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Fallingwater
April 22nd, 2012, 06:11 AM
I got an Apple PowerMac 8500/120 for free (it's the one with the video capture card). It powers up and apparently boots, but I don't know what sort of display I need, as the plug is different than standard DB-15 VGA and I have no suitable screens. Can I just use an adapter for a standard VGA screen, assuming one exists, or do I need dedicated stuff?

Anything else I should know about this thing? I've never ran pre-Intel macs before now.

dorkbert
April 22nd, 2012, 06:15 AM
I think all Macs produced after the LC can use the MAC to VGA adapter.

applefreak
April 22nd, 2012, 07:26 AM
http://www.vectronicsappleworld.com/collection/articlepics/powermacg3/snap18.jpg

Fallingwater
April 22nd, 2012, 02:16 PM
Does the Mac plug have a proper technical name? Searching for "mac vga adapter" returns a gazillion dvi and displayport adapters but not one of the kind I need.

applefreak
April 22nd, 2012, 10:25 PM
macintosh video DB15


Searching for "mac vga adapter" returns a gazillion dvi and displayport adapters
What do you want? Thd DB15 is obsolete, vintage

Go to a appledealer, it's the place to ask one.

chalackd
April 22nd, 2012, 11:10 PM
Here's one on the 'bay, shipping seems a little steep to my location, may or may not be better to your location...
http://www.ebay.ca/itm/Mac-to-VGA-Video-Output-Adaptor-/300442616616?pt=LH_DefaultDomain_0&hash=item45f3c68328

Alternatively, if you feel up to the job of soldering your own adapter the diagram and sense pin configurations (for setting resolution) are available here:
http://pinouts.ru/VideoCables/MacVideoToVGA_pinout.shtml

applefreak
April 23rd, 2012, 03:02 AM
Ebay.com

vga adapter (http://www.ebay.com/itm/Apple-DB-15-to-VGA-Video-Adapter-/290250089152?pt=LH_DefaultDomain_0&hash=item439440e2c0)

vga adapter (http://www.ebay.com/itm/MAC-DB15-MALE-VGA-HD-15-FEMALE-640-480-ADAPTER-/380262288494)