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Old 03-04-2009, 05:39 PM   #1
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I decided after countless minutes maybe? That painting isnt enough for me. Im going to put the system in a pc case.

Here is my progress...

I cut the case like this because the pc case threads will not line up right, also, the psu needs to be anchored securely, and insulated.
http://i428.photobucket.com/albums/q...w/100_5258.jpg

After cleanup of the sheet metal...

http://i428.photobucket.com/albums/q...w/100_5263.jpg


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you really need to resize those pics before you post them, not all of us are high speed.... this took 10 minutes to load!
btw, sheet metal is sharp after you cut it with the snips.....

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you really need to resize those pics before you post them, not all of us are high speed.... this took 10 minutes to load!
btw, sheet metal is sharp after you cut it with the snips.....

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Sorry, what size do you like?


I know its sharp...but I slipped.
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http://i428.photobucket.com/albums/q...w/100_5269.jpg (83kb, 567x640)

Looks like hell to solder doesn't it. It was easy...hopefully I got the pinout correct

http://i428.photobucket.com/albums/q...w/100_5265.jpg (89kb, 640x460)

Dvd drive was very difficult to install as it was based off the 5.25 inch design, but not exact.

http://i428.photobucket.com/albums/q...w/100_5264.jpg (59kb, 640x480)

Got the cables labeled to be extended and the pinout for the power, leds, and tray eject.
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After cleanup of the sheet metal...

http://i428.photobucket.com/albums/q...w/100_5263.jpg
You might say this is 'cutting edge' technology....

Sorry rgsgww, I couldn't resist. I hope your boo-boo heals quickly .
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You might say this is 'cutting edge' technology....

Sorry rgsgww, I couldn't resist. I hope your boo-boo heals quickly .

Lol, well its ok right now.


I didn't even know I cut myself until I saw the blood...kind of a surprise.

I'm trying to solder a composite/component video cable, the pins are very confusing, small, and close together.

Also, the component and composite needs a switch to change modes...

http://www.gamesx.com/avpinouts/xbox.htm
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are you using coldheat to solder? i find that it's much faster/better than regular solder guns for SOME things, but not all.
try one if you haven't, they're worth the $$$ IMHO and don't eat bananas while working, they're slippery......

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are you using coldheat to solder? i find that it's much faster/better than regular solder guns for SOME things, but not all.
try one if you haven't, they're worth the $$$ IMHO and don't eat bananas while working, they're slippery......

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I diddnt like the coldheat for sensitive chips. I actually fried one because of it. I'm just using a 45 watt soldering iron. I probably should be using a 15 watt...but this works for me.

Desoldering braid is very nice stuff...
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yeah, they get to 800 pretty fast... i like them for putting in resistors, etc. on boards, but some things just don't go over real well....

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yeah, they get to 800 pretty fast... i like them for putting in resistors, etc. on boards, but some things just don't go over real well....

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It might have been the voltage on the tip...I wasn't close to any ics or resistors.
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good for a one drop quick solder, but they don't UNsolder real well.... the trick is to touch the solder to the prongs and avoid over-heating the piece. it can be tricky, but once i saw what i could and could not do, it's been a real help. my son's curious as to what exactly you're doing.
care to elucidate for his benefit? i'd appreciate it, and be sure to post pics when it's done!
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Well, basically this is an xbox original, not to be confused with the 360.

The purpose of a pc case is to offer better cooling, and more space. I am planning on putting in a bigger hard drive, this means I will have to make up to 8 partitions formatted by the x-fat filesystem. I then have to lock the drive using an eeprom from the original hard drive. This is because the hard drive is assigned a code with the mobo to prevent swapping hdds.

I also installed "evo-x" OS. This allows me to FTP to the xbox and copy modified halo maps, or even emulate nintendo 64 games. Not to mention, run linux.

The xbox 360 has been hacked, but a new update has made it almost imposible to do this anymore. The hack allows linux, but no hardware video acceleration. This means you cannot use 3d video.
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More pics!

I've gotten pretty far with my mod...

(all pics are at 640x480 and around 50-100kb)

Extending the cd power/eject cable, I had to solder and heat shrink 24 total times...very fun.
http://i428.photobucket.com/albums/q...w/100_5270.jpg

New psu wires (I glued around it later)
http://i428.photobucket.com/albums/q...w/100_5271.jpg

Extended cd drive cable...
http://i428.photobucket.com/albums/q...w/100_5272.jpg

P4 heatsink fan installed on cpu sink (the small chip that looks like a south bridge in the far right is sinked later.)
http://i428.photobucket.com/albums/q...w/100_5273.jpg

Phono plugs (yes, they are off a bit, but it works)
http://i428.photobucket.com/albums/q...w/100_5275.jpg

Connectors for Pr, Y, Pb, composite, R, and L. Three position video mode switch in center.
http://i428.photobucket.com/albums/q...w/100_5276.jpg

PL premium adhesive in place holding the psu and mobo in (messy stuff)
*see next post*

Plastic panel for ethernet and 2 controller ports (front gets 2 usb ports)
*see next post*

More PL holding in ehternet and controller ports.
*see next post*

Front panel, red button is power, black is cd eject. (yes, it was an old gateway)
*see next post*

Southbridge heatsink in place.
http://i428.photobucket.com/albums/q...w/100_5285.jpg


I cannot wait for the video cable! (not really)

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Two controller ports and Ethernet port.
http://i428.photobucket.com/albums/q...w/100_5292.jpg

PL on Ethernet port and controller ports...
http://i428.photobucket.com/albums/q...w/100_5294.jpg

Front panel...
http://i428.photobucket.com/albums/q...w/100_5295.jpg

Mobo...
http://i428.photobucket.com/albums/q...w/100_5297.jpg

Back view, black box is for Ethernet and controller.
http://i428.photobucket.com/albums/q...w/100_5302.jpg

Me soldering some stuff...
http://i428.photobucket.com/albums/q...w/100_5303.jpg
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Hmm...the 18 video wires did not quite fit...but it should work anyways.

http://i428.photobucket.com/albums/q...w/100_5306.jpg

Here's a trick I've learned for wires and small terminals, get the terminal lightly covered with solder, solder the tip of the wire, put over terminal, put iron on wire. Worked great!.

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