Before I removed the contents of the base to convert this mod to an external monitor for the mac mini I shot a quick (and shaky - sorry) video demonstrating its use. I have stored all the contents including the bluray drive and ports. The new Quanmax ECX board is due out at the end of the month and if it is not cost prohibitive - it could quickly be reassembled. I'm hoping that, for one - there are new mac minis and secondly that they do not disappoint.
For those of you interested in doing this mod, but wanting an all-in-one - use an ECX board - trust me. I spent hours trying to shoehorn a mini itx into this thing and have spoken to plenty of modders who have done the same. I bought all right angle port connectors - tried all angles. Eventually I'd get it to close, but then within a couple hours I had to reopen it for something. (Short out, wire hitting the fan etc.). The one person I know able to get it closed and working has to power down periodically as a result of heat issues. The base is a very poorly vented thick metal cage. There are a few slits at the bottom and holes at the top. Apple designed this to be convection cooled. When I had updated the inside RAM in an original iMac G4 I forgot to put thermal paste on the two heatpipes when I closed it back up and the iMac would not stay on for more than 2 minutes - that's how delicate the convection cooling system was.
|Mini itx in bottom of dome
|Native HDD and DVD vs. BLURAY and ECX Mobo
|Photo courtesy of Electronista
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