Mac Users Q & A forum: How to move my extra graphics board to a different Mac?

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Imagepastime
May 16, 2010 9:41 AM CST
Name: Diana
Northern Illinois boonies
Since I'm a big Illustrator/Photoshop user, I've always had two graphic boards in my Macs to run two monitors. It's so convenient having one monitor to display a project only and the other one to hold all the tools.

Last winter my G4's logic board quit, at least I think that's why it won't boot up. Anyway, I have another G4 and the old one is sitting on the floor in my office. In the old machine the second board is a Radeon 9600 PCI which I bought and had installed. My broken Mac was running on Panther, but I've done some checking and the Radeon is compatible with OS 10.4.11 which I use now. So that's not a problem.

My problem is: How do I remove the Radeon board, and transfer it to the present G4. I found the slot it needs to go in, but there's a metal plate covering it. Do I just pop that plate out with a push? (in or out?) I'm afraid I'll break something, not to mention a possible static problem.

Am I just being a chicken? I need some hand holding here. I don't want to disconnect everything to bring to some shop so they can charge me $50 for a few minutes of work.

I'm going to go nuts pretty soon if I don't get my second monitor connected.

Thanks in advance for any advice you can give me.

Diana
Imagesjweld
May 16, 2010 11:07 AM CST
Name: Sheri W.
SouthCentral WI

Diana, I hope you are able to get the help you are needing. I know nothing about Macs so I can not be of any help at all.
Imagepastime
May 16, 2010 2:58 PM CST
Name: Diana
Northern Illinois boonies
I'm not familiar with PC's and don't know if they are equipped to add extra graphics boards or not. But if they are, I imagine the procedure would be the same. Maybe I should have posted my question in the general computer question thread. Do you think that would be a better place to post?
Imagesjweld
May 16, 2010 3:59 PM CST
Name: Sheri W.
SouthCentral WI

I think you posted in the right place. I really know nothing about graphics boards at all so I don't know if you can use them on a PC or if it would be the same. If you don't get a reply here in the next day or so, then maybe try the General forum.
johnd
May 16, 2010 10:38 PM CST
Name: John
Missouri
Diana, since its been at least the early to mid 80's that I've owned an apple product, I'll try to help. Look here http://www.google.com/url?sa=t&source=web&ct=res&cd=9&ved=0C... Look at page 49 in particular. This is for a Power Mac G4 I believe. I'll "assume" a Mac G4 will be the same as far as installing the PCI card. Really nothing to it. Unless of course you drop that little screw inside the case. They seem to sprout legs and hide. Hilarious! Take your time and don't rush it. You'll do fine.

john
Imagepastime
May 17, 2010 6:29 AM CST
Name: Diana
Northern Illinois boonies
Thank you John. I downloaded the PDF and started reading. It sounds simple enough. Now I know the plate has a screw. I also stopped at the battery section. Could my old G4 possibly only need a new battery? That would be a big surprise. It does start up, but no song and then sits there like a dead thing. It happened over night.

First things first. I'll get my courage up and start to work on exchanging the card.

Thank you again for finding the PDF.

Diana
johnd
May 17, 2010 4:59 PM CST
Name: John
Missouri
Diana, I'm flying in the dark here. I would assume that Apple also have a CMOS battery on the motherboard as Intel based systems do. Biggest giveaway of a weak battery is always having to reset settings in BIOS and system time will always be incorrect time no matter how many times you correct it. Batteries are cheap enough to change it out. How far on the screen does it get before it just hangs and appears to be dead? Oh yeah, almost forgot, pay attention to the warning on page 52 step 2. No first hand knowledge of it happening, but wouldnt want to hear of you being hurt. Again, take it slow and you'll do fine.


John
Imagepastime
May 17, 2010 5:30 PM CST
Name: Diana
Northern Illinois boonies
The old Mac never acted stupid like dating files 1903 or having to reset the clock. I had an SE30 once that needed a battery change. I remember how weird it acted. On the old G4 I can hear it power up, but nothing happens after that. It never gets to the screen. No Mac song, screens never came on. The lights are on, but nobody's home. That's why I thought it was the logic board. Best Buy wanted $50 to open the case. I just put it away, and bought a bigger, faster G4. I priced the new G5 desktops, even rebuilt ones are out of my reach. I used to telecommute to work one day a week, so I always had a nice computer from the office. If I needed anything upgraded, somebody at work would do it for me. I was spoiled.

I read the part about the possible explosion. I'll be sure to be careful.

Imagesjweld
May 17, 2010 6:38 PM CST
Name: Sheri W.
SouthCentral WI

pastime wrote:...................................
I read the part about the possible explosion. I'll be sure to be careful.



Yikes!

johnd
May 17, 2010 6:40 PM CST
Name: John
Missouri
Diana, it could be something as simple as reseating the PCI video card. You can try these guides from Apple http://support.apple.com/kb/HT1573 first and then if no joy this one http://support.apple.com/kb/TS2257 Hope it helps.

John
Imagepastime
May 18, 2010 6:44 AM CST
Name: Diana
Northern Illinois boonies
I read the articles. The least I can do is try resetting things. The computer's been unplugged for a year, so I shouldn't have to worry about shock. First I'll get a new battery to have on hand. I remember now, it was on, but asleep. I couldn't wake it up. It was always slow to wake up anyway. If I do get it running again, I can still take the extra board out, erase the hardrive of software and personal stuff, and give to Salvation Army or Goodwill as a working computer. Or not.

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