I've begun work on my Classic Mac Mini

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  1. bosrs1 macrumors 6502

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    I decided to go with a Mac Plus case instead of a Color Classic case because a) the mini will fit in the Plus case with all the parts quite easily especially since I'm going with an 8" LCD display. B) I found a website giving away Pluses for free :) which is alot cheaper thena $50+ Color Classic.

    Soon I will have the most powerful Compact Mac on Earth!
     
  2. yippy macrumors 68020

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    Way to go. Sounds cool.

    As always, take LOTS of pictures through out the process and post them here, we want to see :D
     
  3. comictimes macrumors 6502a

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    There wouldn't happen to be a website (blog, whatever) where we could see the photos I truly hope you're taking of the work in progress, would there?

    Cause I'd really like to see it...
     
  4. Mechcozmo macrumors 603

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    Very cool!

    I hope you're going to set up an external as well, because an 8" LCD is rather dinky.

    But neat! And what site might this be that is giving away these computers for free?
     
  5. SodaPopMonster macrumors regular

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    Yes, Please tell, I would love to see that site.

    BTW, good luck!

    monster
     
  6. bosrs1 thread starter macrumors 6502

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    I'll be setting one up as work progresses. Stay tuned.
     
  7. bosrs1 thread starter macrumors 6502

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    http://www.welovemacs.com/se30.html

    All the Compact Macs you can get your hands on. They're out of SE-30s, but have the other 3.
     
  8. bosrs1 thread starter macrumors 6502

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    So went and picked up my order of compact Macs today for the project, and not only did they have Classics and Classic IIs, they had Mac Pluses, Mac 512k (FatMacs) and they had one Original 128K Macintosh...

    Which I promptly traded a Classic for. So now I get to complete my project and I'm the proud owner of an original 128k Mac. You know they saying, one persons trash...
     
  9. camomac macrumors 6502a

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    that sounds very cool.
    it will be very interesting to see your modded creation.

    some pics soon??
     
  10. mkrishnan Moderator emeritus

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    Which LCD did you pick? Did it end up being a touchscreen?
     
  11. bosrs1 thread starter macrumors 6502

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    Actually it is. A Hami Touchscreen. It's going to be tight but it should work. I just have to decide what to put it in now. I have a Mac Plus case, Mac Classic and a Classic II to choose from. I won't put it in the 128's case for obvious reasons. You don't destroy the Original Mac.
     
  12. Mechcozmo macrumors 603

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    IMO you should set it up so that you can mirror it to an outside display. Makes it easy for you to connect up a 20" display or something so that you don't have to strain to see the 8" screen, or if you get tired of the 8" display... yknow what I mean, right?
     
  13. bosrs1 thread starter macrumors 6502

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    Yeah. That was my only reservation about using the Mac Mini. I may still switch to a G4 cube, drop a 1.4 Ghz accelerator into it and user a graphic card with both ADC and DVI so I can dual display. Since I've got half a cube already I only need a few parts to make that work. That would also free my Mini to be my home entertainment center.
     
  14. mkrishnan Moderator emeritus

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    The Classic II is in the lighter grey plastic, right? I'd go for that, because you're more likely to find a matching keyboard and mouse, personally, ;) Also I think the lines are a little cleaner on that case than the Plus....
     
  15. bosrs1 thread starter macrumors 6502

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    Your observations are true, however in the spirit of bringing back my childhood I've chosen the Plus case for the project since it has so many vent holes on it which will facilitate airflow.

    And I tested out the Original Mac I saved from the scrap heap and it's a puff. Comes right up looking for a disk. Screen is burn free and in great sheap too. I feel like I stumbled on to a piece of history.
     
  16. mkrishnan Moderator emeritus

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    You know that we're all expecting a photo of the revived original sitting next to the finished Mac Mini Plus, both running, and you grinning. :D I'll give you a bit and then check back. ;)
     
  17. bosrs1 thread starter macrumors 6502

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    Give me a week or two and you'll have just that. :D

    I just have to srounge up a System 1-3 diskette somewhere
     
  18. dobbin macrumors 6502a

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    Sounds cool, I'd like to do something like that one day if I can ever find more time. I also hope to make a fish tank out of a Classic or a Cube one day. I know this has been done before - its not my original idea.
     
  19. bosrs1 thread starter macrumors 6502

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    Yeah I did it two years ago. Worked out well for a while, until the tank cracked.
     
  20. Mechcozmo macrumors 603

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    There is a System 7 Network Install Disk on Apple's website...

    Linkety to a site that may help you in your quest for old software!
     
  21. bosrs1 thread starter macrumors 6502

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    Unfortunately the Original Mac won't run anything above System 3.
     
  22. Mechcozmo macrumors 603

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    I have a System 1 disk image... got it from this linkety. You need to use something that can mount an MFS disk, which would be OS 8.5 or lower. Maybe 8.6 but I'm not sure on that--System 7 I know can. Use Apple's disk utilities or I have some free ones that I can get to you.
     
  23. keysersoze macrumors 68000

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    Any progress on your Frankenstein?
     
  24. yippy macrumors 68020

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    Have you finished the Mac yet or did it get abandoned?
     
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    Whoa, talk about a revival!

    I wanna see pictures too! The project sounds cool!
     

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