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I plan to illuminate the interior of the
illusion section using three white 3mm LEDs that will be connected to the LED
breakout from the Matrix Orbital display. I drilled three evenly spaced
holes into the bottom panel of the illusion section and then used the Dremel
with a grinding bit to make the holes large enough to fit some 3mm LED clip
Below shows the illusion section bottom
panel with the LED clip holders installed, I also filed down three white
LEDs and they are placed into the clip holders to test for fit, the left side of
the picture shows the Matrix Orbital LED display... pre-modified.
Ok, the idea is to make the illusion
section completely removable which means that the LED's and Matrix Orbital
breakout PCB will have to be attached directly to it.
In the pictures above and below you can
see the Alum-angle that I cut, nibbled and filed into submission and then JB-welded
to the bottom of the illusion section.
Here is a side shot of the magic, the
illusion section will sit directly over the lower hard drive and will lock into
place above it... Alum-angle is indispensable, easy to work with and fairly
priced stuff, the cuts here were all made with a nibbler and cleaned up with a
Below is a back down shot that shows the
hole I cut in the back to allow for the LED wiring to pass through, and yes the
protective film is still on the back of the 2-way mirror.
Here is the Matrix Orbital LED PCB all
wired up and test fit into place, at this point I'm still thinking out how best
to mount the PCB to the illusion section...
A view of the illusion section upside down
with the reflected LED's shown positioned within their clip holders, just
throwing it out because it looks so damned cool...
Here is the mounting method I came up with
for the Matrix Orbital LED PCB, basically it is a strip of door edge
molding that has been JB-welded to a piece of Alum-angle and the PCB sits
snugly inside of it.
This next picture might clear up any
questions about the mounting method, it clearly shows the short piece of
Alum-angle that I used to mount the door edge molding and PCB to as well as the
Close up shot of the LED break out, the
solder job is entirely newb looking but based on past experience will
work. I have a variable temp soldering station on order and it should be
here soon... hopefully it will help me solder better ;P.
I used liquid electrical tape to hold the
sleeved 3mm LED's in position, this was necessary... otherwise they just kept
popping out of the clip holders.
With the illusion section all wired up it
is time for the final test fit, I also added a couple of cut pieces of flat
Alum-angle to the framework at the bottom to keep the illusion section from
moving around and also keep it centered within the mod.
Splurge-thirty PM... Since the mod will
for the most part be used as an HTPC the parts below just make sense, on top is
the slim line slot load DVD burner that I found online for less than $100
(bargain) and the wireless RF keyboard/air mouse combo I picked up for under
I wired up three 3mm red LED's to
illuminate the backside of the carbon fiber motherboard tray, when this side is
is entirely finished and the back painted panel is installed the lighting should
produce a pretty cool effect.
You can kind of see it in the picture
above but the one below shows it better, I installed a piece of aluminum
flashing overtop of the 3mm LED's in an effort to make sure that the red
lighting will not bleed through the outer black back painted panel. The
flashing got the sand and clean treatment and some JB-Quick was used to hold it
down, once that was all good and dry a dollop of some liquid electrical tape was
used to keep the LED wiring in place.
Next up on the agenda is a little cable
management for the mini PSU... lol, get it? A "little" cable
management... the PSU is little. Whatever, I don't want to bore you with every little
detail of the hardware install so instead I will hit you with highlights and
mainly show pictures. Below is the true back side of the mod, it is where
everything ports out... the vacant space on the right is reserved for a WD 250GB
Below shows the damned
processor fan, you have no idea how tight everything is just above the processor
heat sink... the CD-ROM power cable, IDE cable, sound cable and the sleeved 3
LED assembly I wired up all sit over the processor. The picture below
shows my "1337 Jedi oRiGaMi SkillZ", it was an hour long pain in the
ass getting everything folded up and out of the way of the processor fan.
Even though you probably didn't read the
above spiel about my cable ordeal, here is a shot from the top showing the
cables situated tightly above the processor heat sink.
Here's a sloppy looking shot from the
monitor side of the cube, I will install the LCD, Matrix Orbital and pinhole
camera shortly, the IR receiver however is final installed.
I had a black CD-ROM IDE cable that was
leftover from an ASUS motherboard, it is sticking out in the picture above... I
needed a black HDD cable, so with a little masking tape and some Vinyl dye I
made one... and it is awesome.
The hard drives are installed and just how
tight everything sits together is now made all the more evident, I'm not small
at all and it's getting harder and harder to work within the limited confines of
I ain't crying over making things fit, I
live for a challenge. Below is a 3/4 shot showing off the freshly
installed 250GB hard drives, half terabyte of storage at 8"x8"...
Suck it in fatty! Below shows
everything installed and the nightmare of wiring that will need to be reigned in
and managed, I hate wire management.
The wiring is at this point still half
assed, but I wanted to throw everything in to get a feel for things. Below
is the port out side of the mod, the cables at the bottom are for the 6"
LCD and the IR receiver.
Spinning... 3/4 view of the port side of
the mod and the back of the motherboard tray...
Back of the motherboard tray...
Still spinning... 6" LCD, Matrix
Orbital, surveillance camera and IR receiver side...
3/4 shot showing the screen side and the
illusion section/DVD burner side...
Finally a shot of the illusion section in
place, I will work on the wiring a bit more tomorrow and hopefully fire it up
after and install Windows MCE... WooHoo!
It's entirely disassembled now... there is
an issue. The PSU I modded up is faulty, maybe I caused it by adding leads to it...
maybe it was fried from the beginning, either way I should have put it on the
PSU tester as soon as I got it because I am having a hard time seeing an RMA
come my way for it now. Nevertheless, I just finished typing an email to the
manufacturer and explained what I did, requested an RMA, sent the email to them
and then promptly ordered another PW200M PSU because the magic 8-ball predicts
my weak ass RMA request most assuredly will be denied.
I'm glad the PSU did not fry the mainboard, especially with the way the
2.1mm power connector from the power brick sparked when I plugged it into the
PSU end, so not good. I tested the mainboard with a different PSU just to be
sure that it still works and get the standard single healthy post burp... very
thankful. Below shows the PSU plugged into the PSU tester and the red DANGER LED
is glowing like mad, the -5V green LED is not lit at all and is the
problem. Also I need to mention that UPS delivery blows goats, the new
power supply that should have been here tomorrow will not be here until the
first of next month... here's the shipping update I got yesterday: "AN
INCORRECT ROUTING AT A UPS FACILITY CAUSED THIS DELAY;THE PACKAGE WAS MISSORTED
AT THE HUB. IT HAS BEEN REROUTED TO THE CORRECT DESTINATION SITE",
so now the order will take eleven days by ground delivery... way to go UPS.
The power supply problem is now fixed, basically
it was my problem and here is how it was explained to me by the manufacturer...
I don't know what the red DANGER LED means, but the -5v missing isn't a
worry. We haven't included the -5v rail in our power supplies since this rail
isn't used anymore in computers. It was used in the systems with ISA slots but
not anymore. If the red led lights up because the psu hasn't passed all the
tests, then the psu should be ok.
Just try to put it in a computer and it should work."
Good enough for me, now on with it.