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    XServe Raid Conversion Kit

    I am considering developing a kit to convert the aging Xserve Raid rack into a useable enclosure. You can now routinely find these units on eBay for around $100, and considering the cost of typical rack unit (which aren't even as nice), I thought it would be about time to look at repurposing this beautifully made case into something builders could recycle. Basically this kit would include replacement PCBs for the drive sleds so that we can use standard SATA drives, while retaining both the power and activity lights. Secondly the kit would include a backplane PCB with standard molex and SAS connections. This would make the unit usable for homebuilt servers, NAS applications, or even just as a SAS expander. My target price for the entire kit would be around $200-250. I know this sounds like a lot but considering the quality of this case it is really comparable to other cases. Anyway, I put it to you guys to see if this would be something the community would be interested in. Let me know what your thoughts are. Thanks! Dan
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    G5 to ATX Front I/O Cables

    Just checked this forum after years of being away. Glad to see it's still going strong. Way to go AlohaCab!
  3. I got a couple of used XServes for super cheap on eBay. I am going to use one as a VMWare Server for remote employees. The other will be a simple file server since I can do both SMB and AFP as opposed to our Win SBS 2011 server which can only do SMB. The one that will be for virtual machines I felt that I would need a little more power to handle the out of office employees. I bought a pair of Xeon e5345 CPUs for $40.00 on eBay and they certainly did the trick. Here are the before and after Geekbench results Before - http://browser.primatelabs.com/geekbench2/1814845 After - http://browser.primatelabs.com/geekbench2/1533559 Quite an improvement in my opinion. Went from four total cores to eight. As temps go; idle temps are around 35-42c. I also used Arctic Silver 5. OSX System Profiler does not recognize the CPU name. It gets the number of cores and speed right but it lists "Unknown" as the name. However, Geekbench and the virtual machines both see the CPU speed and name correctly. For $40 this was a great upgrade.
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    Apple Pro Speakers Mod

    You're exactly right Nick. There was obviously an amp built into the old PowerMacs. Additionally I've read that in that little pendant on the speaker cable there is a little chip that can turn the speakers on and off somehow. Quick note. I've been using these speakers on my desk at work connected to a Mac Mini and there is plenty.of volume. I usually run them at about three to five "dots" depending on the song. I think I'm gonna get another set for my desk at home. I'll take pictures of the actual wiring this time lol.
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    Apple Pro Speakers Mod

    I always liked the design of the Apple Pro speakers from back in the PowerMac G4 days. I had a set with my MDD G4 and thought the sound quality was better than speakers for this size. So I thought it would be a cool project to mod a set to be used without a Powermac. It's pretty simple to do this if you have a little extra time and a soldering iron. Here is how I did it: 1. On the Apple Speakers, cut the speakers off of the little round pendant Y thing. So now you should just have the two speakers with a good length of thin cable. 2. Cut and strip the ends of the wires. You can get rid of the thick shield ground that surrounds the inner wire. You don't need it. 3. You can use any male 1/8" adapter with a stereo tip. (this has 2 rings around it) I used a white 1/8" cable from monoprice.com. Obviously strip the cable down. Pinout: Speaker 1 Brown - Left Signal + Solder to: White Wire (Sometimes Black) - 1/8" Jack Speaker 1 Yellow - Combine with White - Shield Ground (Bare Copper) - 1/8" Jack Speaker 2 White - Combine with Yellow - Speaker 2 Blue - Right Signal + Red Wire - 1/8" Jack 4. The most important thing is just that you connect the corresponding wires. Like if you are looking at the wires as they connect to the actual driver inside the speaker just say "Left connection is signal" and use that same corresponding wire on the other speaker. That way your signal won't be out of phase. Pretty simple hookup. 5. I was a little bummed about lack of volume. An external amp of some kind is probably best. These speakers would be best for an environment such as a reasonably quiet office or bedroom. 6. From what I've found on the web each speaker is rated for 10w at 4ohm each. Overall I still feel these speakers give a solid overall impression of the audio source. Very pleasant to listen to. Again, maybe too quiet for most sans power amp of some kind, but hey they look cool! Nice little hour long project.
  6. The CM108 runs the front audio on the Mac Pros. I'm sure it sounds good enough.
  7. Looks good! Wanted to offer an idea. If it were possible to integrate a USB hub IC and a CM108 audio chipset you could get your cable connections down to two connections. One usb and one for ethernet You could get two USB, analog audio in and out, TOSLINK audio In and out, and ethernet. The audio would be awesome in a hackintosh world. Maybe this could be done with a dual layer pcb? Just an idea.
  8. Here is my early 2009 Mac mini 2.0GHz that I just converted to a "server" model. All that means really is that it now has no optical drive and two hard drives. I just used a laptop optical bay to 2.5" converter that I got on ebay for about $16. The two drives are Hitachi 750Gb 2.5" 7200rpm drives. I have set them up in a mirrored RAID with a 128k bit size or whatever. This computer is my HTPC and Plex server. I had to massage the cheap drive converter a little to get the holes to line up but I eventually got it. I used to have all my video files loaded on my Time Capsule but since now I'm sharing my library with friends I wanted to get some faster read speeds for transcoding and whatnot. I had to break off a little piece of the drive converter to avoid the IR Receiver.
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    Alternatives to Mail, Calendar and Contacts?

