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  1. G3 Powermac

    I posted this alredy on the Tonymac forum so apologies if you have already seen it... A couple of years ago I picked up a couple of G4 Powermacs and a G3 Powermac from Ebay for about £10 each. I have built one Hackintosh for a friend and one for myself from the G4's and decided to assemble a budget backup/test rig Hackintosh for myself from the G3. I acquired most of the parts again from Ebay including an Antec 500W PSU for £15, an AsusP5g41T-m LX for £20 this mobo takes DDR3 RAM which is cheaper and will take a max of 8GB, I also managed to pick up 8GB (2 x 4GB sticks) of DDR3 RAM for £27 and a socket 775 2.53Ghz Core 2 Duo for £25 The other parts I happened to have lying around were a 9800gt video card and a Gentle Typhoon 120cm fan. I wanted the finished article to look as much like a stock G3 as I could manage and along with current thinking I decided that an optical drive would not be required. First job was to strip the G3 The problem with the G3 is that the side panels are translucent and when you drill out the old mobo mounting studs you'll be left with holes all over the inner sides and they will be visible. The lettering was carefully removed and retained for later use. Lining up the new mobo to determine where the standoffs should be positioned. The holes for the old mobo mounts can be clearly seen in this pic. I junked the sliding plastic tray latch mechanism and now the top locking bar is used to secure the side door closed. I reversed the spring on the locking bar so now it's springs into the lock position automatically unlike originally. Next job was to fill all the unwanted holes. The G3, G4, Quicksilver and MDD powermac cases are all riveted together so the rivet heads were all filled as well. The inside of the panel after filling. The plan was for an SSD boot drive to be fitted in the 3.5 drive bay and a card reader fitted were the optical drive used to be. The optical drive carrier was cut down so as it's just long enough for the reader and drive mount. A G5 Powermac drive cage is for extra storage. The power switch module from a G4 is simpler to hotwire than the G3 item. Once all the holes were filled a couple of coats of Ford Moondust Silver were applied to tidy it up. Getting some airflow through the case was solved by putting the Gentle Typhoon fan on the bottom where it won't be seen and it can then blow over the Arctic Cooling Accelero cooler on the 9800GT. Fan and drive cage seen from the inside. Card reader in postion. Mobo and graphics card test fitted. As you can see the Accelero cooler just clears the inner panel when the case side is shutting. Cooler sits nicely directly above the fan and also clears the drive cage. The original side lettering was re-attached. The card reader and USB hidden behind the optical drive bay door. Probably won't get used much but it's hidden away and might save grubbing around behind the back trying ti find USB ports. Trimmed the plastic grill away from the PSU outlet for smoother airflow and therefore less noise. Also had to trim some material away form the Euro plug connector. Nothing changed at the front. You can see here where all those ugly holes would be visible if I hadn't filled them. Looking pretty original. I've put in an OCZ 90GB Agility SSD drive for the OS, a 1TB Samsung for general storage and a 500GB Western Digital drive as I am dual booting Lion and Snow Leopard (Snow Leopard because I need it for the Canon scanner that I have as there is no Lion driver for it) I also replaced the temporary Intel cooler with a Scythe Kozuti low profile cooler. The Kozuti is only 40mm tall so there are no clearance problems in a G3/G4 case I also made myself an Airport card from an Apple PCI-e wifi card and a mini PCI-e adapter bought from Ebay, seen here next to the graphics card. Due to the position of the PCI-e slot on the mobo I had to separate the backplate and make a small bracket to support the card. Recognised OOB in OSX The backing plate is mounted in a lower PCI slot. Getting good wireless speeds from it too Forgotten I had this keyboard and graphics tablet but they match the G3 perfectly Am pleased with how it turned out and it should last a year or two as a backup machine and to run the scanner from.
  2. Funny but there were 6 a week ago and I bought one of them too...
  3. G4 Dual boot water pumper

