The iLamp becomes a real lamp

Hughmac

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Yes it was my work.

I ruined a perfectly good iMac G4 1.25GHz by crunching the top RAM module while putting it back together, and damaged the logic board in the process (I'm not this hamfisted very often ;)).
So, I decided to put the carcass to good use, and gutted the insides. Then I took the monitor off and cut the back piece into a flower shape.
Next I took a ceiling light that I had just replaced and put it all together to see how it looked, with the white monitor flower turned around so the apple was visible.
Finally I did the wiring. Unfortunately I had to run the wire up the back of the goose neck because I couldn't work out how to take it apart without the spring flying out. I used an old hoover on/off push switch because the iMac power switch was connected to the logic board, so a hole was drilled into the base to take it.

It's actually quite a rough job when you get close (just needs a little honing and tidying up), but the goose neck still works and you can position the light in any direction like the old monitor.

Next, the iClock to make from the bottom panel of the iMac ;)

Cheers :)

Hugh
 

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I ruined a perfectly good iMac G4 1.25GHz by crunching the top RAM module while putting it back together, and damaged the logic board in the process (I'm not this hamfisted very often ;)).
So, I decided to put the carcass to good use, and gutted the insides. Then I took the monitor off and cut the back piece into a flower shape.
You couldn't have just stuffed an SBC inside? Or replaced the logic board?
 

Hughmac

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You couldn't have just stuffed an SBC inside? Or replaced the logic board?
Probably but I'm not that technical for working out the connections for an SBC to the monitor, and have you seen the price of a 1.25GHz logic board?

Cheers :)

Hugh
 

Wouter3

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Very original.

I had a similar problem with my iMac G4 and screwed up the motherboard. Then I turned it into a more traditional iLamp. I had the spring flying out of the goose neck, but after running a wire through it was able, with some force, to put it together. I now use it daily on my desk.
 
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z970mp

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Probably but I'm not that technical for working out the connections for an SBC to the monitor, and have you seen the price of a 1.25GHz logic board?

Cheers :)

Hugh
What about a 1GHz? I'm pretty sure they share the same layout.
 

Hughmac

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Really, I'm not that bothered; I like the lamp, and have bought another iMac ;)

Cheers :)

Hugh
 

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Still needs a bit of a tidy up (dirty fingermarks etc.) but I couldn't wait any longer to post this...

Cheers :)

Hugh
Oh, much better, than the other "Lamp"-Mods IMHO !
The optical-drive slot could nicely serve as a drawer for cufflinks and earrings ...

(but unfortunately another loss on the PPC-Mac-side. - I still regret gutting an iMac G3 3y ago to make it a cat's home.
Just because I blew the speakers and couldn't stand the rattling noise and I didn't know anything about how to fix/replace them speakers at that time ...)
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That's a fun project. Nice work.

Years ago I made an aquarium out of a Mac Plus.



Were you able to communicate with your fish by that keyboard or did it (the fish) lack the appropriate connector/interface?
(crazy: the keyboard nowadays sells for a higher price than the Mac)
 
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z970mp

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I still regret gutting an iMac G3 3y ago to make it a cat's home.
I'm starting to feel the same way with the Quicksilver I got.

I'm considering putting it all back together, but there's still its original problem of lacking a power supply - which themselves often cost close to $100!
 

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Were you able to communicate with your fish by that keyboard or did it (the fish) lack the appropriate connector/interface?
(crazy: the keyboard nowadays sells for a higher price than the Mac)
Unfortunately the keyboard wasn't hooked up. The laptop I used for the screen behind the tank had ADB ports instead of the RJ style connector on the Mac Plus keyboard. I did have thoughts of making certain keys do things - L to turn on the lights, B for bubbles, etc.

The fish did try to attack the mouse cursor though. :D