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    SLCentralArticlesTech Explanations Jul 10th, 2020 - 11:24 AM EST
    G4PC: Make A PC Out Of A G4 Case
    Author: Drew Lanclos
    Date Posted: August 8th, 2001

    Minor Setbacks


    Oh crap!

    The plastic sheet slides whenever the handle is manipulated, and while the motherboard standoffs were out of the way when the handle was shut, they were also keeping the sheet from sliding whenever I tried to manipulate the handle! Oh well…I had to go ahead and cut some more holes in the sheet. Now it slides just fine.


    Our little friend, the Delta

    I made another silly mistake here. I didn't have any other CPU fans besides my Delta, and so I had to use this one anyway. I know you're not supposed to run these from the motherboard, but I was also fresh out of 3-pin to 4-pin adapters, so I really didn't have a choice. Besides, it wouldn't be operating like this long-term...


    The hard disk mount

    Unlike most other cases, the G4 chassis doesn't have a hanging drive cage for the hard disk. Instead, due to the location of the motherboard, the hard disks are instead mounted to drive plates on the bottom of the chassis. The picture above shows an IBM 75GXP in the drive tray on the left. There are a total of three mount points on the bottom of the chassis to attach drive trays.


    Inserting the drive carriage

    The G4 chassis also has a removable drive assembly. To mount CD-ROM and floppy drives in the G4 chassis, you must first pull out the drive assembly, and then insert the drives and screw them down. According to what I've been reading, the G4 is supposed to be able to use any standard ATAPI DVD drives, so I was rather surprised when the CD-ROM I tried to mount in this tray wouldn't quite line up. Instead of putting screws in the side of the assembly like most PC cases, the CD-ROM instead secures from holes in the bottom of the assembly. Unfortunately, the built-in screwholes were a bit too far off. Time to do more drilling.

    >> Still Getting It Ready

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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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