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billbo
09-23-2002, 11:05 AM
As some of you may know, I have a PCI-Radeon (w/Charisma) on the way. I'm having some 2nd thoughts though, as in this (http://www.macgurus.com/ubb/Forum2/HTML/000311.html) post, it's been noted that the actual size of this card is a issue with my 9500.

Granted, I know there's 2 workarounds (saw or pull the lower nut on VGA connector) but I was wondering if anyone manufactured DVI-I to BNC cables?

Or am I gonna have to get a DVI-to-VGA Adapter, and then get a HD15-5x BNC cable (I already have a Mac/DB15-to-5x BNC cable)???

I noticed that Gefen makes a DVI-to-VGA (https://www.markertek.com/MTStore/product.CFM?BaseItem=GEF%2DDVIVGA) converter, but that's just too much for my taste.

The only reason that I'm adamant about using 5x BNC connectors, is that I just hit a button on the front of my Diamond Pro 91TXM to switch from viewing the Mac (connected via 5x BNC) to viewing my Linux PC (connected via VGA/D-Sub).

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Bill

"I made a conscience decision in a semi-conscious state"

trag
09-25-2002, 06:16 PM
I don't know for certain, but I doubt anyone makes a direct adapter. The market just isn't big enough. I think you'll have to go the DVI-VGA and VGA - 5 BNC route. I've seen the VGA - 5BNC cables for as low as $15. I had one, but I gave it away with the non-working monitors that used it.

Dogstarman
09-25-2002, 07:59 PM
Billbo,

I know they are just going to tell you to call them for a price, but they Do exist.

Here (http://www.si87.com/Wizards/connectors.html) is one place that you can choose the connection you need on each end of a cable and they almost always have had whatever I was looking for. YMMV, though.

Monitorworld.com (http://www.monitorworld.com/adapters_home.html) has quite a selection, but not online. Too many to list, supposedly. So, another phone call.

Then there's Ram Electronics (http://www.ramelectronics.net/html/monitor_cables.html). They've helped me out a couple times. But I don't see the setup you need. High quality stuff there, though.



[This message has been edited by Dogstarman (edited 25 September 2002).]

ICCAFSN
09-28-2002, 06:30 AM
As a PCI Radeon (the original one) owner, you can simply call up ATI, tell them you have a 9500 and they should send you a free DVI->VGA adapter (see this page (http://www.ati.com/support/infobase/3809.html)). That's what I had to do with my Radeon in my 8500. You'll need to supply the serial number off your card and provide some shipping info.

To get the card into your computer, you don't have to saw or yank out the lower VGA nut, you just need to unscrew it, you can always put it back on when you take the card out.

I'm not sure if attaching a VGA->BNC cable to a DVI->VGA adapter on the Radeon will work, but it seems perfectly reasonable to me. If you e-mail ATI tech support, they can give you a definitive answer; their tech support is pretty quick & responsive (at least it was for me). As far as finding a VGA->5BNC cable, I found an inexpensive one here (http://www.rogerssystems.com/store/moreinfo.cfm?Product_ID=650) for $10+S/H. I'm not sure how it stacks up to other more expensive VGA->5BNC cables, but it's been working great for me.

BTW, I avoided the whole DVI issue with my Radeon in my 8500 by simply plugging my video cable into the HD15 video port. The cable didn't plug in flush and I could only screw it in on one side, but I was able to work it in far enough that I could get a clean signal.

ICCAFSN
09-28-2002, 06:37 AM
I just realized that that the post you were referring to (the one giving you second thoughts) was my setup. Needless to say, I was able to get it working just fine so I don't foresee too much difficulty for you either.

billbo
09-30-2002, 12:54 PM
ICCAFSN <BLOCKQUOTE class="ip-ubbcode-quote"><font size="-1">quote:</font><HR>I found an inexpensive one here for $10+S/H. I'm not sure how it stacks up to other more expensive VGA->5BNC cables, but it's been working great for me.<HR></BLOCKQUOTE>

Thanks for that link, I ordered one late last night so it should be showing up sometime this week.

<BLOCKQUOTE class="ip-ubbcode-quote"><font size="-1">quote:</font><HR>BTW, I avoided the whole DVI issue with my Radeon in my 8500 by simply plugging my video cable into the HD15 video port. The cable didn't plug in flush and I could only screw it in on one side, but I was able to work it in far enough that I could get a clean signal<HR></BLOCKQUOTE>

Sweet. I was pretty sure that this might work, as I know it does with the VGA extension I use for my x86-Penguin-PC (the actual VGA cable has screws, whereas the Extension cable does not).

Just need to grab a PRAM battery from R.Shack this week before that VGA-5BNC, then I'll be set to install the Radeon.

Next on my list is a couple of 128MB DIMM's, a Tempo/TRIO card, F/Wire- USB- or ATAPI- CDR/W-DVD-R/W (combo maybe) and then it's on to trying the X install on this 9500.

Of course, after recovering financialy from that, then it's Sonnet's 800MHz G4.

Thanks for all the replies

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Bill

"I made a conscience decision in a semi-conscious state"

billbo
10-05-2002, 08:03 PM
OK.

Got the VGA-5xBNC (from "Roger", thanks BTW) and a PRAM battery http://macgurus.com/infopop/emoticons/icon_biggrin.gif

Last question before I go to install this, I am wondering if the ATI Extensions that the OS 9.1 CD installs will work without having to re-install them?
<UL TYPE=SQUARE>
ATI 3D Accelerator
ATI Driver Update
ATI Graphic Accelerator
ATI MPP Manager
ATI Radeon Accelerator
ATI Resource Manager[/list]

TIA

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Bill

"I made a conscience decision in a semi-conscious state"

ICCAFSN
10-06-2002, 01:49 AM
Well the Radeon card should work for all 2-D stuff even without the proper extensions. The extensions just add QuickDraw, QuickTime, & OpenGL acceleration. To be quite honest I'm not sure what works and what doesn't work from the OS 9.1 CD. I always chose to download and install the latest drivers for the Radeon from ATI.

billbo
10-06-2002, 01:38 PM
Sweet.

While waiting for that cable to arrive, I found those drivers and bookmarked the page.

Thanks everybody!
http://www.macgurus.com/ubb/cool.gif

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Bill

"I made a conscience decision in a semi-conscious state"