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AluminiX - Aluminum Mini-ITX Case Build

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subscribed! :D
 
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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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Cool, Keep up the good work :). Good to see some one else making cases :).
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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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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also, lol "winklewagen" crazy..

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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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 !
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 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 ?