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Project Maya – Installing a new CPU

Project Maya – Installing a new CPU

Reading Time: 4 minutes This is a post in the Project Maya series. To see all related posts go to the index page here. While looking for a new CPU card I did some more testing with the fried 1.25Ghz chips. They ran long enough for me to do some basic testing and I ended up removing the internal speaker. This made a surprisingly big difference in the heat output of the power supply as it was now able to draw some fresh air…

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Project Maya – The first upgrades

Project Maya – The first upgrades

Reading Time: 5 minutes This is a post in the Project Maya series. To see all related posts go to the index page here. With the Mac clean and functional, it was time to install a few upgrades. The reason I wanted a FW400 model was native Mac OS 9 compatibility but I really wanted FW800. So a 64-bit (bootable) card was found and installed. Even though I will probably never need it, I also wanted USB 2.0 available just in case so this…

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Project Maya – The find and first hands on

Project Maya – The find and first hands on

Reading Time: 3 minutes This is a post in the Project Maya series. To see all related posts go to the index page here. Finding the MDD I wanted was not hard, they are readily available on sites such as eBay. Finding one where I would not pay more than it’s worth however was extremely difficult. I’d find one for $50 (the most I’d pay for one) but shipping ranged anywhere from $40-$130 which put it way out of my price range. Locally I’ve…

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Project Maya – The 2002 MDD

Project Maya – The 2002 MDD

Reading Time: < 1 minute Project Maya, named so by my son when I asked him what a fun codename would be, is the restoration, rebuilding and upgrading of a 2002 Power Mac G4 Mirrored Drive Doors. This is the first generation so doesn’t have FireWire 800.  I wanted a 2002 model specifically because it is the last model to boot Mac OS 9 natively. Sure the FW800 can boot Mac OS 9 by running a modified version and it works well, I wanted the…

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Mac Pro Pixlas Mod

Mac Pro Pixlas Mod

Reading Time: 12 minutes Updates and new relevant information is listed at the very bottom of this article. Latest update added on September 8th, 2020. Parts you need: – A graphics card of choice – Open-end to dual 8 (6+2) pin cable • Get the cable from Kareon Kables here (link updated on July 25, 2020) (Ships from the USA, allows for cable length and color selections. 30″ sleeved recommended) • Or get the cable from ModDIY here (Ships from Hong Kong, allows for…

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2002 Apple DVI to ADC adapter

2002 Apple DVI to ADC adapter

Reading Time: 3 minutes Before I cover the Apple DVI to ADC Adapter, a brief history. Apple sold some really nice flat panel displays between 1999-2004 and all but the very first model used an ADC connector. ADC simply standing for Apple Display Connector, a proprietary version of the traditional DVI connector that powered the display, fed the graphics and provided USB all over a single cable. I’ve always found it a joy to use as there was only one cable to deal with…

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1999 Power Mac G4 (AGP Graphics)

1999 Power Mac G4 (AGP Graphics)

Reading Time: 10 minutes Back in 1999 I just had my Power Macintosh G3 (Blue and White) for about a year when the Power Mac G4 was announced and it blew my mind. The specs, the hype, the gorgeous design, the marketing, the performance! I had to have one but being a 16 year old student, $3,500 was not exactly in my budget. I got the chance to play around with the G4 in school when the graphics department upgraded some of their G3’s…

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