iBook G4 as MusicPad

Posted by: rhodes54

iBook G4 as MusicPad - 10/13/09 02:37 AM

I recently got my MusicPad stolen and while waiting around for the "iTablet" or whatever to come out, I wanted to build a sheet music reader out of an iBook G4.
My first attempt was to butcher the hinge and bottom case so that the iBook would fold completely flat (necessary for sitting on a music stand) and to operate it in Portrait Mode via software called "Display Rotation Menu". I got all THAT working and was waiting for a USB touchscreen overlay that I got off eBay when THAT iBook got stolen. Now that I've got another iBook and booby-trapped the house against further interference, I was wondering if it would be possible to create a "component" iBook so that the Display could be removed about 12 inches from the bottom case. The idea being that I could set the display upright on a music stand and have the bottom half sitting beside it. Any ideas on how I would go about extending the display cable? Or perhaps there's an equivalent cable (but longer) that would work? The two halves could just be velcro-ed together for transport.
I'll post any progress I have. I hope I posted this to the right forum.

Posted by: KnifeLord

Re: iBook G4 as MusicPad - 10/13/09 05:27 AM

We had a similar mod awhile back - <http://www.macmod.com/external-mods/ibook/166-the-i-tablet> - It won't be easy to find such an item as this cable your talking about, I remember a website used to exist that would make custom cables, and that might be the rout to research. Is there an advantage to having the two parts separated?
Posted by: rhodes54

Re: iBook G4 as MusicPad - 10/13/09 02:10 PM

Yeah, saw that tablet when I was researching. It's a bit more involved than what I need. Actually there IS no advantage to having them separate, I think I was over-reaching. As long as it lies flat, I think I'll be good. The new iBook arrives today and I can begin carving up the bottom case (again!) and filing the hinge down. I just hope that touchscreen overlay works as advertised. All i really need it for is clicking on pdf thumbnails. If the overlay doesn't work, I'll need to find some software that will rotate the trackpad input 90 degrees, if such a thing exists.
Thanks for your input. -St