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Reverse hackintosh? Has anyone done it?


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All of my time spent on these projects I have seen people make PC's look like macs by putting them in cases, or by whatever means they could. My idea is to take a mac, and put it in a PC case, so when running Windows or Linux it looks just like a PC. Just my crazy idea. Let me know what you think.

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That's actually not a bad idea. Interesting idea though, I do like like Apples cases used for the Macpro, but there are a lot better ones out there like Antec cases.

http://www.applefritter.com/main

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It's like faking a hackintosh...brilliant! I can see it now, "Hey guys, look at my perfectly working hack, works just as well as a mac..."

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I always wanted a hackintosh that had zero problems. That would be a good way. That and it opens up more possibilities of better cooling and stuff. Anyone want to try it until I get some cash to do ir?

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I've done it with the rests of the G4 I used for a hackintosh mod. The only problem is the back panel as always.... The G4 mobo is kind of big, I dont think it will fit on a mATX case. Also you will need to drill new holes to fix the board. The rest is fairly easy...

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BkackCH: Do you have any pics? Would you recommend it? I think it would be a neat experience especially to show off to osx86 haters. I won a mac and I still show my support here! I do like the idea of building a tower just for mac. That is something that always appealed to me, but Apple never offered really. I may build one soon.

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No, I dont have any pictures.
...After using the G4 case I had all the parts around; and I wanted to flash some PC graphics cards with the MAC rom; so I kind of needed it. I used an old PC case I re-found on my basement; it didnt look very good really but if you get a nice case and take your time to mod it it can look nice.

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I guess you could crack open a Mini and spread it over an ATX case ;)

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I see where you guys are going: put a Mac in a PC case, but what for? :wacko:

Isn't the point of a Hackintosh to make PC looks and operate like Macs? If you shove a Mac in a PC then your going backwards from that goal. The Mac is ultimate goal and changing the case to, say a Thermaltake, is just pointless.

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The goal here is to make a mac look just like a PC in a picture. Running Windows and in a PC case, but to have the perfect Mac too. It's just a funny idea that would be entertaining for a mac owner, and someone that liked PC cases I guess.

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Coming from PPC PowerMacs to OSx86 (Hackintosh), I feel obligated to state that the end product is called a Frankenmac.

The term was dubbed when 3rd party developers like ATTO and SoftRAID
created the ability to set up 0-stripe RAIDs via the Macs' internal SCSI Bus.

PowerMac PPC cases of the era only had expansion via 3-6 PCI or NuBus card slots and 4-6 drive bay's (CD/DVD, floppy, ZIP and 2-3 x 3.5" HDDs).
PC mid-tower cases had like 7-11 drive bays and that amount of real-estate was envious to Dr.Frankenmac who really wanted to have a huge SCSI RAID-0, because for our RAIDs we'd have to use External Enclosures.
So, the only solution all these Mac Doctors had for a Internal solution would be to gut his/her own pretty (overpriced) PPC PowerMac, mount a Mobo into a ATX case w/out shorting it out, fabricate your own back-connector panel, hack the power supply to fit AND tweak power/switch cables to fit in your shiny new ATX case. You never knew if you'd gotten everything right when you fired up your PPC, and when you heard the Bell Tole while watching Happy Mac load your extensions, it was customary to make an evil laugh much like young Gene Wilder as Young Dr. Frankenstein.

I'll note, when the beigeG3 was released, via a jumper, you could use an ATX power supply (something that was proprietary to earlier Power Macs).
All Mac Doctors thought of this as a herald that Apple might make PowerMacs fit ATX specs, but were let down when Apple fixed that mistake with almost a decade of (proprietary power supply) G4s and G5s.

Although I've rarely posted on these forums, I've been lurking here off and on for quite a while and I just had to chime in on this thread because the only reason I'm about to build my 1st Hackintosh, is from what I like to call a "Forced Hardware(OS Upgrade)".
My "Frankenmac" (533MHz Digital Audio G4 in rackmount ATX case) didn't make the "Leopard cut".
Although I'm still getting everything done I need too in Tiger, I can't afford the hardware upgrade to a MacPro. My SCSI RAIDs don't play nice with iMac's, mini's or MacBook's and I'm sure as hell not going to hook my RAID up via a Firewire/SATA/USB - SCSI converter.
Just my $.02,
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That's some awesome info. Thanks for the post!

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I've done something along these lines, actually - put the motherboard of a beige G3 Power Mac into a beige PC tower :(

That was a long time ago already, but I still have it and have recently set it up with spiffy new(ish) hard drives, and I might be moving it into a nicer PC case soon.





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