This is an anchor thread for a Quadra 630 project I am starting, which will receive periodic updates as the project progresses.
The primary goal of this project is to build a custom, minimal vertical case for the Quadra 630 logic board. The case will not support internal expansion except for the PDS slot. All other peripherals and devices (CD-ROM, Floppy) will be made external. I have already created a 50-Pin to C50/DB-25 SCSI adapter for the CD-ROM drive.
For materials, I want to use wood and perhaps black acrylic. I recall seeing a similar wooden AIO project once- a replica of an actual Apple design that never came to fruition -but I can't find it for the life of me!
The project's main goals, in order of importance:
- Find a working CF Card (or SD Card) to IDE adapter. (There will be no room for a traditional hard disk in the case)
- Construct a minimal vertical case that will house only the logic board, PSU, CF/SD Card, Video-out board, and Front Panel Controller.
- Construct or hack together a smaller PSU. (Not required, but very convenient!)
- Create matching external enclosures for the Floppy and CD-ROM drives.
- Create a special cable and ports for the Floppy drive.
- Create a special audio cable and port for the CD-ROM drive.
- Modify the Front Panel Controller, repurposing the rear programmer's switch to create a light-up power button.
- Modify the video-out board for integrated VGA output.
But why the Quadra 630?
Along with other Macs that use the edge-connector and wiring harness, the Q630's internal design is very modular; a prime target for a custom case. It's also worth mentioning the Q630 has one of the worst designed cases I've ever seen Apple produce. In terms of ergonomics and usability (You can put your monitor on top of it...), it scores very high; but from an engineering perspective it's unnecessarily bulky for the amount of expansion it offers. If you never utilize the video or communications slots, you have a lot of dead space. There's also the fact that I generally dislike horizontal computer cases nowadays: LCD monitors are small enough that finding space is now a non-issue, resulting in the Q630 taking up way more space than I prefer.
Expect some chunky photos of the early prototype soon! Cheers.
Edited by Floofies, 18 November 2016 - 08:28 PM.