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I have unfortunately wasted time going down a dead end route. After much searching I was finally able to locate the motherboard receptacle for the iMac G4's video cable. For those interested it is the 21pin - C seen in the diagram to the right. Specifically its the: 656-FI-WE21P-HFE JAE FFC / FPC Connector.
My hope was to create an adapter wire that you could simply plug into the iMac's video cable. It would have a DVI/HDMI out and cables that could hook to a power supply. Add the inverter and presto, instant iMac conversion. Unfortunately the ones that are soldered on boards need to be ordered in the thousands. The actual connectors themselves are too difficult to work with unless pre soldered to a board. I've tried but the pins coming off very small and the crimping tool that you can buy is around a thousand dollars. The current method that I'm trying the use seems much simpler (and cheaper). I will detail it in the guide as soon as I complete it.
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In regard to all-in-ones, they are certainly possible. But just keep expectations in check. You really can not fit much it the base. And remember you have to power it. Pico power supplies really are limited to about 150 watts so if you want and you can not fit an tax power supply in the base. But, remember this is a 17" screen - you don't really need a powerful video card. That said, I still firmly believe that a mini itx is too high a risk for overheating at the bottom of the dome and should not be used. I recommend using a pico, nano, or embedded motherboard. I'll be reviewing some of these choices in my next post.