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    Default Video card for G5 2.3DP

    I had a couple of G5s in this afternoon, one with a dead PSU, to turn into one good one.
    However, got a little dilemma:
    The owner has two Cinema Displays with ADC connectors and wants to use them both on a single G5.
    The defunct one was a 1.8DP with PCI, the newer, good one is a 2.3DP.
    However, with one AGP slot, he's only got one ADC port on the card. Rather than buy a DVI to ADC adapter for $120 or thereabouts he would prefer to have a 2nd video card. Problem there is that I can't find a video card for the PCI-X slots that has an ADC port on it... any ideas?
    Otherwise it's shelling out for the adapter.

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    No help here.

    If it were me, I would buy newer DVI monitor and be done with it.
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    I already suggested that, but he likes the cinema displays. Even good 24" monitors can be bought, with DVI and HDMI inputs for less than 150/$240.

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    yeah.....we do what we can, eh?

    I just have a hard time going back to or recommending dark, pre-LED screens. Besides, when he upgrades his Mac next year, what to do with ADC monitors?

    But you already know that.
    Last edited by unclemac; 09-26-2012 at 06:44 PM. Reason: clarity
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    Yes, he's in a bit of a cleft stick really. He's just bought the 2.3DP to replace the 1.8DP that the PSU died on... told him it wasn't worth spending the money on. He only paid 200 / $320 for the Mac and Cinema Display that came with it, so he was pretty happy with that.
    I did, however, start to get through to him on the cost of monitors this afternoon and he's now rethinking the way forward. I told him to buy a 24" with dual HDMI and DVI inputs so when he buys his Macbook Pro in a couple of months time he could use it with the new monitor, rather than wasting money on the adapter.
    He only uses the G5 with Logic 8 for music and he's happy with that, so he's not thinking of upgrading that Mac for some considerable time.

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