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Case Tweaking

Hemos posted more than 13 years ago | from the pretty-cool-hack dept.

Hardware 336

A reader writes "I don't know what they were smoking, but these guys decided that the G4 case makes for a great LAN party box. Of course, without the G4 and all that yucky Mac hardware -- just the aesthetics. They go about hacking and modding the case, turning a low power (aka, weak) x86 box and toss it into the G4 casing, and don't end up destroying the case to make everything fit. Lotsa pictures and explanations of every step in the process"

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Excellent. (2, Insightful)

beowulf_26 (512332) | more than 13 years ago | (#2111604)

Props to them for coming up with a quasi-creative case mod. In a time where stealth-mods, case windows, and neon lights are no longer creative but norm in the case mod scene, anything different is welcome.

My personal favorite is the case mod that throws a computer inside a case of beer. [bluesmoke.net] Thanks for the "light" news every now and then /. readers.

Expensive (5, Informative)

A Commentor (459578) | more than 13 years ago | (#2113682)

$160 for just the case from an 'apple authorized service center'...

And doubtful if they would sell it to you if you told them what you planned to do with it...

Re:Expensive (2, Informative)

Agent Q6 (266280) | more than 13 years ago | (#2153061)

No, that's not really expensive for a case. Some all-aluminum cases cost $300 and don't even come with a power supply or fans.

G4 is by far the nicest consumer case I've ever us (4, Informative)

helixblue (231601) | more than 13 years ago | (#2114155)

I really wonder why none of the PC vendors I've seen use a similar swing-out case design.

The G4 case is a work of beauty. I'd love to see a PC version for the next time I decide to buy a PC (probably not for a while, it seems my Athlon will last me a while). Here is what I think is very slick about it:

* To do maintenance, you pull a handle on the side, the side swings out (as shown on the site). The motherboard pulls out with the side panel, meaning you no longer have to dig inside the machine to add memory or put in PCI cards, and you don't have to worry about using tools to open it. For an example shot, see the first few photos at http://profile.sh:81/Collection/Apple_G4_and_Cinem a_Display/ or the Apple site. This is by far the most easily maintainable consumer level machine I've ever encountered.

* All of the cables for IDE and such are very taught, and held onto the edge. No mess of cables to worry about accidentally loosening up when you add RAM.

* Handles are very convienent for moving it around. As a hidden feature, your machine is actually elevated slightly, rather then completely on the table. You don't have to worry about scratching the beautiful case, just the corner handles.

* The CD burner is nicely hidden from view, with a blue spring-loaded bezel over it. You hit the little blue eject button, and out pops the white cd-rom inside of it. No more worrying about color matching.

* Suprisingly good built-in speaker for the newer models

* Power light is nice bright & white, which fades in and out during sleep mode. This is just a cutesy thing though :)

Overall, it's of very high quality, I'd love to see a similar 3rd party type case for my Athlon. It's got a nice ColorCase brand casing right now. Any ideas on a similar case?

Big fucking deal (-1, Troll)

Anonymous Coward | more than 13 years ago | (#2114407)

Why are there so many articles like this here. It doesn't take a lot of skill to do these trivial things.
I guess maybe if your the typical slashdot nerd, pulling yourself away from some PC game and learning to pick up a screwdriver or saw is pretty exciting.

Why can't we just get along? (1)

GunFodder (208805) | more than 13 years ago | (#2116003)

Why are Mac and PC enthusiasts so hateful to each other? What makes someone go from "my PC is cool" to "your Mac is the worst piece of crap on earth" and vice versa? Were you all abused by computers as children? Get a grip, just because you don't like doesn't mean it sucks.

Re:Why can't we just get along? (1)

jonnyGURU (56281) | more than 13 years ago | (#2116570)

It's a Slashdot thing. ;)

Re:Why can't we just get along? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 13 years ago | (#2137561)

If it didn't suck, I'd like it. That means either I'll like it and it sucks, or I won't like it and it sucks. Either way, it's plain to see, it sucks.

you bunch of tards (0, Flamebait)

hyperstation (185147) | more than 13 years ago | (#2116431)

yeah you, hemos, for publishing it, and you too, anonymous coward, for submitting a story just so you could say something ignorant on the front page...

Of course, without the G4 and all that yucky Mac hardware -- just the aesthetics.

please...

