Easiest darn upgrade ever! Scored a sawtoooth motherboard with its G4 450 processor on E Bay for $75! Removed the B&W MB and its rear port bezel and dropped the Sawtooth board in there. All but 1 mount was the same, the rest line up perfectly. For now I am using the B&W's 200 watt power supply. The pins are the same, and it works fine. However I have a VERY light load on it right now, 1 Hard Drive, CD-RW and the 16 Mb ATI rage from the B&W. I intend to add an Atx power supply of at least 300w before performing ANY upgrades. I do not feel that it is a good idea to use this supply long term. The hardest part was wiring the front panel, I built an adaptor based on pin diagrams I found on XLR8. AGP Graphics! 1 Ghz + upgrades! 1.5 gig ram ceiling! Bondi Blue!
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congrats on the board working so well.
don't worry at all about the power supply. the Sawtooths had the exact same ps as the B&W and Yikes. many owners of these 3 towers have all pci slots full and at least 2 HD's. bottom line is that ps will be 100% fine. a more powerful one would be overkill about I bet would also require a voltage mod.
Mac mini C2D 1.83GHz - 2GB RAM - 200GB 7200rpm HD Sawtooth w/G4 1GHz - 1GB RAM - SIIG SATA w/2x1TB HD B&W w/G4 600MHz - 1GB RAM - 2x80GB HD Sawtooth G4 400MHz - 512MB RAM - 40GB HD Dell Ultrasharp 2007WFP 20" Widescreen LCD 2.94TB Total Storage
Can anyone provide a link to the sawtooth adapter circuit? Also, will a digital audio motherboard-- or any other newer board-- fit into a smurf tower as easily as the sawtooth board did? I realize that the blue & white, sawtooth, and digital audio have diferent port panels, but that's OK with me as long as the board bolts easily into the case and can use the existing power supply.
I tried unsuccesfully to build an adaptor and finally just rebuilt the entire front panel board from scratch, the guide can be found here: http://homepage.mac.com/josephk/G4_led.html I couldn't say about other boards fitting however as the Smurf and sawtooth are the nost alike. Gigabit ethernet is still pretty close, that one may fit but it would need its 22 pin power supply.
The PSU on a DA is exactly the same as B&W/ikes/Sawtooth except for those extra two pins. One is a ground, the other is +28V. You can use a power brick of some sort if you can find one with the right voltage (I suspect anything from 25-30V would be fine).
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