First my thoughts. I have a 333MHz iMac running 10.2. Some time after I upgraded from OS 9 I tried to run Star Trek Voyager: Elite Forces. It used to run s little slow in OS 9 but atleast it would run. Now it won't run at all. Evidently OS X requires a minimum of 8Mb SGRAM (video memory) for Open GL and I only have 6Mb (2 on the motherboard and 4 in the expansion slot). I thought I would get creative and I found a 8Mb SGRAM chip of the same speed on ebay. I put it in and it works...sort of. It still only reads 6Mb of video memory.
I know I need a new computer, I just want to stretch this one out a little further. I know Quartz Extreme needs 16Mb video memory. I am not trying to run Unreal Tournament, but when my mac can't even run a "Dora the Explorer" game for my daughter I am in trouble.
Now my question. Is the restriction of the readable amount of video ram a software or hardware issue? If that can be answered does anyone have any suggestions on a resolution? A patch or rearranging some resistors perhaps? As most of the problems I am unable to solve do not easily fit into one category I am posting the same in both the Hardware Hacks and in Software Hacks. Sorry for the inconvenience/breach in protocol. :?
Any thoughts and/or suggestions are welcome and appreciated.