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There's a recent post about it—Dont have the link handy (mobile), but I believe that the sawtooth, specifically, couldnt drive the higher power draw screens of the era, regardless of the graphics card.

 

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10 minutes ago, jessenator said:

There's a recent post about it—Dont have the link handy (mobile), but I believe that the sawtooth, specifically, couldnt drive the higher power draw screens of the era, regardless of the graphics card.

Well that's interesting to know. I'm just glad it's not a defect with the machine. I can certainly just use it with the smaller screen.

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The dual 450Mhz processor originally came in the Gigabit Ethernet PowerMac G4 (which is what I would guess you really have).

 

https://everymac.com/systems/apple/powermac_g4/index-powermac-g4.html

 

It was the first to support ADC which explains why your 17 incher works. The GigE came stock with an ATI Rage 128 Pro with 16MB of SDRAM. The 23" Cinema Display you have requires 32MB. So seems you just need to upgrade your video card to something like an ATI Radeon 7500 or whatever and should be good to go. :)

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I've got enough Macs and monitors that I probably won't worry about trying to make the Sawtooth work with the 23" but I'll keep it in mind.

 

Going back to the PowerBook 165 I mentioned above, I managed to find another very cheap one that turned on with a chime and displayed a blank white screen. I was sort of hoping that the seller just didn't know how to adjust the brightness and contrast and it was actually okay. I did ask them if it had been opened, hoping that it might have a usable hard disk in it. Once it arrived, I found that it didn't do anything but display the white screen, and while there was a hard disk inside, there was no sign of activity from it. It does boot from the boot floppy I made, but there is nothing on the screen.

 

I tried swapping various parts around between my two machines, but was never able to get the screen on the new one to do anything, so I'm guessing it's something wrong with the screen (I tried swapping everything including the board that controls brightness and contrast, but it didn't seem to make a difference. I did apparently solve the issue of the machine restarting when touching the top trackpad button (which I assume was just are result of something shorting somewhere). But no luck with the screen or hard disk, so I'm not much farther along than when I started, although I can pick and choose the components that are the in best shape and make one unit out of them. I do have a new appreciation for how modular these computers were. It's really quite impressive how easy it is to take them apart and swap components.

 

By the way, my old 165 had a modem card in it and the new one didn't. I didn't realize that was optional.

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