G4 Quicksilver->ATX 'hackintosh'.

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  1. 128keaton, Feb 23, 2015
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    128keaton macrumors 68020

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    Hello guys, its been a long time coming, but I've decided to mod my G4 quicksilver's case to accommodate an ATX motherboard. Now this isn't easy, but its doable. For now, I have an AMD motherboard (without CPU) until I get something better in there (like my C2D motherboard, which will happen soon).
    First photos:
    [​IMG]
    'New' PSU (almost matches the original)
    WARNING QS LOVERS/eyoungren SHIELD YOUR EYES/COMPUTER.
    SURGERY BELOW.

    [​IMG]
    Post-op on the I/O shield
    The most common issue with builds like this is the CD/DVD drive mount getting in the way, but I don't plan to put a CD/DVD drive in it, because I can boot from USB on this machine.


    The next steps will be to get the power button working, finish the PSU mounting, and add a graphics card. The end goal will be to use it as a 'grab-n-go' PC thanks to the handles :D

    EDIT:
    The the graphics card will be my GT210 since my HD6790 handles dual monitors like a champ.
     

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  2. poiihy macrumors 68020

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    Now this is interesting.

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    LOL shield your computer HAHAHA
     
  3. 128keaton thread starter macrumors 68020

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    G4 Quicksilver->ATX 'hackintosh'.

    Yeah, I was worried eyoungren's g4 would stop booting on him again. Cantankerous it seems.

    Also, about the ACTUAL I/O shield.
    Eventually I'll make a custom shield for the thing, probably out of plywood. But the motherboard you see here isn't the final board. Does anyone need an I/O shield for a PMg4?

    This is the current state of my room after picking apart the G4 [​IMG]
     
  4. comda macrumors 6502a

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    This is exactly what i want to do to my dead 1Ghz DP Quicksilver! I dont have a motherboard other then maybe a Pentium 4 system from an Hp D530 SFF. THe small mainboard should fit stuggly inside the G4 with still the DVD drive attached.

    Please keep posting photos! I would love to see how this turns out for you as i want to do the same! I Love the look of the quicksilver and since i know its the mainboard or the CPU its a goner.
     
  5. eyoungren macrumors P6

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    I have averted my eyes.

    However, this is NOT surgery. I'll leave you to decide what word I'm using in my head. :D

    In any case, I am not opposed to repurposing QS cases. At least they are still being used and it's the outward beauty of the cases I admire.

    Apple could have done a much better job INSIDE the case I think.
     
  6. comda macrumors 6502a

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    i know i know.. Its a shame but sadly my QS is dead. Once summer comes and im off school and working i will defiantly try my best to get it going. I have a Guy thats good with Motherboard repair but it isnt always possible. If it fails then i will sadly use the Case for a PC. As the previous owner kept the case in an amazing state. My parents hate when i bring home more computers but this one they thought was beautiful. Then i brought them down when i told them its dead.
     
  7. eyoungren macrumors P6

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    Well, my comment was more directed to the OP. But as you are doing this as well I will include you.

    Again, I'm not opposed to this. There are still more than enough working Quicksilvers out there in the wild and ultimately…it's a computer. A device. And, whether or not it's got Apple guts or PC guys, guess what? It's being used. And that's the important thing.

    I would probably do the same if I had just a spare case lying around. Or turn it in to some piece of art or something.

    In any case, what you and the OP are doing is going to make you happy. And that's the other important part.
     
  8. 128keaton thread starter macrumors 68020

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    [​IMG]
    Fitting.
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    Cutting out a hole for the power plug.
    [​IMG]
    Modding the powerboard
    [​IMG]
    IT LIVES (kinda the 210 isn't working)
     
  9. poiihy macrumors 68020

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    whats that graphics card with the really weird looking heat sink?
     
  10. 128keaton thread starter macrumors 68020

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    G4 Quicksilver->ATX 'hackintosh'.


    A fanless ASUS GT210
     
  11. poiihy macrumors 68020

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    Oh this ok I know nothing about graphics cards other than some ATI and Nvidia :p

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    what is that geek squad PC, the style looks similar to my Geek Squad usb stick I have. Did they make geek squad brand PCs or were those only for Geek Squad people?
     
