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Mr Mouse
07-19-2006, 02:36 PM
Will LW9 run smoothly on a Dual G4 and what graphics card would I need?

All suggestions warmly welcomed before I'd consider investing money.

Mr Mouse
07-20-2006, 12:14 PM
Do I deduce from the barrage of replies that I am the only poor sod in the world still running a G4?

kfinla
07-20-2006, 09:32 PM
im still on a dual G4 1.25 .. i would say that an ATI 9800 is probably the best card i would put in your machine. Anything better I think is just a waste, and wont be seen in LW, or with AGP..

Mr Mouse
07-21-2006, 05:00 PM
Ken, thank you for your reply.
Nice to know I'm not the only one left on a G4 and to have confirmation that I will need a better graphics card than the old default 32mb nvidia one that came with the machine.

Sean Martin
07-23-2006, 03:58 AM
I'm running a 1ghz G4 with a Radeon 9800 (128MB), which I think is below Newteks recommended spec?

To be honest I find LW8 is struggling a bit with this spec and its the only reason i've held of ordering LW9. I will be upgrading to a new G5 some time next year.

I want to upgrade to 9 now but I'm worried I don't have enough horse power. Will 9 even work with this spec?

kfinla
07-23-2006, 06:44 AM
Well the Radeaon 9800 SE is 256mb card.. i'm running two much slow cards then that one. My good Nvidia card had the fan die, I felt there was no point getting a good card again when I was due to get a whole new system.

The LW graphics drivers are legendarily slow so I think your just throwing money away on a highend card. I don't remember if the openGl has been inproved in 9 yet, or if thats still a 9.x release. This is just AGP.

jimmy luck
08-03-2006, 11:46 AM
Hiya,
I'm new, hello. I'm also running LW 8.5 on a Daul 1GHz G4 (Quicksilver 2002), 1.5G Ram, nVidia GeForce4 MX (64MB Ram). The ATI Radeon 9600 Mac/PC Edition is NOT compatible with my Mac so I'm thinking about upgrading the stock Graphics Card to an nVidia GeForce4 Ti (128MB Ram) which was a BTO option 4 years ago. Is this a good idea?

kfinla
08-03-2006, 12:12 PM
well i had that exact card the Geforce 4 4600ti (128) in my g4.. it seemed to work well.. it should be much more powerful then your mx... sadly for me though the card died.. after about 2 yrs when the fan began malfunctioning..
i have a weaker readon 9200 (128) or maybe just 9000, i forget.. im at work, as stop gap till i replace my entire system.. hopefuly shortly after wwdc

BazC
08-03-2006, 12:21 PM
I'm running a 1ghz G4 with a Radeon 9800 (128MB), which I think is below Newteks recommended spec?
I want to upgrade to 9 now but I'm worried I don't have enough horse power. Will 9 even work with this spec?

You should be OK, I'm running LW9 with lower specs than yours (Assuming it's a power mac?) my processor is a little faster but otherwise I would think yours is a bit better. LW9 runs pretty well though I'm looking forward to getting a MUCH faster machine later this year.

jimmy luck
08-03-2006, 12:41 PM
I read about other owners of the nVidia GeForce4 Ti card's fan dying aswell. Seeing as though they're not new anymore, and the only one I get my hands on will probably be used, should I just forget about this card? What other Card options have I got with my particular machine?

mlinde
08-04-2006, 08:04 AM
Hiya,
I'm new, hello. I'm also running LW 8.5 on a Daul 1GHz G4 (Quicksilver 2002), 1.5G Ram, nVidia GeForce4 MX (64MB Ram). The ATI Radeon 9600 Mac/PC Edition is NOT compatible with my Mac so I'm thinking about upgrading the stock Graphics Card to an nVidia GeForce4 Ti (128MB Ram) which was a BTO option 4 years ago. Is this a good idea?
Actually, the 9600 IS compatible with your system. I had and installed one in my 2x800 G4 earlier this year - but didn't see a performance boost over the previously installed GeForce 4Ti. The best bang-for-buck upgrade on the graphics card would be the 9600, once you get it settled in to boot up (there is/was an issue with getting good pin contact, once you get it you're fine until then you get no video on boot).

However, it has been long documented here and elsewhere that your best buck spent for LW speed increase will be a CPU upgrade. Going from a 2x1.0 to the current Sonnett or PowerLogix 2x1.6 or2x1.8 CPU will cost a couple of hundred more, but offer a much better performance boost than a new GFX card.

jimmy luck
08-04-2006, 10:48 AM
Hmm, I never even considered a CPU upgrade. Thanks dude.

voon
08-12-2006, 01:29 PM
Hey all,

I have been reluctant to upgrade to a new Mac with all the new Intel changes and I am still sitting on a Dual G4 867 with an ATI Radeon 9000 card (64 MB). I'm going to guess this isn't potent enough for LW 9. Maybe I should wait until I can get a new Mac with the Intel processor and LW 9 ported to Intel. Probably happen around the same time Adobe gets to porting all its stuff to Intel as well.

Thanks to everyone who posted on their macs and video cards - very helpful.

-Jonathan

jimmy luck
08-14-2006, 12:23 PM
I still don't know what to do about the Graphics Card for my ol' Mac, and don't think I'll buy a CPU upgrade either. Although mlinde recommends the ATI 9600, I'm uneasy about the info on the net concerning my Dual 1GHz G4 QuiickSilver 2002 and this card:
http://www.xlr8yourmac.com/feedback/9600_mac_pc_edition.html