Solution to hide unsightly Mac Pro cables

Discussion in 'Mac Pro' started by Idolum, Oct 10, 2016.

  1. Idolum macrumors member

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    I stumbled upon a fine solution to hide all the unsightly cables attached to my cylinder Mac Pro. I was gifted an old 23 inch cinema display which I took apart for fun. It turns out that the hollow aluminium case makes the perfect platform for the Mac Pro. An old 20 inch cinema display will do just fine if you don’t have too many monitor power bricks that need to be hidden.

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  2. ActionableMango, Oct 10, 2016
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    I can't believe you have that one, sole USB cord plugged in that's non-Apple branded.

    Like some kind of barbarian.
     
  3. Idolum thread starter macrumors member

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    It's a 10 year old USB 2.0 extension chord made by Microsoft Windows ;).
     
  4. killawat, Oct 10, 2016
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    Good* solution but i'm shocked you don't have a surge protector in place. I'd have an isobar there minimum.
     
  5. Idolum thread starter macrumors member

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    Good point - I actually didn't think about it until you brought it up. I always had everything connected to a power strip before. I'll get a small one with surge protector.
     
  6. ActionableMango macrumors 604

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    What kind of monster are you?
     
  7. Analog Kid macrumors 601

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    That's pretty slick. Thanks for sharing!
     
  8. Idolum thread starter macrumors member

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    The funny thing is that it never bothered me with all the other cables flying around. But it does look a little out of place with the new clean setup. A new white USB extension cable is already on it's way. Thanks for pointing it out. :)
     
  9. orph macrumors 6502a

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    got to say thats one cool looking setup ^^
    the nmp still makes me think of the g4 cube >.< why cant we have a new version of that computer
     
  10. Sharky II macrumors 6502a

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    Was the screen broken or did you take it apart just to break things?!
     
  11. Idolum, Oct 11, 2016
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    Idolum thread starter macrumors member

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    I initially planned to replace the background LED lights. That, however, is not that easy to do since the light bulbs are buried underneath the entire screen assembly. One of the logic boards is also glued to the screen which came loose.

    Professionals will charge $300 to replace the 30 inch screen LEDs so I also wanted to find out if that is something I can do by myself. It's definitely challenging.

    A 20 inch cinema display with a broken screen can be purchased for as low as $15 on craigslist. It will take 10 minutes to take apart. Just follow the "Most Helpful Answer" in this IFIXIT thread:

    https://www.ifixit.com/Answers/View/16517/How+to+disassemble+a+23"+Apple+Cinema+Display+(A1082)

    Be careful with the two plastic sides which are glued to the cinema display. They have to be put back into place once everything else is removed.
     
  12. CapnDavey macrumors 6502

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    Good idea! my main gripe about that mac is the cable rats nest you get hooking up external drives.
     
  13. ActionableMango macrumors 604

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    What's that angled thingy below the power cord?
     
  14. Idolum thread starter macrumors member

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    I think you are referring to the power outlet in the floor with open covers.
     
  15. ActionableMango, Oct 12, 2016
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    ActionableMango macrumors 604

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    I mean on the Mac Pro in the second picture, just below the Mac's power cord. It looks like some kind of brace or something.
     
  16. Idolum thread starter macrumors member

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    It's part of a locking system. You have eyes like a hawk ;).
     

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