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Thanks a lot ^^.

I'm looking forward to make my own no-cut G5 mod. Like the challenge !

Do you think that making a front i/o panel to ATX cable and the rear i/o panel soldering part are hard tasks for "common" people ?
I mean, I'm good at following tutorial and I have the basic understanding about soldering and wiring but it will be my first time doing something like this.

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Challenges are good, I love them. I think you'll be fine as long as you know what you're doing, understanding of the task at hand.

There are lots to consider when doing a mac case mod because there are many ways to skin a cat. I did tons of research (two months worth, on and off) before even starting the project. I didn't want to get stuck in a situation that I couldn't figure out a plan for. So thoroughness is the key.

Now I know you are asking specifically about the ports. I think you can easily do the rear ports hacksaw mod that I did if you have the original logicboard. Although I'd recommend something that cuts cleaner, like an angle grinder. And just have a multimeter handy so you can figure out the pins.

If you feel that this task is a bit harder than you originally thought, you have the option to purchase pre-made parts from the forum members. I am building and selling custom rear IO ports (link in my signature). And for the front ports, I didn't want to deal with it so I bought one from AlohaCab in the US. Gus.Carrie is also selling them if you'd like to buy from UK.

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I know how to build basic pc in normal pc case.
I've been reading and searching informations about the front and rear i/o panels for weeks now and as I don't want to cut the G5 case, your mod is one of the best I've seen till now.

I could buy pre-made cable and rear i/o panel but it would not be a challenge anymore as it is the most difficult part, isn't it ?

Now that you said you could help, I feel more comfortable to start this mod.
Do you think a dremel tool would do the cut job as nice as an angle grinder ?

My biggest concern actually is about the ethernet port ^^.

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I believe a dremel would work, I'm not sure what kind of cutting disc is best though (I am still experimenting with mine). I found the angle grinder really quick to cut. Have you cut pcb boards with the dremel before?

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Nope ;)

I watch some video mods over the internet and the guys cut aluminium, plastic, ... almost anything with it.
So I guess it's possible with the right shaft.

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You should be aware that cutting pcb is a bit more difficult than plastic or aluminum, since it is made of fiberglass. That stuff can eat up your blade quick if you are not using the right one.

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Thanks for the info.
Just don't sure that getting an angle grinder just for this mod is the best choice for me.
Anyway, I'll make sure to get the right tools before hand.

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Oh of course, I wasn't expecting you to get an angle grinder just for that :)

If you go the dremel route, I believe you'll need a diamond wheel for best results.

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Oh of course, I wasn't expecting you to get an angle grinder just for that ;)

If you go the dremel route, I believe you'll need a diamond wheel for best results.


Thanks for the tip :)
I will surely begin the mod at the end of this month, beginning of July.

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Hi,

I'm gonna start the project this week-end !
Mobo came already, I'll get the other parts this friday.

First step : make the front i/o cable. Shouldn't be too hard :)
I'll keep you posted when I'll start to work on the rear i/o ports.

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Nice mod :rolleyes:

Do you have a pin layout for the rear i/o ports? Im planing on doing something similar but i dont have a clue about soldering these pins =/

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Hi,

I'm gonna start the project this week-end !
Mobo came already, I'll get the other parts this friday.

First step : make the front i/o cable. Shouldn't be too hard :o
I'll keep you posted when I'll start to work on the rear i/o ports.


Sounds good, keep us posted.


Nice mod :)

Do you have a pin layout for the rear i/o ports? Im planing on doing something similar but i dont have a clue about soldering these pins =/


Thanks, I don't have the whole pinout diagram but I did a quick drawing or the audio and usb pins. If you are looking at the bottom side of the board with the ports facing toward you, here's how it looks.

Attached File  P6223046.JPG   274.99KB   177 downloads

If you think this is a bit of a task and decide not to take it on, I am building and selling custom rear I/O ports with all wires needed.
http://www.insanelym...howtopic=255055

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Thanks a lot :)

Ill give it a try.

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I've been pretty busy but still managed to get a few things done.

Thanks to our good friend AlohaCab, I got my cable in the mail and plugged it up. After installing a few drivers and tinkering around I got the power button, audio, usb & led to work. Still working on the firewire... but then again I'll probably never use it. My mobo seems to be very picky.

