Uses for a dead powermac G4?

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  1. gibbo132 macrumors regular

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    Well my powermac g4 400mhz finally died on me today :(

    The psu blew up so I stripped it and now have an empty case!

    I can't bring my self to throw it away so I was think about some uses for it?

    I came up with putting another mac in it, turning it into a fish tank or making a media centre out of it?

    Have you guys got any cool ideas for it? I would love its design to live on even if the machine is long gone!

    Chris
     
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  3. gibbo132 thread starter macrumors regular

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    Can you shed some light on how I would go about doing that?
     
  4. zen.state macrumors 68020

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    why not just replace the psu? you can buy them on ebay for your model around $30 you could even buy another whole tower for $50-75.
     
  5. gibbo132 thread starter macrumors regular

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    Because, it was already not showing any video after replacing the graphics card so I decided to cut my losses!
     
  6. max¥¥ macrumors 6502a

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    put a hackintosh in it, mini itx boards with a atom chip run snow leopard very well, this is posted with my atom netbook hackintosh
     
  7. gibbo132 thread starter macrumors regular

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    I thought about that but there is the hole 'legal' issue!
     
  8. MrCheeto macrumors 68030

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    Um...I suppose it's too late for this, but you could have EASILY changed around a few pins on a working PSU and had your mac back in order...yeah...sorry.

    It's how I got my MDD back in order :D
     
  9. gibbo132 thread starter macrumors regular

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    :) Tis ok! But the mac was already partially dead and a bit of a money drainer so i figured that was that when it blew up! I really want something creative and unusual from the case now though!
     
  10. zen.state macrumors 68020

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    Do you have a link to this info? that would be good to have if I needed it.
     
  11. MrCheeto macrumors 68030

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    Sure, I've deleted most of my vids, but I'll keep this one up for some time.
     
  12. Sun Baked macrumors G5

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    If you were a PC user, turning the G4 into a kitty litter box would likely be your top choice.
     
  13. max¥¥ macrumors 6502a

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    i'm sure apple won't mind if you buy mac osx

    Edit: if you are really worried about the 'legal' issues you could always do something like put a intel mini in there with a terrabyte desktop drive
     
  14. gilkisson macrumors 65816

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    Consider selling the case?

    *ahem* I'm sure you'll have interested buyers...
     
  15. MrCheeto macrumors 68030

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    I like putting regular mobos in these. Come on!! Core ix! Do it!!
     
  16. max¥¥ macrumors 6502a

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    nah! put a atom in there, i have built atom and core duo hackintosh's and the little atoms work best
     
  17. MrCheeto macrumors 68030

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    Yeah! It makes so much sense to put an LCD tv in place of a television tube, so you can take up all the space of a tube but have the quality of an LCD!

    ...or just keep the LCD and enjoy it's 3" depth -.-
     
  18. max¥¥ macrumors 6502a

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    also some gigabyte micro atx board with core duo cpu's are good
     
  19. zen.state macrumors 68020

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    Maybe turn it into a homemade drobo-type device. Or maybe just a file server. I can't live with less than 3TB myself.
     
  20. max¥¥ macrumors 6502a

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    3TB! my entire collection of games / os's / programs, dosn't even fill up my 1TB ftp server
     
  21. zen.state macrumors 68020

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    3 is just my minimum. I currently have 3.5 (3x 1TB 1x 500GB) but would be happier with 5-6TB.
     
  22. tiresmokindad macrumors newbie

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    Re: Uses for a dead powermac G4?

    Condolences for what happened. I think that mac has a sentimental value that is why you can't just throw it away. I have a good idea for you so that you can use it. You can use its parts and do a frame for the monitor, and mac piano for the keyboard. :D
     
  23. MacHamster68 macrumors 68040

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    as there are quiet frequently mac minis without case turning up on ebay implant one of those inside , enough space is inside for a mini logic board and drives and you might find even space fot the powerbrick inside , so no problem there and the choise if powerpc g4 or intel is entirely yours , but somehow i still think a g4 should be inside, so why not try getting a
    http://www.newertech.com/products/maxpower48.php and make your g4 powermac ready to take on these intels ;)
     
  24. gibbo132 thread starter macrumors regular

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    Yea I think that I will put a mac mini in it :) Load it up with big hard drives DVD writer etc :)
     
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