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  1. It could probably be fixed, but it's a lot of work. There's a good chance the vias are eaten through and the solder joints and traces are corroded. I attempted to fix one a few years ago. Managed to get it to boot, but it has issues. My thread with carnage and attempted repair pics: https://68kmla.org/forums/index.php?/topic/17191-mac-classic-pram-battery-carnage/
  2. Yes, that's correct. I'm glad you think the LCD w/custom bezel idea looks good. I was trying to preserve as much of the compact Mac "personality" as possible, but still have the touchscreen work, so I'm glad the bezel is enough to give the illusion of a CRT without needing a cover!
  3. Ah, there's actually no CRT-shaped plastic covering the LCD. Just the bezel around the outside edge of the LCD to fill the gap between round CRT shape of the case and flat LCD.
  4. I'll be removing the protective plastic. I only left that on so it doesn't get scratched up. However, it does actually work through the protective plastic so it should work even better without it! The bezel itself doesn't interfere with the touchscreen since it only touches at the very edge which I think is a "dead" area not sensitive to touch. I'm still undecided on hacking up the case or not. I kind of like the idea Trash80 mentioned of cutting out a hole for the I/O shield, but setting it inwards about an inch so the VGA loopback cable doesn't look so obvious. That would also make
  5. Thanks. I made it using ABS plastic sheet. First, I cut out a flat bezel shape. I originally tried to use a heat gun to heat it to see if it would conform to the shape of the CRT - it wouldn't. It just wanted to warp. So instead, I made a cardboard template of the curvature and made 4 pieces for the inner bezel which are curved on one side and completely flat on the other. On the curved side, I used MEK (methyl ethyl ketone) to solvent-weld the pieces to the bezel. When all 4 pieces are attached, it makes the bezel curve appropriately. Then I filed and sanded it smooth. I kept all the
  6. That idea actually did occur to me, the backplane could be recessed up to 1.5" if I cut away part of the metal chassis. For some reason I had thought it would weaken the chassis too much, but I just went back and measured it and it looks like even if I cut it, there would be plenty of metal holding it together so I'm not sure what I was thinking. Might be worth doing if I don't care about reversibility. After all, if I'm going to cut up the plastic bucket, why not cut up the metal chassis too? It'd only need to be done once anyway. That tray drive will look really amazing if it matches th
  7. Removable tray (or lack thereof) isn't really what would make the reversible method more difficult to upgrade. The difficult part would be that when a new connector standard comes out, I'd have to source new panel mount extensions and modify my connector panel to accommodate. Using the rear bucket cutouts as-is was pretty much what I would do if I go the reversible route. I gave it more in-depth thought, and I decided HDMI, ethernet, and a few USB is all I'll probably need. My ITX board has other connectors for SPDIF audio and PS/2, but I won't be using them and can't imagine ever needing
  8. I hadn't thought of a breakout box, but I'm thinking that might be overkill since all I need at the moment is ethernet, a few USB, HDMI, and maybe an eSATA. They're all pretty small and might fit in the existing DB25 and DB19 holes. Cost is probably the big thing doing it that way, because panel mount USB 3.0 port extensions are about $5/each, HDMI about $10, eSATA probably around $5, Ethernet $2. Probably an extra $30 for all the ports I'd need. Although it is encouraging that after looking for these things on eBay to see that they actually do exist.
  9. My Mac Classic actually cannot be used as a Mac since the logic board is shot (eaten away by battery acid - tried to fix the traces, but it gets a memory error), so it's not really an issue of ruining a good vintage Mac, but ruining a good vintage Mac Classic case that someday could be used to restore a beat up Mac Classic.
  10. My Mac Classic has a bad logic board so I've decided to use it for a Mini-ITX case mod. I have 2 ideas on how to approach this, but I can't decide whether I should focus on easier future upgrades, or reversibility: Easier future upgrades - I would build a Mini ITX bracket to fit the ITX board into the same location as the original logic board. I would then attempt to cut a very precise hole in the back of the case to snap the board's I/O shield into. Stock cooling duct and fan would need to be removed. VGA cable for the monitor will need to be brought outside via another hole to be
  11. I've always loved the looks of the Quicksilver G4 and hated the looks of PC cases. When it came time to build a new PC, I decided I would do what several before me have done - build one into a Quicksilver G4 case. Around 2006, I bought a complete, but gutted Quicksilver case from eBay. I'm lazy and procrastinate a lot, so I didn't get around to starting this project until last Fall (only 5yrs later, that's actually pretty good for me considering I have unfinished projects dating back 13yrs). I have seen this done many different ways, involving cutting corners off of DVD drives and reloc
  12. Ah, I see. Yeah, I've seen other people butcher the Quicksilver case to get an ATX power supply in there. I guess most people don't know an Antec Basiq BP500U is a 100% drop-in replacement, no modding needed except for the rear screws being a different pitch thread. Even the front bracket still fits. I must have stared at hundreds of pics of PSUs before I came across that one. Just thought I'd mention it in case that info may come in handy in the future!
  13. Nice work! Just curious, why did you swap the Quicksilver internals into a Digital Audio case? Just liked it better? I'm a huge fan of the Quicksilver case. So much so, I picked up an empty Quicksilver case and modified it to house modern components when I built a new PC.
  14. In my eBay searching experience, the compact Macs actually seem to be worth more whole. Contrary to almost everything else, the sum of the parts seems to be worth less than the whole. In completed auctions, I'm seeing a system board around $7, CRT $10, and analog board $16. Whole Mac Plusses seem to fetch $50-150 depending on condition and whether it has keyboard and mouse. There is the occasional oddball that sold for less, but they are usually the AS-IS ones with no keyboard and mouse. I would be interested in the damaged case if you want to sell it. It might be an interesting way t
  15. Yes indeed, it was a Maxell battery. I thought the carnage here was bad, but the pics in that thread look much worse! Just a slight update... the HDD now intermittently works. It's still loud as an angle grinder, but the screeching/screaming sounds have quit. I guess the bearings have settled. Every time it boots when the HDD works, I get this error: Is this a control panel setting to enable AppleTalk, or does the system automatically detect it? If the latter, I'm thinking this may be related to those missing resistors on the underside of the board. However, it does boot into t
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