Trash80toHP_Mini wrote:You're lucky, over half of the non-functional/questionable stuff I've bought, hoping for a DOA unit for hackage, has arrived alive or I've fixed a tiny problem . . . concurrently shooting myself in the foot when it comes to my hack.
Someone had also knocked the glass tip off the end of the CRT, compromising the vacuum, so it was well beyond repair (for me anyway). I managed to salvage the Mac Classic memory upgrade board (fully loaded), the floppy drive and an original Apple 40Mb HD. There might still be some good components on the analogue board, but I don't have a need for them.
Trash80toHP_Mini wrote:Are you refurbing another Classic or doin' a hack with that shell?
Hack. Over the years, I have ended up with a couple of spare Mac Minis. They're so cute, I just can't bring myself to sell them, so I was left wondering if there was anything I could do with them. After seeing this guy's little Mac Plus/G4 Cube project, I decided I'd like to do something similar:http://technabob.com/blog/2008/05/31/modder-crams-g4-mac-into-mac-plus
I've used a Mac Classic case, an 8" LCD screen and a 1.85GHz Intel dual core Mac Mini to create a "Classic-Mini". Being a 68K enthusiast, I could not bring myself to build this from a working Mac (I already bought a broken Mac Plus for the job, but I was able to fix it) so I was very pleased when I found out how damaged this Mac Classic was.
I also wanted to make sure that the Mac Mini remained unaltered in any way, so that I can just whip it out at any time if I need to. I've attached some pics.
At the moment, I'm just holding everything in with cable-ties, and I've yet to find an elegant solution for accessing the Mini's power button. I also plan to run some USB extenders to the back of the case so that I can plug in external USB devices if required.
The ADB keyboard and mouse are just for show, and I'm actually using a wireless keyboard and mouse with it.
The only problem I've encountered is that the WiFi network signal gets a little deteriorated in that case, so I probably need to find a way of placing an external antenna of sorts inside the case. Apart from that, I'm very happy with it. I know it's not original, but it is fun!
Sorry about going off topic.