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PowerBook G4 1.0 A1046 Resolution/Colour depth
« on: September 23, 2018, 02:59:34 AM »
Hey!

I recently got OS 9 running on my PowerBook 5,2 and it works great! The Airport extreme even worked after the initial install but no longer does :/

My problem at the moment is that I am quite keen to run some games on this, but 90% of them require a resolution change or colour change to 256 colours. At the moment I'm stuck at 1280x800px (Millions of colours).
Are there any modded ROMS out there, or hacks to enable other resolutions/colour depths?
Under Apple System Profiler it says I'm running Mac OS Rom 10.2.1 (Generic), and my graphics chip is the ATI Jasper_A.

P.S thanks for all the great guides on how to achieve this, I never thought this would have been possible! This machine would be perfect if I can change these settings easily!!

Cheers!
« Last Edit: September 23, 2018, 03:26:29 PM by Greystash »

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Re: PowerBook G4 1.0 A1046 Resolution/Colour depth
« Reply #1 on: September 24, 2018, 02:02:25 AM »
there are 2 versions of the display control panel (you can have both installed for their names are different).
Iirc I could set color depth on my G4 Alu Macbook, but the Airport was 'absent' (in fact the whole left side refused to work), so I put it aside for a while.

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Re: PowerBook G4 1.0 A1046 Resolution/Colour depth
« Reply #2 on: September 24, 2018, 03:36:42 PM »
Hey!

I recently got OS 9 running on my PowerBook 5,2 and it works great! The Airport extreme even worked after the initial install but no longer does :/

My problem at the moment is that I am quite keen to run some games on this, but 90% of them require a resolution change or colour change to 256 colours. At the moment I'm stuck at 1280x800px (Millions of colours).
Are there any modded ROMS out there, or hacks to enable other resolutions/colour depths?
Under Apple System Profiler it says I'm running Mac OS Rom 10.2.1 (Generic), and my graphics chip is the ATI Jasper_A.

P.S thanks for all the great guides on how to achieve this, I never thought this would have been possible! This machine would be perfect if I can change these settings easily!!

Cheers!

Mobility Radeon 9600, not sure of the Device ID.

I could likely whip up an 'NDRV' for it, that would give basic resolution and color depth switching, but you won't get any graphics acceleration, as there is just no support for it.

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Re: PowerBook G4 1.0 A1046 Resolution/Colour depth
« Reply #3 on: September 25, 2018, 01:23:43 AM »
there are 2 versions of the display control panel (you can have both installed for their names are different).
Iirc I could set color depth on my G4 Alu Macbook, but the Airport was 'absent' (in fact the whole left side refused to work), so I put it aside for a while.

Hi Astroman,

I've tried the following control panels and none have worked:
Monitors & Sound - (v1.5) OS8.6 - Crashes Finder
Monitors (vB1-7.5.6) OS B-8.5
Monitors (8.6.4) Mac OS CPU Software 4.9
Monitors (8.6.4) Mac OS CPU Software 5.9

I could only source the Monitors & Sound control panel from a Mac OS 8 system, is there another one that will work with OS9?



Hey!

I recently got OS 9 running on my PowerBook 5,2 and it works great! The Airport extreme even worked after the initial install but no longer does :/

My problem at the moment is that I am quite keen to run some games on this, but 90% of them require a resolution change or colour change to 256 colours. At the moment I'm stuck at 1280x800px (Millions of colours).
Are there any modded ROMS out there, or hacks to enable other resolutions/colour depths?
Under Apple System Profiler it says I'm running Mac OS Rom 10.2.1 (Generic), and my graphics chip is the ATI Jasper_A.

P.S thanks for all the great guides on how to achieve this, I never thought this would have been possible! This machine would be perfect if I can change these settings easily!!

Cheers!

Mobility Radeon 9600, not sure of the Device ID.

I could likely whip up an 'NDRV' for it, that would give basic resolution and color depth switching, but you won't get any graphics acceleration, as there is just no support for it.

Hey darthnVader,

That would be amazing if you were able to do that? I don't think graphics acceleration will be necessary as I'm only wanting to play older games (Ambrosia SW classics etc.)

Below is the info I was able to get on the gpu







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Re: PowerBook G4 1.0 A1046 Resolution/Colour depth
« Reply #4 on: September 25, 2018, 11:20:40 AM »
Gave me a day or two and I'll whip you one up.

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Re: PowerBook G4 1.0 A1046 Resolution/Colour depth
« Reply #5 on: September 25, 2018, 03:05:28 PM »
Gave me a day or two and I'll whip you one up.

Thanks heaps I really appreciate it!!

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Re: PowerBook G4 1.0 A1046 Resolution/Colour depth
« Reply #6 on: September 30, 2018, 09:08:53 AM »
Try these, use only one at a time. One is from 10.5.1, the other is from 10.3.9.

Just drop one in your Extensions Folder and restart, then try the other.

The size of the NDRV looked a little large, so I don't know if I did something wrong, or they are just large NDRV's.

Let me know how it goes......

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Re: PowerBook G4 1.0 A1046 Resolution/Colour depth
« Reply #7 on: September 30, 2018, 02:31:55 PM »
Try these, use only one at a time. One is from 10.5.1, the other is from 10.3.9.

Just drop one in your Extensions Folder and restart, then try the other.

The size of the NDRV looked a little large, so I don't know if I did something wrong, or they are just large NDRV's.

Let me know how it goes......

Thank you so much!! Number 2 works, just tried a bunch of games and everything works perfectly, all resolutions, bit-depths, and the games run flawlessly!

Thank you! :D

« Last Edit: September 30, 2018, 02:45:47 PM by Greystash »

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Re: PowerBook G4 1.0 A1046 Resolution/Colour depth
« Reply #8 on: September 30, 2018, 02:51:15 PM »
Glad that worked for you, game on ;D