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Modding custom plugs

Discussion in 'Modding' started by God, 21 Jul 2004.

  1. God

    God What's a Dremel?

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    I have seen in zapwizards mods he changes all of the plugs to 7pin or other such plugs rather than the normal ones. I was curiouse as to why to change them wether it be purly to make the mod look cool, be different, or do they offer something that the standard plugs do not? Also I know a mouse is faster and such for gaming by a very small about if it is plugged into a usb rather than a ps2. and these plugs that zapwizard uses slower or faster?
     
  2. FILTHY1337

    FILTHY1337 Senior Overclocker

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    welcome to the froums

    well the plugs dont determine the speed its the data going through the plug,
    usb just has more "bandwith" than ps2
    he changed his plugs for the wow factor and because some of the plugs lock so they wont pull out durring a session
     
  3. my58vw

    my58vw Plexi Expert

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    That is exactly what he did... also for security, no one wants a mouse with a non standard connector.

    I am doing to same with convergence so stay tuned if you are interested... :D
     
  4. ZapWizard

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    Glad to see you God, I assume you were at EverLAN

    For the Ammo PC I used costom connectors simply for an authentic look.

    For the ATI PC they were used for security.

    My next project will have a single custom connector that will connect to an external remote pod with the normal connectors.
    (Allowing a single cable to be ran to the PC, rather then many)

    The custom connectors I use are also VERY durable, and would work even if covered in mud. They will last thousands apon thousands of connections.
    They can handle quite a bit of power, and have good shielding.
    They do also cost more, and are overkill for pretty much any PC signal.
     
  5. Firehed

    Firehed Why not? I own a domain to match.

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    Where can you get those things anyways? I like the looks of them a lot(although probably can't be arsed rewiring my peripherals...). For the ATI/AMD SFF especially, it was done for security reasons, since it goes on tour wherever ATI might be.

    But for most modders, it's simply for the wow factor. I'm not going to take my modded rig to a LAN where some d!ck goes and steals everyones mice, and I would imagine that's true for most people, so security isn't typically necessary. Unless you *really* want to hide your internet history *cough*.
     
  6. ZapWizard

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  7. my58vw

    my58vw Plexi Expert

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    Yes, the wow factor is really important for looks. I would like to know where the source for these conectors are also... (i.e a 10 pin or so connector for the atx plug...

    Oh yes and I love the 1 for all idea... hmm :D

    Thanks
     
  8. Firehed

    Firehed Why not? I own a domain to match.

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    *cough*
    52000+ results...
    Is there anything a bit more specific?
     
  9. FILTHY1337

    FILTHY1337 Senior Overclocker

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    erm yea, why not type in specificly what your looking for :p
    i.e. 10-pin
    4 pin ect.
     
  10. FILTHY1337

    FILTHY1337 Senior Overclocker

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    zap can u post an item number for your 10 pin male and female?
    or would radioshack stock these,(they arent on the site)
    digikey is good but i cant work w/o pics :duh:
     
  11. Mudslag

    Mudslag What's a Dremel?

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    here are some custom plugs

    [​IMG]
     
  12. Lorquis

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    ... EWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWW... ew.
     
  13. ehrnam45

    ehrnam45 What's a Dremel?

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    IIRC, Zap used mostly audio style XLR jacks and 1/4" phono jacks. (or was that the ORAC3 box?). mouser.com has an excellent selection, complete with pics in their catalog.
     
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  14. ZapWizard

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    Well I have their paper catalog, so I just browsed that.
    The connectors I use mostly are Hirose brand
    http://www.hirose.com/

    On digikey you can search for hirose, connecors, circular.
     
  15. Glycerine

    Glycerine What's a Dremel?

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    From the looks of it on the ammo pc, you can get similar 4 pin DIN connectors from radioshack. They are CB mic connectors. Bout a buck 50 a pop i think. I use them all the time for signal and power connectors.
     
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  17. Firehed

    Firehed Why not? I own a domain to match.

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    You can wire PS/2 and USB to the 4 pin ones, right? I'm pretty sure that PS/2 has 2 NC pins. Not that desoldering the sockets from my motherboard is that appealing to me :rolleyes:

    mudslag, that was disgusting
     
  18. ehrnam45

    ehrnam45 What's a Dremel?

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    From the looks of Zap's other cases, you can get the same thing in 6 pin versions too, in the event you needed a 6 pin USB connection, or wanted to use it to power additional LEDs in your mouse/keyboard instead of soldering them in where they don't belong. :p Of course, you'd have to get new multi-strand wire, and re-solder everything on the device end, but hey, it's modding ain't it?

    Mmmh, I'm getting ideas for a new mod. Now I just need an actual theme! Doh! Gotta finish the HTPC first though.
     
  19. God

    God What's a Dremel?

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    zapwizard you would not mind if i used your idea for the custom connectors and leds in the optical drive on my own shuttle would you?
     
  20. ZapWizard

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    As long as it's not commercial.
     

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