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Modding DATAMASTER (a monster from the past)

Discussion in 'Modding' started by kim, 26 Oct 2019.

  1. kim

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    I worked on the second floor, inserting the screen and the Lamptron fan controllers in a front plate, it's not as high as it was because I finally choosed a 4 inchs screen, but this plastic material is really hard to work with,:eyebrow:... if I use any electric tool, the heat is melting the material, it makes a kind of a soft dough drying imediatly and the edges are fusing together again...not the best choice as a plastic material but with patience and hand tools it works.
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  2. Cheapskate

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    Sounds like an extruded plastic. If you are not recycling, you should find some cast plexiglas.
    I'd give up on the solid wire connectors. I tried using some fairly stiff wires before and you can never get them clean looking.
     
  3. kim

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    you're right Cheap, I think I will just order some real cast plexi and redo the plate, but for the stiff wires, after trying several ways, I finally obtained something rather clean, you will see :grin:
    I realise that I need to finish the case to have the correct lenghs of all wires and cables, so I measured everything and cut the extra lengh of the case, the final case is 92 cms high :naughty:
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    Good. The previous layout apparently knocked a hole in your ceiling. :lol:
     
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    :hehe: excellent, I know it's a splurge, :grin: and I reckon, I am a tad excessive :lol: ohh, and I didn't notice the broken ceiling was visible LOL, what a silly photographer I am, yes, that small room has been open hastily for modding, and the work is still on the to-do list :grin:
     
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    I worked on the back of the case those last days, still some work to do but it gives an idea...
    I painted the Lamptrons front plates to match the color sheme (I'm not yet satisfied though, I must sand and add a coat of paint again :eyebrow:)
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    I found this (from a car calculator I think), I put it in the bottom of the case for the look of it and for allowing a little clearance for the wires (220 v !):grin:
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    Don't mind the screws, they are temporary...I still have holes to drill behind that plate...
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  7. MADPC

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    a beast! :)
     
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    Liking how this is shaping up! :)
     
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    Neat part find. You should ask a mod to move you to the project logs section. Stuff gets lost in 'modding'.
     
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    :grin: thanks Cheaps...:rock:you're the best, always a nice word to motivate the troup :clap:even the slowest modder ever :rollingeyes:, well, you're not far from the truth, I hide my worklog here because I have the experience of my previous worklog, I stopped the work, despite my willing to finish it, and I will finish it, but it took me like a whim to finish this chunky beast (and stop seeing it with it's guts spilling out :sigh:), and even with lockdown and unemployment ( as it is actually still my case :hip:), all I manage to do is gardening like a mad :wallbash:, you can't imagine how big is my garden :lol:, and I've been lazy last year :blush: :naughty:...so, I don't dare to start another neverending worklog on the project logs, when I see every days, so many talented guys modding continuously :lol::hehe::hehe::hehe: but...seriously, I think that, when the case itself, with all mounting holes and parts will be finished, I will select a bunch of the best pictures and post a thread in PL, but as of now, it's too early :cooldude:

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    and the veggies garden started...behind the walls, it's still my garden :lol:
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    Thank you Mojo, you're kind because it's still a draft, so thank you, but I agree, I like the shape it takes too :grin:, honestly, I will redo this back plate, this one is the third version (2 previous ones failed) and this one doesn't satisfy me neither, but now I know how to correct my mistakes :dremel:

    yes mate :grin:, you're right, I can't even hold it without half of the parts and hardware not mounted yet, unless I remove all the drives previously :wallbash:, but it's not made to be moved anyway so...:grin:
     
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    Lovely. :D
    That last pic of the veg garden: Picture it with a million squirrels. -That would be here. :lol:
    My mom gave up when she had a cantaloupe almost ripe. A squirrel chewed it free and rolled it 30 feet to the base of his tree. When he realized he couldn't get it up the tree he chewed a big hole in it.
    -Also you can fit a LOT of yellow jackets in that juniper.
     
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    :hehe:, OMG, I'd go nuts if squirrels were as numerous and bold in my garden :wallbash:, no way I let them chew my cantaloupes :miffed:, but I heard squirrels were kinda bold in Minnesota, even messing around during baseball games sometimes :naughty:


    :grr: however, your right: yellowjackets and hornets take up residence in the thickets and stone walls, I spotted out a nest of hornets inside an old stump recently, I engaged the war with a spray, they quickly stirred up and stroke back violently that I had to get outta dodge or be attacked :lol:
     
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    agree :grin:, a real badass squirrel... laughed too seeing big guys flinching for such a tiny soft toy :hehe:
     
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    "Rabies! get your fresh rabies! Rabies, mister?"
     
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    Squirrels usually don't grab cantaloupes neither, they've got weird species in Minnesota :eeek:
     
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    US standard grey squirrel: They chew through your 2" thick deck planking, eat your potted plants, throw things at you from the trees, disco dance on your window screens at dawn, tease your dogs...
     
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    It's pourring outside :eyebrow:, for days they said :eeek:, so, let's stop gardening and start modding a bit :grin:...I need to cut out a motherboard shroud, several reasons why, first of all, it's not a real black PCB :nono: rather dark brown; then, the golden capacitors do not match the color sheme, also, I must cover all the PCI slots to hide the risers, and finally, it misses something nicer to cover up the I/O ports and to conceal the wires routed to this very improperly positioned but compulsory Molex plug :lol:
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    I started by cutting out a stiff paper mock-up to adjust openings, and reported it on a polycarbonate sheet...
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    A rainy day, a day spent sawing, filing and grinding, though, I'm only 80% done with that armor, some more settings here and there...:eyebrow:
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    Finally, laying down the case flat on it's back, and placing hardware parts to have a final opinion of where everything goes, I find the case too small in height, in width, in depth :grin: :grin:, yes, first there are only 15 cms of clearance between the GPU and the top plate...and the CPU radiator (not here yet) but represented by a 2x140 fan bracket on the left, is overlapping the GPU, it would have been better if not, and about depth, well, it's only 23 cms, not that large for such a high building :lol:

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    happy or not, I gotta do with it or it will never end...:grin:
    have a good sunday
     
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