Radeon 9600 from G5 in G4 MDD
Essentially what this hack is, is where you tape 2 pins on the Radeon 9600 that makes the card work with a AGP 4x slot rather than a 8x slot. Apple made use of these pins during the G4 era which makes the Taping Required. Below is an image that shows you the 2 pins you need to tape over. When we did it, we used electrical tape and cut 2 small rectangles to cover the pin rather than cutting out the pins individually from a piece of tape.
First Picture: The ATi Radeon 9600
Second Picture: Showing Pins 3 & 11 on the back side of the card, the ones you need to tape over (be sure not to cover the big portions of the other pins).
Third Picture: This is an up close on Pins 3 & 11.
Fourth Picture: Shows a nVidia FX5200 that will not fit properly.
Fifth Picture: This is a Radeon 9600 that will not fit due to the retention tab. Remove the retention tab so that the card will properly fit.
Sixth Picture: If you need to power a ADC monitor (Apple Cinema Displays) you can break off 3 pins from a ISA modem card and using a wire solder it to the power connector on the Radeon 9600.
This has worked with a 2002 MDD dual processor 1GHz model. This should work with the FW800 MDD models, as well as the QuickSilver machines.
It's much nieces having the extra 64MB of video memory as things like animation on the GUI do much better with the Radeon 9600.
Another place where you may see improvement is in the web. We haven't used the G4 much since doing this upgrade, but when we do we'll post results.
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