These guys are really smart! (4, Funny)

sg3000 (87992) | more than 13 years ago | (#2122088)

Next project: take a new PowerBook G4 [apple.com] , and remove all the innards and transplant them in an IBM PCjr case! That way you can get rid of the yucky titanium case and downright sickening 15.2" wide-aspect ratio screen. Cool!

exactly (1, Offtopic)

unformed (225214) | more than 13 years ago | (#2123248)

the case serves as an encryption device; by removing the insides of the case and using them for your own purposes, you are violating the DMCA! And you don't get any Fair Use here, because the hardware itself isn't audio. ;)

My G4 / How many FPS do you want? (4, Insightful)

green pizza (159161) | more than 13 years ago | (#2124276)

My machine at work is an older G4/533... (533 MHz PowerPC 7410, 512 MB of CAS-3 [slower] PC133 SDRAM, and the stock OEM nVIDIA GeForce2 MX). While 95% of my time (ok, 85%, but don't tell my boss) is spent in Final Cut Pro, Photoshop, and Cleaner 5, I have installed and played with some of the latest wizbang games. Quake 3, FAKK2, DeusEx, and UT all play very smoothly. "Timedemo" benchmarks show numbers in the 50 - 75 frame-per-second area. Just how much better does a game player need? I would imagine that the GeForce 3 gives even better performance, as well as the CPU improvements in the current G4s (733, 800, and 867 MHz PowerPC 7450). And who doesn't replace the stock mouse with a real one? Just like I did with my old Dell, the first thing I did was buy a nice 3 button scroll-wheel mouse. Works great in Mac OS 9.1 and OS X.

Sure the Mac is no gamer's dream, but it plays games as well as I would ever want. Plus it's a great workhorse.

Re:My G4 / How many FPS do you want? (1)

Midnight Thunder (17205) | more than 13 years ago | (#2168997)

Don't forget that it will also happily run Linux and BSD aswell, okay and Darwin too.

Quakecon (2)

Nate Fox (1271) | more than 13 years ago | (#2124278)

Don't forget Quakecon 2001 [quakecon.org] this weekend. They have their annual Case Mod Contest [slashdot.org] , and this year should be quite good. I heard rumour of a question asked of one of the organizers: 'You think a goldfish would live if its water was heated by my P4?'

Re:Quakecon (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 13 years ago | (#2169003)

Goldfish live in room temparature water you stupid stupid fucker.

fp (-1)

mackga (990) | more than 13 years ago | (#2126449)

fuck post

Very interesting (-1)

Mao Zedong (467890) | more than 13 years ago | (#2126860)

Rather intriguing topic, I might add.

Thanks a lot.

'Bout time. (1)

TheKey (465831) | more than 13 years ago | (#2128208)

That's great and all, and I'm happy for 'em, but I hardly think it deserves it's own topic. But, props to the makers.

Two things... (0, Troll)

phillymjs (234426) | more than 13 years ago | (#2136750)

1) Windows weenies must be the biggest fucking hypocrites on the planet... they always deride Apple products as "toy-looking," and then go and stuff a gamerz rig into a G4 case.

2) I'll be more than happy to give a home to that "yucky Mac hardware" that was left when they finished violating the G4.

~Philly

Re:Two things... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 13 years ago | (#2150636)

Actually, most of the "Windows weenies" that I know are pretty impressed by the G4 case. It's the iMac and iBook that we point and snicker at.

Turning Japanese - The Vapors (-1)

Mao Zedong (467890) | more than 13 years ago | (#2140510)

I've got your picture of me and you
You wrote "I love you" I love you too
I sit there staring and there's nothing else to do
Oh it's in color
Your hair is brown
Your eyes are hazel
And soft as clouds
I often kiss you when there's no one else around

I've got your picture, I've got your picture
I'd like a million of you over myself
I asked the doctor to take your picture
So I can look at you from inside as well
You've got me turning up and turning down
and turning in and turning 'round

I'm turning Japanese
I think I'm turning Japanese
I really think so
Turning Japanese
I think I'm turning Japanese
I really think so
I'm turning Japanese
I think I'm turning Japanese
I really think so
Turning Japanese
I think I'm turning Japanese
I really think so

I've got your picture, I've got your picture
I'd like a million of you over myself
I asked the doctor to take your picture
So I can look at you from inside as well
You've got me turning up and turning down
and turning in and turning 'round

