The ATI Radeon 8500 and 9000 were the best cards for gaming IMHO. The Radeon 7000 was a low end gaming card. Note the fan on these cards get loud after 3-4 years, so you need to install a new one, which is a simple task. Ball bearing fans tend to last longer.
Remember your G4 only has a single CPU core - doing more than 1 thing at a time will slow it down. Wasn’t a problem back in the day, unless you were benchmarking. I think we’re all just spoiled when even a $50 Raspberry Pi computer has 4 64 bit CPU cores at 1.5 GHz or faster.
I’m wondering if your Performa 6214 was involved in the Apple recall of certain Performa 62xx machines. Apple wrote a program to detect a defective cache on these machines, and OS8 would NOT install on these machines without the fix. See...
The Apple built graphics cards for that machine was a 32 MB ATI Radeon 7500, 64 MB NVIDIA GeForce4 MX, or 128 MB GeForce4 Ti. The GeForce4 MX was a good card - much better than the 16 MB ATI Rage Pro shipped in the prior generation G4 Digital Audio.
FYI on a 50 pin SCSI ribbon cable, every other wire Is connected to ground to maintain signal integrity
Good luck on using the switch with your devices. You may not be so lucky in 3 years at 1:00 am, when you switch with all devices powered up and see a small puff of smoke emerge from your drive…
Have you run any graphics benchmark, ie. MacBench 4 or 5, to determine if there’s any performance hit?
I would think a true Mac edition ATI 8500 should be worth some money, even in its current condition.
GDT PrintLink Collection worked great and it supported printers with both serial and parallel interfaces. The manual states it also works on Atari ST computers running Spectre GCR or Magic Sac and Commodore Amiga computers running the Amex emulator.
There is also the Eason LQ Printer Software...
The picture of the purple MeowToast was created with plated oval slots at the ends of the board, and during final routing the slots were cut in half. Speaking as a former PCB manufacturing engineer, it’s a good design.