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#1 2017-07-15 02:05:59

benthink
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Is there a VGA replacement that fits the compact Mac?

My dream is to put a 9in color monitor in a compact Mac shell and connect a Raspberry Pi to it, running Mini vMac.

I think a color monitor is out of the question, due to the incompatible size - it would not fit into a Mac SE shell. So instead, this guy cut the original glass monitor face and put in an LCD.

The next best option would be a B&W monitor, and I've seen them described at 68kmla.org (I think they are Point of Sale monitors) but I've never actually seen one listed anywhere for sale.

Do you know if there is a source for these monitors that could drop in to the Mac?

I know I could just put in an LCD, but those flat screens never look right.

This guy did something close to what I would like to do.

This guy does a great job with a flat screen.

This one uses a Pi and the original screen, but it's beyond my ability to develop a driver.

And another who built his own GPU.

Thanks!

PS: I can't get verfied at 68kmla.org for some reason.

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#2 2017-07-15 05:44:12

bigmessowires
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Re: Is there a VGA replacement that fits the compact Mac?

I think I saw the same post you did about the point of sale monitors. I've never come across one, but it sounds interesting.

What exactly is it that you want to do? If you do find that B&W point of sale monitor, you'd have a Raspberry Pi, running Mini vMac, inside a Mac case, and driving a look-alike B&W monitor. You might as well just use the real Mac SE at that point, no?

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#3 2017-07-15 18:06:38

benthink
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Re: Is there a VGA replacement that fits the compact Mac?

bigmessowires wrote:

If you do find that B&W point of sale monitor, you'd have a Raspberry Pi, running Mini vMac, inside a Mac case, and driving a look-alike B&W monitor. You might as well just use the real Mac SE at that point, no?

It could be a file server (NAS) as well as a classic Mac all in one box - it would be multi-use. I could also use it as a Linux terminal. It makes it a practical device rather than just a conversation piece. I could also make it a virtual PowerPC with a giant virtual hard drive. It just opens up the possibilities.

I think there may be a market for a limited run vga monitor batch, specifically for this purpose - while they still make CRTs. I expect that CRT production will cease entirely if it hasn't already. It's an amazingly manual production process.

bigmessowires wrote:

the same post you did

Wasn't me - I doubt that I'm the first to ponder it tho.

I suppose if I wait long enough, someone will produce a convex OLED that fits - that would be ideal.

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