I was working on a project which involved using some of my spare components with a broken shell of an iMac G5. These were mostly unused pieces from my iMac G4 mod. This predominantly included a LG LM201W03 monitor from an apple cinema display (although the G5 I believe uses the same panel with some variations). And the ECX board which uses a P8700 Penryn Core 2 Duo processor (the current mac mini uses the P8600).
|Comparison of native iMacs DVD/HD to size of Bluray with ECX board|
Although I have not minded having the external mini, this board gives essentially the same power as the newest mac mini plus it has 4GB of ram and uses compact flash for a SSD, if its "hackintoshable" - I do not know yet.
I still did not want to alter my old mod in any way that may damage it, nor did I want repeat the same cinema display hack. I wanted to use the existing iMac G4's monitor housing. This brings me to the second thing I had overlooked.
I decided to use the Apple Cinema Display enclosure because the iMac G4's monitor enclosure fits the lcd panel and its specially made super thin inverter and NOTHING else. And I was never able to figure out how to use the native G4 inverter without the G4 motherboard itself. For the first time I decided to compare the apple cinema display's inverter to the iMac G4's to see if there was any way the cinema display's inverter could fit within the G4's monitor housing. Thats when I noticed the 8pin connectors were almost identical.
Being able to use the native inverter meant that I could use the native iMac G4's monitor housing with the Apple Cinema Diaplay if I could find a place for one more board - the LCD controller board. The controller board is very flat but is not flat enough to fit withing the housing.
|Comparison of iMac G4 bottom with native motherboard vs. ACD LCD controller|
As it is just as plat as the native motherboard which I will not be using it can fit at the very bottom of the dome.
The only true nuisance with this is that although both panels use TMDS signaling, the neck needs to be modified. The existing Inverter wires can stay, but by placing the controller in the base, there are a total of 27 wires that need to extend up to the neck. The black and grey wires combined have 22 wires. Plus I needed one extra wire for the 8th inverter wire, making a total of 28 wires. To add additional wires, I did take apart the neck and change the microphone, lcd wire to an additional grey iMac TMDS cable that I had from a different neck. Once I had all the connectors soldered on I was able to put the inverter and lcd on one side of the neck and the lcd controller and ecx board on the other.
Unfortunately it does not look like I'll have room for both a power source and a DVD/Bluray. I will be able to fit one or the other. Right now I'm leaning towards keeping the drive and having a power brick external. I want this mod to look as genuine as possible, as such I'm forgoing anytouchscreen option.
Powering it on revealed a clear image:
Now to internalize it into an iMac G4 20" shell to see if it will fit. This is the most hopeful I've been for a genuine iMac G4 20" all-in-one with modernized hardware.
As always, feel free to ask any questions.