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jessearl
Mar 13, 2005, 05:59 PM
Anyone done it yet?

Chaszmyr
Mar 13, 2005, 06:05 PM
Connecting the screen is the only thing about it that seems to me like it would be even remotely tricky.

jessearl
Mar 14, 2005, 11:35 AM
So, how about it, anybody with a Mini and an old iMac G4 willing to take on the task?

shake
Mar 14, 2005, 12:10 PM
the question to ask is...

WHY ?!!?

Hemingray
Mar 14, 2005, 12:18 PM
the question to ask is...

WHY ?!!?

Better processor is about it. Maybe a hard drive upgrade. The other question is... do you use the older tray-loading CD drive or do you go with the newer slot-loading mini's drive? And what about the rear ports?

I guess the ultimate answer is "to say somebody's done it", but I don't see any real huge benefit either.

Chaszmyr
Mar 14, 2005, 12:24 PM
Better processor is about it. Maybe a hard drive upgrade. The other question is... do you use the older tray-loading CD drive or do you go with the newer slot-loading mini's drive? And what about the rear ports?

I guess the ultimate answer is "to say somebody's done it", but I don't see any real huge benefit either.

Totally agree. It would fit, but you would have complications with the CD drive not working quite as well (may even have to hack up that iMac case a bit). In the future, when the mini gets faster, it may be worthwhile... right now, you can just buy an iMac :rolleyes:

jessearl
Mar 14, 2005, 01:36 PM
the question to ask is...

WHY ?!!?

Maybe for folks who already have an iMac and want to upgrade it with a Mini. Or who have a broken iMac.

Or, my personal favorite, for people who simply love the form factor of the iMac G4.

livingfortoday
Mar 14, 2005, 01:47 PM
Today I randomly thought about putting a Mini inside my Cube, and that way upgrading it, and having a Mini at the same time. :)

I don't know if I could hook up a full-size hard drive and whatnot, though...

I don't think I'ma do it, though.

thequicksilver
Mar 14, 2005, 01:50 PM
Or, my personal favorite, for people who simply love the form factor of the iMac G4.

That's the key reason in my eyes too. I can't see any computer in the next few years even coming close to replicating the effortless cool exuded by the iMac G4. If it'd been less expensive, I can't help but think it'd still be with us only with a G5 chip, instead of the early retirement it got after less than three years.

Mord
Mar 14, 2005, 01:58 PM
Today I randomly thought about putting a Mini inside my Cube, and that way upgrading it, and having a Mini at the same time. :)

I don't know if I could hook up a full-size hard drive and whatnot, though...

I don't think I'ma do it, though.

it'd be a better idea to just upgarade your cube, it can go a fair bit faster than the current mini's.

if i had a spare cube case i would be tempted.....

Mord
Mar 16, 2005, 01:22 PM
no one will do it because it would be too tricky to get a mac mini wroking with the display you would be better off just buying a 1.25GHz imac and overclocking it :rolleyes:

Phatpat
Mar 16, 2005, 02:24 PM
no one will do it because it would be too tricky to get a mac mini wroking with the display

"too tricky" only encourages many people. I would try it if I had the parts.