Beige G3 desktop Mod

Discussion in 'PowerMac G3 B&W' started by roto31, Aug 15, 2012.

  1. roto31

    roto31

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    Aug 15, 2012 at 10:44 PM #1
    roto31

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    I have 4 beige G3 Macs. Two are in pristine condition the other two are in so so condition. One is the Minitower model and the other is a desktop model. I've been thinking of turning one or both of them into an upgraded version. I am thinking if I can I'd follow build for a Mini to keep from having to use an additional GPU on the board if I were to do the desktop model. If I were to do the Minitower route there was actually more room in them than the Sawtooth G4. If I did either of them I'd complete the retro look by using the beige Apple Pro keyboard and switch it over to USB. Now, if there were only a way to put an LCD screen into a vintage beige monitor that looked like it is supposed to be there. Any thoughts???
     
  2. miv79

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    Aug 16, 2012 at 12:10 AM #2
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    Nice idea! :) Those beige era Macs were amazingly solid and well engineered bits of kit compared to the majority of their PC counterparts! I was a former Performa 6200 owner before I made the jump to the (awesome) blue and white G3 tower...

    Not much I can really say about the case mod idea but I would think the mac mini style build would fit without much problem.

    Anyway, getting (slowly) to the point, several years ago I tried fitting a 15" LCD screen into an empty iMac case. (original Bondi Blue).

    I had a 15" (4:3 ratio) LCD display going spare so after a bit of cutting and bodging on the inside of the iMacs screen bezel I got the LCD to fit surprisingly well, except for 1 issue.... the curved front/face of the iMacs bezel which was designed to fit around a non-flat CRT display.

    At the left and right edges of the screen it was a nice tight fit between the screen and the bezel but towards the centre of the display/bezel there was a gap of about 10-15mm (from what I recall). It basically looked a bit messy and I couldn't think of a neat way to fill the gap with the tools/materials available to me at the time.

    This image kind of illustrates the the non-flat display: http://www.mactechnology.co.uk/ekmp...able-drawer-loading-cd-drive-complete-5-p.jpg

    I suspect you would have a similar issue with your old Apple display as I think most CRT's had slightly curved glass. Maybe you got lucky though and its a Trinitron style display with much flatter screen/bezel?

    What actually led to me abandoning my mod was the fact my LCD only had a resolution of 1024 x 760. To get a high res 15" screen at the time was expensive, especially just for a 'fun project'.

    At least LCD's are a hell of a lot cheaper nowadays so it might still be worth you investigating whats out there and seeing if there is a size, ratio and resolution that would work well with your old display case.

    Have fun! :)
     
  3. doctorevil30564

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    Aug 16, 2012 at 2:22 AM #3
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    I had one of the Beige AIO units that Apple primarily only sold to Schools and Educational facilities.

    http://lowendmac.com/ppc/power-mac-g3-all-in-one.html

    I remember that it had a slide out motherboard tray that could probably be adapted to hold a PC motherboard without too much issue. I'm wondering though how hard it would be to connect the old CRT monitor though, or if it would require3 swapping that out to a LCD screen like I've seen done on the older colored G3 Imacs.
     
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    Aug 17, 2012 at 5:36 AM #4
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    Do it! I've been wanting to see a 90s tower get modded up. :)
     
  5. roto31

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    Aug 18, 2012 at 10:59 PM #5
    roto31

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    I thought about using the "Molar" AIO G3 too but getting past the screen would be the toughest part. After looking at my beige Minitower I could build one of the more powerful "Mac Pro" style machines because of the style of the case. It probably take removing where the CD-ROM, Zip Drive and floppy drive went though to make room for cooling. The Mini tower is almost like how the B&W G3 and later cases were designed except the hinge is on the internal and the power supply is on the hinged part instead of being internal to the computer. So again I am at the same issues I had with my Sawtooth build and needing a extension from the PSU. It's another challenge I'm up for. More research to be done though before it's attempted. The research I did for my Sawtooth build paid off.
     

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