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  1. Phunczz

    Phunczz's G5 Homage Project

    I finally got around to fixing the rear I/O port clip I got a while back from MiniHack. First, the network cable: I soldered the CAT5E cables straight to the top of the green PCB you see from the back of the port. I used hotglue to keep the wires from becoming loose or having a short, since it's a good isolator. I also tied it down by drilling two holes and pulling a zip-tie through. The USB ports. This was a challenge, for my as a noob to solder (in the end my dad did it properly) but also for the confusing way it was wired. I looked at someone else's schematic and it was the wrong way, I decided it was easier to flip the onboard connector than to redo the soldering. I lost a cheap, old wireless mouse testing it, but now it works Here you can see how it is secured. Luckily MiniHack left me just enough of PCB to leave the original screwholes partially intact, so I was able to use the extender-like things to screw it down. Overview, you can barely see the PCB below the fan bracket. On top you see the gray-sleeved cable for the USB header and you can just see the gray-sleeved going to the PCIe network card. The problem is, the HDMI doesn't fit anymore due to the ports of the rear I/O clip and the rather large HDMI plug. So I'll need to get an angle adapter through DX.com Finished ! Although the rear I/O clip was of a motherboard without a RJ11 plug (leftmost opening), I don't really mind. The other ports I'll leave as-is, because I will only be using this case as a NAS for the foreseable future and the only things I have connected all the time are LAN and power, the USB and HDMI are for troubleshooting or installing purposes (hurray for web interfaces) I'll be adding a few 120mm fans to the HDD-rack soon. It's not that I feel it's needed for the temperatures, but the rear 92mm fans are somehow still gathering dust. I got a custom Demciflex dust filter which blankets the entire front. I noticed Noctua has nice light + dark gray fans (Redux) which I'll be trying out. They also have these in 92mm, so I might change those in the rear too. I'll also be adding blank PCI bracket plates (like the HDMI one) to prevent dus from being pulled in through those holes.
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    Phunczz's G5 Homage Project

    It seems to be a good cable for the EU sockets but it isn't exactly the same as mine, mine has another design at one end. But mind you, it could also be this cable: http://store.apple4less.com/Apple-Power-Mac-G5-Late-2005-Power-Cable-Lead-EU-p/pcg5-eu-a.htm Check this to make sure you get the right one. Just to make sure, I only used the original plug (extension), not the PSU itself: http://www.insanelymac.com/forum/topic/287444-phunczzs-g5-homage-project/?do=findComment&comment=1901746 But in the end, the AC 230V is just a normal 230V plug, you just need to figure out the pins.
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    Phunczz's G5 Homage Project

    I ordered it from apple4less.com !
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    Phunczz's G5 Homage Project

    Does anyone have any input on the above ?
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    Phunczz's G5 Homage Project

    So it's been a while since I've been here. I started a new job which demanded a lot of my attention, along with a new computer and some other stuff I have going on. Now I wanted to finish my case, starting with the rear I/O ports. MiniHack hooked me up with a rear port clipped PCB and I sourced the cables I need. But I'm having difficulty figuring it out. 1: The RJ45 connector on the PCB: the multimeter doesn't give anything when I test the pins on the back of the PCB and the pins inside the port. But when you test any random two pins, they do seem to be connected. What voodoo is this ?! 2: the +5V on the two USB ports seem to be connected, is this supposed to be this way ? I hope someone can clarify me on these so I can finish my mod
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    Phunczz's G5 Homage Project

    Thanks for the tips ! I already got a mill last summer. I used it to drill the holes to get started. But the problem is the connector is so small and I don't want a rough cut out with scratches all around So I had to do it manually with files the rest of the way. I'm going to look for a flexible PCIe extension as 10-20$ isn't something I want to skimp on, seeying the amount of money that already went into the hardware. My wallet will survive this better than the new GPU I need to play Battlefield 4 next month, Radeon HD 7770 isn't going to cut it this time
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    Phunczz's G5 Homage Project

    So I went the old-fashioned way and drilled a few holes, followed up by filing the cut out. Took me quite a few hours but I'm happy with the result. Although Apple choose some specific screws for the PCI brackets, they just seem to love that... After this picture I realised I'd best put the network cable over the slot above it to reduce the force on the PCI-e slot. I know it's not a good idea but as long as I don't have my rear I/O port PCB ready, this will have to do. Or maybe a flexible PCI-e extension ribbon cable ? And it works !
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    Phunczz's G5 Homage Project

    Well, that's the problem: I'm very iffy about fit and finish, I want it done right and I know I can't do it right most likely. It is precision work even a Dremel seems to be to unwieldy for. I'm not afraid of drilling two holes but the HDMI cutout seems more daunting. If I only had a laser cutter or water jet
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    Phunczz's G5 Homage Project

    Another detail I'm planning to address: If anyone knows a PCI-bracket with just an HDMI cutout or atleast one that allows enough width to screw it on, I'm very grateful because I can't find any. And I'm not willing to buy a 80$ Chinese HDMI capture card just for the bracket. Flat White HDMI v1.4 1.5m cable: http://dx.com/p/115293 HDMI to HDMI v1.4 male-female: http://dx.com/p/240922
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    Phunczz's G5 Homage Project

    Are we done ? No not at all ! Still some details that need to be worked out. Like these: Mmm minty fresh Apple power cable. Even a power cable can be made sexy by Apple. I'm just a sucker for clean lines. Well worth it ! One more thing: (held by sticky magnet tape to the heatsink)
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    Phunczz's G5 Homage Project

    Not silent, but quiet enough for me. For some reason, the motherboard doesn't seem to throttle the fans although I've set them lower. But it isn't loud for my taste. I can hear the HDD's, two 60mm PSU fans (original ones) and the rear two 92mm Noctua fans when I listen closely.
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    Phunczz's G5 Homage Project

    Thx for the compliments ! It's not really running as in a server environment, it has not enough load for that. It functions as a basic NAS for me and it can handle it very well. I think the disks are so cool because the PowerMac G5 has a "windtunnel" effect, with all the air being pulled from the front, through the drive system, through the CPU cooler and back out. The only drives that are warmer are the WD20EARS, which are about 5-6°C warmer than the four WD20EZRX drives. If I average all disks, they're about 33°C.
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    Phunczz's G5 Homage Project

    Thank you ! The rails were from a local hardware store and were basically curtain rails. The strips and L-shaped beams of annodized aluminium were also from that same store at the building materials. I guess I lucked out as I can believe it could be hard to find annodized aluminium beams. The total width of the rack is ~130mm.
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    Phunczz's G5 Homage Project

    Thank you ! After some fiddling I got my install working with NAS4free like I wanted it. All six HDD's are 4K "Advanced Format" drives and FreeNAS (or atleast the current version) only handles those correctly IN THEORY, not in practice. But NAS4free is equally up to the task and at the moment I have it configured like I want it. Current running specs: Drives are all well withing acceptable temperatures. CPU is about the same. Mind you that all six the hard drives and the CPU are cooled by only the two 92mm fans in the back. Zpool free space is in reality 7.02TB because it loses 4TB with two disks in RAID-Z2 (equiv. of RAID6) and formatting.
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    Phunczz's G5 Homage Project

    The two drives added: And all is working as expected: All I need to do is find a suitable NAS OS. FreeNAS isn't a candidate as it doesn't support 4K drives, although it says it does, it is probably going to be NAS4Free or ZFSguru.
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