Macs + Lights = ?

Discussion in 'Picture Gallery' started by ITASOR, Mar 3, 2006.

  1. ITASOR macrumors 601


    Mar 20, 2005
    I've always disliked lights in computers, especially the PCs that are over bloated and over flowing with lights...they're just ugly. I also hate the cases that have a clear window. I can see how some people like them, but to me they're ugly.

    Now putting lights in a Mac to me seems useless (which it is...) and ugly, but, I wanted to try it on my G4 anyway.

    Previously these 2 mini Antec USB light things were underneath it touching the bottom front handle so it glowed yellowish-green.

    Today, I took the zip drive out, mounting the mic module thing on the speaker, attached the two lights inside the zip bay, and put the front bezel back on. The USB cord for the lights goes out a PCI slot and plugs in the back until I get my USB PCI card with internal port. It looked like garbage with the zip drive missing because you could see right into the slot and see the lights and wires clear as

    I took some frosted blue plastic, cut a small strip, taped it behind the zip opening (it matches the powermac color!) and here I am! I also put some clear plastic behind it. Looks really good from the front, since the color is so close.

    Here's a video of something I made really quick in Garageband playing. It works better with this kind of music, but also does work well enough with normal songs. (Quicktime required to play).

    I took that video with my iSight, so it's a little laggy and not very good looks a LOT better in real life! I mean a LOT.

    Anyone else have any Macs with lights stuff to share? The more I play with these lights the more I like the look of it!

  2. FocusAndEarnIt macrumors 601


    May 29, 2005
  3. MankieApple macrumors member

    Nov 6, 2005
    Very cool video :D
    Love the Mac disco lol...sorry i dont have cool mods like that to post hehe.
  4. Platform macrumors 68030


    Dec 30, 2004
  5. ITASOR thread starter macrumors 601


    Mar 20, 2005
    Haha, thanks, I think the coolest part is how good the cover I made for the zip slot looks. :cool:

    I need to get a usb PCI card with internal port so I don't have to run the cord for the lights out of a PCI slot...and it takes up my USB port (I don't have anything besides the apple kb/m on there anyway, so it's ok, it shares the printer/HD/etc. through my other computers).
  6. Shadow macrumors 68000


    Feb 17, 2006
    Keele, United Kingdom
    Extremly creative, but I just don't like it very much. Dont get me wrong, I think the idea is great but I dont think it is very good. Yes I am hard to please :p
  7. ITASOR thread starter macrumors 601


    Mar 20, 2005
    :p To tell you the truth, I don't like it very much either. It's fun for a little while, but annoying lights flashing all the time isn't. It also completely destroys the cleanliness/crisp of the mac on the outside.

    However, I think I'm going to leave them in there because you can't see them when they're turned off, and I don't need the ZIP drive...ever...My blue cover for the slot is also nicer looking than the black one of the zip drive, so I'm just going to leave it.
  8. pknz macrumors 68020


    Mar 22, 2005
  9. ITASOR thread starter macrumors 601


    Mar 20, 2005
    I know, I feel terrible.
  10. rickvanr macrumors 68040


    Apr 10, 2002
    Do they not teach there, their and they're in school anymore? :p

    Cool idea, it looks neat, but I'm guessing it gets old by about the second song.
  11. diddy macrumors 6502

    May 13, 2003
    Las Vegas, NV
    This is how my G5 looked for a while. :rolleyes:

    I, too, feel terrible.

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  12. ITASOR thread starter macrumors 601


    Mar 20, 2005
    I think I only wrote one wrong, sorry.

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