Have many people out there taken the parts out of their macs and put them in entirely different cases? Maybe ATX cases? It would be cool to hear about experiences doing this, especially if you've morphed several macs in to one franken-mac.
Anything in specific you want to hear? I've done in a couple times in different ways. Part swapping is ridiculously easy.I've got macs where the only Apple part is the motherboard and its supporting electronics. Most High end PC servers from the mid 90s share parts with macs (50 pin scsi, RAM on occasion) More recent systems (G3's and later) use almost the exact same hardware. I'm typing this message on a system where the only part Apple created is the motherboard and a personality card. Everything else was retail, eBay, or scavenged from a PC graveyard I have access to.
PSUs tend to use the same voltages, so at worst you need create an adapter harness, drives all use the same standards (ATA or SCSI), Firewire and USB are set international standards. Anymore even RAM is fairly compatible. You'll hit driver issues on expansion cards and the occasional device but even those aren't so bad anymore. Many video cards can be flashed to work with a Mac.
Cases create problems but some boards like the Beige G3 MLB comply with set standards (Mini-ATX) Even on those that don't some sheet plastic, zip ties and a set of needle files can make it extremely easy to mod a Mac into a PC case. If thats what you're looking for, try XLR8yourmac for some write-ups (both for converting ATX PSUs to mac boards and for putting mac boards into PC cases)
I agree. I'm not sure what the point would be, besides just for the hell of it. Now I could see some reasoning if one were to try and build their own dual processor or dual logic board macine. Or maybe an extreme media machine with more crammed in it than can fit in a normal case.
LOL!! That would be hilarious! Yea, I am not sure why you would want to do this unless it is a really old mac and you want to make it look newer. I am sure that taking the parts from an old mac and putting them in a case is fairly easy. However, if anyone out there has done this would you mind posting a mod guide for our members. As easy as it may be for one, it may be difficult for another. This would be really great.
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The problem might be in acquiring the components, which for me isn't going to mean pulling them out of a working mac (why ruin it?). So it might mean hanging around like a vulture for a dead G3 or something that I can meld with another dead one(dead for different reasons obviously).
I did a project called Ebony and Ivory, just submitted it, where I put a Mac and a PC in one custom built case. Problem with later models is that the case is designed to be an integral part of the cooling system. I tried using a 1 GHz G4 PowerMac, wound up killing the motherboard. Same with an eMac. Finally got an older Gigabit ethernet PowerMac with a 1.4 GHz upgrade board.
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