I'm turning Japanese
I think I'm turning Japanese
I really think so
Turning Japanese
I think I'm turning Japanese
I really think so
I'm turning Japanese
I think I'm turning Japanese
I really think so
Turning Japanese
I think I'm turning Japanese
I really think so

No sex, no drugs, no wine, no women
No fun, no sin, no you, no wonder it's dark
Everyone around me is a total stranger
Everyone avoids me like a psyched lone-ranger
Everyone

That's why I'm turning Japanese
I think I'm turning Japanese
I really think so
Turning Japanese
I think I'm turning Japanese
I really think so
I'm turning Japanese
I think I'm turning Japanese
I really think so
Turning Japanese
I think I'm turning Japanese
I really think so

Re:Turning Japanese - The Vapors (-1, Offtopic)

Anonymous Coward | more than 13 years ago | (#2168999)

great song

Ah... Apple (2, Insightful)

Dancin_Santa (265275) | more than 13 years ago | (#2147997)

The Apple tower series designers were really onto something when they came up with the G3. You gotta hand it to Apple, when it comes to aesthetics and the melding of form and function, they've got the monopoly.

Dancin Santa

Re:Ah... Apple (1, Offtopic)

Anonymous Coward | more than 13 years ago | (#2168960)

ATTENTION: Slashdot readers. The above poster said "monopoly". Send in the angry mob to torch Steve Jobs.

Watch Out For The Lawyers (1, Funny)

PingXao (153057) | more than 13 years ago | (#2148281)

Apple won't be happy about this! They'll claim their trademarked logo is being violated by running software not meant to be used on Apple hardware. The casual observer will associate that software with Apple, and as a result their good name will have suffered.

SOMEBODY CALL THE POLICE!

Re:Watch Out For The Lawyers (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 13 years ago | (#2124440)

True.. but what if someone would put a brand-new-hurricane-speed-cpu-overclocking-3d-blaz ing-data-blasting(...)-PC innards that would leave the actual G4 behind in a cloud of dust?

That would be an attention-drawing free (although fake) performance show that could make a few extra people purchase a Mac, wouldn't it?

Re:Watch Out For The Lawyers (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 13 years ago | (#2150356)

Someone go get Jobs, last time I saw him he was out back, whipping a guy he met in the elevator.

Er (2)

cygnus (17101) | more than 13 years ago | (#2168934)

VirtualPC's been out for a while, there, chappy..

Floppies (2, Troll)

Mike Hicks (244) | more than 13 years ago | (#2148291)

Gah! What's everyone's obsession with the floppy drive? They suck, get over it.

Re:Floppies (3, Insightful)

No Such Agency (136681) | more than 13 years ago | (#2116569)

Ok, yeah, floppies do suck, but they're a commonly used medium. Anybody with a slow modem at home or no net connection at all probably uses them a lot. I use them to back up important data (2 copies, because floppies aren't 100% reliable, true) cheaply, and without having to buy a CD burner/tape drive/Zip drive for my old steam-powered Pentium 233. Remember, not everyone has a PIII with a brand new CD-RW. And let's be honest, the drives cost what... twenty bucks new? It doesn't kill you to put one in. You may need to exchange files with unfortunate wretches like myself on occasion.

Re:Floppies (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 13 years ago | (#2128550)

Floppies do suck, but I still have friends with computers that can't boot from CDROM (much less network). I like being able to help these friends. Maybe you don't have any?

Re:Floppies (2, Interesting)

CyberPhunk (457518) | more than 13 years ago | (#2168963)

I agree here. No need for floppies. I purchased a G4 Cube a few months ago (before I heard of them going out of production), and was a bit worried about the lack of floppy. But other than that, it was THE machine, so I just figured I'd buy an external one if there was a need. Besides, I have another older Mac and AMD box with a floppy drive. Well well, pleasant surprise. As floppy-phobic as I was, I haven't had the need to use a single floppy since I purchased the Cube. Now that I come to think of it, I don't even remember when the last time was that I used a floppy, PERIOD, except for the OpenBSD boot disk. (Which souldn't be a problem either if I would just buy the distro with bootable CD.) So why don't I need floppies? Well, they seem to cost more than a CD for manufacturers that want to bundle drivers etc., so no more floppies for that! And with a new machine, back-ups don't go on floppies anyways. What, back-up my graphics etc. chopped up into bits and pieces and scattered over 2000 floppies? I don't think so. And in all honesty, I don't know ANYONE that doesn't have an internet connection, and that includes my grandparents, so file transfers are not a problem either. Just my 2cents.

