Mac classic case mod

Discussion in 'Apple Collectors' started by bigeasy_uk, Apr 5, 2014.

  1. bigeasy_uk macrumors 6502

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    Firstly, an apology to those who think this is sacrilege! But I assure you this was a non working machine!

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    It's now running mountain lion.
    Specs are:
    zotac 9300 motherboard
    Core 2 quad 2.4
    4gb ram
    Geforce 9300 (overclocked to 9400 speeds)
    Apple airport extreme

    It's running a 640x480 8" lcd behind the original glass screen, but I've got a 1024x768 panel in the post. It's also got an imate adaptor built into the back port so I can use the original mouse and keyboard. I've got the 2 wifi antennae coming out of where the power switch was and 4 usb 2 ports coming out of the back disk drive and scsi port holes. I've wired up the original power button too.

    What do you guys think?
     
  2. tevion5 macrumors 68000

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    Nice job! The fact that you got the original mouse and keyboard working as well completes the package.

    Great work :)

    I must get around to replacing the caps on my Classic II after my exams this summer!
     
  3. someoldguy macrumors 65816

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    That's great !!!! Got one of these ( also VERY dead ) .I've got all the parts save for a lcd panel , plus the knowledge of how to wire it into my motherboard . Bricked Apple cases are great to resurrect . I'm working on a Cube now . Did a G5 a few years back . Here's some pix of the G5 ...

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  4. tevion5 macrumors 68000

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    Excellent work! I have a mint G5 case that I also want to put my ATX PC into.

    So much fun to be had this summer! :p
     
  5. someoldguy macrumors 65816

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    Bigeasy_uk .... Any pix of the back and insides??
     
  6. bigeasy_uk thread starter macrumors 6502

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    Here's the back, I'll take some photo's of the inside next time I open it up.

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  7. iamMacPerson macrumors 68030

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    Nice! I usually don't like it when people mod older Macs, but exceptions are made if it was completely dead.
     
  8. someoldguy macrumors 65816

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    Thanks .... didn't cut it too much like some other mods I've seen.
     
  9. bigeasy_uk thread starter macrumors 6502

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    I haven't cut it all, that was one of my main objectives. Looks ugly if you do!
     
  10. someoldguy macrumors 65816

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    Even better ! I had to spend maybe a week molding in the back of my G5 case so it looked somewhat factory .
     
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  12. harrymatic macrumors 6502

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    bigeasy, that's a really tastefully done mod - well done! The inclusion of the built-in iMate adapter is a great addition. I have a little Mac Classic that sits on a shelf and runs screensavers, if it ever bites the dust I might have a go at this myself.

    I realise that LCDs are far more practical and much easier to obtain, but my favourite compact Mac conversions are those that use a little 9" SVGA CRT monitor.

    Your G5 case mod is also very tidy. :)
     
  13. bigeasy_uk thread starter macrumors 6502

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    Thanks a lot :)

    I couldn't find a colour crt that would fit, they all seem to be longer than the mono crts. Have you got a link to one, or a mod that uses one? I'd love to be proven wrong!
     
  14. harrymatic macrumors 6502

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    I definitely recall seeing one years back, but I can't remember what site it was even on. The CRT neck was too long to fit in the Mac case, so they cut a hole in the back and epoxy'd part of the original monitor's housing to the Mac. I think they resprayed the entire thing afterwards - it actually looked quite good.

    The colour monitors are nearly impossible to find, greyscale ones are fairly easy to come by - somebody's selling some on eBay for less than £15 delivered, I'm fairly temped to buy one! www.ebay.co.uk/itm/181355578566
     
  15. bigeasy_uk thread starter macrumors 6502

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    About a month ago that seller had 10 9" colour monitors too, while we were messaging about them one buyer bought the lot. Just down the road from me too. He measured them for me even though he'd sold them and none would fit anyway.

    I remember seeing that mod, how he did it was good, it was tidy, but I didn't like it.
     
  16. Intelligent, Jun 13, 2014
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    Love it! Very Very cool! The use of Chrome made me cringe :rolleyes: But if you like it then thats your choice. Is it a Hackintosh? Or is it a mac mini inside of it? Do you use it for normal work or is the display to small?

    This is an edit
    Sorry i just realized i bumped a thread thats 2 months old but i hope its okay. Another question, in the floppy drive thing, have you placed a cd reader/super drive in there?
    Sorry if the Chrome comment came out as rude, i did not mean to be rude.
     
  17. bigeasy_uk thread starter macrumors 6502

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    No offence taken.

    It's a hackintosh, I just made it for fun, it doesn't have much use, I've got a much more powerful desktop and a 15" rmbp.

    I've got a HDD in the floppy bay.
     
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