My initial intention was to make the touchscreen easily removable, but having used this mod with the touchscreen, I would never remove it. So I decided to integrate it into the display. However, the 5wire resistive touchscreen although only a few mm thick will not fit under the bezel.
I looked for film to film touchscreens but could only find them in 18.5" or 21.5". Plus chances are its not a 5wire. I know everyone wants capacitive, but 5wire resistive is very durable and for the price, very reasonable. For those interested the screen I use:
The company ships fast and it packages it very safely in a plexiglass lined box. So here is how to integrate the touchscreen. Again this is only for people that are using this particular touchscreen.
So to solve this I actually cut out part of the front bezel of the apple cinema display. I positioned the touchscreen in the center, traced around the screen and dremeled that area out. This allowed me to put the touchscreen flush against the lcd screen and the monitor is still securely held by the remaining bezel. The touchscreen is also firmly held in place by the square cut for it.
The original method is on top. Again, unless you are planning on using a touchscreen and it is similar to this one, I would recommend using the original method.
One complication of this is that the Cinema Displays LED indicator gets cut off. This gave me the opportunity, however, to use the native iMac G4s LED. As they use different 2 pin connectors of opposite sex, I had to create a hybrid using the LED wires. I can then plug the LED wires coming from the Apple Cinema Display's Control Board into the ribbon LED from the native iMac G4. The ribbon cable easily fits between the touchscreen and the bezel.
|Hybrid LED cable
|iMac G4 Bezel with LED
|Touch Screen flush with bezel
In addition, there is no "monitor drift" - NONE!! Not in any position. If this is the effect of some weight removal or simply moving the touchscreen inwards a few millimeters - I can't be sure. But, either way it worked.
As an added benefit the iMac G4s native LED looks great. Sometimes the little things really do go a long way.
The only negative is that the touch screen is no longer "easily removable". I decided that really the only use I have for a 20.1" 16:10 touch screen is for this mod. Plus, after a few days it became clear that this mod is even better with the touch screen (in my opinion) and that I wasn't going to opt to remove it. I will be posting a full parts list and step by step for this mod. I will do my best to separate it into with and without touchscreen.
As a side note, you may notice some of these pictures use the apple cinema display that I had painted white. After looking at the white version, I decided to stick with the original silver of the apple cinema display. For one, I am not the best painter and it had already chipped in places. Secondly, the silver really goes and it matches well with apples keyboard/mouse and even the mac mini. Although using the original display would be ideal, I feel this has some advantages. The presence of USB (and firewire if you wanted to hook it up), on/off switch, brightness control, more mod friendly (room for longer cables etc.). As always, questions, critiques etc are welcomed.
|Pressing the Cinema Display's Power Button