As you can see in the picture above the only "flaw" with this design is that the power bricks (monitor and motherboard) are external. This was done for both space and heat reasons.
|The Notorious Black Wire|
|Apple cinema display cable|
I reopened the neck and in place of the black wire I put the 4 individual channels from the apple cinema display (they are the "gold" wrapped wires). I was concerned that they may not be adequately shielded, but this has not seemed to be a problem. So the neck to the right contains:
A) The native inverter cable from the iMac G4 - untouched
B) The native grey wire from the iMac G4
C) An additional Grey wire from a different iMac G4 neck - this is in place of the LED.microphone wire
D) 4 color channel wires from the apple cinema display - in place of the black wire
As the overall size of the wires is about the same - they fit without too much force needed.
Everything is quite loose right now so it will all have to be secured. The I will wire up the ports in the back. Likely 3 - 4 USBs, ethernet, and the power for the motherboard and monitor. But these are relatively small things.
What blows my mind with this mod is that the goal has been to update the G4 (preferably 20") to a modern intel processor. I have to admit this one accomplishes that goal better than any mod of mine or that I have seen to date. Yet, it may be the easiest one to do. I'm not saying its simple, it does involve opening and rewiring the neck and soldering. I realize the cost in obtaining the ECX board, the iMac and the apple cinema display components, but if you have the equipment, this can probably be done in a day or two. I'll post a pinout in the next few days to show exactly how I wired it up, but in the meantime please feel free to ask any questions. Thanks.