Hello M-I friends,
After several months stopped, I decided to re-start this project. It's my pleasure to post the worklogs at Modders-Inc.
This project calls NanoTribute, it's a kind of a 'Thank you VIA' to make such nice and tiny x86 based pc.
I would like to thank VIA and specially VIA Latin America to send me two of these babies: VIA Epia N and VIA Epia NL.
It will be a simple case, from scratch, and the plan is to create the front panels in a way which you could change between skins easily.
I made some photoshop previews just to show the look:
The default skin:
The I/O door:
Inside the case:
Some skins (thumbnails):
I took some pics of the EPIA's:
1Ghz Luke CoreFusionâ„¢ CPU:
VIA VT8237R-series South Bridge:
RCA connector for SPDIF or Video Out (by jumper), S-Video, VGA, 5.1 audio or Mic/LineIn/LineOut (by Software), RJ-45 and USB:
SODIMM DDR-400, up to 1GB:
Mini-pci slot at the bottom:
We can't live without it!:
Oh yes, SATA! :wink:
RJ-45, vga, ps/2 and usb by cable:
The NL comes with an additional FAN input:
Time to fly...
2) 2,5" Seagate Momentus HDD (80gb):
Normal HDD vs. 2,5" HDD (space is good):
3) 120w PicoPSU:
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4) 128x32 dot matrix Noritake's VFD:
5) 110v-12v AC/DC (5a):
6) Sunon's 40mm Fan (really silent, thanks Hank - Performance-pcs.com):
7) IDE 44 to 40 pins Adapter:
8 ) Optic filters for VFD (Would like to thank PSC to send these very nice samples):
It really change the VFD colors. I will show the effects later.
9) Card reader :
10 ) I/O Panel
I left this idea, too big, i will put the audio and usb front ins in another way
11 ) Standard IDE cable
12 ) Silicon keyboard:
Time to test:
Still very small even with the parts:
Ready to go:
The picoPSU show two status (smd leds): (Green: Standby and Red: Working):
The original 40mm Fan which comes with the heatsink is pettry quiet, almost the same noise level of the Sunon.
The Windows (XP pro) was very easy, no surprises.
Some screenshots for whom love specs, infos, etc...
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Well, next step will be the VFD wiring and test, I will post it later!
Hope you like this little project! any suggestions will be very very welcome :wink:
See you soon,