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AluminiX - Aluminum Mini-ITX Case Build

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  1. Binge

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    I'm currently trying to decide whether I should use the PSone LCD on this case, or if I will hook it up to my main rig... To put it blunt, it sucks as a primary display, because the video chip doesn't handle it correctly on VGA/D-SUB and the picture quality on S-Video isn't that good.
    The S-Video on my main rig gets a way better picture on the screen.

    Though, realistically, I have no space to put it in my main rig at all...
     
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    Revised planning & ToDo post

    Small change in plans, I'm going to make a standalone housing for the 5" LCD (which I'm already calling a "monitor"), based on a spare speaker stand for my Creative Inspire 6700 set I still had laying around (flawless, still in plastic! :D)

    Yes, I haven't worked bork crap on the case. I did do a lot of software stuff like installing and configuring, and getting that 5" LCD to display something readable:D
    I'll work on the case again when I feel like it, so there:rockout: It's still cold outside and I'm a pussy:D

    But, a short sum up is in place of what to do on the system:
    ToDo - Hardware
    - Get them aluminum plates grinded and sanded
    - Make a tape mockup to feed the drooling mouths here at TPU
    - Cut holes in the plates:
    >- Front: Power button, Character LCD, HDD LED
    >- Left side: 120mm fanhole, USB port holes
    >- Right side: 120mm fanhole, slimline CD hole
    >- Rear: Cut enough off for the mobo tray to fit, hole for a Molex to feed the monitor
    - Bend 'n fit a piece of alum to rest the PSU on
    - Bend 'n fit a 2x HDD tray
    - Find a spare place to stick the CF adapter (and I really mean to "stick" it on somewhere using Velcro)

    ToDo - Software
    - Further downtrim of the current Xubuntu install (going towards a terminal-based server instead of X)
    - Get an FTP server going so I can fill those 2x500Gb HDD's with the music/movies that are currently filling my main rig
    - Write the darn stuff I want to get up and running (fully customizable "web"radio interface, incorporating an intelligent request system and more)

    ToDo - after that...
    - Disassemble the current "monitor" setup (read: remove duct tape :D)
    - Make it nice!

    Of course, this is just a list for me so I remember what to do :p
     
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    Cool, Keep up the good work :). Good to see some one else making cases :).
     
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    Bork! I think I killed the LCD's graphic signal by cutting off the VGA cable (even though it's running on s-video).
    Now I really don't know if I'm gonna use it...:shadedshu

    And of course, bad things never come alone. Coil whine is back, with a vengeance! I guess this means hardcore PSU mistreatment then :p
     
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    Ouch! That sucks :( I hope you get that all fixed up cuz I'm looking forward to seeing this finished :rockout:
     
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    It's probably a matter of stringing the original wires back together, but that's gonna take some effort. I'll try it, but probably only after the rest is done.
    Gonna see if I can get a second hand 15 incher or something.
     
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    I think I have a 15" CRT :laugh:
     
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    I think my desk is crowded enough without a CRT :D
     
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    Short "update":
    • Got a nice second hand 15 inch lcd to use. Still have to find the courage to test the PSone screen :D
    • The PSU is not the cause of the coil whine! It's the motherboard. Which is good, because the motherboards coils are easily exposed. To be glued!
    • It's still cold outside, so no manual labor...
    • After Xubuntu and Debian I'm now running Ubuntu Server 8.10 out of the box. Wireless goes well, still some quirks to fix.
     
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    Coil whine fixed! Yay for me!
    Now for the next experiment with this thing: Windows 7
    Gotta see if I can fit it on CD's since I'm too lazy to unscrew my DVD player on my main rig :D
     
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    nice work thrackan - I like it a lot so far :D coil hum is a bitch, especially when your gfx does it...every time I move the mouse it whines.. :(
     
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    Thanks, it's a lot of experimenting and not a lot of building at the moment... I'm thinking about redoing my ubuntu server install with really the minimum of minimals installed.

    I'm getting a Master/Slave Double CF->IDE adapter this week, moar experimenting!
     
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    Ooh, nice! I'm gonna keep my eye on this project. Can't wait to see the outcome. Keep up the good work :)
     
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    do let me know where you got the double CF from... ;) Atom build is next. :D
     
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    haha I was hoping it was an international brand :(
    also, lol "winklewagen" crazy..
     
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    You could try the good ol DealExtreme... That's where I got my first (single) one.
     
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    Busy installing Windows 7, thanks to:
    http://forum.eeeuser.com/viewtopic.php?id=57299

    I'm using 2 4GB CF cards on one adapter and a microdrive (from my MP3 player) as install media on the other CF adapter :D
    Seriously thinking about ditching the CD-ROM drive and using the microdrive instead...
     
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    haha i had to laugh so hard :p

    it's such a nice experience to laugh:roll:

    btw Thrackan I'd like to see some new pictures !
     
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    Geez necropost. For new pictures, I need to actually do something on this project.
     
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    hey Thrackan keep up the work. here is "Little Bee" a project i'm working on.
     
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    I want to see some more progress on this project.
     
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    I will get back to it in the next couple of months, thanks for being interested :D
     
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    I don't think I read which mobo it was in the first post. What's the spec on the mobo ?

    Well, the coloring looks like Jetways, and the 20pin power socket location seems like Via C7 platform ?
     

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