iMac G4 as iPad stand

Discussion in 'PowerPC Macs' started by bax2003, Aug 23, 2014.

  1. bax2003 macrumors 6502a

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    So, logic board died on my 15" iMac G4 700 MHz, and I decided to mod it.
    With this holder and a bit of Pb (lead), it is now fantastic flexible iPad mini stand.

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    While it is great to see an iMac G4 being used, it is unfortunate that it had to be horrible mutilated.
     
  5. bax2003, Aug 23, 2014
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    You guys obviously like useless dust collectors. Only usable things on this G4 are PSU and flexible neck, so i used them.

    Just google image that word you used - "mutilated", that is horrible.
     
  6. eyoungren macrumors P6

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    I think it's a good mod. OP used what he had and at least part of the Mac is still being used. That's what we do with our old Macs right, we use them.

    OP, the white panel behind the iPad, is that so you had something to attach the iPad holders to?
     
  7. bax2003 thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    :)

    White panel is actually plastic around iMacs 15" panel, formed to hide 1.5kg of lead. Texture is actually glues fault, it ate plastic inside, but it now looks interesting because of that, it looks like marble. I used lead for weight, because iMacs neck does not work without weight, at least 1.8 kg. iMacs 15" weighs 2.2 kg.
    So marble is actually weight, so neck could work. If i just screwed iPad holder to the neck, iPad would always be pointing up with useless angle.
     
  8. eyoungren macrumors P6

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    That makes sense. Good job!
     
  9. roadbloc macrumors G3

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    Speak for yourself, I'm blessed with a G4 that still functions. :p
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    Glad you're still making use of it though! Good job! :)
     
  10. bax2003 thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    ;)
     
  11. redhatcode29 macrumors 6502

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    good for you. I struggled to get one of these. Only managed to get a faulty unit. Still love it !
     
  12. bse5150 macrumors 6502

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    There's a real estate office in the White Oaks Mall (if anyone is familiar with London, Ontario, Canada) that still uses these iMacs.
     
  13. repentix macrumors regular

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    I'm still dreaming of a macintosh classic/ hackintosh mod with an intel nuc with DP and a retina screen with converter to DP (as seen in the tek syndicate video) :D
     
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    Maybe it's the angle of the photos or something, but it looks way off center and pretty hacked together.....I have to side with the "mutilated" commenter - sorry man.
     
  15. bax2003, Aug 25, 2014
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    bax2003 thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    I took photos from that angle so that mechanism could be seen....anyway, thanks for comment.

    I can just unscrew this holder, and connect it to its vacuum glass part and use it in a car.

    I can rotate it, move it, pan it 180 degrees...its great....not the best industrial design, but mutilated .... OK.

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  16. GraniteTheWolf macrumors 6502

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    To be honest, if you removed the old screen completely from the arm and had the ipad its self be the only "screen" shaped object it would look correct.

    I'm sure there is a better way where you can completely ditch the original screen instead of covering it up.

    The next best thing would be to remove the lcd panel from inside the screen and fit the ipad inside of there in place of the screen.

    I applaud your idea, now try to make it better! :)
     
  17. bax2003 thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    Behind the screen is very strong thick metal which is full of cable holders, screw holes....very difficult to make look nice. Google for it, very ugly.

    I shared my solution with you, talking is one thing, actually making this work and look great is not easy at all.
     
  18. Jessica Lares macrumors G3

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    Well, I like it! Can you cover that top bit entirely by rotating it? Hopefully you have a keyboard to pair it with too. ;)

    Functional doesn't have to be pretty. I recently put a stick on pocket that covers the entire back on my iPad Mini's keyboard case. It has a little flap that you can press to close, and holds a field notes sized notebook, among a few other things while keeping it pocketable.
     
  19. bax2003 thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    How do you mean cover it, by photographing it ? More top view photos ?
     

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