Also kind of retro gaming related...finally brought home a junk iMac G3 I had at my Mom's, and gutted it. Can't make use of the original CRT like I planned though...there is some communication between the analog video board and the motherboard that happens before the CRT will boot up, and I haven't been able to find anyone able to recreate those signals to use it with anything else. Unfortunately, my G3 is a slot loader, and it doesn't have a normal VGA connector like the tray loaders do. The case though looks good now all gutted up, tossed everything I won't need. Now to either find another suitable CRT, one that doesn't need Apple's motherboard to power on, or just face the fact I'll likely end up having to do an LCD conversion like everyone else lol Not sure what I will be using the thing for just yet, but you can bet it will find it's way into my retro gaming section to suit some purpose I can't think of right now lol
Needs to be cleaned up a bit, but otherwise the case is in pretty decent condition, should be able to get it looking mostly new again -
The motherboard tray/divider is going to be remade from scratch since I have never discharged a CRT before, and it's required to remove it from the tray. I will make the new tray and mount in the same way as the old one though to make things easier. Also, the tape is just there because nothing is screwed together at the moment.
Originally Posted by subassy
It took me a moment to realize what you were saying you were trying to do. I think I get it now: modern mATX mobo in the case of an "original" xbox. Or you gutted a $400 XBox One. Seems expensive.
The actual hardware of the original Xbox could do a lot of that stuff. Seems like a lot of work though. I keep finding them randomly. Whatever market there may have been for the original xbox apparently the bottom fell out. I don't remember the SNES ever
dropping under $10. So now I have four of them (original xbox, not SNES).
Anyway it's not that bad of a PC case mod, at least to me. Seems like you could leave the outside of the optical drive tray in place and use a USB optical drive when needed. And/or just use thumb drives since you're adding USB ports anyway. You can get four 8gig sticks for like 20 bucks or whatever.
Are you going to do anything else? Leave the front controllers ports as-they-are-but-really-they're-usb-ports? Maybe LEDs all round the outside? Turn the LEDs into an equalizer at flick of a switch?
The Xbox PC is basically going to be setup as a console recording PC, but might also double as a MAME machine since it will sit on the shelf with my other consoles. I wanted at least some semi-decent hardware in there as well, hopefully be OK for Steam streaming and Netflix and stuff too. Plus, I wanted to be able to upgrade it quite easily, so I wanted space for a full size GPU if I ever decided to put one in there. For now it won't need one. And yeah, I got this Xbox for $10, and it never really worked properly, something wrong with the mainboard that I could never diagnose. It's just been sitting around collecting dust. I'll keep the parts for it though just in case I need them for my other Xbox. I'll put the original optical drive cover plate back on somehow to mask the fact that there won't be an optical drive. And yeah, I have a USB drive as well as a USB floppy drive for old DOS games and such. I won't be doing much else with the case, like I said, the plan is to keep it as stock looking as possible. I thought about maybe doing some LEDs, though I am not 100% on that...possibly just the Xbox logo lit up or something might be cool...don't really think I want to go the flashy route with this thing though. Also thought about a small LCD display in the optical drive opening, but decided stock looks are more important to me. I might actually leave 2 of the controller ports alone, and just convert the other 2 to USB, and use actual Xbox controllers for gaming/whatever. I haven't really planned to much else, any ideas?Edited by Aaron_Henderson - 1/31/16 at 7:01pm