Re:Floppies (1)

malfunct (120790) | more than 13 years ago | (#2168996)

I have to sorta agree, you should keep the internal Zip drive in this slot or use it for a second hard drive bay or something. I prefer the zip drive because its removable/transferable storage thats large enough to be somewhat useful. Anyways it was in the G4 to start so you wouldn't have to buy it :)

What a waste! (2, Insightful)

talonyx (125221) | more than 13 years ago | (#2148560)

To take that beautiful Mac hardware and replace it with disgusting PC crap? Just to have a nice case?
You can BUY imacky cases.... why ruin a G4 to do it, I don't know.

Moderators on crack again (-1, Offtopic)

Anonymous Coward | more than 13 years ago | (#2168904)

Apparently, the enemy (mac users) of your enemy (MS) is your friend. Mod this down like the troll that it is.

Re:What a waste! (2, Insightful)

Aqua OS X (458522) | more than 13 years ago | (#2168971)

I do agree that tossing out that G4 hardware is a waist (send it to me). However aside from only having 1 full size drivae bay and 1 Zip/Floppy sized bay, the G4 case is one of the best case designs ever. I wish my Athlon had a door and such a great hardware layout. Even Apple's laptops are easy to get into. It is a shame the rest of the industry is not catching on. (however compaqs slide out drive bays are kind of cool).

Blah. (5, Informative)

unphased (411092) | more than 13 years ago | (#2148596)

Look at http://virtual-hideout.net if you have any interest in case modding. They have projects that put this to shame.

Re:Blah. (1)

unphased (411092) | more than 13 years ago | (#2151220)

More specifically the case gallery...

http://www.virtual-hideout.net/cool_case/

Plus someone did this same mod (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 13 years ago | (#2168919)

months ago, maybe even a year? It's in the cool case gallery as well. Somewhere in Norway or the Netherlands, IIRC.....

Re:Blah. (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 13 years ago | (#2168987)

I should really register for slashdot, I thikn a did a while ago, anyways. 2nd for www.virtual-hideout.net and www.hardforum.com to see some REALLY cool case mods. Granted converting a G3/G4 case ain't easy stuff, but nothing super new. Go check out virtual-hideout stuff and you'll see stuff that makes the G4 look easy.

Finally, a good use for something from Apple... (0, Flamebait)

tre (172905) | more than 13 years ago | (#2148840)

After having to deal with AppleDirect multiple times, I can relate to idea that gutting the system and switching it over entirely is a good use for one. Unfortunately, finding an apple machine that doesn't come with a way too hefty price tag and no gaurantee on when it will be shipped from the factory, will make anyone want to gut it. IMHO

F***ing troll (-1, Troll)

l3377r0lld00d (446065) | more than 13 years ago | (#2148978)

> all that yucky Mac hardware

Leave the trolling to the pros...

Why are people so obsessed with Computer cases (2, Interesting)

hackman (18896) | more than 13 years ago | (#2148979)

It somehow seems strange that people can be so obsessed with computer cases. I'm all for cool/personal cases but wow how much work goes into this?

But then I guess I'm a bit of a hippocrite, I've got a pretty wild case for my work PC also.. check out the titan case [trans2000.com] at Trans2000.

Re:Why are people so obsessed with Computer cases (3, Interesting)

geekoid (135745) | more than 13 years ago | (#2110650)

Well computers are to people now, what cars where used to be. first you get it running AFAP, then befor you know it everybodys is running AFAP and the only way to distinguish your car or computer is with chrome, lights, etc...
Personally, I'm giong to go at and buy a lian-li and mod it to look "Juiles Verinish" so it will match my decor. I'm tired of having a nice place and then have this beige box standing out like a sore thumb.

Re:Why are people so obsessed with Computer cases (1)

shogun (657) | more than 13 years ago | (#2168888)

Yeah, some people have a little too much time on their hands to mod up their cases. All i've taken the time to do is find a bit of glo-wire [glowire.com] and done this: 1 [shafted.com.au] 2 [shafted.com.au]
Very simple and people tend to notice it at LANs and the like.

