I picked up my Radeon PCI 9200 this past week at TekServe in New York. Boy am I p'd off! I have a G3 Beige MiniTower 333MHz that is pretty much stock, except for a maxed out ram upgrade and a new CD burner.
The box says it works "with all G3, G4 and G5 Macs, running either OS 9.2.2, 10.2.8 or 10.3.3 and later." I use this G3 as my OS9 forever machine, I run OSX on a G4 Digital Audio(DA), which is specifically not suported by this card. Or rather I should say this card is specifically not supported running OS 9 on a G4 DA, but why would I use a PCI card in a G4 anyway??
1st off, the manual included with the card is one for a 9800PRO AGP! Absolutely useless for the 9200. You have to go to the web site and download the *Real* 9200 PCI manual to find out that the system requirements stated there only include OS X!
I spent 4 nights trying to get the computer to just boot up using the 9200. The OS9 drivers included on the disk lock the machine up. The desktop is visible, but no mouse functionality. I finally got the thing to work with the October 2002 retail update from the ATI website. (ROM 210) But none of the features of the card (VersaVision, MAC2TV, etc.) will show up with these drivers. (ATI Control Panel doesn't identify the card properly either, no real news flash there) I ended up re-formatting my hard drive, and re-installing the OS a total of 4 times during this phase of the process.
At this point, finally getting a functional mouse, I tried to start installing my apps, but ATI monitor will not stop to allow the installers to function, so I can't even install applications. So for now I am stuck with a $140 card that does NOT perform. This card DOES NOT SEEM TO WORK IN OS 9.2.2.
It's really easy to see from the packaging that ATI had a hard time getting this thing to market. (I guess the proper term is RUSHING it to market) On the shrinkwrap, there is a total of three stickers (One on top of the other) giving me three seperate Tech ID numbers. There are also three part number labels (All specific to the MAC Radeon 9200 PCI) the only difference in these three stacked part number labels is the rev version of the card. The bottom label says this is a "REV 1.0" card, the next label states this to be a "Rev 2.0" card. The final (and top) label says this is a "Rev A" card.
I really get the impression that ATI doesn't know what the heck this card is. I am debating whether to call ATI or not, (Using up my *free* support period. Only 30 days, looks like it's going to be a lot longer than 30 days to get this mound working) or just getting rid of the card on eBay, and let someone else deal with YET ANOTHER piece of vaporware.
After all the months of waiting. After all the false starts, they still hoist this piece of s*it to market, obviously knowing full well it is still half baked.
Save your sanity, look elsewhere for a decent PCI graphics cards for OS 9.2.2, this one ain't there yet.