Sunday, April 11, 2010
17" iMac G4 LVDS Conversion - Video
Here is a video of the mod in action. I have connected it to a small mini itx computer running Windows 7. As I said before, I do plan on getting a mac mini for this mod eventually. I wanted to get a general sense with how the leopard user interface would work with a touchscreen, so I skinned the computer to look like leopard (using Rocketdock and Apple Icons). The user interface works great. Having the dock makes selecting programs easy. With this networked computer I am only a few touches away from my entire home movie, picture, and music collection. In addition, using Webtaps for firefox allows me to rapidly select videos from internet sites such as hulu.
To complete the look I am using the iMac G4's original keyboard (I like using the wired keyboard because I plan on concealing the actual computer, this gives me two easily accessible USB ports). I have also added the magic mouse and the USB griffin powerwave adapter which allows me to use the iMac's original Orb speakers.
I hope that this blog has and will help with similar projects. For myself, I have decided to next work on an ATOM/ION G4 Cube mod. Similar mods to this have been done, but I think having a slot loading bluray home theater pc (capable of HD output) in the shape of an apple cube would look great in the family room. Also, I hope to get back to a multitouch table that I had been doing some work on. So one mod done and on to the next......