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ZapWizard's Media PC -Project on hold

Discussion in 'Project Logs' started by ZapWizard, 4 Jan 2003.

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  1. Frogbutt

    Frogbutt What's a Dremel?

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    This site has "Blood red" color el sheet but its DAMN expensive

    link <-- click 94 Customizable EL Sheets and Kits if link doesnt wrok correctly
     
  2. Yo-DUH_87

    Yo-DUH_87 Who you calling tiny?

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  3. Altron

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    A mere $108.

    Although consider you got the remote for $30 and it originally costs $100 It only cost a total of $138 to mod it so the EL sheet was only $38... :lol:
     
  4. ZapWizard

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    Hmm, the LED's are looking better all the time....

    I saw that website, that is why I said:
     
  5. NiHiLiST

    NiHiLiST New-born car whore

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    LEDs should be okay surely? They might use more power but it's not like they'll be on all the time.
     
  6. ZapWizard

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    If I used three super bright LED's along each side, that would consume 40mA (Two sets of three in series at 20mA)

    My biggest problem is making the light look even across the display. (Even defusers won't help with that)

    I will just have to experiment I guess...
     
  7. complexprocess

    complexprocess What's a Dremel?

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    Awesome find Zap. I'm sure everyone will keep an eye out for the sheet for you. (half of the people on the internet are watching this thead, no doubt; it's just that cool)


    OFF TOPIC

    Why not try your hand at designing guitar electronics, effects, or amps?
     
  8. ZapWizard

    ZapWizard Enter the Mod Matrix

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    I do like analog, but the math to properly make effect, and music sound good (Curves and such; Is just beyond my skill.

    In fact I build an analong 5.1 to 4 speaker mixer for my, Surround Sound headphones (on my site)
    But that project is on the backburner until I convert it to all digital.

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    As far as the Media PC's current status:

    I still have to get two thermistors for reading the CPU's heatsink Temp, and Air intake tempatures.

    The remote needs new backlighting.

    The last of the testing on the Microcontroller board is nearly done.
    I will make a PCB for that.

    That will be the last of the electronics.
    After that I will worry about software and programming the microcontroller.
    So far the only programming I have done is in short blocks.
    I need to put it all together and make it automatic.

    Once that is done I can start on the plexi....:clap:
     
  9. v3rt

    v3rt What's a Dremel?

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    Mindboggling :)

    Good luck, this r0x!

    [Thx // Dan]
     
  10. Confusitron

    Confusitron What's a Dremel?

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    But still, the fact that I play music may take time away, although I really don't play at all right now because I'm thirteen and I don't have a band. I guess studio stuff would work. WAIT! I AM ON AN AUDIO FORUM! THAT IS WHERE I MAY GET SOME MORE POWER IN BOTH MUSIC AND ELECTRONICS!
     
  11. BasicBubbleHJK

    BasicBubbleHJK What's a Dremel?

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    aren't all EL products turquiose to start with, but have quite a wide spectrum. If you buy red EL wire isn't just turquiose with a red filter?
     
  12. [twig]clown

    [twig]clown What's a Dremel?

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    Two things i can say:

    1) WOW! (and say it lots)

    2) Bring on the plexi !! :clap: :clap: :D :D

    -cLoWn :hip:
     
  13. Green Soda

    Green Soda What's a Dremel?

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    Take a sheet of plexi, and sand the hell out of both sides!! Put the leds on the sides, and it lights up rather evenly! Im doing this in my calc mod, and it looks good. once i get off my lazy ass and buy the stupid surface mount leds, i'll post some pics....sometimes putting a sheet of paper on the back helps also...
     
  14. leber

    leber What's a Dremel?

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    hey zap, first off great work, as for lighting up the remote will these maybe help

    edgelights

    they are edge lights like those used in cellphones, and the digidoc 5. They might be able to spread the light out like your lookin for
     
  15. ZapWizard

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    Ah, those are nice.

    But I am on a budget now, so

    I tried the sanded plastic, but that does not do much, as I have to use pretty thin stuff to get it under the LCD.

    I tried wiring 6 LED's but they just pass the light straight through the glass.
    I tried using the small cold cathode out of a Compaq IPAQ.
    But it's not enough voltage to get it to trigger. (The Remotes inverter puts out ~60-100volts)
    I tried even running 6 LED's in series with a 2k resistor, off the inverter!. (To save battery power)
    But since the inverter can't put out much current they did not reach 100% brightness.
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    What does work?

    I put a layer of electrical tape along with a layer of Aluminum tape on top.
    This will act as a reflector for an LED.

    The only thing is I need about 1mm of extra space to get the LED to properly light the screen.
    (One 6000MCD LED can light half the screen brightly)

    I have the 1mm of working space between the LCD and the face plate, but the LCD's sponge connector, doesn't reach this far.
    (You have seen them if you ever took apart a LCD product that wasn't hardwired)

    I hope to get a 1/8" piece of plexi under the LCD.

    My options are to try to swell up the connector pads with solder, and hope the LCD make connection.

    Or cut up a 1/8" plate of copper and solder those onto the LCD's connector pads.
    (This soulds like a better option.
     
  16. [twig]clown

    [twig]clown What's a Dremel?

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    All sounds a tad complicated and accurate for my soldering skills, good luck!

    -cLoWn :hip:
     
  17. Darkness

    Darkness What's a Dremel?

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    paint one side white and polish the sides to allow more light in.

    Thats how i changed my green array backlight lcd to blue.

    pics -> http://members.iinet.net.au/~fletch4/
     
  18. ZapWizard

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    That is the plan, but I need to get a 1/8" peice of plexi under the screen first, hence I need to raise the LCD an 1/8 of an inch
     
  19. SteveyG

    SteveyG Electromodder

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    How much as postage and packing for your BasicAtom PRO? They don't seem to have any details on the website about postage costs or details about shipping to the UK (or any other country).
     
  20. ZapWizard

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    I think it was just like $6, well worth it considering the alternative is $50.
     
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