Introduction and General Overview (YouTube Link)
Turning It On and Testing It Out (YouTube Link)
So that pretty much completes this mod. I have thought about new HD 21.5" LCDs to the top of the arm in a custom LCD case that mimics the iMac G4, but I am not sure that would add very much. This monitor falls just short of HD and I have not had any issues with it in terms of quality. Though its something to consider for the future. I find that larger monitors start to look "awkward" with the base. Although placing the Cinema Display on the top of the monitor worked. It wasn't until I went back to the original that I realized it was "off". It didn't droop or tilt, but it didn't move as smoothly as the original. The neck was obviously designed very specifically for the native monitor. This includes not only the weight, but the thickness and shape as weight distribution changes as you tilt and swivel the neck. Unfortunately, without the R&D budget of apple, its hard to design a new neck, but the old one works beautifully with the native LCD.
I would still like to make this into a touchscreen and perhaps add an iSight. The awkward size and Mac compatibility issue make this difficult. While I have a capacitive screen that works, its thick and heavy and would require dramatic hardware changes (LED lighting with custom thin diffuser) or physical changes (altering the LCD case and front bezel). I am still hopeful that touch films will eventually be readily available, adding touch capability of any size with negligible cha ges in thickness.
Anyway, I'll worry about that later and enjoy this computer for a while. I have tons of pics from this and previous mods, as well as the ability to fill in gaps with surplus materials. As such, I'm thinking about putting together a "Moving Picture" Video Guide. Sort of a compromise between a written and video guide. I'll be able to explain from start to finish, step by step, how to do this with audio and annotated pics. Let me know if this sounds at all interesting or useful to anyway. Thanks for reading/watching.