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PostPosted: Thu Nov 02, 2006 12:49 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I am blown away by this; it's a work of art and it combines the best of the two nicest Macs Apple ever made. Alas, I wouldn't have the guts to do something like this, so I will continue to operate the two Macs separately. I will note one "problem" the maker didn't solve - an upgraded video card. You can do that on the Cube so I wonder if there's a way to use the Cube's chasis and have the mod run through the Cube's video card? I'll bet it sounds a lot easier than it is!
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PostPosted: Thu Nov 02, 2006 1:10 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Fox wrote:
I will note one "problem" the maker didn't solve - an upgraded video card. You can do that on the Cube so I wonder if there's a way to use the Cube's chasis and have the mod run through the Cube's video card? I'll bet it sounds a lot easier than it is!


I don't see how that could be done, but I wouldn't put anything past this guy. Laughing

Without a doubt, this is one of the best-looking Mac mods ever.
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PostPosted: Thu Nov 02, 2006 5:41 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I just was waiting for a mod like this: OUTSTANDING JOB! Cool
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PostPosted: Thu Nov 02, 2006 7:24 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Thanks for the great reviews, Im glad everyone liked it!
If anyone has questions on the process, don't hesitate to ask!

Fox: The onboard video card can run 1080p and 1080i without a hitch, so the card was not a concern for me....that and I don't play games. I only wanted it to be my media center...and night light! Very Happy

jeremyh: Your right, I had to draw out schematics and plan carefully, but even then, I ran into so many problems such as the touch sensitive button and many other problems I just want to forget about!!

g5g5: I would love to make more if I ever had time, but I hope Apple will make one really soon.

castaway: SOCOMRAIDER is correct, the IR is directly behind the glowing apple logo, so the IR has a direct line of sight with the remote.

splen: Yup, a full size 3.5 hdd is in there.

cws: I thought about that but I am a modder at heart, I love to break things open, see how things work, and make something better. *grunts like Tim Allen Wink
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PostPosted: Thu Nov 02, 2006 7:55 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

khisayruou wrote:
Thanks for the great reviews, Im glad everyone liked it!
If anyone has questions on the process, don't hesitate to ask!

Fox: The onboard video card can run 1080p and 1080i without a hitch, so the card was not a concern for me....that and I don't play games. I only wanted it to be my media center...and night light! Very Happy

jeremyh: Your right, I had to draw out schematics and plan carefully, but even then, I ran into so many problems such as the touch sensitive button and many other problems I just want to forget about!!

g5g5: I would love to make more if I ever had time, but I hope Apple will make one really soon.

castaway: SOCOMRAIDER is correct, the IR is directly behind the glowing apple logo, so the IR has a direct line of sight with the remote.

splen: Yup, a full size 3.5 hdd is in there.

cws: I thought about that but I am a modder at heart, I love to break things open, see how things work, and make something better. *grunts like Tim Allen Wink


I recommend you use a photo of your project as an Avatar.
All hail khisayruou! Great work.

Possibly you could post what your member name represents in this thread
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PostPosted: Thu Nov 02, 2006 8:20 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I'm floored! Shocked

Nice work khisayruou!
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PostPosted: Thu Nov 02, 2006 9:01 pm    Post subject: Wow... Reply with quote

I REALLY gotta have one... just only I don't have the talent to do that.. Nice work tho.
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PostPosted: Thu Nov 02, 2006 10:29 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Wow, nice job khisayruou!

Have you tested it with Xbench? I would think about putting a C2D in there. Wink

It sounds like you are happy with the fan and cooling.
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PostPosted: Thu Nov 02, 2006 10:32 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Freakin' sweet!

I wish I had the guts to do that. Or someone to walk me through the task.

The Cube was certainly a beautiful computer, combined with the more "modern" parts of the Mini, you've got a great match! Now if you could only upgrade the graphics card Wink
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PostPosted: Thu Nov 02, 2006 10:42 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

diulei wrote:
Freakin' sweet!

I wish I had the guts to do that. Or someone to walk me through the task.


I smell a business opportunity here khisayruou. Idea
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PostPosted: Thu Nov 02, 2006 10:53 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

blazer wrote:
diulei wrote:
Freakin' sweet!

I wish I had the guts to do that. Or someone to walk me through the task.


I smell a business opportunity here khisayruou. Idea


Hm...so do I...

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PostPosted: Thu Nov 02, 2006 11:03 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

diulei wrote:
blazer wrote:
diulei wrote:
Freakin' sweet!

I wish I had the guts to do that. Or someone to walk me through the task.


I smell a business opportunity here khisayruou. Idea


Hm...so do I...

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There is no way that you could make money doing this. The time and materials would cost way too much. Just attaining the Cube alone would be difficult.
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PostPosted: Thu Nov 02, 2006 11:06 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

You still could sell a couple though. They would be ridiculously expensive. But some people want rare things like an Intel Mac Cube!


So what do the cubeowners forum say about it?
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PostPosted: Fri Nov 03, 2006 6:20 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

khisayruou wrote:

castaway: SOCOMRAIDER is correct, the IR is directly behind the glowing apple logo, so the IR has a direct line of sight with the remote.


Thanks for clearing that up khisayruou and SOCOMRAIDER.

Don't take this wrong! I think this mod is absolutely brilliant, but I'm hoping that the Mac mini's size and styling stay the same. I like it much better than the old G4 Cube. If Apple hadn't been so bloody cheap with the Mac mini (and MacBook for that matter) when it came to the video card, no one would even be complaining about its apparent lack of size for upgrades. I also think that 2.5" HDD technology is improving to the point where internal storage isn't an issue. With the way flash memory technology and capacities are improving, it might also be something to consider using in the future. Sorry for the small rant, but I'm getting tired of reading what's wrong with the Mac mini instead of what's right. It's a fantastic computer!
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khisayruou wrote:
Thanks for the great reviews, Im glad everyone liked it!
If anyone has questions on the process, don't hesitate to ask!

Fox: The onboard video card can run 1080p and 1080i without a hitch, so the card was not a concern for me....that and I don't play games. I only wanted it to be my media center...and night light! Very Happy
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As shown on this forum, Mini owners are very interested in the potential for video card upgrades to avoid the shared memory feature of the GMA 950 card in all Intel Minis. While gaming is an issue for some, the 80 mb VRAM limitation on this card is limiting for any graphics use. So even though it wasn't an issue for you, I'm curious whether you think a video mod could have been done in your "MiniCube", either through the Cube chasis or some other way.
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