In continuation from my last post, I was able to finish the aluminum bracket that serves to tie down the PSU and hold the power jack in place. I used the existing bottom-rear two screw holes, so no need to drill the case.

So here's today's main attraction:

It's like origami.


No glue. No mess.


Zammykoo, how did you make the socket for the aluminium extension? I want to do the exact same thing!

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dolan,

It took some figuring out to design the aluminum bracket because I had to make sure my PSU would fit in that exact location. I just took measurements and did a drawing on the pc. I've made custom brackets before so it came easily to me. I just printed the design out and used tin snips to cut the shape out and used pliers to bend it accordingly.

I'll see if I can dig up the drawing for you if interested.


And for the I/O unit hook-up, heres the instructions. It should be self explanatory at this point but feel free to ask if you are still stuck.

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Hi,

I'm gonna start the rear i/o panel this week-end, the dremel and the diamond shaft came.
Is it possible to use the ethernet port by soldering the existing pins ?

By the way, I made my own front i/o cable ... and it works ! (well at least LED, power button and USB, I have not tried audio and firewire yet :P ). The tact switch on the dvd drive was just a piece of cake and it works like a charm also.

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Sounds good, keep us posted.




Thanks, I don't have the whole pinout diagram but I did a quick drawing or the audio and usb pins. If you are looking at the bottom side of the board with the ports facing toward you, here's how it looks.

Attached File  P6223046.JPG   274.99KB   177 downloads

If you think this is a bit of a task and decide not to take it on, I am building and selling custom rear I/O ports with all wires needed.
http://www.insanelym...howtopic=255055


Your USB pinout is technically wrong, you've mixed up d+ (green) with d- (white). At first I followed your pinout but when I measured the usb pins with a multimeter I got d- in the d+ spot and vice verse so I swapped them so they're red, green, white, black. Then I connected it to my machine and tested with an USB mouse and it worked perfectly. So for anyone who might see this after me and attempt the same thing, be a aware that you should swap data + and - in the picture. The audio one were perfect so that's all good.

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Hi,

After 1 month (well I could work on it only week-ends though), my G5 mod is 99% done !
I made my own cable : LED, Power button, USB and Firewire are working well. I don't know why the audio isn't working but it's not really a big deal for now.

I didn't want to cut the back of the case but I also wanted to be able to use all the ports on the back so I cut it anyway.
Still thinking how I'm gonna customize the rear I/O panel (the 1% to end the mod ;))

I replaced the rear fans and fixed two 12cm on the front.

Using Andyboot 5, I installed 10.6.8 from scratch (did get a KP at the end even I removed the plugin, restart and everything works smooth).

Overall, I'm pretty happy about the result.
Just wanted to let you know and if you have any idea why the front i/o audio is not working ;)

PS : will post one or two pictures later.

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Your USB pinout is technically wrong, you've mixed up d+ (green) with d- (white). At first I followed your pinout but when I measured the usb pins with a multimeter I got d- in the d+ spot and vice verse so I swapped them so they're red, green, white, black. Then I connected it to my machine and tested with an USB mouse and it worked perfectly. So for anyone who might see this after me and attempt the same thing, be a aware that you should swap data + and - in the picture. The audio one were perfect so that's all good.


Thanks for pointing that out! As I mentioned I drew that from memory.


Hi,

After 1 month (well I could work on it only week-ends though), my G5 mod is 99% done !
I made my own cable : LED, Power button, USB and Firewire are working well. I don't know why the audio isn't working but it's not really a big deal for now.

I didn't want to cut the back of the case but I also wanted to be able to use all the ports on the back so I cut it anyway.
Still thinking how I'm gonna customize the rear I/O panel (the 1% to end the mod :) )

I replaced the rear fans and fixed two 12cm on the front.

Using Andyboot 5, I installed 10.6.8 from scratch (did get a KP at the end even I removed the plugin, restart and everything works smooth).

Overall, I'm pretty happy about the result.
Just wanted to let you know and if you have any idea why the front i/o audio is not working :D

PS : will post one or two pictures later.


Can you post a picture of the audio wiring?

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Sorry I didn't see your answer. I will edit this post once I get home :D





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