This is the work log for for my project which I'm calling, due to an utter lack of imagination 'PCube'. Introduction I started the project in late February but have only posted it now because I knew that initial progress would be slow due to lack of money and time. I work in a junior high school and until now have been using a 5 year old laptop to plan lessons and stuff. It's not fun to use, it's heavy, and is getting slow and unreliable so I wanted a new computer (and an excuse to get a new toy). My desk is small so the computer has to be too. I use word processing, simple DTP, and graphics stuff to make materials for my lessons so I want to have a nice screen to look at and I obviously don't have to take the screen home with me. The Brainwave I got to thinking it would be cool to have a computer inside a Gamecube. It's small, has a ready made handle and fits with my Nintendo fanboy image. I decided to check if this was possible and found Nano-ITX. A Nano ITX motherboard (12cm x 12cm) will just about fit in the space at the bottom of the GC but the I/O ports won't be very close to the outer edge, and it would be a tight fit. When I found out about Pico-ITX (10cm x 7.5cm), I decided to use this board instead, I just hope I can get a hold of one. I then thought about what else I would want in the box. Here are the (planned) specs: Pico ITX 60GB hdd 512mb RAM Slot loading slimline drive First Steps I bought a junked GC on Yahoo Auctions for 100yen and began taking it apart with the help of a special screwdriver to tackle those pesky screws Nintendo loves to use on it's consoles. The case is a bit grubby but I'll clean it up before I finish. The screws on the bottom were a bit tough to remove but I'm glad Ihad the right tools. I did initially try the 'melted ball point pen cap' trick but I couldn't get it to work. With that done I looked at what I had and scratched my head. How was I going to mount the motherboard with all this bumpy stuff in the way? I wanted the motherboard to sit low in the case. The only way I saw was to hack up the bottom of the case and get rid of the junk. Commence hacking! This is a good point to show you my workshop Yes, it's my genkan (porch-hallway-type-thing). This was a long and smelly road which, when I finally reached the end, resulted in a (pretty ugly looking) space to put a mobo tray of sorts. I went back quite a few times to try to tidy things up and increase the space I had to work in. So I went from this: To something slightly less gnarled which I'll post at a later date as I don't have a pic. Much Headscratching The bottom of the GC is fitted to the top shell by way of four pillars at each corner. These pillars also act as supports for the front and rear panels of the GC. My aims of keeping the outside of the GC looking as stock as possible meant it would be best to keep these pillars intact. These pillars are proving to be a pain but I want to keep them if I can. I had to do some extra hacking of the pillars on the bottom of the case so that the corners of the motherboard would fit in. After changing to Pico-ITX, this was no longer a problem. I also discovered that the pillars on the top of the case were not wide enough apart to allow the optical drive to sit flush with it and were barely wide enough to allow a CD to pass through them. No biggie, right? The gap measures about 118mm, a CD is 120mm in diameter, and an optical drive is 128mm wide. Even my mathematically challenged brain could see I had a problem. With some minor filing of the outer shell though, it should be possible. I'll admit, my design for mounting the hardware in the case lacks a certain finesse. However, it's the best that my skills will allow. I knew I'd have to get the tray cut for me, as I don't have the tools to make decent cuts. I did a lot of measuring and made a few paper mock-ups of the design before placing my order. So that's as far as I have got with the main part of the computer. I'm waiting for the mobo tray to come back and I really have to get the motherboard now, but I may have to wait until next month as money is tight. Fortunately, there are other things I can be getting on with, independent of the main box. I'll post a bit about those in the next few updates. These have to do with the display, keyboard, and memory card slots. Thanks for reading (or just looking at the pictures), I welcome any comments. Doumo!