sorry, maybe i should have posted this. i sent him a pm that afternoon. thanks for sharing the info with the others though. good lookin out. _________________ wetbox rusty pc
halouser Xbox-HQ Member
Joined: May 04, 2005 Posts: 97 Location: georgia
Posted: Thu Sep 15, 2005 4:04 am Post subject:
ok so i found some kind of scratch remover/polish stuff that my dad has today when i was washing my truck. i threw a coat on the top of the thing i painted and i was amazed.
i havnt figured out this new camer yet. i cant get the detail i want in some shots, and i pic of tiny details in others that you dont see in real life.
another shot. it still looks very good considering, or at leas i think so.
the next step was to mount the dvd drive. i was dreading this task, but with the help of these new clamps it was a breeze. i just clamed it, used the adjustable square to make sure it was level. i finally marked where the top and bottum ended with the sharpie. i took the chassi to the work table and blasted some rivets on the top and bottum as a guide, and to hold it up. i put one behind it also to hold it in place... i also forgot to take a pciture of that, but ill show you what i have thus far.
in this photo the drive is mounted, and the piece of plex that will soon be frosted is sitting in front of it so i could make an accurate measurment. the xlcd will but under the dvd drive. im not looked forward to that because im actually going to have to build a mounting bracket.
i had to notch the chassi so that the drive spindle wouldnt hit the top and stop it.
this is where the camera starts to lose detail. i flush mounted that window for the hippad screen, it looks really nice in real life.
pici with x3cl. its not actualy mounted in these pics but ill be using double sided tape to secure it.
final blury shot of angelina. its the skin for my dash. ill do a little bit more work tomorrow.
hopefully next time ill get some better pics. till next time.
a dude came over today to get a little help on his box, so i didnt get a whole lot done. my stuff came in today, but i have a few more things to order tonight before im completely finished ordering for this project. here are the pics.
first order of buisness was to hook the loop up and get my testin on. i was super excited to get this thing cranked up.
if you look in the background you can see my tester psu for the fan. its a bit louder then i want it to be, im probably going to add a 7v switch since i will probably play live on it more then anything.
dont worry about the white on the fan, it wll be painted back. also, expect the frame of the fan to be just as shiny as the waterblock before its all over with.
the next order of buisness was to figure out a method for mounting the xlcd. that sheet of plex will be frosted all except for infront of the blue portion of the lcd. the dvd drive will also have a frosted plex bezel.
this is what i came up with. its just an l shaped bracket that will be riveted to the inside of the 5 3/4" drive bay slot. this is just the right bracket, i still have one more.
another shot. im afraid that im going to have trouble finding a srew or bolt small enough to fit thorugh thos holes. its proabaly an 1/8" which sucks.
lastley i had a clear 80mm fan laying around begging for some leds.
here we go wiring it up, the leds have been glued in place with hot glue.
as if you could tell from the blury pic, there is a resistor coming straight from the fan's pcb. it was wired that way so that i wouldnt have extra wires coming out everwhere.
it will probably go right here, but i havnt decided yet
this is the actual color of the fan. it has two whte and two uv leds. i took this pic with the lights and flash, so it doesnt show how bright it is.
ok it looks really nice in the dark, but it isnt blue. i guess it just has something to do with the ultra violet light that makes it appear blue. im going to athens, ga this weekend, but when i get back ill do some more.
so today i was planning on getting alot more finished but i didnt. i think thats the story of my life. i was a little disapointed when i tried to polish the fan, and after about 20 minutes of wetsand and then some polish i hadnt made a dent. i believe im going to leave that for a rainy day because i was very frustrated with it. hopefully i can get a little more done tomorrow, but im not sure because of this large algebra test i have coming up.
i got this idea when messing with computers. i have been using this for a trashcan, but when i explained what i was going to use him for he was glad to help.
a little closer shot of the metal mesh.
this is my idea. of coaurse there will be a bezel for the dvd drive made with the same technique. what i have done is taken a piece of plex, frosted it with 600 grit, and placed a portion of the wire mesh in front of it. in my haste to see how it would look, i forgot that i wasnt going to frost the portion in fron of the xlcd. i will have to cut another piece of plex, bu its ok. also, the mesh around the lcd will be cut to match the unfrosted section of the plex, and have some nice rubber trim around it.
it will have a nice glow when i actually install the leds correctly (countersunk in the side). this picture really doesnt show anything but me trying to capture an idea. obviously, it didnt work.
