The Fittings, Part 2
I know it's been a while since my last update, I've been busy at work with the Presidential Conventions, and equally busy at home preparing to move into my apartment on the 21st. I actually did this work a little while ago, I just never got the chance to write the update.
Anyways, aside from my personal life, here is the regularly scheduled update:
So it turns out that my original fitting worked when the motherboard was on the base, but I wanted it raised a bit. Thankfully, everything still fit with my standoffs in place.
Or so I thought... Turns out raising it led me to run into 2 problems...
1. Some of the standoffs in the dome blocked the power port
2. The PS/2 ports were too high up and clipped the dome, preventing it from closing all the way
Easy enough... just remove whatever's in the way!
Another thing I noticed, the hole in the bottom which is made for upgrading some of the iMac's ram and adding a Wi-Fi card, but is also the perfect size for an easily removable hard drive too!
Now everything is in order and will fit! This has been a good look into what issues I may have when fitting my real motherboard, and now I know I have to pay attention to the size and position of the processor heatsink, as well as the memory. My basic requirement now is to have a motherboard with
no tall ports near the corners,
DVI or HDMI out(or both) (although it'd be really cool to find one with a mini DisplayPort that I could patch to the outside of the iMac.)
Speaking of patching ports... That's something that's on my todo list.
It's time to dismantle the iMac logic board and harvest it for parts! This is made easy with my trusty heat gun.
With a plate full of very toasty ports
As for the power switch, since it is on the logic board with a bolt hole nearby, I decided to keep it on the logic board, and just cut the logic board out around the switch and bolt hole.
I'm going to somehow glue these ports in place, and wire everything up with small extentions, or by soldering directly to the new motherboard.
And here's another benefit of my standoffs, the ports all correctly fit underneath the motherboard!
Overall, progress is progress, and I am getting closer to the point where I will have to start buying real hardware. Before I do though, I still need to do a few things...
Build a mount for the HDD
Find out what to do with the CD Tray(since I can no longer fit a dvd drive)
Rewire everything for the display
Figure out power
Figure out how to incorporate an amplifier so I can use the OEM Apple Pro Speakers
Figure out cooling
Find the right motherboard.
Until next time.