Powermac Question

Ok, I am new to this game, but does anyone know why my VisionTek Xtasy GeForce4 4600Ti won’t work in my PowerMac? Do I need special AGP cards or some stupid crap like that? When I install the card the machine apparently boots but the display never comes up…. Any ideas?

5 thoughts on “Powermac Question

  1. I know that a lot of 4th party cards say they’re mac-compatible, but I’ve never heard anyone having much luck. I was thinking about picking up a gforce4 generic brand card to replace my radeon, but got a newer ATI retail card instead since I knew it would work and since I only have a 2x agp bus anyshit. My only idea is that perhaps the Ti4600 doesn’t have drivers for the mac, even though everything is supposed to run off one driver or whatever their line is. AFAIK, the only GF4Ti card that apple is selling is called a ‘Geforce 4 Titanium’ without an appended number. Perhaps all the 4×00 cards just aren’t supported.

    The only other thing I can think of is that meybe your powermac doesn’t have a fast enough agp bus, but if this is one of the new models you shouldn’t have a problem. If you don’t know you can check out the Applespec link from apple.com/support and pick out your model by the features it has.

    SOP for macs is to just ignore devices (even display adapters) it can’t support and just see what it can get running.

    1. No, my Mac (quicksilver) has AGP 4X, so that’s not the problem…

      It really pisses me off that it just won’t work… This is the kinda shit that has kept me away from Apple all along….

  2. Actually yes.. You need an actual “Mac” card.. Technically there are no differences in the hardware, just a small “signature” in the flash-rom of the card that unless it has Apple’s OK in it, won’t work..

      1. Not for the holidays.. Typically I visit late summer/early fall for about a week, which I’ll be doing this year as well.. It would be nice to get together for a bit if we can work it out, but that’s still a bit of a ways off yet.. I will let you know the dates that I’ll be in NJ as soon as I know, so we can see if it’s possible..

        -Don

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