Hey all! I’m phoning in some help here; I’m trying to do a mod where I take an iMac G3 (tangerine orange, baby) - take out the internal components, and replace it with modern counterparts.
The goal is to have it finished by PDXLAN’s 2019 fall event.
Problem is - I’m trying to figure out what to do about the display situation.
I am thinking about two routes:
Find a monitor, take the panel out of its housing and retrofit it to the case
Source a panel straight from a manufacturer/repair vendor, pair it with a controller, and retrofit it to the case
A few thoughts with this:
If I were to go and stick with the 4:3 / 13" screen route, a lot of monitors in that aspect ratio and size don’t have modern specs that we’d like to have in our gaming setups. I’m taking this bad boy to LAN - I want it to look crispy.
Alternatively, if I can find JUST the panel that is small enough with better specs - I’d go that route. A lot of gaming laptops are great sources of panels (high refresh rate, small form factor, resolution, etc) - but the problem is then sourcing a controller necessary to make it work in conjunction with my desktop components.
Note the ribbon cables on the SB lcd… you wont use those. That’s for the digitizer. But it will be a bit tricky to adapt that connector on the SB to something like the adafruit board would use.
Literally that entire circuit on the adafruit adapter is just to control the backlight/brightness control. That’s it. (it also needs to know when to put the LCD to sleep, so… its fine. for you I doubt you care? But worst case scenario you could probably use the 12.9 apple LCD instead of the 9.7 apple LCD (LG) that adafruit sells
The adafruit solution is paint by numbers easy. It’s literally the lian li retina display mod I did a while back. No risk there, not really.
Alternatively you’d probably be spending a few hundred on experimentation. And may have to build an adapter cable assuming I’m correct about the sb display not needing an active adapter/just being displayport. Which is only about 60% likely
That one is a controller because it adapts HDMI signals to display port signals for the panel.
Depends what it does I guess. Mh first iPad thingie was just wires soldered onto a dp socket and that worked, which was encouraging