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Old 12th January, 2009, 06:06 AM
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Thought I had best move this over where it belongs.
I have things ready to go-hopefully I'll get the panel cut tomorrow. I still haven't got either of my cameras to work in Vista x64 but I'll get that figured out.
I haven't had a lot of time to work on that.
One step at a time!
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Old 12th January, 2009, 03:58 PM
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How about posting some of the beta window designs?

I'm looking forward to seeing your progress...
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Old 12th January, 2009, 05:53 PM
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I just formatted and am starting a clean install-restructure of my partions. I'll try to find a vista x64 twain driver.
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Old 13th January, 2009, 09:27 PM
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OK, I'm half way there. I found a shareware program called ViewScan. It got my scanner to work. I'm still working on the camera.

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Here are the designs that booman made for me and the one i have useing eliments from a couple of his. I had th panel cut out yesterday. Those plasma cutters do a nice job. Just a little bit of slag to clean up & I have the plexy and fasteners and paint. Wish I'd picked up a file the other day--I could finish this but my legs have gotten to weak for me to go any where. You'll notice mine, the drawing is terrible. the panel looks a lot better!
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OK, I'm interested!!":O}
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Old 14th January, 2009, 07:17 PM
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I got a lucky break. I got a a XP machine to fix and upgrade a little so I insalled my camera software and shot a few pics. I've cor wireing to clean op an the needs the slag filed off. The fan on the panel will be another 1200mm blue case fan. I need to get some dark screen to put on the plexyso eveything is just a blue glow. I think I'm going to like this!
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Slowly slowly lead with certainty to the goal...":O}
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Well, Lowes Hardware screwed the pooch. When I bought the plexy I asked explisitly if this material could be drilled and molded with heat and cut. Sales said yes to it all. I drilled a 1/4 in test hole in some scrap and the whole end split off.
What makes it worse is that in the last 3 days my legs hve gotten to weak to take it back and go looking for something else. I'd never make it. So that's on hold for a while.
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Well, Lowes Hardware screwed the pooch. When I bought the plexy I asked explisitly if this material could be drilled and molded with heat and cut. Sales said yes to it all. I drilled a 1/4 in test hole in some scrap and the whole end split off.
What makes it worse is that in the last 3 days my legs hve gotten to weak to take it back and go looking for something else. I'd never make it. So that's on hold for a while.
Ive said it before i'll say it again, that tower is bloody huge!

Sucks about the plexi Hope they swap it for you. Ask for a thicker piece, its a bit more difficult to work with, but its much stronger. Also remember, drill slowly!
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Yeah, they should replace it....imho
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The plan is to get a refund on the Plexy AND the fastners as I have no use for them w/o that plexy.( They are 1/4 black push pins.)
I hae the reciept but I don't think I can do that for at least a month or so.
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I would call them now and tell them whats happened. The longer you wait before advising them the more likely there going to tell you to take a hike.
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I knew you would get some pictures up for us!
I like the window design a lot.
As for the plexi-glass, I found that cutting really slow does the trick. I use a hacksaw or scoring tool. For curves a Jigsaw works, but got to go really really slow.
I've even tried heating up plexi-glass and it does mold but as soon as it begins to cool, it goes back to the oringinal position. You'll need to find a way to hold it in place while you heat it and while its cooling.
Looking forward to more pics.
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Old 17th January, 2009, 12:30 AM
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Nope-the plexy goes back. At the place I got the panel cut [ a used car lot of all places!] one of the ol' guys that come in for coffee said the plexy was all wrong. He said get Lexan. Stronger, easy to cut and drill, and will mold very nicely. Sounds like the right ticket for me, exept It's going to be quite a while before I can do that. The way this back problem was progressing, I wanted to get those things here at home. Now it's to late as I can't walk but about 15-20 feet. But I can sure crawl to the bathroom! and then back to the computer. I wanted that project when I got like this. OH, well can't have everything! But I keep on rolling. working on a computer for a gal that never heard the word defrag-It's so screwed up there is no saveing it, so I've got that to do.
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Ive said it before I'll say it again, that tower is bloody huge!

Sucks about the plexi Hope they swap it for you. Ask for a thicker piece, its a bit more difficult to work with, but its much stronger. Also remember, drill slowly!
I've found that the full tower is the case I like the most. The obvious reason is that there is room to work! with both hands at the same time! I've worked on the mini Dell's and Compaq's-man, what a bitch!.
And It gives me other choices. It's right next to me and its the right height to put a cup of coffee-I turn down the adjustable fans and have a great coffee warmer!
I called Lowe's and customer service said no problem as long as I didn't want cash.

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The wire wrap, heat shrink and molex pin remover will get here Monday. Then I can clean up thr guts. I need to find some trim material to line cuts in the panel. And I bet if i startlooking I can find Lexan and trim right from where I'm sitting!
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whats "wire wrap"?
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whats "wire wrap"?
Sorry about the wording. I was in a hurry and I thought you and others would pick up on it on what I was using it for. But a picture is worth a 1000 words!
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This is as far as I've gotton and it will be quite a while before I can do any more. I've got the bottom 1/2 cleaned up with the wrap and heat shrink, And a 1200mm fan goes un the bottom of the panel with a speaker cover trimming that. I have to put a second blow hole in the top connected to a fan controller.
The Plexy and fastners went back w/o a problem, but as with all of it -it's got to wait.
Panel looks good, need to file of tha slag and paint, also need some black trim to edge the metal. I know some of the rounds arn't quite round but you can't give it back and he only charged me $5........
Here are some pics at this state.
EDIT: I clicked send on accedent. We'll see about this edit.
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Looking good PorPorMe. That is a massive heatsink!
I would probably file those curves a bit, but I know you are in no condition for hard-labor.
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Ya, i have to file every inch of the openings except tha out of round hole at the bottom. I'll re do that with a jig saw. I've got the paint for it-every thing stays the same.
I'll pick up a mandril for my dril tomarrow & hopefully the smoked Lexan so I have something to do when I can move around a little bit. It's going to look good.

It is one big heat sink but now that I figured out how to lap it properly and mount it properly [so that each leg has the same pressure] i hasn't gone over 54c with everything thrown at it! A 4.05G overclock, Both folding clients running and OCCT- and a different run with Prime95. It's a keeper!
Thanks for the design Ideas.
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