For full details please see this post:
GUIDE: Step by Step 17" iMac G4 TMDS TO DVI Conversion
which I will be updating to completion over the next several days.
The reason I call this the easiest so far is that it involves No Soldering, Minimal Technical Skill, and Can Reasonably be done in 1 Hour.
When I look back at my older mods which involved total neck disassembly, 50+ solder points, and hours upon hours of time, I can not believe how much easier this is. Not only is it easier, it is cheaper, ore stable, and overall just better. If you are interested in doing the 17" version of this iMac mod then take it from someone who has already made every mistake you could possibly make - USE THIS METHOD!
For Now I am only taking this to the level of getting a DVI compatible connection in the base with power. The only thing you need to do is plug something into the DVI receptacle. If that is an internal mini itx, ecx, or external mac mini, or windows atx tower - that is your choice. I will likely demonstrate use of the ECX board later on.
To be honest the only difference is in one <$5 part and that is the DVI-I connector header
Specifically I used a MOLEX PN 74320-4004
|NOT THESE BIG PINS|
I would recommend a right angle connector (you can work outside the dome then fit a right angle connector through the hole on top without having to remove all the pins).
Also, female is easier and I believe gives more connection options, but male can be used if you remember to alter the pinout and can find a connector with these small pins.
The remarkable thing about this connector is that it could not be designed better for the iMac G4s female pins. Not only are the male pins on this connector identical to the ones on the iMac G4 motherboard shape, width, and length, but they are spaced well enough apart to prevent and disturbance between pins. All you have to do is take the iMacs video connector and break apart its housing, freeing the individual pins/wires. Easily push the iMacs wires onto the correct pins (12 TMDS pins, 2 control pins). Then add an extra ground and make 1 split cable with a resistor (5V/hot plug). Hook up 6 aligator wires to voltages (2 Ground, 3 5V, 1 12V) and turn it on.
Of note, I have tweaked the inverter pinout somewhat in the tutorial as well. This change may be specific to this build.
|I love that it lists the display as "iMac"|