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Old July 22nd, 2005, 09:56 AM   #1
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Dual Monitor on G4?

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Just a quick query on how to set up dual monitors on my quicksilver G4- it has two dvi outputs, one of which i understand is an apple proprietery one- are there any adapters that i can use so i wouldn't have to spend an insane amount of money to have to buy an apple monitor? thanks much :)
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Old July 22nd, 2005, 12:20 PM   #2
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I think you'll find you have one ADC (Apple Display Connector) and one DVI connector on the graphics card. I'm assuming you're already using the DVI port for a monitor.

Getting an adaptor to go from ADC to DVI should be very inexpensive. I got one at my local Apple Store for about $20.... I didn't think you could get anything for that little in an Apple Store ;-) I'm sure all the mail order places will carry them as well - you can also order from the Apple online store.

One thing to bear in mind - when you plug in two monitors you'll divide your VRAM by two, so if it's only a 64MB card (for example) each screen will only have 32MB available. This may or may not be a problem in certain applications. Something like Apple Motion is very dependent on the graphics card for example, some games and other programs might be as well.
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Old July 23rd, 2005, 03:34 AM   #3
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Hmm thanks boyd for the quick response- that's too bad tho as being the base model, it just has 32mb of vid ram- and apple video cards are mucho expensive compared to the rest of them... shucks! know anyone who's selling 64mb vid card cheap? hehe :)

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I think you'll find you have one ADC (Apple Display Connector) and one DVI connector on the graphics card. I'm assuming you're already using the DVI port for a monitor.

Getting an adaptor to go from ADC to DVI should be very inexpensive. I got one at my local Apple Store for about $20.... I didn't think you could get anything for that little in an Apple Store ;-) I'm sure all the mail order places will carry them as well - you can also order from the Apple online store.

One thing to bear in mind - when you plug in two monitors you'll divide your VRAM by two, so if it's only a 64MB card (for example) each screen will only have 32MB available. This may or may not be a problem in certain applications. Something like Apple Motion is very dependent on the graphics card for example, some games and other programs might be as well.
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Old July 23rd, 2005, 07:54 AM   #4
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Well you might be able to add more VRAM to your graphics card. It also might work OK with 2 monitors as-is, depending on what you want to do with it. You could also try to find a discontinued PCI graphics card like the Radeon 7000 Mac Edition which would let you add two more screens.
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Old July 25th, 2005, 07:23 PM   #5
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Depending on your model of G4 there are options out there if you need a better video card. I just bought the Radeon 9600 which was the most bang for the buck on my old G4 dual 800MHz.
http://eshop.macsales.com/shop/accelerators/
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Old July 25th, 2005, 11:14 PM   #6
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Cool! thanks guys for your answers and suggestions! appreciate it tons!! i'll definitely look into purchasing these items- :)
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