New To Mac-Forums?

Welcome to our community! Join the discussion today by registering your FREE account. If you have any problems with the registration process, please contact us!

Get your questions answered by community gurus Advice and insight from world-class Apple enthusiasts Exclusive access to members-only contests, giveaways and deals

Join today!

 
Start a Discussion
 

Mac-Forums Brief

Subscribe to Mac-Forums Brief to receive special offers from Mac-Forums partners and sponsors

Join the conversation RSS
Apple Desktops Discussion of Apple's desktop machines including Mac Pro, iMac, Power Mac, and mini

Power Mac - Clear Ice G4 Mod!!!


Post Reply New Thread Subscribe

 
Thread Tools
SuB8HaVeN

 
Member Since: Aug 29, 2006
Location: Tampa, FL
Posts: 217
SuB8HaVeN will become famous soon enough
Mac Specs: Powerbook G4 12" 1.5GHz

SuB8HaVeN is offline
Well, it was either Calculus II homework or working on my newest toys (my Apple G3 & G4) and guess what I chose...

After seeing a few people post "how-to" articles on making your graphite G4 clear, I was very interested. After all, a clear G4 is just plain cool. Add to that I had already ordered some blue LED fans to replace the fan in the power supply and side case fan, and it would look especially cool with clear sides. So I got to work...



Here is the test subject with CD/DVD drive dismounted.



From the side. The graphite G4 is one good-looking tower in my opinion, but I can make it better... I hope.



Here are the innards with side case fan, power supply, and CD/DVD drive removed. This is where it all starts...



To take the side panels off, simply remove the 4 hex screws and then pinch the plastic tabs on the side and pull the panel off. Pinching the middle thing is pretty hard, but I finally grabbed it just right and "BAM," it popped off with my heart pounding believing I had broken it. But all is well and I continue...



Here the motherboard is removed. There are 4 screws to remove for the logic board, then you have to take the heatsink and processor off. Carefully use a screwdriver to pry off the heatsink clips, then unscrew the 3 screws and pull the processor board directly upward. Be very, very careful. Then there are 3 standoffs where the processor screws into. These have to be removed; using a nutdriver worked perfectly.



The removed parts. Make sure to keep track of the screws. I like to screw them back into place after removing parts so I know for sure they will be in the right place.



Taking the pull tab off the side is a little difficult, so be very careful. I pried it off carefully with a small screwdriver. The motherboard-side panel comes off by removing the 4 hex screws and then the 2 screws above the tab clip thingie. You HAVE to remove the motherboard and processor to take this side panel off!



I used 91% isopropyl alcohol but the higher the percentage the easier it is to remove the paint. I tried finding 97 or 99% but I could only find 91% at K-mart. The grocery stores around me only carried the 70% rubbing alcohol. Be careful when handling the alcohol and melted paint. I let the sides soak in alcohol in the bath tub for about an hour.



While we wait for the alcohol to soak, I'll take you on a tour. Above is my PowerMac G3 that refuses to work! Grrr...


12" Powerbook G4 1.5GHz/512MB/Superdrive/100GB Seagate Momentus 7200.1
PowerMac G3 B&W 350MHz/1GB/DVD-RW/Adaptec 39160 2X Seagate 36GB 15k RAID0
Dell E521 AMD X2 4600+/2GB/7600GT/320GB Seagate Barracuda 7200.10
QUOTE Thanks
SuB8HaVeN

 
Member Since: Aug 29, 2006
Location: Tampa, FL
Posts: 217
SuB8HaVeN will become famous soon enough
Mac Specs: Powerbook G4 12" 1.5GHz

SuB8HaVeN is offline
This is my PC rig...



My PC again all lit up in the dark...



While waiting I swapped the side case fan and power supply fan. Dismantling the power supply and changing the fan is NOT for the faint of heart! This was a royal pain in the &$&*^ and I had to bend and tear, but luckily with the old paper clip trick and a power cord it tested out just fine and looked really cool.