Uhh...wait a minute.. (-1, Flamebait)

Bowie J. Poag (16898) | more than 13 years ago | (#2149337)



I don't get it. Why would you want people to think you owned a Mac? Hell, especially at a LAN party, i'd go out of my way to let them know I didn't show up with a Mac!

:)

Cheers,

Re:Uhh...wait a minute.. (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 13 years ago | (#2168914)

Heh... brought my G4 to a LAN party once. At first people gawked for a while, so I showed them how nice the case was and told them the specs on it, and then proceeded to frag some major ass. Oh, and yes I do use a FOUR button mouse with scroll wheel. Eventually people stopped bothering me about it. A few admitted that it wasn't as bad as they thought, though most said that they still prefered their own, which is understandable enough. Each to his own, as long as the rig can get the job done.

Re:Uhh...wait a minute.. (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 13 years ago | (#2168949)

...I showed them how nice the case was and told them the specs on it, and then proceeded to frag some major ass....

Where did the PC guys manage to get ahold of Marathon for Windoze?

Re:Uhh...wait a minute.. (1)

repetty (260322) | more than 13 years ago | (#2168984)

Probably CompUSA. The had a jillion copies in the clearence bin for the longest time. I even bought my PC-loving friend a copy.

--Richard

Re:Uhh...wait a minute.. (5, Insightful)

repetty (260322) | more than 13 years ago | (#2169009)

Oh, great... now I'll have to cancel the LAN party I had planned for two weeks from now AND apologize for all the fun we've been having at the dozens fo LAN parties I've hosted since around '95.

They were all Mac-only shindigs.

I've got to mention the most amazing thing I saw in all that time, though. It was something so brief that I might have missed it since I was busy setting up systems and greeting people...

This guy shows up to the gaming session with a green iMac. He walks in carrying every damn thing he needs, plugs in, and is booting in about ten seconds. Within a minute of arriving, he's gaming!

My other buddies still drag around CPU boxes, cables, monitors, towels to wipe sweat from their foreheads, etc., etc., etc.

I learned that day that the iMac is one MF'n great game machine.

--Richard

its ruined! (0, Troll)

athagon (410963) | more than 13 years ago | (#2149338)

yeah, but who would WANT to do that? its practically sacrilege to strip the perfect system from its gorgeous box and replace it with a x86 system. it'd be like stripping everything from a Viper (racing car) but the chassy and outside, and replacing the guts with that of a Ford Pinto!

Re:its ruined! (1)

rbruels (253523) | more than 13 years ago | (#2150638)

No, no... not a Ford Pinto. He did actually replace it with a functional machine (unlike the Pinto). But it is like ripping the core out of a Dodge Viper, and slapping say, a Dodge Neon in there. Why?

More like.... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 13 years ago | (#2168942)

More like putting a big block Chevy engine into a new Turbo Beetle. Only other Turbo Beetle owners think they're fast to begin with, and they advertise the shit out of them. Then you take a much hotter (but higher horsepower) engine and drop it in.

Viper my ass. Small market share != high performance. Try running your sacred Photoshop comparison with 6.01 (not 6.0) on a 1.4GHz/266 Athlon. Pentium and G4 toasting.

You must be mistaken. (2, Insightful)

rbruels (253523) | more than 13 years ago | (#2149812)

Yucky Mac hardware? Like what, the oh, RAM? Hmm... no, that's standard PC133. Oh, the hard drive. No, shit, that's ATA. DVD-ROM? ATAPI. Hm.

Perhaps you mean the 128-bit-path PowerPC 7400, which has this terrible tendency to rock the Pentium right off the scale. Or the board, with its firewire interfaces, Gigabit ethernet, and 802.11 capabilities?

Nope, don't see any yuckiness there. Now why you would spend your time and money on violating a really great machine to put a sub-par low-tech x86 box in there is absolutely beyond me. I would love to have that kinda extra time and money. And you probably put Windows on there, for Pete's sake.

Now, I'm no biased Mac fanatic, I'll look at all the sides (and I merrily use Linux), but... why destroy an awesome machine like that? Why?

Re:You must be mistaken. (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 13 years ago | (#2168893)

Why destroy an awesome machine like that? Why?

So you don't have to use the yucky Mac software.

Re:You must be mistaken. (-1, Offtopic)

Anonymous Coward | more than 13 years ago | (#2168975)

What rock did you crawl out from under? Macs make perfectly fine Linux boxen. Apple's new OS is also a UNIX variant. And it kicks ass.

