iMac G4 video card upgrade possible?

Discussion in 'PowerPC Macs' started by scomer, Mar 14, 2007.

  1. scomer macrumors newbie

    Mar 14, 2007
    Hi everyone.

    I have what I guess is called a G4 iMac (the kind with the telescoping monitor and half circle base) and I've been having trouble running videos from iTunes without them stuttering. I have upgraded the RAM to the maximum, which is 768 MB's, but I notice that the video RAM on the installed graphics card is only a paltry 32 MB's.

    Is there any way to upgrade this card? I've tried looking around the web, but everything seems to be for the G5 level iMac these days. Any advice would be most appreciated. Thanks for taking the time to read this and hopefully responding.

  2. mad jew Moderator emeritus

    mad jew

    Apr 3, 2004
    Adelaide, Australia
  3. Sun Baked macrumors G5

    Sun Baked

    May 19, 2002
    Only in the sense that they are all upgradeable if you follow the Apple's preferred method...

    1. Sell machine

    2. Buy new one
  4. CubeHacker macrumors 65816


    Apr 22, 2003
    Stuttering videos rarely have anything to do with the video card. Its more likely a processor that just can't keep up. What speed is your G4 iMac? 700-800mhz i'm assuming?
  5. aafuss1 macrumors 68000


    May 5, 2002
    Gold Coast, Australia
    No you can't-the GPU is soldered to the logic board.
  6. scomer thread starter macrumors newbie

    Mar 14, 2007
    Ah, that's too bad. I really appreciate the help, though.

    Guess I'll have to think about getting a new Mac one of these days.

    Cubehacker - it's 800mhz, yeah. I guess I didn't consider that the processor wouldn't be fast enough...

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