Post your "Ghetto Mod" pics

Discussion in 'Case Mod Gallery' started by wolfofsin, Apr 25, 2005.

  1. Highwind

    Highwind [H]ard|Gawd

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    Actually, that is pretty ghetto, esp. considering the size of the fans relative to the card... do those not vibrate/buzz like crazy?

    Regarding my octopus... well, I have no excuse, I suck at cable management, but I'm glad a couple of you got a laugh.



    I can't actually tell what you've attempted there... it looks like (especially on the left) you just took a random object and taped it to the desk for decoration, which is pretty funny in and of itself.

     
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  2. Kromix

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    the cardboard taped on the table are to raise the back of the keyboard just enough to clear the base of the monitor and allow for a better angle on the keyboard. :D you see, the keyboard legs stand on the taped cardboard, i had to move the keyboard down to allow vision of such aesome table mod... lol
     
  3. Wiregeek

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    ...makes me wonder if I still have my 'keyboard stick' floating around somewhere...

    Same thing, only I had to drill holes in the stick because the keyboard kept falling off of it!
     
  4. Ohmycaptain

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    That looks so unsafe, haha.
     
  5. starhawk

    starhawk [H]ardForum Junkie

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    Boy do I have a surprise for you all... those of you who know me on here, know my tendency to do odd things to odd things, like modding a trash can and such. But today, I pulled out all the stops. I modded... a Chinese eBay LED Watch :eek:

    Our story begins about a year ago, when I fell over a site called LED Watch Stop which sells LED Watches to people who have $100-$200 to waste on such things. I watch that place pretty carefully and there's just nothing for the rest of us.

    So the lightbulb goes off over my head one day, about two weeks ago. "You DUMB***! Go to eBay!" A slap to the forehead and two ibuprofen later, I find THE MOST PERFECT LED WATCH DESIGN EVAR for $8.77. I didn't have that much in my Paypal, but I had a $10 in my wallet and I happened to be visiting my father that day, so I handed over the tenner for the privilege of him ordering for me.

    It got here about a week later, arriving in a bubble mailer with a poorly designed flyer and a Ziploc-style baggie as extra padding. No instructions :mad: After another week of emails in bad English, I got my "indtructions" (their repeated spelling) and instructions for the instructions -- they refer to S1 and S2 as buttons in their instructions, yet they do not specify which of the four buttons are S1 and S2 !! :rolleyes: :rolleyes: :rolleyes:

    So 48 hours or so later, I take the watch off to go to bed, and the spring bar holding one side of the strap on... fails. So now I can't wear it. Great. Three days of emails later, they say that they'll let me keep the broken one (whoopeedo) and they'll send me a new one, all costs on them (including postage).

    Got it this evening, coming back from another visit with my father. It broke within seconds of me putting it on -- this model seems to have real trouble with spring bars. Now I get mad ;) especially after I break the other two pair of spring bars trying to make it work right again :mad: :mad: :mad:

    Lightbulb time again... "I know how I can fix this so that it'll NEVER fall apart again!" Next thing you know, I'm out on the front porch with the watch wrapped in masking tape, picking up a nice friend of mine by the name of Rockwell the Grey.

    Rockwell is the closest thing I'll ever get to a raygun. He's great at poking holes in things. I've never had him stall out on me, and he's quite precise (except for my first time feeding him a spade bit). Yep, Rockwell is my drill.

    Here's the victim in pre-op masking tape garb --
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    Meanwhile, in an effort to make the band a little bit more amicable to working with me, I had introduced it (really them, as it's two pieces that buckle together like a belt) to my friend the "exacto" knife. It's fairly exact, but how much so depends on who's holding it. All of my dexterity rolls came out in my favor, so I didn't get a knife in my hand today :D

    Pix of the aftermath of knifing the band (wow, that sounds a lot more deadly than it was) --
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    Then I found some silvered copper wire, and used it appropriately ;) Won't last forever, but then again, neither will the watch! Especially since it's made of the same material, silvered copper... some of the finish came off through the masking tape. Next time I'll use vinyl electrical tape. Pix of the finished product --
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    By the way... to set the time on this thing...

    (1) Hold the watch, face up, so that the words "LED WATCH" at the bottom are right side up.
    (2) Press the upper-right button.
    (3) Press and hold the lower-right button until the hour blinks.
    (4) Press the upper-right button repeatedly until the hour display is where you want it.
    (5) Press the lower-right button to set minutes.
    (6) Repeat (4).
    (7) Repeat (5) and (4) (in that order) to set the month, day, and year.
    (8) Press the lower-right button one last time to lock.

    What the buttons do:
    BOTH left buttons are the same. They display "88:88" until you release them, at which point the time is displayed.
    The upper-right button displays (1st) HH:MM, (2nd) MO:DY, (3rd) :SS
    The lower-right button is disabled unless the time is being displayed via the upper-right button, at which point it can be used to set the time if you hold it down long enough (~1-2sec).

    So there you have it. That's all I'm gonna write, folks.
     
