|Using iMac G5 iSight as external monitor
Using the Apple Cinema Display's components is something I highly recommend. I realize that it is not the most cost effective solution, but it is not as bad as you may think. As the cinema display's control board works with both the native 20" iMac G4 and G5 LCDs and the iMac G4's inverter (probably the G5's as well), you really only need the LCD control board, the wires, and the power brick. With patience I have been able to get Cinema Display's with cracked screens and dented cases (but working internals) for under $50. Also, the LCD controller itself is only $30. Its the power brick that is the most annoying. But, it is an elegant and stable solution for getting the 24V lines needed to power the 20" LCD and simplifies the wiring tremendously.
|iSight Camera hooked up to internal USB
I connected the USB splice to the USB hub of the cinema display which was internalized behind the monitor.
Pictured you can see photo booth running from the camera which is in the top of the bezel.
|A USB sound adapter
|A "TRS" ausio jack
One thing to note is that the existing speakers also can be connected to a TRS cable. The Right speaker to the Red and Ground and the Left speaker to White and Ground. This particular USB adapter is not an amplifier so the volume of the speakers was very low when I connected them to the headphone jack/USB adapter. I am also using the Apple Pro speakers which I am quite happy with. However, if you do get an amplifier, the existing iMac G5 speakers can certainly be utilized.
Using this version of the iMac G5 is certainly an improvement. It is smaller, lighter, and easier to maneuver. The addition of the iSight camera and mic allows me to ditch the logitech camera that did not really match the overall design. The addition of the drive to the G4 and now the camera to the G5 allow them to be more than just monitors. Each of them supplies something that is found on all desktop macs except for the mac mini.
There are certainly things I may tweak in the future. But, to be honest, this is really about it for this project. I would still like a touch screen option, but until a reliable, affordable, multi touch capable option that DOES NOT sacrifice the design aesthetic becomes available I am not going to pursue this. It has been so much fun working with these computers, but using them with the new mac mini reminds me why I did this in the first place. Both of these are beautiful to look at, have great ergonomics, and maybe this is just because of nostalgia - fun to use.
I am not sure what new projects to tackle next, but I'm sure something will come up. In the mean time, I'm going to turn my attention to writing step by step guides for some of these mods. But please feel free to ask any questions or leave any comments. Again, thanks for reading!!