    Check out DAVMail. It's a "go-between" that I've found to work most of the time. I haven't used it in a while so maybe the issues I faced before will now be fixed. Good luck! http://davmail.sourceforge.net/
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    C.H.U.D. 3.5.2 for PPC Machines

    Got a noisy PowerPC PowerMac or iMac? Download CHUD to enable nap mode to lower fan noise and CPU temps. www.chudarchive.com
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    [Sell] i7-920, 12Gb, 5870 G5 Case

    I'm selling my hackintosh to anyone in southern California. Please refer to my craigslist post below. $900 http://sandiego.craigslist.org/csd/sys/2852021561.html Specs are i7-920 MSI x58m 12GB DDR3 1333 ATI 5870 1GB Apple Airport 802.11n card 500Gb 7200RPM
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    G5 to ATX Front I/O Cables

    I've looked into this too and it's kind of the same deal as the G5. There are two or maybe more versions of the PCB for the front I/O. One is made up of a couple connectors including a SATA cable that is used for USB. WTH Apple. Then there is the 44pin IDE version which is most similar to the G5. It's too bad that the price on the Mac Pro cases isn't coming down like where the G5s are. Oh well.
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    G5 to ATX Front I/O Cables

    This cable will not work on a Mac Pro or a late model G5. Rule of thumb: If your case has two ethernet ports this wont work.
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    Pre-made Custom G5 Rear I/O Ports + Cables

    I've been thinking about these pcbs and I'm wondering if it would be worth it to integrate a usb hub chipset into the board to run a CM108 audio chipset and to drive both of the usb ports. This would make it so a single USB connection (preferably to the MB header) could drive both analog/digital sound and usb. Also, I have looked around for the Left-Angle standup Firewire 400 and still can't find anything so that leads me to think including a Firewire 800 port would be the better choice going forward. I currently have a lot of interest in this and I'm tracking down some people to possibly do a design based on what I've proposed here. Anyway, just wanted to throw my 2c into the conversation.
  15. I have recently been asked a few times how I setup the front cpu fans on my G5 to ATX conversion. Truth be told there isn't really a right way, though there is a wrong way. The wrong way is combining the two ​fan RPM connections together. Here is how I hooked up my fans. The way I hooked up PC PWM fans: What you could do for standard 3 wire fans Original G5 Pinout: You'll have to do some splicing in with the original fan cables since the pins are not standard. Additionally you'll have to splice the other end of the connection (after the G5 divider connector) to a standard PWM/3pin connector. To get RPM to report to the motherboard you need to hookup a separate 3pin connection after the connection in the G5 divider that will run to the motherboard as a "case fan." Keep in mind that you'll only be reporting back one of the two fans; though they should be at the same speed since they SHOULD be the same make/model and so forth. Any questions please reply and i'll get back to you. Thanks. Dan. Sorry for the crumby video quality. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MqKuVQGjMPg **This is done at risk to you and your system. Please be aware that I am not responsible for damage to your hardware."