  6. starhawk

    starhawk [H]ardForum Junkie

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    ...and here's an update to my uberfail mod, Paper Tiger. (See earlier in this very thread for the original post on this system.)

    Tried to cut it on the other day, only to find out that the on-mobo video had gone PTHBBBBBBBB. The CD drive blinked, and although I didn't hear a POST *beep* sound from the speaker, I didn't see the screen doing anything... so I figured it must be the video. What luck. Some very significant clearance and structural support issues precluded adding a discrete video card -- not to mention the significant effect that even five dollars or so would have on my discretionary funding for the month -- so I made a hard decision.

    I replaced the motherboard with a spare... which actually wound up solving another problem I was having with a different mod, but that one's not done yet -- so it's a story for another day ;)

    I pulled apart another pile-o-crap computer, a Gateway of unknown model and history that earned the nickname "Igor" when I wound up "repairing" it... by replacing freaking everything other than case and PSU :eek: ya'll don't know how many expletives I wore out on that system.

    I was too lazy to bother with moving over the CPU as well (they're both Athlons; the old one runs at 1150 MHz, and the new one's "only" 900 MHz) so that was a slight downgrade, but I really don't care. However, I did upgrade the RAM (mostly since I couldn't find the original sticks!) I also put on a new OS at the time -- Wary Puppy 511, one of the newest in the Puppy Linux family. This hunk of scrap runs faster than ever as a result :D

    Today I decided to fix two other problems. I never really liked the original front panel, as it actually looked too crappy for the system somehow! I also had noticed the power supply running hot while I was putting the OS on. Like, really hot. Like, why is this fan on a computer power supply when what's coming out of it feels like jet fighter exhaust? Not good.

    So today, I cut away some (about half) of the cardboard that was essentially enclosing the PSU. I also made a new (slightly nicer) front panel.

    New specs:
    Allied (came with an Apex case) 300W PSU
    Unlabeled Socket A/462 MicroATX Motherboard (see below)
    900 MHz Athlon XP (I think it's supposed to be an 1800+...)
    ThermalTake Volcano 5 HSF
    1GB PC133 SDRAM (2x512, mixed brands)
    80GB HDD in a 3.5"-->5.25" bay adapter
    CD-R/RW/DVD-ROM Combo Drive (I think it came from a Dell)
    Floppy Drive (I think it came out of a POS 486 that I got for free)

    About the motherboard... I originally got it, with a second identical board and some other stuff that I don't remember, off of a fellow [H]'er for a steal, because both boards had busted caps. This was about five or six years ago. Both boards came with Athlon XP 1800+ CPUs, one of which is still working (the other one was busted). If the original seller would contact me, I'd like to hear from them again. Whoever you are, I've long forgotten your name (sorry!) but I remember your kindness, and I would like to thank you for it. PM me if you're still around and you see this.

    Now for a picture of the (slight) modifications:
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    That's all for now, although I'll keep ya'll posted if I make any more changes.
     
  7. mannyman

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    Thermaltake level 0.2?:D
     
  8. starhawk

    starhawk [H]ardForum Junkie

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    Ha. More like ThermalTake Level 0.01 ;)

    EDIT: the cabling job is an absolute disaster. Think I should post in the "rate my cables" thread just for sh*ts & giggles?

    EDIT 2: Alas, the poor old power supply is on its way to the dump. I'm getting mondo system instability after replacing the CPU with the earlier, more powerful one (which was never this finicky before). I think the PSU is a little underpowered for this system. My two choices right now are (a) repair an Antec Truepower II 430 PSU (which I would prefer) or find a new one -- but I can't really afford a new one unless someone wants to send it to me for cost of shipping (yeah right).
     
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  9. MiniFolder

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  10. SkyeHack

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    I used zip ties.... :'(

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  11. Dudeyourlame

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    Lol, very ghetto those fans must be reused from a 1999 dell:p
     
  12. Wibla

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    You got those fans blowing in ?
     
  13. SkyeHack

    SkyeHack Limp Gawd

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    yes.

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  14. LOCO LAPTOP

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    Didn't feel like going to the store a getting a wall mount for my 24" for my other desk. So I made one :p

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  15. ModestMoo

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    Just because temps was soo hight...
    Not nice, but noone can see it.:)

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  16. H-street

    H-street [H]ardness Supreme

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    Lol the only thing that would have made it more ghetto is if the poster was holding it up..


    (Bart Simpsons Load Bearing Poster)
     
  17. Spare-Flair

    Spare-Flair [H]ardness Supreme

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    Damn, my fans are dead on my Twin Turbo as well. Never buying an Arctic Cooling product again.
     
  18. screwloose45

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    I did this back in 2007. My friend needed a video card to play Counter Strike: Source and all I had was an mx400...and stock cooler off an AMD X2 4200+ :D

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  19. Omegas

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    the real question is, did it OC well?!?
     
  20. SkyeHack

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    screwloose45 n00b

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    We were able to overclock the core by about 50%. It filled four slots haha.
     
  22. Highwind

    Highwind [H]ard|Gawd

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    I bet you had the best cooling around for one of those cards, too.
     
