Loc: Florida, USA
Too keep myself busy I have decided to build a Macintosh Mini.
I'm going to use the old carputer ATX-2 power supply since it is small in size and for the moment a standard micro ATX motherboard. The case I'm planing to use is my old Xbox case. Since my Xbox died I striped it down and started grinding off the old mounts/stand offs.
The case can hold the motherboard and power supply perfectly. I'm planning to use a laptop based optical drive and hard drive. For the time being this will not be a Hackintosh but a dumb terminal until I can locate another Celeron CPU for the motherboard I want to use. For now it's a AMD Sepron system. Since PC motherboards are swapable this would be a quick change when the time comes. Tomorrow i'll start posting pics of the build.
Mounting the hardware will be easy as cake. Just use a white marker and mark the mounting holes then use some screws and a few nuts. The tricky part is the optical drive since I want to use the OEM placement, i'll just fab up a tray and some mounts out of sheet metal. Since the northbridge on both motherboards are at the same location I can't use a desktop optical drive due to the massive heatsinks. I'll play with it anyway, last thing I want is gaps or the use of bondo or fiberglass on this project.
Loc: Florida, USA
I've started installing the mounts for the motherboard and power supply. It just hit me. I broke the top to the case cover months ago. I was wondering why I couldn't find it. I guess i'll ether hunt down a broken xbox off of ebay or just buy a used one from EB games since the xbox is dirt cheap these days.
I need to pull out the soldiering iron and start on the front panel circuit. Going to have power and optical buttons and use the backlit LED as a hard drive indicator. I'm thinking to add a reset button but have it located on the back of the unit and also have a main power switch kinda like the PS2/3.
To fix the screw up on the back of the case I'm going to make a template out of cardboard then wrap it with foil and pull out the fiberglass. I'll play with the fiberglass on Sunday.
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