Loc: Florida, USA
Ok, I have found out some things. I was wrong about the tray-load CD-ROM IDE was part of the hard drive IDE connections. They're diffrent. Also I found out my hard drive I had in it had a bad sector so I replaced it with the 40GB drive I had in the other iMac.
I took out the tray-load and DVD and placed in the slot-load 24x CD-ROM. I got it to boot from CD.The CD-ROM is set to master and the harddrive is set on cable-select For some reason my MacOS 9 CD isn't bootable. I think it's because of a massive scrach on it. Right now i'm using my iMac system restore CD to put Mac OS 8.6 on then i'll install Mac OS 9 over it.
After I finaly get Mac OS 9 installed I will put the DVD back on and test it. I think the DVD Drive might be bad. If it is and since it will be external I will try out my internal Iomega ZIP-CD 650 drive that from I was told is Apple compatable. It can play DVDs aswell. I have started on the fabrcation for a small case to hold the AT power supply and the drives im going to use. Maybe in the furture i'll do the iMac ATX case mod or even build my own small like case like I have done in the past with a ITX system.
I'm going to do as much modding to this iMac as I can. I've been looking at the Floppy drive mod. Not sure if my iMac can hold one or not. If not then i';; just get a USB Floppy or something.
I ordered two sticks of 128MBs for the iMac. I heard a rumor that it can hold infact 384MBs of ram, at the time there was only 128MB simms out when the iMac came out. Never know. Anyway i've seen a few CPU upgrades for this iMac also so when the prices go down i'll order one.
I think you should stop and take a breath for a second. Is this computer worth all the potetnial expense. I dont want to be the one saying dont mod it, but make sure you take cost/use/time into consideration. Do you need an all in one? What do you want to do with it? What is it actuallly capable of? You never know, you may decide that you need a dfiferent starting point. Ive had some macs fall into my lap before and came up with some great ideas. BUT, after much thought it just wasnt worth it. I still have one of them, but each day it becomes less and less useful. Just some thoughts. -maestro
Loc: Florida, USA
I'm modding this because im a modder, I mod anything I can get a hold of lol. Thing is I can always turn this iMac into a tower/desktop based system instead of a all-in-one. I've only spent in all 50 bucks on this project. All of the other parts i've had from other systems have been eather tossed out or given to me. If I can give this more ram and a faster CPU then I don;t need to go out and spend a arm and a leg for a brandnew mac that I will end up ingoreing after some time.
After I complete this mod and share to you all the guide im making for it I will probly gut the other iMac and build a iPC or something.
I would buy another Apple but people want way too much for a classed out system. If it's under 500MHz it's not worth 100 bucks. Ofcorse this is comming from someone that deals with PCs then with Macs.
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