  12. 128keaton thread starter macrumors 68020

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    That's a backup battery
     
  13. poiihy macrumors 68020

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    Oh i see
    so do they sell geek squad brand stuff to consumers or are they only for geek squad? I couldn't find any geek squad usb sticks for sale.
     
  14. velocityg4 macrumors 68040

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    This reminds me of when I converted a DA G4 with an mATX board and ATX PSU five or six years ago. I got around the DVD/CD issue by using a newer drive that was shorter than the original so I could trim off some of the metal of the drive bay. I also very carefully chose a motherboard based on pictures that would fit. The main issues being RAM and Capacitor placement.

    I still have the case and motherboard but it was gutted a few years ago. Now I use a G5 case since it allows much more efficient air flow and has so much more room. Making it much quieter. I was tired of how loud the G4 case was. Especially once I went to a Core 2 Quad and Radeon 4850. It handled a Core 2 Duo and Radeon 3850 well enough.

    For the rear port cutout I used plexiglass.
     
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    Got enough stuff plugged in under the desk?
     
  16. 128keaton thread starter macrumors 68020

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    Nope :).
     
  17. poiihy macrumors 68020

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    Oh yeah that is a very good material for that! It is easy to work with and you can see through it.
     
  18. 128keaton thread starter macrumors 68020

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    G4 Quicksilver->ATX 'hackintosh'.


    Wow plexiglass isn't a bad idea. My damn GT210 up and quit on me so I'm using a 8800GS. I'm using a Core2Duo 2.0 GHz but I'm getting a 2.8 one soon and putting the 2.0 into the server. [​IMG]

    https://vimeo.com/120556846

    Also you guys can piss on me regarding the carpet. I have two HDDS, one running windows and the other running OS X Mavericks so I can switch whenever I want. I really want another 2GB ddr2 stick :). I also lost a short case screw during the build, does anyone have a spare?

    The biggest issue is also the fan, it's blowing right into the PSU, with about a 1CM (give or take) gap.
     
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  20. 128keaton thread starter macrumors 68020

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    Thanks! And most of the stuff on the left plug was temporary. Hopefully I'll get a new CPU, cooler, GFX, and RAM and make it a slick build. I wish the cable management wasn't so atrocious.
     
  21. comda macrumors 6502a

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    How exactly did you wire up the front buttons? i see you posted something but did you just wire in a plus and minus to the button from the board?
     
  22. 128keaton thread starter macrumors 68020

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    Kinda, let me find the tonymacx86 post. I still have to work on the power LED, something I'll work on tonight out of boredom.

    http://www.tonymacx86.com/powermac-g4/50729-g4-quicksilver-switch.html
     
  23. velocityg4, Feb 25, 2015
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    I just left enough metal to glue on the plexi glass.

    IMG_1018.jpg

    Then lined up the board and cut out the ports.

    IMG_1047.jpg

    I ended up using the stock Intel low profile heatsink because of this.

    IMG_1044.jpg

    Edit: I'm not sure why the second picture is rotated. The was correct when I uploaded. I cleaned up the wires later and got a 4 pin cpu power extension.

    Edit 2: Now that I think about it. I think I used a GbE or Sawtooth case. My old G4 is a DA. I can't really remember which as I bought a broken G4 for the case. So I wouldn't feel guilty for killing a working G4:rolleyes:.
     
  24. poiihy, Feb 25, 2015
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    ehhh not as good as I thought it would be :/
    It looks like theres a huge hole in your Mac that you ripped out
     
  25. 128keaton thread starter macrumors 68020

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    Wow, thats not bad. This weekend, I'm actually laser cutting an I/O shield, getting a new cooler that has about a 1/2 of an inch more clearance than mine, a new CPU, and potentially a new graphics card. Tonight, I also got the power LED working like a charm. Really mad that my GT210 doesn't work in this machine (works in my MacPro :mad:). I put a newer 6790 in this machine and it worked fine, so it shouldn't be an incompatibility. Until I get something better, I'm using a 8800GS, not too terrible.
     

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