Re:You must be mistaken. (-1, Flamebait)

Anonymous Coward | more than 13 years ago | (#2169007)

That one over there.

P.S. Stop talking to yourself

Stephen King, author, dead at 54 (-1, Offtopic)

Anonymous Coward | more than 13 years ago | (#2149901)


I just heard sad news on talk radio - Horror/fiction writer Stephen King was found dead in his Maine house this morning. I'm sure we'll all miss him - even if you didn't read his books you've probably enjoyed one of his movies. Truly an American icon.

Re:Stephen King, author, dead at 54 (0, Offtopic)

hyperstation (185147) | more than 13 years ago | (#2110412)

this is the oldest hoax in the book, and you all fell for it

Re:Stephen King, author, dead at 54 (-1)

Mao Zedong (467890) | more than 13 years ago | (#2127400)

No it's not -- just got word of it from AP Newswire on G6. I'll post a link when it becomes available.

Re:Stephen King, author, dead at 54 (-1, Offtopic)

Anonymous Coward | more than 13 years ago | (#2110651)

Jeez... It's really sad. All the authors, movie stars, politicians, and sports figures of your youth start to die off so quick. It really makes you appreciate all the things that you've received. Thanks, Mao.

Now back to talking about those ubercool G4 cases!

Mod this up! I'm full of tears! (-1)

Mao Zedong (467890) | more than 13 years ago | (#2113683)

Thanks muffins.

Re:Stephen King, author, dead at 54 (-1, Redundant)

Anonymous Coward | more than 13 years ago | (#2131564)

Does anyone know the cause of death? Does anyone know of any websites covering this news?

+5, important! (-1, Troll)

Anonymous Coward | more than 13 years ago | (#2149705)

Wow. I mean, considering the impact Mr. King had on his genre, and writing in general, I think this is certainly something worthy of coverage on Slashdot.

Thanks for passing the news on; really appreciate it!

Re:Stephen King, author, dead at 54 (-1, Offtopic)

Anonymous Coward | more than 13 years ago | (#2150610)

Heh. I wonder if the book he'd been currently writing is going to be released. Really, he hasn't put out anything worth reading lately. It's really sad to hear that he died, though. Condolences to the whole King family.

Now THIS is a cool case (3, Informative)

Braudo (265448) | more than 13 years ago | (#2149998)

It's nowhere nearly as cool as this case [eugenesargent.com] (http://www.eugenesargent.com/case1.htm).
Thanks, Jethro ;)

Re:Now THIS is a cool case (1)

Scio (467730) | more than 13 years ago | (#2110036)

That case is missing what led these guys to do this in the first place - HANDLES!

Re:Now THIS is a cool case (1)

FIGJAM (29275) | more than 13 years ago | (#2168915)

Braudo beat me to posting this link but there is a handle on the other 16 gauge steel case at the link at the bottom of the page.

Re:Now THIS is a cool case (2)

discovercomics (246851) | more than 13 years ago | (#2150490)

Yeah and you can get one from him for only $1700.00

Ha ha ha!!! (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 13 years ago | (#2150020)

Send these photos to Steve Jobs and watch him cry as something as artistic as a G4 is running Windoze! :)

Under the DMCA he'll proabably sue for reverse engineering the G4... Not for taking it apart but for de-evolving (reversing the evolution) it to the state of a Win-box.

Why, oh why? (1)

Lagos (67371) | more than 13 years ago | (#2150062)

Did they do this to such a beautiful machine? As a mac-lover this brings me to tears. Seriously, though, a Mac can still be a decent LAN machine. It does runs Quake III (quite nicely under OS X) and Unreal Tournament. Starcraft and Myth II as well. Beyond those, of course, you are going to have trouble.

Cases galore..... (4, Interesting)

soulsteal (104635) | more than 13 years ago | (#2150073)


This case [eugenesargent.com] is spiffarifficus. Completely Rocketeer approved!

Re:Cases galore..... (1)

shogun (657) | more than 13 years ago | (#2114275)

That is definantly one uber case. Can't see myself spending 2 years working on one like he did though...

Re:Cases galore..... (2)

sharkey (16670) | more than 13 years ago | (#2168951)

Man, all that needs is a Fifties "House of the Future" commercial set, and it will complete the look of the "Trashcan of the Future."

