Discussion in 'Project Logs' started by fyes, 14 Apr 2005.
It doesn't appear to have any effect on the gaphics. Maybe I'm doing something wrong?
i wish i could do that ......
anti aliasing will only affect the text. make sure you're using PNGs for the graphics.
Background graphics are all PNGs. Font is TrueType.
I dropped the alpha blending of the text down to 165, and that makes it look a little nicer.
Anyway, thanks for the feedback.
If you want to braze quicker, why not bake the pipes before? You could get a big turkey, turn the oven up, and leave the pipes in the oven while cooking the turkey. Then the pipes will be 350* when you start heating them with your torch, and when you're done with the radiator you can feast upon turkey for weeks...
Hah! Thought of doing that, but the 30-inch pipes won't fit in the oven.
Charcoal grill? Light a bonfire in the back yard and lay the pipes in it?
Pimpage August 19
Slow progress over the last couple of weeks. Guess I need to get that motor on my drill press fixed.
Anyway, I decided to treat myself and buy a nice new case. Here's the mobo tray with bulkhead installed:
And a couple of shots showing the guts:
In the drill-press down time, I've also been playing around with things like PalmOrb . Here's the disected Palm hooked up and showing some nifty CPU vitals.
Don't know how or if I'm going to integrate it into the case.
Also, I finally got brave and started bending the copper sheets to form the fins of the radiator. Here are some initial shots:
Not bad for my first metal forming, huh? Ok, so it was basic stuff. Heh.
And finally, some shots of the plugs in the top of the radiotor pipes:
Just curious, how's it going? Looking good so far.
Vidar, and everyone else, thanks for the support and encouragement.
I'll be posting photos of the final construction of the radiator this weekend, along with, hopefully, some performance charts so we can all see if this effort is functional, or just art.
While I'm here, I want to thank DangerDen for replacing my pump, which had started to wear on the rotar shaft, without questions. Even after I had modded it to a 4-pin molex (from 3-pin)!!
I wanna see the radiator . I like how you do everything from scratch, makes me wanna buy a bunch of copper blocks and start working...
Look very unique and eyecatching!!
And another little thought, how will the water flow throu the radiator? I can only see one inlet.
Hoping to have my own mod ready somtime next week, will post pics then...
If you look back a page or two, there's a good photo of the 4-way maniforld. This splits the incoming water aand the tubes carry it to the top of the copper pipes. The outlet is at the bottom -- I assume this is what you meant by the only inlet you can see.
Looking forward to see your pics too.
Update September 4
So I didn't make as much progress this weekend as I'd hoped. Ah well, sometimes the things that put bread on table get in the way of the things that put fire in the belly.
Anyway, on with some radiator work!
First up, some raw material -- 32oz sheet copper, 12x12 inches. Hey! There's a ghost in that photo:
Thinking I was being billiant, I went out and purchased a small circular saw attachment for my uni-speed Dremel:
Testing it on 48oz sheet copper, I thought everything was good to go. It cut fairly smoothly and left a nice finish that would clean up with just a little filing:
Encouraged, I moved on to setup the 32oz copper for sawing:
And promptly got halfway through my first cut when the saw decided it didn't want to be sharp anymore:
So I broke down and pulled out the hack saw to finish off the job. I hate the hack saw. No, really. It is my nemesis. Everytime I think I can get away without using it, it laughs at my impotence and demands to be used. One day I'll buy a band saw and then we'll see who has the last laugh.
Moving on with my life, I thought it would be good to get some baseline temps. Using a plastic resevoir without any radiator:
The CPU idled at 44 c and moved up to 52 c after an hour of CPUBurn, cooling back down to 44 after about ten minutes.
Next up, the radiator without any fins. Full body shot:
With this setup, I got an idle temp of 33 c and a load temp of 41. A little bit better, huh? You'll see that I left the resevoir in the loop -- that was just so I didn't have to drain the whole dang thing when hooking up the radiator. The really keen amoung you will notice that the liquid looks more diluted in the second setup -- you're right! But don't worry, after these pics were taken, I ran the resevoir-only setup with similarly diluted anitfreeze, and got the same temp results as the first run.
Here's a close-up of the pressure gauge. 21-inches of H20 and holding!
No, I haven't put the fins on yet, so I have no final results. I have some nice shots of the fins, ready for brazing, however:
And some 1/2-inch pipe that I'll use to add some structural integrity to the whole mess:
And finally, a small update to my Samurize config. I cleaned it up a little, and added a simple clock (still looking for a good photoshop tutorial on making copper pipes):
Dude I don't know how you found PalmOrb, but I have been loking for something like that forever! I love you!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Heh. I think I found reading someone else's project log.
keep it coming
Sweet. Alright I got mine working. Question for you though. How did you get yours to be so big. Mine is just at the top as a 2x20. I can't seem to find a way to make it bigger. I am using LCD smartie as that's the only thing working for me. Also if you find a way to flip it horizontally, then please report that as it would be awesome!
Dude, it's an RTFM problem.
Actually, you adjust the size of the text with the menus on the PalmOrb application on the Palm itself.
I had the official release one so it was NOT in the menu. I later figured out I needed the alpha w/e release to do it. Are you using LCD Smartie?
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