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The Bicentenial Macintosh by HyraxAttax The Bicentenial Macintosh by HyraxAttax
I made this a few years ago, forgot about it, and rediscovered it during the Christmas break when my laptop died and this was all I had that worked. I really do not miss 800x600 resolution.

It is a classic 1989 Macintosh SE FDHD, just with a few... upgrades. Back in 1998 it featured a black & white screen, a 20 mb hard drive, and a floppy drive capable of reading the high-density 1.4mb 3.5" diskettes. The upgrades gave it a 7" color LCD from China, a slot-loading DVD drive, and runs Windows XP (This was before bootcamp, so it was more unique back then, a Mac that could run Halo.)

Now it is kind of weak, it's only a single-core, and only has 512mb of ram shared with the on-board video. During the break, it bugged me that I had the parts to make it run much smoother, but the screw driver I needed to open the case was back in my apartment 600 miles away.

Back when I was making this, I had to spend a while looking up motherboard sizes to find one small enough that I could cram into this tiny case. Nowadays, I could have used an Atom board or a Mini-ITX, possibly even position it flat on top of the DVD drive, and use SATA instead of having to use IDE ribbon-cable origami to fit everything inside. Maybe in 2014 I can make a 25-year anniversary update to it. I still need to re-purpose the contrast adjuster into a volume control knob and add in some internal speakers, and make it so that the power switch isn't just dangling out a hole in the back of the case.

The LCD screen is actually wired so that it's powered by the computer's own power supply unit. It came with a 12-volt wall-wart AC-adapter, so it was just a matter of taking a 12v/5v molex connector and wiring the 12v and ground pins to a matching power jack tip.
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animatrix1490 Featured By Owner Jan 4, 2011  Hobbyist Artist
Have you tried majoring in CompSci with an animation emphasis?
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NIKON CORPORATION
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NIKON D90
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10/500 second
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F/4.5
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38 mm
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2500
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Dec 31, 2010, 1:39:23 AM
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