you wouldnt believe how long it took to complete the other bracket and mount them. i decided that im going to zip tie the screen in place after quite a bit of testing. the lcd looks a little crooked here, but thats because of the angle i took the picture at. in case you couldnt tell i used some of those pointers, and they are getting much better.
if nothing else i will paint the chassi tomorrow. that means i can really get some mounting and things like that done when its finished. until then.
of course the algebra test got me like i thought it would. i did manage to do a few things today before i actually started studying. tomorrow is free, so hopefully i will work on everything a good bit.
a little fairy dressed in black and purple came today when i was at school and brought me presents. its 2ft. of black 1/8, 1/4, and 1/2" heatshrink tubing, and a compunurse advance. i had no idea but this thermometer comes in two versions, and i just happened to get the one that is powered by a watch battery. i was furious when i got it. even worse, the battery was dead...
i couldnt find the power requirements for the lcd so i looked up the watch batteries output. then i calculated how much resistance i would need to get the same output as the watch battery (10k ohm) and wired that bad boy up. this is the way it looks now. i think its pretty proffesional. crappy pictures of my heat shrink in action.
here she is up and running.
the lcd will be placed right here. obviously it will be mounted flush in a piece of plex, and the plex will be epoxied over the 3 1/2" bay hole. finally the edges will be bondoed and painted for a nice finish.
this is my heatshrink device, a 120v, 10amp swtich for the submersable pump, a rubber grommet that is too small, and a hing for the usb cover.
im ashamed to call myself a computer dork because i have only just now purchased a slash memory stick. 512mb $35 mail in rebate is a good deal in my book. my dad also gave me this homedepot gift card, and this is all sitting on algebra notes. sweet.
i painted the chassi white today, but i forgot to take a picture. ill post it tomorrow.
so i had this really good idea to get rid of that blank space on the right side of the side panel window. my original idea didnt work out, but the one that kinda came up by mistake is 100x better anyways. the only problem is that i didnt have a drill bit even remotely close to the size hole that needed to be drilled for the grommets to fit. i masked everything off so that i wouldnt destory the paintjob, or so i thought, and dremeled the holes out...
i really love the effect, but when i pulled the tape off i guess it had gotten so hot that it pulled the pain off with it. i was so pissed, and i then had to strip the whole side again and prime.
i gave the thing a ma bob accent a polish, and it looks really nice in person. you cant really tell because my photography skills are not up to par.
after the ordeal i got some more done on the drive stealth thingy. looks pretty nice. im ready to see the xlcd fired up. it will be the same concept as the dvd drive except in a lower spot.
for starters i went to homedepot today and picked up some bolts. i finally figured out how i am going to mount the ports.
this is where they will sit. if you look over a bit you will see that i have cut the hole for the temp. lcd, and make a cover out of plex for the rest of the 3 1/2 drive slot.
i cut the holes for the bolts, and jb welded them into place. while that was drying i started the daunting task of mounting the motherboard. i was dreading it, but it turned out to be really easy.
i cut the bottum off of another xbox and just mounted it liek the pc motherboard...
then i mounted the borken mobo on just for kicks and giggles.
when i felt the jb had dried sufficiently enough i added the bondo.
if you are proficient with bondo, do yourself a favor and dont stop using it. i had forgotten how hard it was to work with.
another pic. i felt like this was the first time i had ever applied it before.
finally, started working on the usb ports. i used the other part of the controller extension cord to wired these up. they will be for ports three and four. call me a halo snob, but i wont have more then one other person on my tv. its just not worth it.
i worked on extending the wires for the xlcd today for my whole life. it took forever, and by the time i finished i was ready to kill someone. 16 wires, two solder points, an additional 32 solder points for the wires i used to extend, and heat shrink. anyways, that was my biggest task so far and now its over.
picture of the screen working.
used four strands of wire that had four wires connected together. it looks about as good as i think it could get.
this is how much i extended it. i added about 1 1/2'.
i also, finished wiring the usb ports up. here is the pic of xbmc with the arrow for the mouse. i have never used this program until about two weeks ago, and i absoultely love it. if someone could explain to me why i lock up sometimes when i click on an option that would be awsome.
finally, i started sanding on the bondo. i have some spot putty on it right now. the pictures dont show what it really looks like.
a pic of it standing up. you can see how the drive cover is doing its job. tomorrow ill wetsand and maybe get some primer on.
im not sure if i want to extend the dvd power cable after today. i might save that until sometime in the future. ive also run into another problem. i cannot find an ide cable that will fit the specifications i need. im going to try and email llama tomorrow because i just dont know anyone else who might be able to build one for me. if you know where i can get the cable and connectors myself i would greatly appreciate that also. im also going to work on some of the inner wire management tomorrow. i hope i can get a good bit done. untill next time.
