FW900 specs PDF file (www.ita.sel.sony.com/products/displays/pdf/GDM-FW900.pdf) lists up to 85Hz refresh rates at 1920x1080 and 1600x1024 modes. (As well as some higher resolution modes.)
Update: A reader with a FW900 (flat-screen model) with the same MX card firmware version, etc. as Danny noted there were no widescreen modes listed.
I have the "resolution problem" with the Sony FW900 and the Geforce card
from the new Quicksilver G4/733 and G4/867 (german MacOS9.2).
The firmware of the card is the 1049 noticed from Danny, Card revision 161
and D1-2.2 Nvidia driver.
I test the VGA Cable with and without the Sony adapter and a R-G-B-HD-HV
cable. The resolution still be a 4 x 3 format. The 1600 x 1024 or the 1920 x
1080 resolution aren't possible, SwitchRes can't help...
Did you have a confirmation from a reader for the resolution issue of the
GF2MX and FW900?
Thank you very much!
Best regards from Germany!
If utils like Griffin's Superres (similar to shareware Switchres) or ForceDDC don't help, I don't know what to suggest. I asked to make sure he had "All" resolutions selected in the Monitors Control Panel.
GeForce 3/Sony FW900/W900 Feedback Wanted: If any GeForce 3 card owners are running a Sony Widescreen CRT (F900/FW900) please let me know. (As of summer 2001, the GeForce3 rom version was 1045.)
GeForce2MX w/Firmware Update Still Doesn't Support Wide-Screen Modes: [added 7/2/2001] A reader sent a note that even with the firmware update, he's still not able to use wide-screen modes:
Still no luck with wide-screen mode in a G4 533 and GeForce2MX card.
Just purchased an FW900 from dell.com ($1450 after a 20% discount and no
shipping) and do not have access to ANY wide-screen modes.
I did update the firmware in the last update (a month or two ago?) which
fixed the problems I was having with Rogue Spear--but that hasnŐt affected
what's going on with my FW900.
Thought I'd update you since the last report was 4/20, which I think was
after the MX fimware update.
I'm afraid I'm going to have to return it for a smaller F500--sure was
looking forward to the 900's wide-screen view
I may call/email Apple to see if there has been a change...
Hopefully you have some more insight?
Stump Removal Graphics
My only suggestion at this time was to try an ATI Rage128 Pro or Radeon card, which seems to have a wider range of resolutions than the GeForce cards. [Update - see above 8/10/2001 note that the later firmware GeForce2MX cards may have solved this issue] (I think readers had already tried things like Griffin's (www.griffintechnology.com) free SuperRes utility.)
Sony FW900 and Radeon Graphics Card WideScreen Mode Tip: (Added 4/20/2001)
Solving Wide Screen Monitor Resolution Issues with ATI Radeon Card and Macintosh G4.
After numerous (and I mean numerous) tech support calls to all parties involved, I have finally reached satisfaction regarding monitor resolutions on my G4 with ATI's Radeon graphics card connected to a Sony GDM-FW900 wide format monitor.
While reviewing the problem to submit to ATI tech support, I discovered a process that allows me to set the monitor at 1920 X 1200 @ 76hz with full edge to edge image.
I suggest following these steps:
1 - Connect the monitor to the G4 using the five connector BNC cable with NO DONGLE. Sony suggests using the dongle if problems occur with 16:10 image aspect ratios, but I have found that using the dongle removes all but one resolution option from the "Monitor" control panel. Take the dongle off.
2 - Open the "Monitor" control panel and set the resolution to 1920 x 1200 @76hz. This resolution option should now be available.