Seriously, that is one major eyecatcher.

woot! (-1, Offtopic)

Anonymous Coward | more than 13 years ago | (#2150335)

l33t 16th post

G4 (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 13 years ago | (#2150336)

I once fit my Tandy into an Apple ][ e case

money to blow? (4, Funny)

moniker_21 (414164) | more than 13 years ago | (#2150337)

Geeesh, where does one get the money to buy a G4 just to remove out all the internal parts?

Watch next week as we disembowel an SGI O2 to make a bird feeder!

Re:money to blow? (1)

Mifflesticks (473216) | more than 13 years ago | (#2149771)

if you read the article, they got the case for like, 169 bucks or so. They didn't actually buy a G4 system.

no, no, no! (2, Funny)

sootman (158191) | more than 13 years ago | (#2150492)

you got it all backwards! you're supposed to take Mac guts (now that they use ATX power supplies) and put them into fat PC cases so you can add more drives than just two internal 3.5s! eesh, some people...

Re:no, no, no! (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 13 years ago | (#2168968)

"now that they use ATX power supplies) and put them into fat PC cases so you can add more drives than just two internal 3.5s! eesh, some people..." NOPE the El Capitan case (that's what it's called) has FOUR internal drive positions and NO, the PSU is NOT ATX compliant anymore, just try one out and get ready for a bang. Why don't PC geeks know ANYTHING about Macs??? fucking EVER???

Re:no, no, no! (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 13 years ago | (#2168978)

...Why don't PC geeks know ANYTHING about Macs??? fucking EVER???,

Maybe because nobody with a clue gives a fuck about Mac crap? Go play with your pretty toy while I get some work done with my plain beige box.

Oh for goodness sakes! (5, Funny)

chancycat (104884) | more than 13 years ago | (#2153155)

Where do kids get the money to obtain a G4 just to gut it and add the organs of ANOTHER computer, ALL just to have a show piece??

Pretty soon we'll have to have flames shooting out of the floppy drive just to get chicks.

Ug

Re:Oh for goodness sakes! (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 13 years ago | (#2138929)

Pretty soon we'll have to have flames shooting out of the floppy drive just to get chicks.

Wait, does that mean I can even have sex maybe??? Flamethrowing floppy here I come.

Re:Oh for goodness sakes! (2)

update() (217397) | more than 13 years ago | (#2150257)

From the article:

Now, if you've read this article all the way through and you've got bright ideas swirling in your head about doing this yourself, you're probably wondering where to get the chassis. I got mine through connections, but if you're looking to obtain one for yourself, you might want to check with your nearest Apple Authorized Service Center. Ordering the chassis cost me about $160, and the 3.5" and CD bezels should cost you about $45 total.

By fancy case standards, that's not so bad.

Re:Oh for goodness sakes! (5, Funny)

unformed (225214) | more than 13 years ago | (#2150915)

Pretty soon we'll have to have flames shooting out of the floppy drive just to get chicks. I'm sorry man, but as a geek, if I modding my case will get me chicks, shit hell yeah, I'll do it.

What I want/need (4, Interesting)

dasunt (249686) | more than 13 years ago | (#2168891)

Screw fancy case mods, what I want is a case that puts the back of the case in front, and then moves a few bays so they are accessable, as well as the power buttons. If you have a lot of connections that you change frequently in the back of a PC, you know the feeling.

It would have to be a full tower, to get enough height above the motherboard for the cd drive and floppy, and it should have 2x 5 1/2" bays, but as long as everything is excessable from one side, I'd be happy.

When mysql just can't keep up... (-1, Offtopic)

paulm (37073) | more than 13 years ago | (#2168894)

Is your CPU overclocked?

