beige g3 video blackout

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I have a Beige G3 and Tiger running on it through XPostFacto. Randomly (mostly when the HD is reading/writing more often), the video blanks out and the monitors LED turns amber.

I have tried this: http://www.applefritter.com/node/6968

The last one (the easiest) didn't work, upon using Spotlight, the video blacked out.

I also tried the one using Pico in the terminal and replacing entries in the .plist, and that still did not work (matter of fact, now the Mac won't boot. It boots to the grey screen, and as the spinning thing appears at the grey screen, the video switches to 48 Hz, and looks ALL corrupted.

Any help? I am right now booted to OS 9.2.2..

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Are you running the stock vid

Are you running the stock video or a PCI card?

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Re: Are you running the stock vid

Jon wrote:

Are you running the stock video or a PCI card?

I am running the stock onboard video. I don't have any money right now for the Radeon 7000 PCI card.

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Beige G3 Video

two questions. How much onboard video do you have, The Stock 2meg?? or have you got the 4meg vram memory chip installed?? (gives 6megs total). You can use the ATI rage 128 16meg PCI video card. They are a lot cheaper than the Radeon 7000 PCI and give pretty good performance. I have one in a Beige G3 using 10.2.8

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I remember some people discus

I remember some people discussing this issue, but I've yet to search for it. Your problems might be cured by a PCI card, or they had similar problems becuase of a PCI card. Smile It had something to do with the ATI kext under OS X, IIRC.

BTW: I was just in CompUSA yesterday. They had several brands of R7k cards on the shelves, all with 32/64mb DDR, VGA and DVI, and composite out. I dunno if they all actually had those ports, but the boxes had pictures and the list on it. They were $39 for 32MB PCI/AGP and $49 for 64MB PCI/AGP. They had 128MB card stoo, but I dunno if the were R7ks or not. There wer also some cheapo 8MB ATI Rage Pro cards, NIB.

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Re: Beige G3 Video

macsane wrote:

two questions. How much onboard video do you have, The Stock 2meg?? or have you got the 4meg vram memory chip installed?? (gives 6megs total). You can use the ATI rage 128 16meg PCI video card. They are a lot cheaper than the Radeon 7000 PCI and give pretty good performance. I have one in a Beige G3 using 10.2.8

my G3 has the 4 meg chip installed, so I have 6 megs all together (needed the higher resolutions)..

when i said i had no money right now, i really meant it, i have only zero dollars, so i need to find a free solution to this..

i am thinking right now if I want to install Linux on this Mac or not, one that supports this G3 without mods..