Robert & Charles,
I am not involved with this problem, but two photographers on the Aperture list are struggling to find a solution. My thought was that Charles, as an Apple employee, and Robert with his in-depth knowledge of such on many topics including photography might be able to help. Here are their respect concerns.
From Mick Stringer:
I have had a dual core G5 for 5 months and the lack of PCI express
upgrade graphics cards is behond a joke. At the time I bought the G5
(bought in part to run Aperture) the 6600 card was on the recommended
specification list (now removed) so the 7800GT didn't seem necessary. I
did opt for the 256mb version of the 6600 for a bit more future
proofing than the 128mb version.
I am aware of the strangedogs flashed 7800GT but I am in the UK and
don't see why I should take the risk given that it is up to Apple to
sort this issue out. Also I have heard that 1.1 wasn't really optimised
for the 7800GT anyway. Any better in 1.1.1?
I would like to know what people's experience is with the 1.1.1
upgrade. If anything it seems slower adjusting than 1.1. I have a Canon
5D and shoot exclusively raw.
From Alex Rodriguez:
I am in the exact same situation. I purchased a new G5 to use
Aperture. I was happy with my old dual processor G4 but when Aperture
was released I figured it was time to upgrade. Like you I went ahead
and upgraded to the 256 mb card thinking it would give me some room
to grow. Now Apple has pulled this from under our feet. Not happy
Anyone have a high level contact at Apple? I am willing to buy a card
to upgrade my system but this is not an "official" option at this time.
Ronald D. Leppke, Ed.D.
17 inch 1.67 GHz G4 PowerBook (For sale at $1800)
1.5 GB DDR SDRAM
Mac OS X 10.4.6, Build 8H14 (Tiger)
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