iMac 24 2006 Mod- Safety Questions

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  1. FlyingApple

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    Jun 27, 2017 at 2:31 AM #1
    FlyingApple

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    Hello,

    I am quite a big fan of the white iMacs and have been researching how to mod a 24 inch model from 2006 through its LVDS connection for a while now. I bought my controller board and power supply from an eBay seller eQ store. It is compatible with the LCD from the iMac. I am ready to proceed with the mod but I have a few safety concerns.

    Here is the LCD Power Supply they sent me.


    I have figured out all the connections. It will fit into the iMacs enclosure. I plan to insulate underneath and in front of the PSU using electrical/vinyl tape. I'm not sure how to mount it yet either. My biggest concern is about the high voltage. The Inverter and PSU connect directly to each other (I am using the factory apple inverter). The cable is a standard ribbon cable. However, since a lot of power will go through these wires I am concerned about the insulation gradually wearing down over time. Would wrapping the wires in electrical tape solve the problem by adding another layer of insulation?

    Also, I have heard a lot of scary stories about big capacitors and high voltage wires on the vast expanse of the internet. Should I be worried that the PSU will arc to the metal enclosure? Must I place the PSU in a case inside the iMac housing? Just want to know all these answers so I don't get killed for the sake of modding an iMac. And I assume the PSU has not been powered on in a long time if ever because it just made a three week journey from China.

    Any help is appreiciated.
    FlyingApple
     
  2. FlyingApple

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    No ideas anyone?
     
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    You're asking some pretty technical questions, so it will probably take some time to get answers. As per the PSU, I'd probably try to get some kind of enclosure, but that's just me. I know the G5 model PSU was fairly contained, but the later models weren't as much, so it's probably more dependent on how you layout the internals.
     
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    Jun 28, 2017 at 2:12 PM #4
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    What would make a good enclosure? It can't add that much thickness to the PSU because it is just fitting as it is now.
     

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