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Lots of info here on the Performa/PowerMac series including the 6500: [url]http://www.zone6400.com/[/url] << MAC OS 9.1 Profiler shows that the video card is sits in a PCI slot called F1. The card itself is not part of that nifty little board I can remove that has the processor, memory, comm slot, and two other PCI slots. >> The Video for the 6500 is not on a card, it is soldered onto the mother board. It uses a PCI interface but it is not user-changeable or upgradable. If one of the two PCI slots is free, you can add a PCI ...

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    Default Re: Have Powermac 6500/250 and Want to Upgrade Video

    Lots of info here on the Performa/PowerMac series including the 6500:
    [url]http://www.zone6400.com/[/url]


    << MAC OS 9.1 Profiler shows that the video card is sits in a PCI slot
    called F1. The card itself is not part of that nifty little board I
    can remove that has the processor, memory, comm slot, and two other
    PCI slots. >>

    The Video for the 6500 is not on a card, it is soldered onto the mother board.
    It uses a PCI interface but it is not user-changeable or upgradable. If one of
    the two PCI slots is free, you can add a PCI video card. This will give you the
    option or running 2 monitors at the same time, if you have 2 monitors, one from
    the card and one from the built-in, extending your desktop across them both.
    The best new PCI video card would probably be ATI's Radeon 7000. It can be
    found for about $110 US. You might find a used ATI origional Mac Radeon or
    Rage Orion on ebay. The 6400 zone also lists various Voodoo cards that can
    work.

    << I'm particularly
    wondering how I will go about installing such a card. Do I load the
    driver first, then remove the existing video adapter, add the new card
    and boot-up? Any gotchas to watch out for? >>

    Just load the latest drivers that work with the card you get, then install the
    card, should be that easy.

    here's the specs for the 6500 and lots of links:
    [url]http://www.lowendmac.com/ppc/6500.shtml[/url]







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    Default Re: Have Powermac 6500/250 and Want to Upgrade Video


    "SteveINK" <steveinkaol.comornot> wrote in message
    news:20030710132124.24714.00000182mb-m01.aol.com...
    > Lots of info here on the Performa/PowerMac series including the 6500:
    > [url]http://www.zone6400.com/[/url]
    >
    >
    > << MAC OS 9.1 Profiler shows that the video card is sits in a PCI slot
    > called F1. The card itself is not part of that nifty little board I
    > can remove that has the processor, memory, comm slot, and two other
    > PCI slots. >>
    >
    > The Video for the 6500 is not on a card, it is soldered onto the mother
    board.
    > It uses a PCI interface but it is not user-changeable or upgradable. If
    one of
    > the two PCI slots is free, you can add a PCI video card. This will give
    you the
    > option or running 2 monitors at the same time, if you have 2 monitors, one
    from
    > the card and one from the built-in, extending your desktop across them
    both.
    > The best new PCI video card would probably be ATI's Radeon 7000. It can be
    > found for about $110 US. You might find a used ATI origional Mac Radeon
    or
    > Rage Orion on ebay. The 6400 zone also lists various Voodoo cards that can
    > work.
    I have a 6500/250 which I've upgraded with a sonnet g3/400. I also put a
    16mb PCI ATI video card taken from a G4/Yikes in the 6500 at one point.
    These worked fine individually but I couldn't get the machine to start up
    when both card were installed. I seem to remember reading a lot of
    ATI/sonnet compatibility problems at 6400zone though I haven't been there in
    a while. For now I just run the 6500 with the sonnet and onboard video.


    TAP Guest

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