    Yup, filled, primered then sanded and satin blacked on the USB/Audio in out and the old CD drawer door.
  4. Been meaning to build a dual boot machine for a long time now and finally got around to it after getting rid of the old Coolermaster case my Windows 7 machine was in. Same general layout as the "Black Ops" machine I built a while ago.. here but this time with an Asus P5KPL-AM EPU and a 2.66 Q6700 Quad Core CPU an Nvidia 8800GT graphics card 4GB DDR2 RAM and the Zalman Reserator water cooling kit that was on the old Windows machine. As it's a dual booter with Win 7 which I use for games I wanted front audio (which in the end I don't use as I plug headphones into a jack in the desktop speaker volume controls) and front USB and I also wanted a slot loading DVD drive, so I modded the front panel to accept the slot loader and an old audio and USB connector set from another old case. An old Apple IDE Superdrive turned up on Ebay for £14, slow but does the job. Here's the front panel being modded for the slot loading DVD.. I mounted the DVD inside a gutted old full sized DVD chassis. Just took all the gubbins out and trimmed away some of the black plastic inner so the drive would fit in and then secured it with a few blobs of silicone sealant.. And the audio USB panel being modded too.. I mounted two hard drives, one a 1TB and the other a 500GB in an old G5 drive cage I had left over from a previous G5 build.. All fitted and plumbed in.. And finally finished off with the side panels re-polished and the inner panels and Apple logos painted satin black.. Purchased retail OS X loaded with Tonymac method and DSDT created with autoDSDTpatcher. Sleep works fine except that the ethernet connection won't recover after sleep. Temperatures are reasonable but not super cool but apart from that all is good.
  5. I have the same board and had the same problem with the KP with a retail disc and [url="http://www.insanelymac.com/forum/topic/279450-why-insanelymac-does-not-support-tonymacx86/"]#####[/url]. Mine was caused by using an IDE CD ROM connected with a USB adapter which the board didn't like. I just connected the CD ROM to the IDE connector on the board with a ribbon cable, used [url="http://www.insanelymac.com/forum/topic/279450-why-insanelymac-does-not-support-tonymacx86/"]#####[/url] then swapped to the retail disc and it worked fine. Give it a go and see if it works for you..
  6. Budget G5 Hackintosh

    The PSU extension cable actually came with a "Media Centre" case that I had in the past where the power supply was mounted at the front and needed an extension from the back but if you are in the UK you could look at somewhere like http://www.maplin.co.uk/ for IEC mains lead or IEC connector. They will probably be too long but you can always shorten them.
  7. "Black Ops" G4

    The Tamiya paints may well be suitable for the plastics but you will need quite a lot if you intend to spray it. Regarding paint stripper, you could try Nitromors which is a DIY paint stripper but I'm afraid I don't know if it would attack the plastic. You could try it on a small area that wouldn't be seen to prove it, say behind the Apple logos on the inside of the side panel. Those Apple logos are actually translucent blue plastic sprayed with silver on the back on a G4, so unless the blue/silver combination fits in with your final paint plan they would need to be painted too. If you haven't already removed them you can carefully prise them off by putting a case thumbscrew into the hole at the back and screwing it down until you can slide something under from the front to lever it fully off. Be carefull though as they can be stuck down firmly and you don't want to damage the outside of the side panel. (I saw how to do that on a thread here I think but can't remember where) Good luck with your mod...
  8. G3 Case Compatible Motherboards

    I have a couple of G3's stored for future possible mods and the G3 case is pretty much the same as the G4 except for no cooling fan holes on the case side. They may be other slight differences but nothing too major. The mod I did on one of my G4 cases G4 is here... http://www.insanelymac.com/forum/index.php?showtopic=218564 You will need a micro ATX sized board as an ATX is just too big. I used an Asus P5QPL-AM on this one but have used an Asus P5KPL-VM before too. Regarding mounting the motherboard I junked the plastic sliding lock tray entirely and now rely on the sliding lock lever at the top to secure the case side. This simplifies things a lot and allows you to mount the motherboard lower on the case side giving you a bit more breathing space regarding height of the RAM interfering with other components. You can secure this sliding lock lever either by spring loading it the opposite way to the original or by putting a lock or similar through the hole as you can see I have done in the pics on the above link. You can drill out the original stand offs then position your new ones and epoxy glue the new ones in, it sounds a bit gash but it's plenty strong enough to hold everything. A couple of things you need to do correctly though are as zwarbo says make sure you get the mount height of the motherboard right at the PCI slots or the cards wont fit right. (you should temp fit a couple of cards in the PCI slots when you sort out where to mount the mobo) and make sure you get as short a DVD drive as you can otherwise it could cause fouling problems. The ones I used were 17cm deep. Good luck with your build and be sure to post pics up here when you are done...
  9. "Black Ops" G4

