Hack: Mac Mini guts inside iMac G4?

Discussion in 'Macintosh Computers' started by jessearl, Mar 13, 2005.

  1. macrumors member

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    Anyone done it yet?
     
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    Chaszmyr

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    Connecting the screen is the only thing about it that seems to me like it would be even remotely tricky.
     
  3. thread starter macrumors member

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    So, how about it, anybody with a Mini and an old iMac G4 willing to take on the task?
     
  4. macrumors regular

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    the question to ask is...

    WHY ?!!?
     
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    Hemingray

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    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.
     
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    Chaszmyr

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    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:
     
  7. thread starter macrumors member

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    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.
     
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    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.
     
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    thequicksilver

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    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.
     
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    Mord

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    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.....
     
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    Mord

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    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:
     
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    Phatpat

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

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