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ATI Radeon 9800 Pro 256M - STRANGE Mac Edition

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Should have called this "A tale of two Video Cards," but that implies a bit happier ending. :-p



Sounds like a great card, dunno when or why I got it, but it's a strange one for all its being real purty:




It seems it's G4 ready, the resistors for pins 3 and 11 on the solder side are missing (if that's where the black lines I added are pointing?) and appear never to have left the factory. The four pads look just like every other unimplemented pad on the board. No rework has been done to fix the buggage that makes an ADC Mac play dead without even rolling over when an unmodified card for the G5's AGP 8X slot is installed.


Were these cards shipped in a G4/ADC configured edition? Probably doesn't matter, I don't think I've ever seen anything as burned out as the fan on this thing. I got it to turn with the application of a bit of force and shards of windings fell out of the thing and onto the pretty heatsink!


I imagine the chip underneath it is toast as well. Never even thought to try spinning the fan when it arrived from eBay. Probably gave 5 star feedback. Now I find it won't run with acceleration under OS9. Don't really need it for what I do, but it was nice to find out it wasn't STRICTLY limited to 10.2.5 and up.


At any rate, was this a pretty good card before it hit the used car lot on eBay with a seized up cooling fan and likely a wrecked engine? ::)


Woulda been nice if/when I finally got around to installing Tiger on the MDD for shiggles-n-gits.




If that wasn't a good enough find for one day  .  .  .




I got this one for the cover art at my Flea Market Mart guy's booth for something on the order of ten dollars something like 13 years ago. The GEFORCE 6600GT 256MB Dual DVI card sounds like a decent board to put in the PCI Express x16 slot I don't even have for running under a Windows 2000 thru XP Media Center Edition 2005 install which I will absolutely never put on anything  .  .  .  EVER!


Win98 or Win7 I could live with, but really?



Decided not to research anything else in the PCI/AGP & PCIE surprise box today  .  .  .


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The ATI FireGL X3 is available on Ebay for about $12 shipped.   You'd have to flash it, or program a serial EEPROM and replace it.   The FireGL X3 is equivalent to a Radeon X800.  Supposedly faster than a 6600.  I don't think there's OS9 acceleration though.

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Not really shopping, just sharing. The things that pile up are pretty amazing, some picked up for no other than that the card had colored connector, looked cool and I loved that alien artwork at first sight. I guess I thought the ATI card might be of use at some point, but it wouldn't be even if it's not burnt to a crisp. One day I may venture into Tiger, we'll see. The only app I have for X is Final Cut Pro Studio and I haven't even  played with it under OS9 yet.


GeForce4MX/64MB in the QS is happily driving its 1920x1600 main display and the 1600x1200 Display KVM'd to the Firefox Workstation and Win98 box. I do need to get a card for the Dell/98 to drive the 1600x1200 display. I should look up the specs and poke around eBay.


New rule for me, snag the drivers for the OS I need before paying for a video card! :lol:

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Radeon 9800 Pro 256M - STRANGE Mac Edition will be tested sometime fairly soon.

Again, the unimplemented resistors for pins 3 and 11 would be the strangeness of this card, hoping it really is intended for the ADC lamed Mac series.  I'll pop it into my trusty DA/466 graphics workstation from back in the day. If it blows out the board, I've got a 667 backup unit in stock for cannibalization. The PSU has been transferred already, that's why I snagged it off craigslist for a song!


Since my precious DA is doing nothing but support the swing-out mouse pad shelf on the AppleDisplayUnit ATM, I'm finally going to take Tiger for a test drive. That's fitting because installing the very first release of OSX on this machine would be what turned me off to X completely and entirely and almost forever! Still not interested in downgrading any of my apps to run under X even where that's a possibility, but Faux9 will be fine and Tiger will handle Final Cut Pro Studio from its own vintage well enough at 466 or 667. Is the CPU the only thing I'd need to swap out to bump the clock on the sentiment enhanced DA?



On the Dell Dimension 4100/Win98ME PADs/ROM burner workstation front:


I had what should be a suitable VidCard in stock, we'll see if this one works. :lol:  nVIDIA appears to have archived drivers for everything they've ever produced? I've already downloaded the manuals. Suddenly I'm really appreciating this company and its products. Is ATI anywhere near this supportive of their ancient cards?



Mines an M01 Lancer from HP. We'll see if the version number makes any difference?


http://www.right-products.com/E-Sales/Computer_Card_AV_HP 5187-4907/HP 5187-4907.htm


edot: wow, that's the first time text size and weight from copy/paste has ever crossed the line into a post. Curious? I wonder if that's because I changed the color?

Edited by Trash80toHP_Mini

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