    Thanx, it's nice to know that I'm not the only one who likes it It will be a Hackintosh eventually when it is finished.
  10. "Black Ops" G4

    I have been purchasing G4 and G3 cases off eBay recently and now have 4 G4's and 2 G3's a Quicksilver and a spare set of plastics all bought very cheaply and after finishing this G4 recently.. http://www.insanelymac.com/forum/index.php?showtopic=218564 I thought I'd have a painting experiment with the spare plastics set. It's got no innards at the moment and am unsure wether to use these panels on the finished one or to build a newer version with perhaps an i5 series cpu. I think perhaps the latter. All the panels were first rubbed down and sprayed with a plastic primer. It was originally fitted with a Zip Drive but the panel was modded to take a multi card reader Then the final paintjob... Front, top and rear panels are in Anthracite metallic acrylic spray with a couple of coats of clear acrylic lacquer. After several trial and error attempts on the side panels with paint appearing to react with the plastic I mixed and sprayed my own grade of satin black enamel with the Apple badges being removed and sprayed gloss acrylic black with a final 3 coats of clear lacquer I think it looks pretty smart and I am very pleased with it so far, what does everybody else think though? I would be interested in your opinions...
  11. Graphite G4 Replacement Grill Ideas

    That's looking pretty darn good. I can't wait to see final photo's
  12. Done to death but another G4 anyway...

    Good question... I installed this temp monitor http://www.versiontracker.com/dyn/moreinfo/mac/19994 and these were the readings it gave:- At idle.. Playing an HD trailer from Apple.com.. Maybe not a thorough test but as the thermal spec of the E6550 CPU is 72 Degrees C I think that is not too bad.
  13. Budget G5 Hackintosh

    Your right, it is direct to the back of the switch, bypassing the 3 pin plug entirely. Although i did leave the 3 pin plug on mine in case I wanted to use it in the future. I found a site while building mine that described this but unfortunately I forgot the address - Doh! I did keep this picture though.. There are 3 wires on the switch but one of them is for the LED which I didn't use on my G5. You can use a multimeter to see which 2 make the connection when you push the switch or if you don't have a multimeter some wire, a battery and a torch filament would do. Hope this helps...
  14. I know these have been done to death but after I finished my "Budget G5" conversion.. http://www.insanelymac.com/forum/index.php?showtopic=213676 I decided to do another on a G4. So I scoured eBay for a few weeks and picked up a few G4's for bargain prices. One was a fully working almost mint condition G4 running OS 9 that cost me a whopping £4.99! so you can build one of these on a budget too... One I purchased as a non runner was used for this and I fitted an Asus P5QPL-AM with a Intel E6550 2.33 MHz core 2 duo, 4 GB 800 MHz Crucial RAM, 500 GB Western Digital drive and a Nvidia 8600GT graphics card.. I decided to junk the OEM sliding plastic bracket door lock and just rely on the sliding locking mechanism as it simplifies mounting the mobo and gives you a little more space to play with as the mobo can be mounted closer to the case side. A little simple metalwork to make a mild steel plate to mount the I/O plate to and remove the plastic grill on the PSU outlet cleans it up nicely. A combination lock or padlock slipped through the sliding locking bar stops you unlocking it by accident when picking it up and stops anybody finding out that it's not OEM inside as well ;-) Stock Intel cooler is reasonably quiet and provides more than enough cooling for the 2.33 GHz C2Duo I had to extend some of the PSU wiring to enable the case door to open fully open without problems, but it does give you plenty of accesss The Nvidia 8600GT came from eBay for £19.00 with a passive heatsink cooler which is just what I wanted but even with the stock case fan running on 5v for quietness blowing over it it got far too hot to touch so I replaced it with a Zalman VF770 which although isn't as quiet it does keep it lovely and cool. A firewire card and a couple of extra USB have been added too. These are quite old now so most have a few scuffs on the case but a bit of elbow grease, 1000 grit wet & dry and plenty of "T-Cut" will bring the clear plastics up like new. A retail install of Snow Leopard finishes it off nicely. I still love the look of these cases and if you have the parts they make a nice simple project. Hope you like...
  15. I managed to install 10.6.3 on an Asus P5KPL-VM with an IDE DVD ROM with one of "Legacy" versions of Empire EFI so perhaps you should try those... Just checked my discs and it was "Empire EFI V10.85 Legacy no Atom support" that worked on an Asus P5KPL-VM with SATA drive and IDE DVD