Need a 9" LCD screen (and more) for a very cool mod

Discussion in 'Buying Tips and Advice' started by The Nightflyer, Oct 10, 2010.

  1. The Nightflyer macrumors newbie

    Mar 31, 2007

    I'm planning to put the guts of my old iBook G4 into my newly-retrobrighted (but otherwise empty) Mac SE case.

    Big plans - DVD drive at a widened front vent space, USB floppy drive under the DVD, USB, iPod Dock and VGA out port in the top behind the handle, trackpad in the top front (if I can pull it off), RCA and S-vid jacks at the printer/modem ports, iBook power supply in the SE's P/S cage, Battery still hooked up making it fully portable, and the Apple logo's the power button. USB/Firewire/Modem/Ethernet at the SE's rear expansion plate.

    Yeah, it's pretty cool. In plan, at least - we'll see.

    Here's the thing - well, a couple of things.

    First off, to make the battery-powered really-portable bit work, I need a 9" internal LCD screen, one that will be able to understand what the GPU tells it to do over the LVDS. Or at least, a converter circuit that will handle the translation. I could just hook it up via the VGA out plug, but I expect it'll need external power to run then, which kinda blows the plan.

    Second, I want this to look as authentic-1987 as possible: VW Bug on the outside, Batmobile on the inside. So I'd like to have at least some of the rear ports actually usable. The only ones I really want are the two ADB ports. I know Griffin iMate does a USB-ADB conversion, but just for one ADB plug. Is there an option that does two ADB plugs?

    Finally, I'm wondering about the SCSI & Floppy ports. Pretty much gonna be vacant for now, unless I stick a VGA port there instead of in the top - anyone got ideas? For that matter, is there something that can handle converting from the old-style external SCSI port to USB?

    The LCD and the USB-ADB are the main goals, but the other stuff would be cool too...


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