It's been a while since my last work log. I'm very excited about this next project.
As usual, I'm going to try and do this mod on a shoe-string budget. I'll be modifying an old Compaq Presario case. The overall theme and main purpose of the PC will be BOINC. For those who haven't heard of BOINC, it stands for Berkeley Open Infrastructure for Network Computing.
From BOINC's website:
"BOINC is an open-source software platform for computing using volunteered resources. Use the idle time on your computer (Windows, Mac, or Linux) to cure diseases, study global warming, discover pulsars, and do many other types of scientific research."
I wanted to do something different with this machine and I've decided NOT to have any hard drives in this PC.
WHAT? Am I crazy?
Answer: a little. But that's not the point. Since this PC will be crunching numbers 24/7, I don't want to have to worry about the hard drive failing at any point. Plus it will use less power and run quieter.
To get around the need for a HDD, I will be booting to "BOINC PE". 'PE' stands for "preinstalled environment". Basically, instead of the computer booting from the hard drive, it boots from a CD or DVD and runs the software in RAM. It has its limitations, but for this purpose it will be perfect. The BOINC PE is still in BETA and I haven't tested it on this hardware, so I'm kind of walking the tech tight rope here and hoping it will work. If it doesn't, I could always have it boot from a flash drive.
The bracket I made to hold the optical drive.
To make room for the touch screen fan controller I want to use, the optical drive in the machine will be moved to the bottom/front of the case, sideways and partially sticking out. I've seen other people put windows in their optical drives and always wanted to try doing that. I still need to come up with the 'window' itself. The acrylic that I have is slightly too thick. Any ideas would be appreciated...
I made my own fan grills for the rear exhaust fan out of modder's mesh I purchased from MNPCTech.com.
Currently, I'm working on cutting out the BOINC logo at the top/front of the case. Under that, I plan on putting blue and yellow acrylic windows and lighting that up with some white EL Wire:
The paint job will be three colors: white, metallic blue and yellow to match the BOINC logo.
More to come...