alright xbox-hq. ive just entered the acryan great worklog contest. the idea is that i will be judged not only on the moding itself but on the overall worklog quality. i want to hear what you all have to say about the project thus far, and any ideas or consturctive criticisms as well. if you have anymore questions feel free to send me a pm, or you can check out the link in my siggy. thanks alot guys.
also, i have an upcoming pc mod, and i was browsing their site for some fans. they have some really great dual colored uv fans that would go great in an xbox. you should check them out at acryan.com. their stuff can be purchased at perfomance-pcs.com
so anyways, i went to one of my most favorite stores today, and got a few things. i walked out of there with a really awsome idea for case feet. this is what i purchased.
from left to right, ill name off what they will be used for. washers to go on top of the springs to the immediate right. both will be used as a tension device for the waterblock. eject button, power button, counter sinking screw for the case feet, and an accorn nut for the inside of the case where the feet will be attached.
i left out a picture of this nut, but its ok. i started making the case feet by cutting a piece of plex roughly the same size and shape as the bolt. one for the top and bottum of each bolt so there will be eight of them total.
next i marked the center of the plex piece and drilled a hole. i beveled the edges of it so that the screw would fit flush with the plex.
i then added shrink wrap to the bolts so that the leds wouldnt short. here is a picture with the leds in place.
here she is in the light. i have to remove some of the bolt so the acorn will hole it firmly in place. i have it clamped together just to get an idea.
here we are all lit up. not that impressive, huh? i know how to fix it, back to the drawing board.
tadaaa!!! i added two more leds facing upwards to illuminate the top piece of plex as well.
finally, a shot with them all finished. it took forever, but it was one of those things that i wll really appreciate later. tell me what you think of the feet. if anyone is interested i can sketch up a quick tut. just let me know.
Joined: Aug 30, 2005 Posts: 1070 Location: Detroit
Posted: Thu Sep 29, 2005 11:10 pm Post subject:
I like the case feet. Bondo is a pain to work with, looks like it will turn out fine. A tip on bondo'ing: put a piece of wax paper over your work, you can shape it a little more easier and cleaner. Let the paper dry on the bondo. Looking good, nice to see some updates.
halouser Xbox-HQ Member
Joined: May 04, 2005 Posts: 97 Location: georgia
Posted: Fri Sep 30, 2005 4:10 am Post subject:
awsome tip on the bondo dude. i really wish i wouldh have though of that myself. it would have saved me alot of trouble over the past year or so. anywas, this is what i have so far.
so... i didnt get a whole lot accomplished, but every little thing is one step closer. i just got really frustrated after i finished the feet, and had to put it down today. ive been putting in at least two hours every day for about a week and a half, and it was time for a break.
i cut the bolt that are for holding the feet in place as well as glued the top and bottum portion of plex in place. i also polished the bolt, and they are shinning like diamonds... well, maybe shiny metal, but if i say things like that it makes it that much more appealing. here are a few shots of them mounted. i also finished wetsanding and polishing the top and non window side of the case today. i didnt take any pictures because it wasnt that big of a deal.
i love this picture. the lighting in my bathroom makes the picures come out kinda dingy, but the feet look sweet.
i went ahead and seated the waterblock on the broken mobo just for an idea. its a good thing i did because i discovered that the rad def. wasnt gonna be able to go where i wanted it to go.
this is probably where it will be relocated to. im not sure if im going to mount it internally or on top. if i put it on top ill have to build some kind of house for it probably. i think i have until january to be finished, so it will probably be on top.
one last thing. feel free to post any pictures or ideas in my thread. untill next time.
i have had no idea why acryan hadnt emailed me back, but i just got finished reading their contestants update, and i found it right here. it looks like im supporting the whole xbox modding community, so get behind me on this one. here is the paragraph straight from the site.
This deserves a new paragraph - the first non-PC mod worklog has arrived. We've left the doors unlocked and someone has opened it with a "hello?" - haloloser is here with an xbox mod with 3 worklogs on 3 xbox modding forums. Yes, haloloser, you may enter smile.gif and yes you're the 1st console mod on this Great Worklog Contest. We never said it has to be pc-modding or casemodding in the rules... as long as it is a Worklog, an ongoing worklog wink.gif Well, a worklog about modding your shoe wil stretch this a bit too far, use some self-restraint wink.gif Well the doors are open now... let's see where this takes us. _________________ wetbox rusty pc
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