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Upgrading iMac with Mac Mini

I love the iMac known as iLamp or volleyball or whatever else...

Has anyone replaced the innards with a mac mini?

That's my next project! Any thios would be appreciated.

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Can you please be more specific on what you would like to do?

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funny, rab77hp, I seem to be able t understand what Jack wants .... hot that hard to see he wants to move the mac mini into the Imac case, and use the imac screen ....

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Then if I'm understanding correctly- he wants to completely swap out the 'innards' or the iMac with the mac mini.

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I can see that being a fun procect - but not sure if the screen on the iMac ends up using a standard cable with pinout you can connect to the video port of the mini. I guess you need a circuit diagram for the iMac

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you missed the spelling of 'project' then! lol :)

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Hi there,

I have the same project with my old G4 iMac

Did you finally managed to do this?? If yes how did you manage the screen connection??

Thanks

Joel

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Nope. Screen issue was a show stopper!

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but there is a solution to connect the original screen to a mini

CLICK - but be careful - if you don't understand chinese - it will be very hard to get ;-) (google could help - but not so much)

there is a topic about that on macrumors, but last point was the link to the page above.

i have an iLamp 17" and i'm also planning a "technical refresh"

but instead of a mini i will put in a mini itx board with a core 2 duo - the mini wont help anyway - the optical drive is not usable in the iMac, the whole thing makes only sense when put in without the case and in the end - the mini is only a mini itx board - so why should i buy a pretty expensive mini itx board without the abilitys that some other boards have (mine has 2 vga and a hdmi output, 6 usb 2.0 and since it's a santa rosa board - i'm able to run the snow kitty on it

i'm thinking abit getting a different lcd panel in the g4 - the hanns g. 17" have the same aspect ration and the same resolution as the 17" iMac g4 - but i have to figure out how to put everything together in the lampie

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Wow, Japanese...

So problems are :

-optical driver (should not be so big problem)

- how to fit all ports ont he circular base (firewire, usb...); looks quite difficult

-THE SCREEN (this one is quite tough)

Well, I keep this project in mind and will see this one of this day. I do not have enough time now.

Thanks

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The optical drive is one of the biggest issue if you want to keep the original design - a slot in drive can not be used with the mechanism on the g4, so you would need an ultra thin drive with a motorized tray

i would love to hafe a touch screen in my 17* - but since the most drivers are for windows based machines - there would be not so much chance to get a working one with the correct size and aspect ratio

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