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Old Sep 12, 2006, 03:23 AM   #1
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Salvaging stuff from a dead G4 iMac.

Recently, my G4 800MHz 17" iMac died. I got it checked out an an apple centre, and they said the logic board was dead, and repairs would be over $1000, so obviously it isn't worth getting it repaired. I'm going to salvage the hard drive, which is still fully operational.

I have two questions;

-If i salvage the optical drive, can I buy a case for it and use with with my MacBook?

-Can i use the iMac's display as a second monitor for my MacBook? ie is there any way to make the display VGA/DVI compatible?

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Old Sep 12, 2006, 03:25 AM   #2
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-If i salvage the optical drive, can I buy a case for it and use with with my MacBook?
Yes, it's a very ordinary drive. You will find that the front drawer lip is missing, though. Now that I think of it, the whole faceplate is gone. It's ugly, but still functional that way.
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-Can i use the iMac's display as a second monitor for my MacBook? ie is there any way to make the display VGA/DVI compatible?
Unfortunately, no one has figured out how to do that.
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Old Sep 12, 2006, 04:02 AM   #3
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Originally Posted by Scarlet Fever
Recently, my G4 800MHz 17" iMac died. I got it checked out an an apple centre, and they said the logic board was dead, and repairs would be over $1000, so obviously it isn't worth getting it repaired. I'm going to salvage the hard drive, which is still fully operational.

I have two questions;

-If i salvage the optical drive, can I buy a case for it and use with with my MacBook?

-Can i use the iMac's display as a second monitor for my MacBook? ie is there any way to make the display VGA/DVI compatible?

Cheers

Lee

Please look at my post too:
http://forums.macrumors.com/showthre...86#post2823186

I think your iMac is quite similar to mine.

Do you know what voltages the BLUE and WHITE wires carry?
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Old Sep 14, 2006, 02:17 AM   #4
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Do you know what voltages the BLUE and WHITE wires carry?
Don't know, but you could use a voltmeter...
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