Finished my iMac g3 mod, finally

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  1. dwag3, Jul 11, 2012
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    dwag3 macrumors newbie

    dwag3

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    Many months ago I set out to put a Mac Mini's guts into an iMac g3 case and have largely succeeded.

    Below is the first image, see more here.
    [​IMG]

    Really happy with how it turned out, thanks for the advice and encouragement guys!
     
  2. macmastersam macrumors 6502a

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    may i ask, what are the new specs of the iMac with the mac mini's guts? what do you plan to do next to it?

    EDIT: How fast does it run? and what is the max screen resolution that you can have with this iMac?

    oh, and nice job with the mac. i would recomend getting a more modern keyboard - one that is up to date with lion and that. just so you get the full features. :D plus, the picture is a big big :)
     
  3. jbarley macrumors 68030

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    His keyboard will work perfectly well with Lion.
     
  4. Jessica Lares macrumors G3

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    COOOL! Man, I have a iMac G3 sitting here, would be cool to do that to it!
     
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    I remember when you first set out on this long journey a few months ago and now I just need to know one thing

    was it worth it to get your computer from your childhood back into your life?
     
  7. dwag3 thread starter macrumors newbie

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    Whoa, sorry about the giant picture! The mini is a 2007 2 ghz core 2 duo with 2 GB of ram. The dell display is a rather paltry 1024 x 768 but all I want this machine to do is play music and look pretty :)

    The keyboard works perfectly with lion. I tried using the aluminum wireless keyboard that I ordinarily use with my MacBook Pro but it just didn't look right.

    Lastly, Lil Chillbil, I felt like the process was half the fun. Though the project frustrated me to no end at some points... My dremel skills leave a little to be desired.
     
  8. Arkious macrumors 6502a

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    That looks brilliant :) that an LCD isn't it? Does it match up well with the corners? I'm not a great deal away from finishing my own project but Christ I've hit some snags on the way lol.

    Can you get a little video of this starting to desktop whilst having a little look round the case please :)

    Very good job!
     
  9. 666sheep macrumors 68040

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    You can edit original post and replace with [img].

    Your mod looks very clean, I was thinking to do that same to my Ruby but so far I can't decide to sacrifice perfectly working internals...

    Good work sir! :)
     
  10. Ariii macrumors 6502a

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    That looks great! I've heard that they don't look as good with LCD's, but that looks pretty nice. I was hoping to get a Ruby myself to work with, though I might just paint my clamshell iBook the same color.
     
  11. dwag3 thread starter macrumors newbie

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    No the LCD doesn't match up particularly well but for my purposes it's okay. I originally was going to dremel the display bezel down to accomodate the LCD screen area but I'm not too neat with power tools and the plastic I did dremel on the inside was very brittle. I'm looking for another solution but for now this is just fine :) 666sheep thanks, I fixed my image post!
     
  12. AQUADock macrumors 65816

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    Even with the LCD it looks very good, well done and the graphite colour is my favorite.
     
  13. Lil Chillbil macrumors 65816

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    Now do the same with a imac g4 with almost no space to work with
    then i'll really be impressed
     
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    Wow, I really love how it looks from the side with it's guts clearly showing. Nice!
     
  15. dwag3 thread starter macrumors newbie

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    I would love to but I don't have the time... Plus g4s run for a little more than I want to pay. If I find one at a garage sale I'll pick it up for sure though.
     
  16. Lil Chillbil macrumors 65816

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    I understand some people in my local craigslist post them for like $300 for a 15 inch
     
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    I think someone else on the forum did just that.
     
  19. schlief101 macrumors newbie

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    Awesome job

    I see imac g4's go for 100 dollars for a 15in here and 150-200 for a 17in. and nice job on the imac g3 im hopping to do that with mine but I sorta wanna keep it mint but I also wanna be able to use it as a computer again. :apple: ftw :)
     
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    Really nice job! I have an iMac G3 Graphite sitting here... now I am tempted to make it usable again.
     

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