[OT] Dead video card

Bob Sneidar bobs at twft.com
Tue Aug 17 13:42:55 EDT 2010

Now that my memory is jogged, I recall that older PowerPC computers write data to the video cards in the opposite order that PC's did. Now that they have Intel based OS X systems for Mac, I think this has gone the way of the Dodo. But we are after all talking about an old G4. 

In fact, this was the reason that emulators like Virtual PC could never attain the performance on graphics intensive tasks that people needed. EVERYTHING graphics had to go through a translator. Nowadays, a lot of emulated tasks can access the processor directly with little or no translation, giving us the exceptional performance of emulators like VMWare and Parallels produces. 


On Aug 16, 2010, at 2:34 PM, Ian Wood wrote:

> On 16 Aug 2010, at 21:08, Jeff Massung wrote:
>> No such thing as a "Mac Compatible" video card... or a "PC Compatible" one
>> for that matter. That's just a matter of branding.
> Like Bob says, this is not true. Mac and Windows versions of the same graphics card models have different firmware. Apparently it's possible to flash Windows-compatible cards with the correct firmware to run in a Mac, but I've no idea how complex the process is.
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