I've begun work on my Classic Mac Mini

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I decided to go with a Mac Plus case instead of a Color Classic case because a) the mini will fit in the Plus case with all the parts quite easily especially since I'm going with an 8" LCD display. B) I found a website giving away Pluses for free :) which is alot cheaper thena $50+ Color Classic.

Soon I will have the most powerful Compact Mac on Earth!
 

yippy

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Way to go. Sounds cool.

As always, take LOTS of pictures through out the process and post them here, we want to see :D
 

comictimes

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There wouldn't happen to be a website (blog, whatever) where we could see the photos I truly hope you're taking of the work in progress, would there?

Cause I'd really like to see it...
 

Mechcozmo

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Very cool!

I hope you're going to set up an external as well, because an 8" LCD is rather dinky.

But neat! And what site might this be that is giving away these computers for free?
 

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Mechcozmo said:
Very cool!

I hope you're going to set up an external as well, because an 8" LCD is rather dinky.

But neat! And what site might this be that is giving away these computers for free?
Yes, Please tell, I would love to see that site.

BTW, good luck!

monster
 

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comictimes said:
There wouldn't happen to be a website (blog, whatever) where we could see the photos I truly hope you're taking of the work in progress, would there?

Cause I'd really like to see it...
I'll be setting one up as work progresses. Stay tuned.
 

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bosrs1 said:
http://www.welovemacs.com/se30.html

All the Compact Macs you can get your hands on. They're out of SE-30s, but have the other 3.
So went and picked up my order of compact Macs today for the project, and not only did they have Classics and Classic IIs, they had Mac Pluses, Mac 512k (FatMacs) and they had one Original 128K Macintosh...

Which I promptly traded a Classic for. So now I get to complete my project and I'm the proud owner of an original 128k Mac. You know they saying, one persons trash...
 

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mkrishnan said:
Which LCD did you pick? Did it end up being a touchscreen?
Actually it is. A Hami Touchscreen. It's going to be tight but it should work. I just have to decide what to put it in now. I have a Mac Plus case, Mac Classic and a Classic II to choose from. I won't put it in the 128's case for obvious reasons. You don't destroy the Original Mac.
 

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bosrs1 said:
Actually it is. A Hami Touchscreen. It's going to be tight but it should work. I just have to decide what to put it in now. I have a Mac Plus case, Mac Classic and a Classic II to choose from. I won't put it in the 128's case for obvious reasons. You don't destroy the Original Mac.
IMO you should set it up so that you can mirror it to an outside display. Makes it easy for you to connect up a 20" display or something so that you don't have to strain to see the 8" screen, or if you get tired of the 8" display... yknow what I mean, right?
 

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Mechcozmo said:
IMO you should set it up so that you can mirror it to an outside display. Makes it easy for you to connect up a 20" display or something so that you don't have to strain to see the 8" screen, or if you get tired of the 8" display... yknow what I mean, right?
Yeah. That was my only reservation about using the Mac Mini. I may still switch to a G4 cube, drop a 1.4 Ghz accelerator into it and user a graphic card with both ADC and DVI so I can dual display. Since I've got half a cube already I only need a few parts to make that work. That would also free my Mini to be my home entertainment center.
 

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The Classic II is in the lighter grey plastic, right? I'd go for that, because you're more likely to find a matching keyboard and mouse, personally, ;) Also I think the lines are a little cleaner on that case than the Plus....
 

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mkrishnan said:
The Classic II is in the lighter grey plastic, right? I'd go for that, because you're more likely to find a matching keyboard and mouse, personally, ;) Also I think the lines are a little cleaner on that case than the Plus....
Your observations are true, however in the spirit of bringing back my childhood I've chosen the Plus case for the project since it has so many vent holes on it which will facilitate airflow.

And I tested out the Original Mac I saved from the scrap heap and it's a puff. Comes right up looking for a disk. Screen is burn free and in great sheap too. I feel like I stumbled on to a piece of history.
 

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bosrs1 said:
And I tested out the Original Mac I saved from the scrap heap and it's a puff. Comes right up looking for a disk. Screen is burn free and in great sheap too. I feel like I stumbled on to a piece of history.
You know that we're all expecting a photo of the revived original sitting next to the finished Mac Mini Plus, both running, and you grinning. :D I'll give you a bit and then check back. ;)
 

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mkrishnan said:
You know that we're all expecting a photo of the revived original sitting next to the finished Mac Mini Plus, both running, and you grinning. :D I'll give you a bit and then check back. ;)
Give me a week or two and you'll have just that. :D

I just have to srounge up a System 1-3 diskette somewhere
 

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Sounds cool, I'd like to do something like that one day if I can ever find more time. I also hope to make a fish tank out of a Classic or a Cube one day. I know this has been done before - its not my original idea.
 

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dobbin said:
Sounds cool, I'd like to do something like that one day if I can ever find more time. I also hope to make a fish tank out of a Classic or a Cube one day. I know this has been done before - its not my original idea.
Yeah I did it two years ago. Worked out well for a while, until the tank cracked.
 

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bosrs1 said:
Give me a week or two and you'll have just that. :D

I just have to srounge up a System 1-3 diskette somewhere
There is a System 7 Network Install Disk on Apple's website...

Linkety to a site that may help you in your quest for old software!
 

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Mechcozmo said:
There is a System 7 Network Install Disk on Apple's website...

Linkety to a site that may help you in your quest for old software!
Unfortunately the Original Mac won't run anything above System 3.
 

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bosrs1 said:
Unfortunately the Original Mac won't run anything above System 3.
I have a System 1 disk image... got it from this linkety. You need to use something that can mount an MFS disk, which would be OS 8.5 or lower. Maybe 8.6 but I'm not sure on that--System 7 I know can. Use Apple's disk utilities or I have some free ones that I can get to you.
 

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