What do I need for a LCD Monitor to work with a G5

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macrumors 6502a
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This may be a stupid question, but I never had a LCD Monitor before. Do I need to add anything in particular to my computer in order for it to work (special cables, inputs)?

I have a dual G5 from 2004. I was considering getting a Dell one since I can get a sweet deal on it.

Thanks in advance.
 

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macrumors 6502a
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thanks for the quick reply. I'm not sure which graphics card I have. I looked under system profiler, but I dont see it (or don't know what i'm looking for). I see my monitor listed.

and I actually do have a LCD monitor (made a mistake), but it's not a Wide Screen so wasn't sure if that made a difference. thanks

does this tell u anything:

ATY,RV360:

Type: display
Bus: AGP
Slot: SLOT-1
VRAM (Total): 128 MB
Vendor: ATI (0x1002)
Device ID: 0x4152
Revision ID: 0x0000
ROM Revision: 113-A13602-121

Display:

Type: display
Display Type: LCD
VRAM (In Use): 128 MB
Resolution: 1024 x 768 @ 60 Hz
Depth: 32-bit Color
Main Display: Yes
Mirror: Off
Online: Yes
 

mrichmon

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DEXTERITY said:
This may be a stupid question, but I never had a LCD Monitor before. Do I need to add anything in particular to my computer in order for it to work (special cables, inputs)?

I have a dual G5 from 2004. I was considering getting a Dell one since I can get a sweet deal on it.
For current and many recent Apple LCD displays (ignoring the special case of the 30" display) you will need to identify that you have a DVI port on your G5. That is, the middle image on this page: http://docs.info.apple.com/article.html?artnum=86504

If you have an ADC port then you have two options for an LCD monitor: 1) an Apple display from the same vintage that also uses ADC, or 2) any random LCD monitor with a DVI connector plus an ADC to DVI adapter (~$250). (Alternatively you can replace your graphics card with a card that provides a DVI port. This can sometimes be cheaper than the ADC to DVI adapter.)

Hopefully you have a DVI connector since this scenario requires nothing other than a standard LCD monitor.
 

WildCowboy

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I believe that all Power Mac G5s have at least one DVI-I port. Some also have an ADC port, while newer ones have a second DVI-I port.
 

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macrumors 6502a
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thanks everyone for the help and especially for link with the pic. It looks like it will work, sweeeeeeeet.. Thanks again..

do you guys suggest upgrading my video card or should I be fine? I don't plan on doing anything more then I'm already doing (pro tools,etc)..
 

mrichmon

macrumors 6502a
Jun 17, 2003
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DEXTERITY said:
thanks everyone for the help and especially for link with the pic. It looks like it will work, sweeeeeeeet.. Thanks again..

do you guys suggest upgrading my video card or should I be fine? I don't plan on doing anything more then I'm already doing (pro tools,etc)..
A LCD monitor is no more demanding on the system than a CRT monitor. (Assuming the same color depth and resolution used.) Apart from basic identification information all communication between the computer and the monitor only flows from monitor to computer. Thus, if you are happy with your current video card performance then there is no reason to upgrade.

On the flip side, a graphics card upgrade can often make a system feel more responsive depending on the applications used. If it were me, I probably wouldn't consider a graphics update on a G5 PowerMac just yet unless I was going for a 30" screen that might necessitate a new video card.
 

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macrumors 6502a
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thanks for the information, appreciate it. I will stick with what I have then and just enjoy the new monitor..