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PostPosted: Wed Feb 01, 2006 1:18 am    Post subject: Mac mini SE/30 Mod Reply with quote

Mac mini SE/30 Mod
Wednesday February 1, 2006

What do you get when you mix an old classic Mac with the Mac mini? You get the Mac mini SE/30 mod. We had a hard time translating some of the information, but it looks like the Mac mini and power adapter are sitting in the bottom of the SE/30 where the motherboard and floppy drive were installed. The back of the SE/30 has been modded to include a custom-made power button and USB ports for the Mac mini. They also cut a hole in the back of the SE/30 for the Mac mini's power cable to pass through.

The Mac mini is connected to the SE/30's black and white screen with VGA for video. What about the optical drive? They were able to cut open one of the SE/30's front vents to access the drive. It's pretty cool seeing a Tiger DVD coming out of the front. Make sure you check out the rest of the pictures!



http://www.123macmini.com/news/story/430.html


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PostPosted: Wed Feb 01, 2006 1:54 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Neat!
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PostPosted: Wed Feb 01, 2006 3:18 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

That is cool. I like it. He/she did a nice clean job. I'd like to see it done with an LCD insert.
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PostPosted: Wed Feb 01, 2006 9:37 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Bandit Bill wrote:
That is cool. I like it. He/she did a nice clean job. I'd like to see it done with an LCD insert.


An LCD touchscreen would be cool. This is still one of the better, if not best mini mods. Cool
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PostPosted: Wed Feb 01, 2006 11:59 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Finally a Mac case mod that makes sense. An old Mac turned into a new Mac!

Isn't there similar old Macs with color screens, though?
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PostPosted: Wed Feb 01, 2006 1:26 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

i have an extra mac mini and a disasembled color classic sitting in front of me. does anyone know if there are more details on the vga video modification? it looks as if they are running a vga cable into the se 30 display somehow.

the color classic uses and analogue board with a ribbon cable connector and im not sure how to make the stock display with the mini. it is capable of 640x480 vga.

thanks..
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PostPosted: Wed Feb 01, 2006 3:21 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

The first mod I've seen that actually made me jealous.

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PostPosted: Wed Feb 01, 2006 7:37 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

rmd103 wrote:
the color classic uses and analogue board with a ribbon cable connector and im not sure how to make the stock display with the mini. it is capable of 640x480 vga.


I wonder if the board is from another computer or display? Could there be an adapter? This mod is pretty cool, but I still think they make better aquariums. Wink
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PostPosted: Wed Feb 01, 2006 10:47 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Cool mod, but who wants to look at a black and white screen all day?
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PostPosted: Thu Feb 02, 2006 11:53 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

aquaman wrote:
Cool mod, but who wants to look at a black and white screen all day?


From Mac 512Ks to Pluses to Classics to a Powerbook 520, I didn't use a color screen on a computer until the mid-'90s.

It's amazing how satisfactory selective ignorance can be, although it would be hard going back to b/w now.

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PostPosted: Thu Feb 02, 2006 2:45 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

picaman wrote:
It's amazing how satisfactory selective ignorance can be, although it would be hard going back to b/w now.

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PostPosted: Fri Feb 03, 2006 9:54 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I want one with a color display! Cool
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PostPosted: Tue Feb 07, 2006 6:47 am    Post subject: Mac Mini SE/30 Mod Reply with quote

I really like it. It is some kind of cool. It is the first mod that I have seen that would seem worthy of the cause-just cause.
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PostPosted: Thu Mar 15, 2007 10:22 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I'd buy a MAC Colour Classic III (with a 12" LCD? screen and a mini inside) in a heart beat. You'd think that Apple'd get wise and offer such a thing for the nostalgic market. Shouldn't be a huge leap in engineering difficulty given how small the Mini is already.
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PostPosted: Fri Mar 16, 2007 2:57 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

rmd103 wrote:
i have an extra mac mini and a disasembled color classic sitting in front of me. does anyone know if there are more details on the vga video modification? it looks as if they are running a vga cable into the se 30 display somehow.

the color classic uses and analogue board with a ribbon cable connector and im not sure how to make the stock display with the mini. it is capable of 640x480 vga.

thanks..


They've added english detail to the article, they didn't use the stock display at all they changed it out for a greyscale CCTV monitor

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We did not use original monitor and analog board because it can only display black and white.

We used 9 inch Gray Scale cathode-ray tube moniter made by the TVS company.
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