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ZapWizard's LAN PC -Custom Ammo PC -Completed Jan 18 '04

Discussion in 'Project Logs' started by ZapWizard, 3 Jul 2003.

  1. ZapWizard

    ZapWizard Enter the Mod Matrix

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    Ok I am at the lan, up and running.

    Lots of people really like this PC for some reason :D

    Pictures tonight
     
  2. [twig]clown

    [twig]clown What's a Dremel?

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    Hope the LAN is going well. And watch out for droll all over your modified connecters ;) .

    *waiting for the pictures patiently, Honest*

    -cLoWn
     
  3. Devil_H@ck

    Devil_H@ck What's a Dremel?

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    4 hours have passed by and still no update :waah:.
     
  4. A13n0rma1

    A13n0rma1 Wannabe

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    Hurry Zap! Hurry! :D
     
  5. JohnSreb

    JohnSreb What's a Dremel?

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    I have never been to a LAN party, and cannot wait to see some pictures. Sounds like fun. I hope everything went well despite your setbacks. :thumb:
     
  6. Pug

    Pug What's a Heatsink?

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    Zap - I've tried to reply to this thread about ten times now.... but I keep getting lost for words.

    Amazing dude, I love it. :clap:

    Could you not make the top lid detachable by making a removable hinge pin (with a split pin to secure it one end and a head at the other)?
     
  7. ZapWizard

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    I'mmmmmm baaaaack

    Alright I am happy now :rock:
    (More details on that in a bit)

    SAVING THE LAN PC
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    Since my original Chaintech board was a P.O.S. and fried out on me two days before the LAN I needed to come up with a way to save the LAN PC.
    I then realized that I had the PERFECT save: My other case!
    Even if this was the entire intended modification all along, it still rocks!
    (Note all this change was done in just 4 hours)

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    First off I need to get AC power to the new board:
    I hacked apart a male and female power jack, soldered them together, injectd hot-glue inbetween the solder joints.
    Instant power splitter.

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    Since the parallel port (for the VFD) was obiously too small to fit through the hole in the new case, so I literaly cut the cable, and resoldered the 12 needed wires back together on the other side.

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    I then installed the MSI Motherboard from my Media PC project ontop of a cardboard box, then installed the PSU, Harddrive and DVD drive. (And graphics card later)

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    All the cables: VGA, Parallel, USB, Network, Audio, Power were all wrapped in tubing and routed into the orginal case.

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    I cut a new grill work into the 60mm fan hole and installed the cableing into the second case.
    Inside I used a Cat5 Couple, a USB hub to split USB for keyboard and mouse, and I also left the PSU inside in order to run the VFD, fans, LEDs, USB, and a 4" cold cathode.
    The original PSU was then wired to the keyswitch so that when the switch was turned the PSU would power up.

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    Do it work?
    Or course!

    I got all this done in one night, and windows installed.
    Everything works perfectly as it should.

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    I also got my green cold cathodes in, and installed them in the keyboard.

    MORE IN A MINUTE
     
  8. Arien

    Arien What's a Dremel?

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    great mod mate, lots of cables though :p.
     
  9. ZapWizard

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    The www.AMDZone.com LAN Party

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    Alright I made it to the party, and got special permision to setup on a table near the front, where lots of people can see the PC
    (You can see my friend Shan taking a picture of my setup)

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    I setup right near the goodie table, lots of stuff was given away, like a geForceFX 5900, and a 5800 (both Leadtek brand)
    Those were given to the tourney winners in both Counterstrike and Battlefield 1942.
    I was here just to show off, and I didn't play many games.

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    Here is an image of me with the LAN PC.
    All the glow is washed out by the flash though.

    It is also the first image of myself that I have posted

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    It was pretty easy to set the system up, and get it running.

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    I did end up re-arranging the setup to both show off the PC better, and also that the magnets were screwing with my monitor.

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    Here is a night shot that shows the glow effects better.
    It's hard to capture, but the entire area around the PC was glowing in pure green

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    What goes to show that the Chaintech board was meant to fry?
    That the prize for best mod was a Leadtek nForce2 400 MicroATX board!
    (And of course I won it!)
    The best part is that the CPU is in exact same spot as the Chaintek (no the boards arn't identical designs)
    This means I can use this to get up and running again! :rock:

    Also the Leadtek marketing rep that was at the LAN party was pretty happy that the their board is going to be used, instead of a Chaintech.

    Also Banished and Geek1017 came up from San Antonio and checked the PC out.
     
  10. the_secret

    the_secret What's a Dremel?

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    -> congratulations zap!
    -> like i said on mirc, that keyboard look so sweet :D
    -> what are you going to do with the chaintech board now?
     
  11. ZapWizard

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    Since I will be getting a value card for this PC at first, then upgrading to a high end PC after HL2 comes out I will probably make the Chaintech into a portable dedicated LAN Server.
     
  12. Lithium

    Lithium super spunk

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    Congrats Zap...:clap:

    Luv that keyboard :thumb:
     
  13. Sc0rian

    Sc0rian Here comes the farmer

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    :thumb: sweet zap, looked like it went wel *pc crashssss* ner amd would never crash;)
     
  14. JohnSreb

    JohnSreb What's a Dremel?

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    I glad you won and your persistence paid off. From the picture, I can clearly see you can think out side of the box. Good people do finish first! Outstanding project well-done!

    One question, did you have any hot Texas celebration chili and a couple of lone Stars afterwards?
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  15. Thunder_return

    Thunder_return What's a Dremel?

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    Have you forgotten?

    Zap! Have you forgotten the idea that was about having music playing in the case while you carrying it to a LAN!

    If YOU do that I promise I will hook up on that!!
    It shoulden`t bee too tuff!:eyebrow:
     
  16. ZapWizard

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    No, I won't have any music playing, that's over the top, but thanks.
     
  17. M_D_K

    M_D_K Minimodder

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    Damn dude that is a damn nice save love the end result and congratulations on the winning :D thats a damn nice board to go in the rig :p

    Your one tallented due :D

    NICE ONE :clap: :clap:
     
  18. Altron

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    If the ledtek is going in the smaller case, then what will you use the large one for? Maybe a sever case?
     
  19. DETN8R

    DETN8R What's a Dremel?

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    Damn, thats ****ing cool Zap.

    I love the glow on the keyboard.
     
  20. Yo-DUH_87

    Yo-DUH_87 Who you calling tiny?

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    Awesome!

    Stick the chaintech mobo into the big case along with your acessories and LCD, add a KVM switch, and you now have a LAN server/comptuer all in one (err, two, but you get the idea ;) )
     

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