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Hey guys so I got a used server rack and it came loaded with a whole bunch of stuff that the company didn't feel like removing. Included was a server case. Basically everything looked good about it in the rack but when I took it out, I realized something...

IT HAS 14 PCI SLOTS AND NO PLACE FOR AN I/O SHIELD

... can someone tell me what kind of case this is? I have never worked with something like this and I can't find any info on google. I also can't even find a pci plate that would replace this one. So confused
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Make and model?

It might be some proprietary setup.
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This is an extention/expansion chassis if I'm not mistaken. Typically, you would connect this to another box that has the mobo in it using a pci/e slot in each box. I have several of these at work. Kind of like this (only this one is 7 slots).
http://www.wuntronic.com/en/index.ph...bid=86&pid=497

Edit: The one on this link is for PCIE. I have older expansion chassis that are for PCI, and connect using a similar method. The link above has a picture of the case, the PCIE card that goes into the case, and the cable you would use to connect it to the CPU case. This is a good inside shot of a PCI expansion case.
http://www.blogcdn.com/www.dvguru.co...R4_topview.jpg
Edited by Arimis5226 - 10/5/11 at 6:55am
post #5 of 10
most telco chassis is built like that. it's not really meant for computers. it's more for telco/fiber switchs

if you want to TRY to build a computer in that, you'll need something like this


then buy a single board computer

to plug it into the backplane

it's extremely expensive since it's a server market exclusive... it's cheaper to just go with blade servers these days. same concept tho.
Edited by psyclum - 10/5/11 at 7:02am
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most telco chassis is built like that. it's not really meant for computers. it's more for telco/fiber switchs

if you want to TRY to build a computer in that, you'll need something like this


then buy a single board computer

to plug it into the backplane

it's extremely expensive since it's a server market exclusive... it's cheaper to just go with blade servers these days. same concept tho.
Oh god I forgot about those cases. This, too, could be what you have found. In my experiences, working on hardware like this is a nightmare. Documentation is poorly written (bad engrish), and tech support is scarce on older hardware. As psyclum stated, this could also get expensive to work with.

Reply and let us know what you got! I'm curious, as when you described it, my post was what jumped into my head. I didn't even think about these suckers.

Edit: Does the front look like this:

or like this:


The first would be a case designed for expansion, the second would be designed for a rack mount, single board computer, as pointed out by psyclum.

Both of these cases have a 14 slot IO plate on the back that looks something like this:


Does the board inside have an SHB express slot on it? The SHB express board is the bottom picture in psyclum's post, and the slot for it is on the far left of the first pic in the same post.

What sort of info are you looking for on this case?
Edited by Arimis5226 - 10/5/11 at 7:43am
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Here are pics of the case. You guys were right on about what it looked like. I'm currently cleaning it out since it was nasty in there. All it says is "Prism" I found out that the whole system was called "Telescan Spectrum Prism"



Here are some other parts that were included. Not sure what they are TBH






It also came with a working 4 port KVM switch, Filler panels (1u and 6u), 2u Fan, 50+ screws and nuts
Edited by da tick 07 - 10/5/11 at 8:33am
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hehe yep telco switch the good news is you can mod it, the bad news is why would you want to keep the fan tho. it's likely a 200+ CFM fan you can show off to other people with I wouldn't use the fan tho. it's loud as fuk and will make your whole machine vibrate
post #9 of 10
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Well I was hoping I would be able to swap out the rear panel for an ATX version but I can't seem to find them anywhere. I know about the fans but I was planning on getting some high cfm Deltas anyways. It came with a few 24v fans attached to a separate psu so they will be replaced. I'm going to put this in my basement and use it as a server/router and MAYBE as VOIP switch type thing.

Edit: if anyone lives in CT and needs some parts that I might have LMK. Shipping would be a killer for most of these parts
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Go here:
http://www.adek.com/566-case.html
Maybe you can do some minor modding and contact these guys and order a "replacement" atx backplane. I think it's doable, and perhaps at a low price. You may have to mod the case a bit for standoffs for the mobo, I dunno.
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