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Step backwards: stackable g3 cube.
« on: Jul 8th, 2001, 12:55pm »
I'm a new member here but I was amazed by the quality of the upgrades you did with your macs.
Here is my modification:
I bought a cheap sonnet accelarator for my 8100. As you know, you need also a AV/HPV adapter that cost $100 in order to run the AV card (which is more than I paid for the acclerator + 8100!) Obviously, this wasn't an option.
So we decided to save $100 by working around a little modification.
It consists of the following,
Change the components place all over the computer so the AV card can get over the former 601 procesor and allow you to use the g3 accelerator. Qucick way to save a lot of money with little tools but quite a lot of work!
It goes like that:
• The good old plastic milkbox was used to resolve the issue. The mother board was sled into the bottom of the milkbox and slots were cutted in the case to allow space for the ports to be accesible by the user. Slots were also done in front and on the sides of the computer to allow floppies and cd-roms to get out. The sonnet g3 accelerator was normally plugged to the PDS slot. The AV card was fitted at the end of the sonnet g3 card as in a 6100. In the regular box, this is completely impossible to realize because the Power Supply is right over the processor so its fan cools it easily. So what we had to do is the following: add an extra fan under the AV card and next to the 601 processor (which is surprisingly still running very hot when the sonnet g3 is enabled) to cool it well. No additional fan was needed to cool of the sonnet g3 accelerator since it only gets to 60 degrees celcius even if overclocked. The biggest structural piece is a huge metal bracket, formerly a stair's carpet holder pin, that was bended and fitted across the milkbox to tightly hold the powersupply and a 9 gig 5.25 seagate HD.
Here are some pictures to look at if you want:
I'll ask if I can make a nice sexy didactive page with step by step procedure to realize it.
By the way, the specs of the computer are the following:
11 gb HD
G3 300 Mhz/1 Mb backside cache
144 Mb RAM, will be upgraded
fast ethernet with 10/100 nubus farallon card
10 BT ethernet built-in (2 ethernet ports so it can work as a router)
17" apple 1705 display.
Print server for my network because it's able to run an invoice printer, in fact, the big huge imagewriter 15 inches that weighs a ton and a half!