Warning: Can't connect to local MySQL server
through socket '/tmp/mysql.sock' (61) in
/usr/www/users/syslogic/poll/phpPollUI.php3
on line 77

Warning: MySQL Connection Failed: Can't
connect to local MySQL server through socket
'/tmp/mysql.sock' (61) in
/usr/www/users/syslogic/poll/phpPollUI.php3
on line 91

Warning: MySQL: A link to the server could not
be established in
/usr/www/users/syslogic/poll/phpPollUI.php3
on line 91
:

Current Results

Warning: Can't connect to local MySQL server
through socket '/tmp/mysql.sock' (61) in
/usr/www/users/syslogic/poll/phpPollUI.php3
on line 191

Warning: MySQL Connection Failed: Can't
connect to local MySQL server through socket
'/tmp/mysql.sock' (61) in
/usr/www/users/syslogic/poll/phpPollUI.php3
on line 193

Warning: MySQL: A link to the server could not
be established in
/usr/www/users/syslogic/poll/phpPollUI.php3
on line 193
:

Cool case =) (3, Interesting)

PlazMatiC (11127) | more than 13 years ago | (#2168898)

By far the coolest case I've seen in a while =)

http://www.hardforum.com/showthread.php?threadid =1 87889

3...2..1... (1, Troll)

QwkHyenA (207573) | more than 13 years ago | (#2168900)

Apple Computer Inc.

V.S.

These dudes

It has come to our attention that you have violated our computer cases by installing x86 motherboards. This behavior is somehow (not sure yet, but we can prove it in court!) no allowed by the DMCA. You will stop installing x86 systems in our case as they MIGHT, possibly appear to run faster than our current boxes.

Lameness filter encoutered. Post aborted...
Reason: Junk character post
WTF?? Give me a break!! The lil Asteriks added so much to it!!
Geesh...
*QH takes ball and goes home*

x86 in a G4 case... (-1, Offtopic)

Anonymous Coward | more than 13 years ago | (#2168906)

Imagine a Beowolf Cluster of THESE!!!

G4 Resale Value !? (2, Interesting)

Anonymous Coward | more than 13 years ago | (#2168908)

Has anyone else noticed that G4s have ungodly high resale value??

Even a heavily used G4/400 with just a Rage128 AGP card goes for a fortune on eBay. The going rate on the usenet is no better.

It's not like a new G4 is -that- expensive. At my university's campus computer store, the 733 model with DVD-ROM/CD-RW starts at about $1599 and the 867 MHz model with the neat dvd burner DVD-R/CD-RW is about $2399.

Get Thee Behind Me Satan (1)

inkswamp (233692) | more than 13 years ago | (#2168911)

Reminds me of The Exorcist. Beautiful exterior -- evil inside.

Re:Get Thee Behind Me Satan (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 13 years ago | (#2168937)

You must have missed that movie if you think Linda Blair was beautiful. OTOH, you could have some really sick fetishes which we don't want to know about...

LAN parties? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 13 years ago | (#2168932)

that must be the first time an Apple product (or part of one) has been to a LAN party. Geeks are so ultra risible. Fuckin LAN party. No wonder they missed the point about G4s, they missed the point about life too. LAN PARTY!!! anyone's ethernet adaptor need a refill? always pass the joystick LEFT guys...

Weak (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 13 years ago | (#2168935)

That is the weakest looking case mod I have seen. They could have at least tried getting the covers to work on the cd and floppy. I have been case modding for awhile, and I would shoot myself iif it came out like that.

Hmm. I was thinking of doing this... (2)

VValdo (10446) | more than 13 years ago | (#2168945)

Back during the "glory days" of the Internet boom, a friend had rack-mounted a few G4s and had the gutted cases laying around. He asked if I wanted one, and being the cheapo I am, I said, "sure."

it's been sitting in my room all this time, and I *AM* thinking of getting one of those Athalon 1.4Gig machines... Hmm. Anyone know the ideal motherboard model that might work? I guess you need a smaller one than usual or something....

W

That's not a L337 case... (1, Redundant)

algae (2196) | more than 13 years ago | (#2168961)

This [eugenesargent.com] is a truly kick-ass case.

Just great.. (-1, Troll)

Anonymous Coward | more than 13 years ago | (#2168983)

Just great, now every kid with a hack saw and sauldering iron can look like a Mac Fag.

OK , let me get this straight: (3, Funny)

cygnus (17101) | more than 13 years ago | (#2168986)

d00d wants to 0wn at the next LAN party, so he takes a Powermac G4 case and installs inside:
  • A 440LX-based motherboard
  • A Celeron 466 MHz
wouldn't he be better off with the original Apple hardware? i mean, if you're hacking an Apple case, at least put something faster in it, like dual T-Birds!

Nothing will ever top the iMac case hack (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 13 years ago | (#2169002)

Remember the guy who put a iMac into a 19 inch (or was it 21?) monitor?
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