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Buhtwheat
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PostPosted: Wed Mar 25, 2015 10:19 am    Post subject: PPC Mac Mini display problems Reply with quote

I have a late 2005 Mini with a 1.33ghz G4 processor and a View Sonic VA721 monitor. Last night the display went bonkers: scrolling text left behind yellow trails, and opening and closing windows resulted in vertical blue lines all over the place (I wish I could post a screen shot, but apparently I can't). I think the problem lies in the ATI Radeon 9200 video card. Has anyone out there experienced something similar? Feel free to ask questions, I'll answer them to the best of my ability. Thanks![/img]
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PostPosted: Wed Mar 25, 2015 1:25 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

There are three possibilities that I can think of: the video card (and internal connection to the port) on your mini, the monitor you are using it with and the cable that connects the mini and the monitor. First thing I would suggest, if you haven't done so already:

- either test monitor on another computer or test another monitor on your mini

- try out your cable on another system or borrow a cable and try it on your system

If both of these the monitor works on another system or another monitor doesn't work with your mini, and if the cable is not the problem, that tells you that the problem is your mini. If that is the case, I don't think you can replace the card, as what I read suggests that it is soldered to the motherboard. I'm sure that Apple can fix it by replacing the motherboard, but this would cost much more than your mini is worth.
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PostPosted: Wed Mar 25, 2015 9:30 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Fox,

Since I first posted, I have had the opportunity to try out a different monitor and cord. No luck. After doing further research, I have to agree with your assessment.

I've been looking on ebay for a suitable replacement.
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PostPosted: Thu Mar 26, 2015 6:09 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Sorry to hear that, Buhtwheat. If you're looking for a secondhand replacement, the sweet spots, in my opinion, are the 2009, 2011 and 2012 models, depending on how much you have to spend. The 2009 is the last model with the same form factor as yours. It would be much faster, and it still contains an optical drive. It can also run Yosemite. The 2011 is the first model that moves up to the i5 processor, so it is much faster again. The 2012 adds usb 3 ports. All three are pretty easy to upgrade (RAM and HD). In the 2011 and 2012, you can actually install a second drive with a "sled" you can buy cheaply at Other World Computing. An SSD in one of these makes it very fast.
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PostPosted: Tue Mar 31, 2015 7:21 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

yep g4 mini's where notorious for the gpu failure very common
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