Tips September 14, 2004 at 8:42 am

Poor Man\’s Video Substitute

If you ordered an X-Server without a video card, but need one here’s a down-n-dirty tip:

If you have an old B&W PowerMac lying around, swipe the video card from it and use it in the upper slot. It works fine, won’t void your warranty and gives you the basic functionality you need to manage the beastie!

Ed. Note: I think most Apple PCI video cards, note not AGP, should work in the Xserve, but nice to know of a specific example. Having said that….running it headless isn’t hard to do, either.

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  • I guess it depends on what model Xserve you have. The G5 version only has
    PCI-X slots which are PCI compatible, hence the B&W PCI video card solution
    I think pretty much every Mac since has been AGP, which you can’t use in a
    PCI-X slot.

    On a related note, if anyone knows of a DVI capable video card suitable for a
    PCI-X G5 Xserve I’d love to know… unfortunately the Apple CTO video card is
    VGA only.

  • A ps2 Y-adaptor should work.

    Here is the
    first one that googled up…

    Breaking my server to save yours.

    Josh Wisenbaker

  • about to try this in our server room, ps2 kvm and g5 xserve – ps2 to usb
    converter and a usb extender cable. will let you know.

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