Headless eMac is here - advice needed

lbodnar

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I have finally managed to separate eMac internals from its CRT.
http://forums.macrumors.com/showthread.php?p=1265357#post1265357

Now I need to chose...

...whether to keep it inside eMac case but replace the CRT tube with 17" TFT panel (needs a bit of mechanical work - increase fascia opening by 10mm) then put 2 extra fast hard drives to make the total of 3 ...or...

...stick it all in external case with all the ports and two video outputs and capability to run totally headless (tested OK)

Both routes are very tempting but I have only one eMac! :rolleyes:
 

lbodnar

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emw said:
Cool and all, but why not just buy the Mac mini?
Got one already.
Besides with 3 huge fast drives and two screens eMac will rock.
Or 24x7 server type of use and all.
 

topgunn

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My suggestion would be to put it in its own case to be used as a totally headless eMac. Maybe I don't have a clear image of what you intend to do but it sounds like it would look kinda ghetto. With a seperate case, you could throw it under your desk and it would just appear to be a standard PC. Put a couple of opticals and a couple of hard drives configured raid0 in there and it would be quite a second machine. One thing to keep in mind, my 1.25GHz had the optical drive on an ATA-3 bus. I can't remember if the 2nd gen eMacs had the same issue or not.

By the way, can you not get the eMac to display at your flat panels native resolution if you use the minivga port?
 
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