After a relatively successful keg mod (which some of you may remember):
I wanted to get even smaller. So I moved from the Via EPIA-SP Mini-ITX board down to the VIA EPIA-NX Nano-ITX board. This worklog will show in hopefully appropriate detail what I did start to finish to make this mod.
Here's the parts that went into this, and for those of you that are curious, some close-ups of the board:
Before putting on the heatsink:
Hook it all up--I always like to get the OS installed before assembling the mod:
I installed Vista just for fun and to see how the hardware would handle it (it actually ran very smoothly)...
The first step on the "case" was to remove some of the internal support plastic to make room for the harddrive/etc. You can also see the inital shape of the backpiece here, but it was rough:
I then filed it down to make it as smooth as possible. In order to get the plastic out, I cut first with scissors and then used diagonal cutters to remove as much as I could before filing. I didn't want any plastic causing the drive to not sit flat/etc:
Nice and smooth--that will make a good pocket for the laptop harddrive:
Here's an idea of how it will fit:
Next up is to attack the center column...