Awesome Thrift Store Find

Discussion in 'PowerPC Macs' started by cmstuber, Dec 24, 2015.

  1. cmstuber macrumors newbie

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    Found this today at a thrift store. It's a bit dirty and needs a little bit of elbow grease and some love.

    Haven't totally opened it up yet. But it's a 500mhz, updated graphic card, and 768m ram.

    No power supply brick. Dont even know if it runs. But can't complain, it was nearly free.

    Anyone have a spare or unused power supply laying around? Message me if you do.
     

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  2. MacCubed macrumors 68000

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    Theres one on eBay for like $20
     
  3. MacCubed macrumors 68000

    MacCubed

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    Also, I recommend cleaning the case by taking out the grey part. Pop the internals out, and look at the inside of the housing. Remove the 2 phillips screws, and slightly loosen the 4 tore screws. Then turn the black know looking things to unlatch the sub-case from the acrylic housing. Then lift the grey section out. This will allow you to get to all the areas of the case to clean.
     
  4. ToroidalZeus macrumors 68020

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    Use PlastX & micro-fiber cloth from an Auto Store to clean the plastic. Ground the plastic after installing the gray section back in because the cloth will cause a static build-up.
     
  5. CooperBox macrumors 6502a

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    What a great find!
    I frequently do trips around those types of stores, but yet to find a G4 cube there at a 'thrifty' price.
    Last year a so-called 'thrift' store in the next town who regularly put ads on-line, were showing a G4 Cube without power brick or screen, priced at.............130€ ($140)!! Needless to say, I didn't follow that one up.
    These are good fun to work on , I've done 3 so far. Had a power supply failure on one - the brick blew with a loud pop! Replacements around here can be seen as high as $50, but after several months I found one for $20.
    Enjoy, & have fun!
     
  6. CooperBox macrumors 6502a

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    That's an excellent tip about grounding after use of a micro-fiber cloth. Never thought of that, and will bear it in mind.
     

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