The original Macintosh had an 8mhz processor, my upgrades will boost it to a speed 200x faster than that. Giving us enough speed to install Mac OS X Snow Leopard.
My main objectives were.
- Do not alter, cut, deform, change, or break the original Mac in anyway, I wanted to be able to return it to its original state if I chose to.
- Not to let myself cut costs on the project just to make it more 'amazinger' (cheap instructables are great, but we do see a lot of 'wow make an awesome uber computer for like $10 dollars yeah'. This was an epic project, I cut costs where I could, and used recycled parts, but I spared no expense in making this the best I could. This 1984 Macintosh deserved no less.
Here are a few glory shots, then we delve into the bulk of it, I started this project in June '09, but getting married, and moving house did put a bit of a delay on finishing it.
Be sure to vote for me in the Dead Computer Contest, the Netbook prize would allow me to upgrade my 1984 Macintosh to being wireless, portable, and a 9inch screen to boot.
We all want to see pictures in the newspaper/on the internet of me sat on the train, or chilling in starbucks with a 1984 Macintosh now, don't we?
I also encourage creative constructive comments.
The first ten constructive comments get an ampersand vintage mac patch!
Step 1: Materials and Tools
- An original dead 1984 Macintosh (There was a wide range of this style of Mac, keep your eye out on ebay for a defunct one, because this one was broken, I got it for £25)
- Several A3 sheets of Styrene or Plasticard.
- Clear Perspex/Acrylic 3-6mm in depth
- Mini ITX Motherboard (I went for the low power Intel Atom single core)
- Small PSU (mine was salvaged from a dead Dell Optiplex, you could buy a new one, but thats not very green is it?)
- A harddrive and Ram
- A Nanovision Mimo USB 7" screen (you can get models that power off your PSU but use a VGA connection, the Nanovision uses USB for both power and signal)
- A pair of Apple Pro Speakers
- USB and Ethernet extension cables
- Dremel type tool
- Hot air gun
- Stanley knife/Box cutter with plenty of spare blades
- Metal Rule
- Epoxy resin
- Double sided plastic tape (optional, but useful)