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Power Mac - How to connect Monitor to G4


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I just bought a new 22" HD monitor (HPw2207h) that can be connected several ways. I did connect it using a VGA cable and it looks great, except for DVDs which have jagged edges...The other option is to connect via a Firewire to USB cable...Does this work, and would it be an improvement over VGA?

It's an old G4 Tower...

Machine Name: Power Mac G4 (AGP graphics)
Machine Model: PowerMac3,1
CPU Type: PowerPC G4 (2.1)
Number Of CPUs: 1
CPU Speed: 1 GHz
L2 Cache (per CPU): 256 KB
L3 Cache (per CPU): 2 MB
Memory: 512 MB
Bus Speed: 100 MHz
Boot ROM Version: 4.2.8f1
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You should keep all your questions in one area of the forum. As I said in another post, if you have the DVI option on the video card connect it that way. If not then upgrading the video card is the best solution. You are try to connect technology that is about 6-7 years apart. Avoid the VGA option and think DVI as it is the current standard. When the G4 retires the cables will still be useful.
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The other option is to connect via a Firewire to USB cable...
I don't think that is a monitor connection, at least not one that I have ever seen. Chilbear is right, don't use the VGA connector, the DVI will give you a better picture, the edginess you see may be due to the fact that at 512 megs your Mac is starved for ram, feed it!
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As advised above increase the memory. Sawtooth machines with CPU upgrades do like at least 1-2GB memory, the higher the better to get over that 100MHz speed loss.

The video card may need replacement. Sawtooths came with a Rage 128 PRO with 16MB RAM - not enough. Look for an ATI Radeon 9000 Mac Pro which is 2X AGP compatible.
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