Hey I am wondering how you guys got into modding and how someone new to these waters could get into modding? I have been using macs since i was round about 6 or 7 (now being 16), the first mac being a Power Performa 8600. I remember the day my dad bought it . I now had a 700MHz eMac and he has a mac mini with the apple cinema display. However i do have an old old powerbook 1400 lieing about. I would like to get a cheap ibook, maybe get a faulty one and go from there?
Any advice and input would be very much appreciated.
eMac - 700MHz, 40g, 1gb Mac Mini - 1.42GHz, 80g (250G ext),1gb 20 " Apple Cinema Display 30G ipod photo ipod touch - 16 Gig
The iBook is a great place to start. I obtained a few broken iBooks from friends and fixed 'em up, painted them and just messed around. I am relatively new as well compared to most on the forums but you gotta start somewhere right?
iMac G5 rev b. 1.8 2gb ram Red iBook 14'' 800 Mhz G3 12'' iBook 1.07 G4 12'' iBook 600 Mhz G3 3.46 Intel Core Duo 2GB ram 500 HD 24 inch dell flat panel Dual GeForce 8800 GTX in SLI
I got started in this by having to mess with pretty much everything I own! All of the information on the web peaked my interest and helped push me to where I am now. May I suggest you start with something like a PowerMac G3 B/W or a Sawtooth G4 PowerMac. They are cheap and allow for lots of upgrading and modding. A laptop my be a bit more than you want to get started with, but really anything you have is a good place to start as long as you have a back up in case things dont go as planned. Good luck and welcome to the Mac modding world!
The 1400 makes a good picture frame, its been done several times so info is easy to find and its a good mix, not too technically difficult but a challange to make one that looks nice and not all duct-tapey. Have fun
I got into modding when I decided to build my own Smurf at Uni. Damn thing is so unreliable. I don't even use it any more. A couple of good rules with modding:
Never mod your main machine unless you really know exactly what you are doing; Don't bite off more than you can chew: Some great ideas simply aren't worth the time, hassle and/or money; Necessity is the mother of invention. Try and build something genuinely useful, or just make something look really cool;
I got into modding when my first generation clamshell's hard drive died. Then someone gave me a "new" 10GB laptop drive, but it was one of the older thick ones and didn't fit, my first mod was making it fit and work. I still use it now. But I put a strong emphasis on what Waragainstsleep said about not modding your main machine, at least not until you are confident inside computers.
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