Make Your Own Clear G4

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    MacRumors

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    A reader posted his conversion of a graphite G4 Tower to a Clear Case.

    The results are interesting... an imo, better than the attempt at making a Clear iBook.

    [Edited by Macrumors on 08-08-2001 at 07:00 AM]
     
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    menoinjun

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    If I didn't purchase Apple Care...

    ...I would do this in a second!!! That looks great, and I love the fact that the apple is still blue!! Too bad I can't afford to void my warrantee though. Maybe if I tell them it came that way... Hey if someone got a zip disk instead of a drive...why not??

    -Pete
     
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    Drool

    Seriously drooling....dont show such pieces of beauty i think ill have to get me one of these! Aaghhhghhhhh. (in Homer's voice when he sees a donut)
     
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    Just think if Apple offered this

    Would it be great if Apple offered all their products in neutral clear or white and offered different colored panels to personalize your Mac. Or even offer aftermarket panels that won't void warranties.
     
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    What I would do is after I stripped all the paint, I would repaint it using the type of paint they sell for remote control car bodies. They are always painted on the inside (like macs) so they come out shiny and clean. You could paint flames, or a pattern, or if you know someone handy even do something metallic or airbrushed. I think the iBook would be an especially good candidate. SInce the paint is on the inside you dont have to worry about it not coming out glossy or scratching off.
     
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    Auction the sucker!

    Forget keeping it, that guy ought to stop telling people about it and sell it on Ebay as "rare"! Did you see how much that other one went for?!?! I agree, very cool to look at, brings up some artistic possiblities.
     
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    Re: Auction the sucker!


    Some one allready did... I saw it on ebay a few days ago. I was thinking "I have seen some one that did the same thing to an iBook.... so how "rare" can it be?" I seem to remeber the price being pretty Hight too. It was a G3 case that was selling. It looks cool But I would do what LiamLunchTray suggested. I would paint it.
     
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    forget the case!@

    Forget the mod G4 case! where in hadies did he get that cool arse USB flexible light!!!!!
     
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    menoinjun

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    compusa. $20. Portable laptop flexable USB light. not sure of the brand.

    -Pete
     
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    Don't know what?!?

    All i can say is very freakin' cool and that cat must be insane to try it.
     
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    Possibly a bad idea..

    I read on another site talking about the "clear" iBook that the process of using rubbing alcohol to remove the paint could also score the plastic.. anyone know anything about that?
     
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    Are their any other comp u can do that to?

    Any other's? It would be cool is I hade that. Hey I can do that.
     
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    some comments....

    I'll have to say that I am surprised at the response to my little project!

    Xistor, I also saw a mention of possible problems with plastic and isopropyl alcohol. A couple of references I found on Google:

    http://www.micronexinc.com/ncefaq.html

    Google cached page

    The white residue that is mentioned didn't appear very often while I was doing this; I think that the grey paint made up the majority of the residue. Before replacing the panel I did a quick wipe with a little bit of Windex. Should cracking occur, I'll probably just paint the inside of the case again. (I'll update the webpage, too, if that ever happens.)

    Gr8gatzby -- it's a Kensington Fly Light. I know that there is at least one competitor that uses a red light instead. Excellent little gizmo; does not show up in Apple System profiler, just uses a trickle of power. I only wish that they would make a much longer model; this one is about 18 in/45 cm long.

    and syoung6164 -- thanks! I felt comfortable doing this since I bought this computer refurbished from the Apple Store just before they moved to a 90 day warranty (they now carry the full year warranty). Thus, I had nothing to lose!

    I'll post later about this studio display 15... I have a couple of things in mind for it.

    Cheers
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    Thanks

    Thanks for that tidbit of info. Soon we shall all have Clear G4's!!!! And report on the Display soon. Please
     
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    On moding cases...

    Just so you all know you can buy a new case from Apple if you screw up for about $140 :D

    And for ideas and more info on moding cases check out Virtual-Hideout (don't forget to check out the Cool Case Gallery). ;)
     
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    Cool Cases!

    Super cool!
     

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