  23. Red Squirrel

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    Not exactly a case mod, but figured I'd post it here:

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    I used silicone caulk to glue that, so I have no idea how well that will last, but we'll see. I wired it internally so the fan goes on when I turn the unit on. I put it on 5v as 12v was kinda overkill. Just need enough air blowing on the drive to cool it off. So far so good. I found the Hitachi drives got very hot when in there overnight.
     
  24. starhawk

    starhawk [H]ardForum Junkie

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    Here's what you do when you have a Barton 2600+ and no heatsink good enough for it -- and your local tech shop, wizards though they be, have nothing old enough to help out (and, to top it all off, your paypal is on "E" at the moment)...

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    [skywalker] WHAT A PIECE OF JUNK!! [/skywalker]

    It is the heatsink and fan mount (but not fan) from an old Thermaltake Volcano 5 cooler (Socket 462/A) mounted to the most powerful fan in my house (I think -- it's a 92mm red LED fan from FrozenCPU, Galaxy brand). The white plastic is from one of those nice-looking binders you get at Staples. It's about 1/16" thick. I drilled it and then cut it up. I used sheet metal screws to attach it to the heatsink, and stove bolts and nuts to attach the fan. The fan grille is the "blade" style, also from FrozenCPU.

    I haven't tested it yet, since I got sweat all over the bottom of the heatsink, and I'm all out of coffee filters to use with ArctiClean... but if I actually test it, it will have Arctic Silver Ceramique between it and the CPU.

    In related news, does anyone have a Socket 462/A cooler that they actually /trust/ to work on an Athlon XP 2600+ and will let go for cost of shipping?
     
  25. starhawk

    starhawk [H]ardForum Junkie

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    Slight update... remembered I had a Thermaltake HSF for socket 1366 with even more CFM... unfortunately TT was a dick with the fan and made the holes for the 92mm fan at the 80mm size. AARGH!!

    Hence the second adapter... here's the pic:

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  26. Emission

    Emission [H]ardness Supreme

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    You can ask around in the freebies thread of the For Sale forum here :).
     
  27. Kromix

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    i'll dig around to see if my old socket A HS is still around, but no promises as I haven't seen it in years :)
     
  28. Chibo

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    I made a stock i5-2500k heatsink fit onto a Core2Quad motherboard by bending the shit out of a few fins. Also made a p8 motherboard connector by taking an old p4 connector, turning it 90* counter clockwise, soldering an old female molex onto it, and doing some trimming.
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  29. Kromix

    Kromix Limp Gawd

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    i found 4 stock heatsinks for AMD processors, but dont remember what socket they are... >.< been storing them for years and they have no labels... lol :D
     
  30. secondkai

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    asus directcu II 6950 'pegleg'

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  31. starhawk

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    OK, that's mighty clever, but what IS the "pegleg" made of? I can't tell.
     
  32. Kamainae

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    It is clearly a pencil with duck tape at the ends, clearly a win...
     
  33. faugusztin

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    The good old pencil mod :). No, not that pencil mod, this one.
     
  34. Andrew_Carr

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    Haha, that reminds me... I blew a cap in my Swans speakers and replaced it with the largest capacitor I could find in the lab. Maybe I'll take pics and post it here.
     
  35. pheonix991

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    Stupid frisbee/ufo router that my room mate had when I moved in the other day is the suck, so I have to rig up this fan till we can get a wrt54g. I'd use mine, but, it's currently my wireless bridge down stairs. At least the internet cuts out every few hours now instead of every 20 minutes.

    So, old PSU, shorted on, hooked to spare 120mm fan. I don't care if it blows up, or what ever, I use it for this kind of stuff only.
     
  36. Jsully

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    Hi guys, first post here...
    My oil PC. Run completely silently.
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    Running all old stuff I had lying around, Pentium D 2.66Ghz, Nvidia 7600GT, ~15 litres of Regenerated transformer oil
     
  37. DSee

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    Very nice,
    Where did you get the oil @?
     
  38. reaper_1994

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    How hot does it get after 24h and 72h??? (continuous load wit prime or the like)
     
  39. Jsully

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    I got the oil from ENZoil, a place which deals with transformer oil near where i live (Wellington, NZ). Its effectively recycled transformer oil... Which means its cheap! :D ($70NZD/20L)

    I haven't tried stress testing it, etc, as the heatsink is poorly attached, and the plastic bin is cheap, so I'd run the risk of it melting and flooding the house with hot oil if i tried to get it too hot.
    I've been lazy with measurements, but the temperature has gotten over 60C before. I've heard that with a more suitable case, its safe to get the oil over 90C in systems like this, as the setup eliminates hot spots.
    I've been meaning to design and build a custom acrylic case for it (With a few metal sides, etc to get the heat out somehow), but, as a student, i have neither the time nor money, and it works as it is, so.
     
  40. SticKx911

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    you might also look into adding something like a powerhead to circulate the oil (depending on its thickness) and aerate it some. <not based on any fact or experience, but if it works for fish tanks...I'd assume it works here too. lol