Step 8: Switches and Ports.

Front connections

I decided to add two front USB ports, and an SD memory card reader.

I cut a few sections of styrene to fit, and clip into the front of the metal frame where the original ADB and floppy connections were.

Once you have mounted these two sections (one shown upper, the other just underneath) slot the frame into the casing, once inside you can carefully trace through the gaps to get an accurate placement of the ports. 

At this point the dremel is very handy for drilling out the holes to position the ports. 
Once you have the ports in place you can assemble and check the position again. Use some epoxy resin to glue these in place.

Rear Ports and switch.

The original macintosh had a power switch at the back, most modern computers have switch on the front hooked up to the motherboard. The original macintosh did however have a 'reset' and 'interrupt' switch to the side.

I created a small L shaped section for the rear ports. On the side of this I mounted the power and reset switches. Once the L shaped section was placed into the case I then inserted the original buttons (a plastic section that fitted into the vents at the side), once these were inserted it made it very easy to glue the switches into the correct place. Check the original plastic depresses enough to click the new switches. 

I went to great efforts to make the CRT and front of the screen look original so decided to extend this effort to the back.

When fiddling around with various bits and pieces I worked out that the USB extension cables fittied inside the metal surrounds of the old Serial connectors perfectly.

I placed the L shaped section against the back and marked out the various port holes. Using the dremel I was easily able to cut out sections to allow the USB extension cables to meet up with the metal off the serial connectors.

Once these are lined up use both epoxy resin, and a hot glue gun to secure these in place.

I also added an ethernet port to align with a hole above the power connection.

