A few days ago I procured a Summer 2000 model iMac DV SE from my younger brother, the 500mhz model with DVD and 30Gb drive in it, and in graphite... I have slotload iMacs coming out my ears of all descriptions, but this one being a DV SE/500 and more specifically Graphite in color makes it of interest to me and worth playing with. Most of my others are early DV's and low-end Summer 2001 500s that are in uninspiring Indigo.:)
I've built a few slotload iMacs in my days of playing with Macs... the most recent being a Snow 600 known as Frank II, built from the parts of no less than 5 different units and maxed at a gig of ram and fitted with a healthy 60Gb HDD, which satisfied my longheld desire for a shiney white iMac. I know iMacs are hardly a museum piece, but theyre nonetheless an important part of Apple's history, and represent a turning point for the company, and I enjoy building them, modifying them, and just looking at em.
Anyway, I've always wanted a Graphite as well, so I had no problems with taking this example of my broithers hands, which appparently spent most of its life in a high school store room. However after I inspected it tonight, I realised that in typical DET form, when it came time to dispose of old equipment, it would appear to have been roughly handled, quite possibly dropped, meaning the internal chassis plastic is demolished. Not just cracked due to it being brittle, but completely falling to pieces in chunks... when I removed the case plastics the thing fell apart. It is also missing the hard drive which i believe is my brothers doing, but oh well.
So, cutting to the chase, I'm going to rebuild it... At this stage I'll use the existing chassis with the CRT and PSU which to my knowledge were functioning, and set about replacing the smashed structural plastic with stuff from one of my junkers, slap it back together, test it, and if all checks out then itll be time to put it back together and spice things up with one of my spare 600 logic boards, which aside from the extra 100mhz of CPU speed, have 16MB of VRAM, instead of the 8Mb on the 500 board. The only trade-down is 256k L2 cache on the 600 as compared to 512k on the DV. And yes, 120Gb HDD, 1Gb RAM, and 10.4 sounds to be a plan.
Wish me luck with FrankenMac III