So far I have removed the Apple 18-wire cable from the connector as shown below.
Having purchased jumper wires, I removed their female ends from their header casings.
These will then insert into the 18pin connector.
Here we have my current progress:
I think it's sensible to come up with a list of required items which we can add links and more information to as we come up with them.
The 18 pin connector
a ) use the original that came with your G5 case
b ) order one
I have discovered the difference between the 18-pin connector and the standard headers that usually plug into our motherboards. The 18-pin connector is a 'Milli-grid' connector manufactured by Molex. It uses a smaller grid layout than standard headers.
Information available here.
Molex's Milli-Grid family of high density connectors is based on a 2.00 by 2.00mm (.079 by .079") grid pattern. The system offers complete design flexibility for wire-to-board, board-to-board and cable-to-board connections in PCs, entertainment, telecom and other electronic industries.
Compared to traditional 2.54mm (.100") pitch connectors, Milli-Grid connectors offer up to 40% savings in PCB real estate.
Housing 2.00mm Milli-Grid,18w
These are available to order from RS and they have a Worldwide website too.
Terminals for the 18 pin connector are available from RS too - click here
USB/Firewire/Power/LED/Audio connector housings (available from frontx.com)
Terminals for the USB/Firewire/Power/LED/Audio connector housings (available from frontx.com)
Suitable wire - I've ordered 10m of AWG 24 (0.2mm) fan wire.
Crimping tool - I'm hoping needle nosed pliers will suffice - I'll update with how this goes.
The correct pin out for the circuit board header, NOT the end of the 18pin Apple cable (if they are different).
I hope other people share my enthusiasm for this project. I'll continue researching and post anything I find. If anybody else fancies helping and posting, it'll be appreciated. If we combine our Googling skills we are sure to come up with the goods!