Has anyone ever attempted a imac G3 casemod?

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  1. minihack

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    Feb 17, 2012 at 8:08 AM #21
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    Kinda depends on the glue - this from wiki:

    Either way it depends on where you are using it and the likely service temp.s. More than likely is that if what is stuck gets to a high enough temp to remelt the glue there is trouble on the way in any case. I do save my love though for JB Weld.
     
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    Feb 17, 2012 at 2:08 PM #22
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    Well put. I've used regular hot glue on a few smal electrical things (macbook chargers, holding leads down, etc..), and while there was no heating problem, there was a stability issue. The glue kept peeling off and I had to eventually use good ol' JB weld. I can always count on JB to get me through!! :D
     
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    Feb 17, 2012 at 5:34 PM #23
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    I have had great luck gluing plastic with 3 different glues:

    ABS pipe cement from Home Depot....black color (have used on monitor cases)

    PVC pipe cement from HD.....clear to white color (put an Apple USB connector back together)

    Acrylic glue from TAP or other plastic suppliers...clear in a tube

    All 3 have similar solvents and will glue many if not most kinds of plastics you will find aside from polyethylene which is pretty slippery stuff and not used much on computers.
     
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    Feb 17, 2012 at 10:42 PM #24
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    sweet, I'll have to stock up on some of these, especially the PVC pipe cement. I'd never thought of using that..
     
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    Feb 18, 2012 at 1:07 AM #25
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    The third is called Thickened Clear Cement for Acrylic Sheet.

    Both the ABS and PVC (they also make a grey version for electrical conduit) have the same solvent in it along with the appropriate melted plastic to help fill gaps and improve the viscosity. I do suggest getting the small cans of each as the applicator brushes inside are smaller and unless you are careful to keep them sealed they do dry out over time.

    One of the tricky fixes I did was the molded in push buttons on a high end stereo (The Receiver) which had broken off. Glued them back carefully locating them, then added glue layers on the back to reinforce them.....they are better than new.
     
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    Feb 18, 2012 at 1:18 AM #26
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    noted, thanks!
     
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    Feb 18, 2012 at 1:25 AM #27
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    Final note: I think that the G3 iMac case is closer to acrylic than the other plastics mentioned, you might want to test a few bits that you nip off during the modding process to determine which glue will work best and is aesthetically the best choice......apply glue, let set, wait an hour and do the twist test on it.
     
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    Feb 21, 2013 at 8:49 PM #29
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    I would love to make an iMac G3 hackintosh! I have a rough list of parts you will need if attempting this build:
    iMac G3 (Obviously) Tray-loading (Easier) or Slot-loading.
    15" 1024x768 LCD screen. (Unless you plan on reusing the CRT)
    I recommend a Mini-ITX mobo socket 1155 or 1156. (socket 775 works, but you need to get a hackintoshable PCIe GPU)
    Any Core i# that uses the 1155/1156 sockets and Intel HD 3000/4000 graphics(Centrino, Pentium, and Core 2 work, but they use socket 775)
    Mini-ITX PSU with enough power for your components
    For Tray-loading: to reuse the panel on the drive, you need a drive with the button centered.
    For Slot-loading: I think it may be possible to reuse the iMac's drive. Otherwise, you need to find a suitable slot-loading drive.
    Speakers: From what I've read, they're not reusable. You'll need to find a replacement set or use these as decoration.
    Power button: I've seen pretty much all G3 mods reuse the button. You may be able to just take the mechanism off and use the one from another case.
    Ports: USB extender cables can be used to place the USBs, I believe there are cables to extend the speakers too. I've seen people use the FireWire ports as extra USBs. I don't see a use for the phone line port, though Ethernet could obviously go through the Ethernet port:rolleyes:.
     
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    Feb 25, 2013 at 3:24 PM #30
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    Just bought a iMac G3 Indigo hehe,

    Rick,
     

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