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Q: what low-end video card for Mac Pro 2008 to drive projector
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May 19, 2014, 11:49 AM
 
Hi All,

I'd like to drive a projector with my early 2008 Mac Pro (running Mavericks). Both outputs from the existing video card are being used, so I need to add a video card. This machine is actually on its last legs, but while it's still around, I need to maximise its use.

Any suggestions for a low end (cheap as possible) card that I could use? (available in the UK). The projector has a VGA connector only, and is pretty low res (how low, I can't recall, apologies, but it's 5 or so years old). I've already considered a VGA switch, but I've decided not to use one, I'd rather drive the projector with a card.

Thanks in advance for any assistance,

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May 19, 2014, 12:24 PM
 
USB -> VGA maybe an options as well.
     
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May 20, 2014, 06:47 AM
 
USB to VGA? I didn't know that existed! Great suggestion (way better than going into the PCI slots, the mac is hard to get to and the slots are full :-))

Found tons on Amazon, thanks! Do you happen to know of any disadvantages? (I'm sure I can google some good discussions).

Cheers!

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May 20, 2014, 03:26 PM
 
The USB video dongles are basically mini video cards connected via USB. You'll be limited by USB 2 bandwidth, and they have little or no hardware acceleration.

I doubt you can play HD video over one. 3D gaming probably out, DVD-quality playback should work. Desktop mirroring or powerpoint should work fine. Make sure you buy one supported on Mac.
     
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May 20, 2014, 04:01 PM
 
I figured HD video and gaming weren't likely with a low res projector. There should be review sites with articles that cover the pros cons. They were very popular with the traveling bushiness crowd.
     
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May 22, 2014, 06:29 PM
 
More great info guys, thanks. USB 2 is pretty low, I guess I'll see how it goes. The projector is low res, so I'm going to take a punt on one (Mac compatible, of course!).

Cheers!

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