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    SLCentralArticlesTech Explanations Jul 10th, 2020 - 10:28 AM EST
    G4PC: Make A PC Out Of A G4 Case
    Author: Drew Lanclos
    Date Posted: August 8th, 2001

    Conclusion and Future Looks

    I've been running this system solid for about 24 hours now, after having installed Windows 98 on it. It works great, and the system is *very* portable. Now, if only I had an LCD screen to use with it...


    It's alive...It's alive!!!

    A Macintosh running Windows 98...there's a first...

    There's still a few things that I can/should do to this system...For one thing, the GlobalWin FOP-32 is rather large to be using in such small quarters. A Golden Orb would be much more suitable, if not for the dense groupings of capacitors surrounding the CPU socket. Hopefully, the next motherboard I'll be putting in here (I'm hoping for an NV-22 motherboard myself) won't have this problem.

    There's also the issue of the LEDs. Hopefully I can get some more information soon so that this case setup will be even more "authentic". Plus, as you can see, the I/O shield needs more work. So this project isn't over, but it's just beginning.

    Now, if you've read this article all the way through and you've got bright ideas swirling in your head about doing this yourself, you're probably wondering where to get the chassis. I got mine through connections, but if you're looking to obtain one for yourself, you might want to check with your nearest Apple Authorized Service Center. Ordering the chassis cost me about $160, and the 3.5" and CD bezels should cost you about $45 total. I don't have the CD bezel right now because I haven't ordered it yet, but there are two separate bezels for the CD-ROM drive. One is just a rectangular rim that goes around the CD-ROM faceplate, and the other is the pop-out door you've probably seen in most G3 and G4 towers. If you've got a buddy at an Apple store or service center, then they can probably order both for you.

    I'd like to take a moment right now to give thanks to Timothy Seufert's Blue and White G3 to ATX Case Conversion. It has plenty of information about a case in which a Mac user went the other way - Moving his PowerMac G3 into a PC chassis. His info has proven to be nothing short of indispensable in trying to work out the switch and LED configuration.

    And lastly, I'd like to thank my wonderful friend, Ken Lee. This was my first case-mod, and while it was a difficult one, he helped me out every step of the way. I couldn't have done it without you, bud. :-)

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    1. Introduction/The Chassis
    2. The Motherboard
    3. Exploring Further
    4. Under Construction
    5. Power Supply
    6. The I/O Shield
    7. Getting The System Ready
    8. Minor Setbacks
    9. Still Getting The System Ready
    10. Conclusion & Future Looks

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