nothing on both.

    It seem like the card doesn't support two monitors because my computer doesn't show the detect display or mirroring options, its like the DVI jack stops working. I tried using my old monitor with the RGB PC jack on the video card to set up my specs with DisplayConfigX but that doesn't seem to help. Will a new video card be in order?

    Another thought: I can borrow a LCD monitor, hook it up to the DVI and try to set up the specs with DisplayConfigX, if I get no image on the LCD monitor, then my card is fried.

    Is this a waste of time considering the lack of power of the G4? I wanted it to be use primarily for recording TV programs off a USB HD tuner* and replaying on the LCDHD.

    *I know I'll have to install a USB 2.0 card in order to get the tuner to work.

    Machine Name: Power Mac G4 (AGP graphics)
    Graphics/Displays: ATY,Rage128Pro
    System Version: Mac OS X 10.4.11 (8S165)
    Machine Model: PowerMac3,1
    CPU Type: PowerPC G4 (2.9)
    Number Of CPUs: 1
    CPU Speed: 450 MHz
    L2 Cache (per CPU): 1 MB
    Memory: 1.25 GB
    Bus Speed: 100 MHz
  2. renniz macrumors newbie

    May 23, 2009
    Your older video card does not support spanning or mirroring. Upgrade to an ATI 9000 series or Nvidia Geforce4 chipset. They will have more than 16MB video ram and will support higher resolutions and perform better. Be sure to purchase a mac edition card so it will recognize it and also verify that it is compatible in your AGP slot (voltage and size).

    As for capturing video, it takes a lot of cpu cycles and you may not work well with your system even with the extra ram you have. If you could locate an ATI 9000 All in Wonder it could do your capturing, but you would need an ATSC tuner if you aren't using cable and you would only get 720x480 capturing. The USB HD tuner with a USB 2.0 card may drop too many frames to be watchable.

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