3 - DON'T TOUCH THE ASC BUTTON! Sony suggests using the the ASC (auto sizing and centering) to "easily adjust the picture to fill the screen" but in this case it scales the image incorrectly. Use the monitor's joy stick (or controls) to manually resize the window to fill your monitor. Read the manual if you are unfamiliar with the process. It's important at this time to keep an image on the screen that represents a "prefect square" because you'll need to set the monitors geometry so that, whatever it is your looking at, does not stretch vertically. I suggest using the monitor control panel window, because the buttons for color, monitor and preferences are each square. Adjust your monitor's geometry until these look perfectly square to you. DON'T TOUCH THE ASC BUTTON!
DON'T USE THE DONGLE
DON'T TOUCH THE ASC BUTTON
ADJUST IT YOURSELF
ATI is aware of problems with both the OEM and the retail version of the Radeon card when used with a wide format monitor and are apparently looking into it. This fix will hopefully keep everyone going until everyone concerned figures out what is causing this erratic behavior. I'd be happy to share any thoughts and comments with others involved in this situation.
The Pixelography Company
"I have a FW900 and have tried it under 9.1 on my MP G4 with an apple
radeon and ati pci radeon. Both will let me access all the widescreen
resolutions except 1600x1024. I wish they had some smaller 16:10
resolutions, but communicating with ati pretty much seems impossible.
Visual Effects Artist &
AVID system administrator
Radio/TV Services & WTIU-TV
I have a dual500 machine running dual Radeons - pci + AGP (bto). Both are
connected to Sony GDM-FW900 monitors, this is my cinewave HD edit machine
so I needed a big desktop.
With just the AGP Radeon installed all the
resolutions show up fine, 1920x1080, 1920x1200, 1600x1000, etc. When I
installed the PCI card (without changing any drivers) several resolution
options went away, 1920x1080 was still available, but 1600x1000 and
1920x1200 were gone. Using switchres brought them back.
Before the pci
radeon arrived I was using a proformanceIII, when that was installed even
more resolution options went away and they could not be restored with
switchres. I reported the troubles to ATI but did not get a response.
"I have the same problem. With the new NVidia MX card, I can't
get wide-screen modes with my Sony GDM-FW900, with either the 5-BNC
cable, or VGA cable (with or without the Sony supplied dongle).
I purchased an ATI Radeon 32MB AGP retail card, which I have been
told will work with the 5-BNC cable (VGA mode, monitor not sensed),
for 1600x1024 and 1920x1200, but I won't personally be able to verify
it works until this weekend.
I will report back when I have verified it works :)
BTW, the Titanium PB G4 also doesn't have wide-screen modes via the
external VGA, and neither did my Pismo.
I have also been told that Sony/Apple know about this problem, but I
have yet to verify this first hand.
He probably has tried this already......Has he tried holding down the
control key while clicking on the resolution selector on the control
strip? I have found that it will bring up all resolutions that are
supported by a particular Macs video card.
I suspect the MX card just doesn't support that mode in the current firmware/drivers.
This dual G4/500 owner said the ATI Rage card (Rage128 Pro AGP I assume) worked:
I have been using a dual G4 500 with ATI Rage with NO PROBLEM on a GDM-W900 (the previous nonflat model) at 1920x1200 and millions of colors. I assume the Radeon will perform the same...
This ATI web page says no support above 1600x1200 with Sony W900/FW900
monitors currently with Radeon Mac edition. Not sure what they mean by "in
Would the older Rage Pro 128 card work?
see above report.
here's the quote from the ATI URL above - it sounds like the issue is not universal:
"Sony GDM-W900/FW900 monitor - resolutions above 1600x1200 not available in some instances
(support.ati.com/problem/macos.html) and include the following information:
This issue affects the RADEON MAC EDITION when used with a Sony GDM-W900 or GDM-FW900 monitor.
ATI Technical Support has received reports from customers that resolutions above 1600x1200 are not available in some instances.
Sony's specifications for these monitors indicate that they support resolutions up to 1920x1200.
ATI Engineering has been advised of this problem and is investigating.
ATI Technical Support is currently gathering details on affected system configurations. Please complete an ATI Problem Report