There's me wiping the paint off. After letting the alcohol sit, remove it with a rag or cloth. The longer you let it soak the easier it is to remove. After an hour, it came off very easily. For the hard to reach places, use Q-tips and let alcohol-dampened rags sit on areas that do not soak in the alcohol. Once again you must leave the alcohol to soak for a long while.



The finished product sitting to dry. The clearing alcohol process took me quite a great long while, but 100% all of the paint was removed.



Here she is all put back together. The LED fan doesn't show up too well with the flash...



So here she is in the dark...



The rear end...



In the dark. It looks really cool in person and it really lights up awesomely!



From the front...


12" Powerbook G4 1.5GHz/512MB/Superdrive/100GB Seagate Momentus 7200.1
PowerMac G3 B&W 350MHz/1GB/DVD-RW/Adaptec 39160 2X Seagate 36GB 15k RAID0
Dell E521 AMD X2 4600+/2GB/7600GT/320GB Seagate Barracuda 7200.10
QUOTE Thanks
SuB8HaVeN

 
Member Since: Aug 29, 2006
Location: Tampa, FL
Posts: 217
SuB8HaVeN will become famous soon enough
Mac Specs: Powerbook G4 12" 1.5GHz

SuB8HaVeN is offline
From the side...



From the latch side...



And in the dark...



On the inside.

Overall this was a lot of work but I really like the final product. Having a clear G4 is really cool especially with the blue LED fans. I would certainly recommend this to all the G4 graphite guys and gals that are up to the modding challenge.

Next up is adding my new Seagate 160GB hard drive, upgrading to a G4 733MHz, and flashing my 9800Pro and installing it, and finally putting in my KVM switch for its final use.

12" Powerbook G4 1.5GHz/512MB/Superdrive/100GB Seagate Momentus 7200.1
PowerMac G3 B&W 350MHz/1GB/DVD-RW/Adaptec 39160 2X Seagate 36GB 15k RAID0
Dell E521 AMD X2 4600+/2GB/7600GT/320GB Seagate Barracuda 7200.10
QUOTE Thanks
wakerider017

 
wakerider017's Avatar
 
Member Since: Sep 09, 2006
Posts: 70
wakerider017 will become famous soon enough
Mac Specs: 24" iMac Core 2 Duo

wakerider017 is offline
Awesome write-up!

That looks sweet with the blue leds!
QUOTE Thanks
cakey

 
cakey's Avatar
 
Member Since: Sep 11, 2006
Location: Maine, USA, Earth
Posts: 39
cakey is on a distinguished road

cakey is offline
Nicely done!

QUOTE Thanks

Post Reply New Thread Subscribe


« Can you take out the Core duo and replace with the Core 2 duo in the intel imacs? | Sharing an iMac's monitor »
Thread Tools

Currently Active Users Viewing This Thread: 1 (0 members and 1 guests)
 
Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts
BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are On
Pingbacks are On
Refbacks are Off
Forum Jump

Similar Threads
Thread
Thread Starter
Forum
Replies
Last Post
Safari - how to clear the address toolbar cache?? MrPink OS X - Apps and Games 2 09-03-2006 05:01 PM
Welcome New Mod No 2! schweb News and Community Announcements 11 08-31-2006 07:14 AM
Mighty mouse mod - My endeavour. Geowge Other Hardware and Peripherals 9 06-22-2006 04:01 AM
Ice Creame alternatives? code777 Apple Notebooks 1 02-27-2005 06:11 PM
Clear Dock kbrodz Apple Notebooks 3 11-09-2004 01:43 PM

All times are GMT -4. The time now is 05:57 AM.

Powered by vBulletin
Copyright ©2000 - 2014, Jelsoft Enterprises Ltd.
X

Welcome to Mac-Forums.com

Create your username to jump into the discussion!

New members like you have made this community the ultimate source for your Mac since 2003!


(4 digit year)

Already a member?