OK, So I have all this stuff laying around.....

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Hey Guys, I have accumulated ALOT of Macs and parts over the last few years, and now I'm trying to figure out what to do with them all. I have next to me:
A Generic PC Tower
A G3 233
A Gen 1 (Silver) G4 400
An iMac DV+ SE 500mhz
A dead Powerbook G4 Titanium
A new 17" LCD iMac
An old Apple 19" Monitor
A Sony 14" Monitor
A Firewire 40 GB Hard Drive
An internal 40 gig HD
an internal 120 gig HD
An external Firewire CD Burner
a USB Superdisk drive
a USB zip drive.

I was thinking about taking all the drives and putting them in the PC case, thn taking the firewire drives and using their IDE to firewire adapters to connect the drives to the new iMac. (kind of a super external drive bay type thing).

My problem with this, where can i find 4 or 5 device IDE cables?

Next, i want to hook up both monitors to the new iMac as well, one next to it as a dual, and one over next to my bed as a remote station. How can i do that?

What else could i do with all these goodies?

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Re: OK, So I have all this stuff laying around.....

Gene_Starwind wrote:

My problem with this, where can i find 4 or 5 device IDE cables?

They don't make them, because you can only have two devices per IDE chain.

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Next, i want to hook up both monitors to the new iMac as well, one next to it as a dual, and one over next to my bed as a remote station. How can i do that?

Not gonna happen. You can set up the "remote station" monitor, but the iMac only supports video mirroring, not spanning. If you want a dual-monitor setup, you need a different computer.

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What else could i do with all these goodies?

Give them to me.

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so how can i daisy chain the

so how can i daisy chain the drives?

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RAID

Well, you could build a Firewire/USB raid array like Dr. Webster (or was it Bob) did. And to raise money for it, you could sell the parts you won't use.

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Re: OK, So I have all this stuff laying around.....

Dr. Webster wrote:

Not gonna happen. You can set up the "remote station" monitor, but the iMac only supports video mirroring, not spanning. If you want a dual-monitor setup, you need a different computer.

actually you can Tongue

http://www.rutemoeller.com/mp/ibook/ibook_e.html

that hack will enable dual monitor support on the iMac ... then you could use one of those VGA-splitter-unit-thingies to mirror the external monitor onto both screens ... you couldnt mirror the internal screen AND have dual-displays though Wink

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cool stuff!!!

I did not see where this can work for early iMacs (like Rev A).

I am actively seeking such a capability.

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Get the iMac Mez voodoo card.

Get the iMac Mez voodoo card...

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Re: cool stuff!!!

doug-doug the mighty wrote:

I did not see where this can work for early iMacs (like Rev A).

I am actively seeking such a capability.

--ddtm

it cant work because the CRT iMacs dont have a second monitor port! ... the DV models do, but this can only mirror (because of the graphics card) not span like the new flat panel models

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Thats what i wnt to do. I an

Thats what i wnt to do. I ant to connect these other two monitors to my new 17" flat panel iMac. (It the fastest of my computers.)

Thn I ant to fill this PC case with drives, use the firewire/IDE adapters from my two external firewire drives to connect them to the new iMac. I want to run 4 disc drives on one firewire/IDE adapter. Then run 5 Hard Disk Drives off the other one. Then two floppies off of a USB one from an external USB floppy drive.

So how do I go about it?

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Gene_Starwind wrote:

Thn I ant to fill this PC case with drives, use the firewire/IDE adapters from my two external firewire drives to connect them to the new iMac. I want to run 4 disc drives on one firewire/IDE adapter. Then run 5 Hard Disk Drives off the other one. Then two floppies off of a USB one from an external USB floppy drive.

each controller/adapter can only support 2 drives ... period ... so you will need 5 firewire-IDE adapters to run all the drives ... then you have to ask yourself ... "is it worth it?" ... if you decide it is then go ahead and buy all the firewire-IDE bridges you need Wink

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Use RAID.

Use RAID.
EDIT: Or stick 'em in the G3 and use it as a server.

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IDE != SCSI. I feel Gene_Sta

IDE != SCSI. I feel Gene_Starwind may be confusing the capabilities of the two. And, after adding up the capacities of all the drives, then checking the closest capacity new drive cost to the cost of the extra bridges you need, which is more financially in your budget? Of course making a custom Firewire RAID array is cool, spending more cash to do it than buying a single drive wouldn't make much sense.

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