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I was looking at "fill ports", and I have a semi-rant here.

The idea is to lay flat against the case, not stand proud like a knurled knob.

I saw different colors and finishes, but basically only one design. It uses an allen wrench to open it. That seems to be the most inconvenient design you could come up with. You need a special tool unique to that one application, which you have to keep track of, or go to the garage for the general allen kit.

A deep slot that takes a Ph#2 would be much better, since that is the normal screw used on a PC and everyone has a screwdriver handy already.

My current system has a slot that accepts a coin. I still keep one near by, so it's like any other tool. I suppose it's better for those who keep coins in their pockets while working.

But what would be perfect is a half-ring that lays flat, but lifts up to form a grip that can be twisted. For the price they charge for these simple fittings, you think they would have figured out a more useful design.

Has anybody seen one?

—John
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http://www.xs-pc.com/products/fittin...-g14-fillport/
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For one How often do you need to use the fill port? Also although hex may be more difficult to find tools for, it is much better than common bit. If you are so worried about having to keep track of it then just tape a small Allen wrench to the inside of the case. The reason the other hardware to hold the door is phillips is because you are much more likely to remove it. Now your idea about the half ring cap is interesting. If you are still set on a non-hex fill port swifttech makes common head fill ports: http://www.frozencpu.com/products/83...tl=g30c101s460
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post #4 of 4
Just open it up once, throw away the cap and put a piece of duct tape over it. Duct tape fixes everything. Or painters tape if you want a fancy blue color.
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