<p>Does anyone know where I can get a square LCD that would hook up to a mac mini for this purpose? Ideally, I'm then going to put the Cathode Ray glass over the top to give it the bulge.</p>
<p>Nice Job!! I want A Patch!!</p><p>(Looks at millions of comments below me) Oh Darn!!</p>
what version of Mac did you use?
<p>I have been inspired by your post, and also those of Ersterhernd and EmerytHacks to do a similar project to yours. My main concern is that the chosen display is too small compared to the original. EmertyHacks has shown how to connect an iPad Retina display to a PC, but that is a 9.7&quot; screen compared to the Mac's 9&quot; CRT. I have thought about using the 8.9&quot; LCD of the Fire HD 8.9, but I have yet to determine how to connect it to the mini-ITX board which boasts LSDV and eDP connectors. Any thoughts on a more suitable display? The simplest would of course be if I could find a ~9&quot; USB powered LCD which is also HD capable. I would say at least 1920x1200 should do it.</p><p><a href="http://www.tonymacx86.com/imac-mods/128390-ersterhernds-imac-g5-isight-20-a1145-project.html" rel="nofollow">http://www.tonymacx86.com/imac-mods/128390-ersterh...</a><br><a href="http://emerythacks.blogspot.ie/2013/04/connecting-ipad-retina-lcd-to-pc.html" rel="nofollow">http://emerythacks.blogspot.ie/2013/04/connecting-...</a></p>
What's the name of the speakers ?<br>
<p>impressive, i can't even get my first version of the ipad on to the latest iOS.</p>
<p>This looks sooooo cool</p>
That's amazing
Is there a monitor you can get to fit it better? Because I have been wanting to do this for a while using a mac mini inside of the case but I cant find a screen to the same size to make it look more realistic. Any help as to were I could get a 8 or 9 inch monitor for this?
<p>That looks cool! I wish I could download the pdf...</p>
pretty cool I would like to do something similar to a dell that ran on windows vista
Beautiful work! <br>
Sounds like a nice way to keep up with the computer generation without the total cost. I might keep these instructions in case I ever go dead broke.
nice one
The real challenge: Don;t make a hackintosh and use mac mini or mac g4 cube parts
This is the coolest instructable. Wow
Those pictures are amazing. I made this with my science class, but never that much. Wowzer.
Thank you so much for sharing this! I did this project in school- many years ago and forgot how to do it. Now that I have a son I have been wanting to share this with him.
Those instructions are amazing. <br>Please, share more instructions!
Can this same kind of hacking and modding be used for a Macintosh SE? Or any other first generation Macs?
I need to know where I can find an old classic macintosh. I've literally looked everywhere for one, and I just can't find one (well, not at a reasonable price). And they're all working too, which is not what I need... Can anybody help?
oldcomputers.net <br> <br>happened across this site just yesterday. Wonderful romp thru old computers and companies history, etc LOVE IT. They also have people listing systems to sell or buy! <br> <br>I hadn't looked close at cost, workability, etc; but thought it may be a good place to look.
any public schools near you? i went to my old highschool and picked up an old mac, classic mice and other junk that they just had in storage.
My school auctioned them all off, they went for about $20 apiece. Oh well, I guess I'll just do a different case mod. :P
I have at least 6 classics, Mac, Mac+ and newer, most work. Can ship within US with or without internals. Without would be cheaper shipping. Have keyboards and mice for same. And older software.<br> Live in middle of USA, 2 miles from its dead center. <br><br>
Before this project I had been checking ebay semi occasionally for about 6 months, saw this one for about &pound;20 and snapped it up.
I've been doing the same for about two weeks now. I'm trying to nab one for about $15, and I just might get it at an affordable price. If it works, I'll keep it in good running order. If not, then I'll gut it and do something cool, like this instructable. :)
I finally found one. :D And it wasn't as expensive as I thought it would be! I don't know if it works or not, but if it doesn't, I'll be using this instructable. Thank you!
Let us know what doesn't work and we can probably help you fix it :D
I just got it in today. I plugged it into a power source, and I heard the startup &quot;bong&quot; macs make, but the screen remained black while the hard drive and fan was spinning. I intend to fix it before I do this instructable, so I can have the option of putting it back together if I want. :)
have you figured this out? i have a quadra 601 that does the same thing. i found it dumpster diving, no power supply was with it, and the case was a little broken at the back. not ot mention it had some water from some rain. (i got it just after it rained, so i let it dry out for a couple days) if you figured this out, could you send me a pm on how you did?
oldcomputers.net <br> <br>happened across this site just yesterday. Wonderful romp thru old computers and companies history, etc LOVE IT. They also have people listing systems to sell or buy!
Its missing https://www.instructables.com/id/Retro-Wireless-Apple-Mouse/ also needs a paint job
You could add a USB floppy to match the slot on the front. Just connect it inside of the case, it works on Windows and Mac OS X.
for the screen i was wondering if i could use a a replica of the org anal and hook it up to work on usb power so it could run
Thanks for the great article, and for sharing the great results to your effort. I recently retrieved my old original 512ke from the attic with the intent of doing something with it. You have inspired me. Now, on to some USB screen action. Again, Thanks.
Coming from one who bought the 512kE when it first came out, that's an astonishing piece of work. Too bad you can't take it back in time to 1984, plunk it down onto Steve Jobs' desk and say &quot;How do you like MY operating system?&quot;<br><br>I eventually made my 512kE into a cactus garden (a functioning aquarium was too difficult) and it looked great, with lights and everything.<br><br>I stumbled on here looking for completely the opposite -- some kind of shareware that would emulate on my MacBook the desktop of the original Macintosh . . . you know, desk accessories, trash bin, everything. Anyone seen anything like that around? Email nickATmontrealfood.com.<br><br>Good job, mate!
Mini VMac<br> <br> <a href="http://minivmac.sourceforge.net/screens/index.html" rel="nofollow">http://minivmac.sourceforge.net/screens/index.html</a><br> <br> An emulator that runs on Mac OS and Windows, go check it out!<br> <br> I was tempted to put some much cheaper slower hardware in the mac and just run this on it.<br> <br> Thanks for the comment!
Beautiful work but....on a 128 k 1984 mac :-( Tried to resurrect it?
Afraid I did not have the tools to make it into a working system. I did however package all the internals into a box, so it could be rebuilt in the future.
What was the total cost of the build?
I spent &pound;100gbp on the USB screen that I used (Note I had already bought this, and did not specifically buy it for the project. You can get small screens that run of a 12v power from the computer's PSU.<br><br>I got the original mac for a steal of &pound;30gbp incl postage off ebay.<br><br>The PSU was a compact one from an old Dell, the entire dell was also &pound;30gbp off ebay.<br><br>The motherboard was the first generation of the intel Atom mini itx boards, and was &pound;60gbp incl ram from ebuyer.<br><br>The hard drive was given to me by my friend.<br><br>Add in a few other costs, &pound;20 on cables/adapter/extenders, &pound;15 on the iMac style speakers, &pound;10 for perspex and styrene.<br><br>Total of &pound;245 if you shop around a bit, and scrounge some parts from places.
Assuming one would be able to get it all, that's close to $400 USD. There are first generation Intel Mac Minis on eBay right now you can win or buy outright for almost half of that, which would eliminate the hassle and peculiarities involved with OSx86. I rebuilt a G4 Cube using a late 2009 Mini and added a few items to it. It sports 4 HD's for 2TB total storage and a Blu Ray player along with the original disc burner. I am going to build another one using a 2011 Mini so I can stuff 16GB of RAM in it and probably forgo the disc burner seeing as I rarely use it.
Well the largest expenditure was the screen, which you would of course still need to buy if using a Mac Mini!<br><br>I just recently swapped out the disc burner in my Macbook Pro for a second storage drive (An SSD) because I realised I had not used it once since buying the Macbook Pro!
I have a friend whose husband has passed and she is interested in selling ALL of her old macs and apples. I mean... I have a list of items some may be interested in. If anybody is up for it... Let me know, You would have to pay the shipping of course. Let me know! :-D
I'd like to see that list. Please send to: brightpuma (at) gmail (dot) com.<br><br>Thanks!
why didnt you use a mac mini
I'd say it is cost prohibitive. That's why I just asked about the cost of the build. You can get a used Intel Mini now for around $350 on eBay. You'll be constrained to a DDR2 running model at that price and be lucky to get a processor above 2GHz, but it will run everything up to Snow Leopard without a hitch. I'm not sure about Lion.....
Anybody else have the Cube? Beautiful...

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