Friday, April 2, 2010
17" iMac G4 LVDS Conversion - Completed
I actually get to write this post from my completed mod!!!! (Well from my laptop cloned to my monitor, but close enough). I think it came out great. The image is clear and bright. The touch screen adds some weight, but there is no significant "monitor drift". It took a while to get the touch screen working and calibrated, but it works fantastically. In most situations I think touch screens on desktops make little sense, but for the G4, the ability to grab the screen move it towards you and tilt it up makes it extremely fun and useful. It's not multitouch, but that's OK.
This is the end of a really fun experience. I think this is the perfect compromise between my two other mac mods and I do have to say that I actually think I prefer the proportions of the 17" vs. the 20". For anyone debating - after doing both - I would strongly recommend the 17" over the 20". The components are MUCH cheaper for the 17". Also, 6 backlights in the 20" leaves a lot of voltage to travel through the neck. The 17" allowed me to add much more shielding to the cables and made the mod significantly more stable and I still had enough room for a touchscreen.
I'll add a video in the near future to demonstrate the touch screen functionality and the mod in general. When I became interested in doing this - I was shocked by how many others had similar ideas and I hope that this blog has helped and inspired others that are attempting to do a similar thing. It is very doable and there is nothing that you can buy in a store that comes close to a one of a kind device that you build yourself. That reminds me I'd like to thank fellow iMac G4 moders Blugray and MacOdyssey whose blogs and posts inspired me and without whom I never would have been able to finish (or even start) this project.
I have to admit though its a little weird to see Windows on the iMac G4. I may have to get a mac mini for this computer, I'll just have to hide it under the desk .... ;) As always, I'm happy to answer any questions. Good Luck!!