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Offline Enabler

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The "FrankenMac G4"
« on: August 03, 2019, 02:16:08 PM »
ATX conversion.......................Lol

1. iStarUSA D-416 Case
2. EVGA 600B Power Supply
3. Icy Dock ExpressCage 6-Bay 2.5" SAS/SATA Drive Cage for 5.25" Bay
4. SATA DVD-R drive with Kingwin IDE to SATA converter
5. SeriTek/S2 PCI SATA Card & 1 Generic SATA card with SeriTek Firmware
6. 1 PowerMac G4 to ATX Power Supply converter cable (Purchased from a fine gentleman on Etsy)
7. I used the CPU Fan & Power On assembly from the original case
8. 1 generic 5 Port USB PCI card with NEC chipset
9. 1 Magma PCI Host card with Intel chipset (To connect to ProTools Mix system in Magma chassis)

Machine is stable and much quieter now as the EVGA Power Supply is near silent
I just need to find a Quiet CPU fan with the same airflow as the original

Specs: G4 MDD Firewire 400 upgraded with dual 1.42 G4 CPU & Copper Heatsink

Link to the Power Supply convertor cable
Be sure to order the proper cable for the type of G4 you own
« Last Edit: August 05, 2019, 03:50:43 AM by Enabler »

Offline GaryN

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Re: The "FrankenMac G4"
« Reply #1 on: August 03, 2019, 05:25:40 PM »
Nice work!

Offline macStuff

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Re: The "FrankenMac G4"
« Reply #2 on: August 03, 2019, 10:58:08 PM »
ive dreamed of doing this; (for the benefit of the expanded ATX style drivebay spaces of course)
you are living the dream!  ;D

business in the front
party in the back

thats quite the "hack" job

dual 1.42 G4 CPU?
stock cpu from the fw800 system?

« Last Edit: August 04, 2019, 01:42:16 AM by macStuff »

Offline Enabler

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Re: The "FrankenMac G4"
« Reply #3 on: August 04, 2019, 05:20:29 AM »
yes the CPU was pulled from a MDD Firewire 800 model, bought just the CPU on Ebay

As you can see I never did pass Machine Shop in high
Quite a hack job it was, I removed the outer plastic shell, then cut the door hinge off with Tin snips,
then just dropped the whole motherboard right down into the case and secured it with Zip Ties.

I have to thank whoever invented Zip ties, my conversion depends on them 8)

I hope this inspires others to do the same cuz the Power Supply in an old G4 will eventually go