5.25" Embedded Motherboard PC (Commissioned Build) â€“ Day 1
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Some time back I responded to a forum (OCAU) member looking for a case to be custom built. I replied Well, being my first commissioned custom case job as I wasn't sure what to expectâ€¦ and I definitely didn't expect a 5.25" Embedded Motherboard PC! In fact, I hadn't even heard of it. Well, not to be put off and following my ideology that nothing is too big or too small, I took on the job.
Custom 'functional' case as small as possible, based on the Commell LS-570 5.25" Miniboard (Ref.: http://www.commell.com.tw/Product/SBC/LS-570.HTM)
No frills: no lights, no extreme cooling, no details, no paint jobs, no windows, no, just a plain functional smallllll form factor case.
Acrylic or aluminium
2x Low-profile PCI on riser card
1x 92mm fan
1x 2.5" HDD
Power button ('sales' potential! )
Small front panel LCD (Ahhh, frill!)
Hmmph. Not what I was hoping for. Nevertheless, a very intriguing project. Doing a little research I realised that there is a whole new world of computing out there that follows this 5.25" form factor. Intriguing indeed.
[quote:1fb15d4229=Customer/Owner in another forum]I am the happy owner, and very impressed with the case work so far :-)
The LS-570 was ordered from commell in taiwan it was $300 usd, i am going to put linux on the cf card and use the 2.5" disk for media, the pci slots will contain a dvb-t card and an adsl2+ card if i can find one, sangoma delayed their version :-(
It has two sata and one ide so you it can support 4 disks you would just have to build a case that had space for the disks :-)
it will have a 1.66G t2300 dual-core processor, 2GB ram and a ABGN minipci wifi card
the plan is to use it 24x7 as a ipfilter firewall with snort inline, mythtv backend, torrent client, asterisk voip, cups printing and a music server, distro will probably be gentoo with a hypervisor and lcdproc will be feeding the lcd.
No drawing board for this one, instead I arranged, several weeks later :embarrassed: for the client to come over and spend the day together to get this project off the ground and discern directly from him what his expectations were.
Construction - Day 1
Well, not used to collaborating on a project, or having anyone else in my little worksop for that matter, I was distracted and didn't take any picsâ€¦ except this one:
Two weeks later (today), I quickly snapped off a few more before I progressed with the build and offer something visual for the start of this worklog.
By the end of that day, we got as far as working out the overall dimensions and catering for the various extremities, locating the 2.5" drive, 92mm fan and front panel LCD and power button. The base plate was cut and motherboard standoffs tapped and fitted. The HDD mounting was also devised and partially constructed (U-channel on the left of the photos).
Dreadfully dark pics, sorry. I can't be bother correcting them so you'll just have to squint and look closely.
The other day I just had to drag myself away from the supplier product details I had been working and started to map out the rear panel cutoutâ€¦ this was going to be a little tricky.
The extent of the front panel fabrication completed on that first day.
Well, this is start. Hopefully I'll get a chance to progress this (maybe even complete it?) by the end of this weekend.
Cheers guys and have a good weekend!