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I was curious if anyone else has encountered this problem. The DVD drive and Scythe controller I was using prior fit properly. You can see in the picture that the controller is recessed about 3mm. It works very well, but looks terrible.
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I have a similar issue with my Samsung Blueray drive. It is not as severe as yours, maybe 1-2 mm, but still noticeable.
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simple fix with a dremel.... 5 mins tops.
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yeah this has came up before. I'd like to propose to Case Labs a slight modification to these parts:

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the holes to hook into the cd drive there should be slotted horizontally about 1/2 inch so the drive can slide back and forth a bit to fit flush. It might be a little tricky due to no screwdriver access on the other side while it's in the case, but it wouldn't be that hard to pull it out and get the screws set right using the other side as a guide.

any thoughts on that
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post #5 of 30
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I'm thinking I might see what a local machine shop would charge me to slot the holes. It would certainly be a lot cleaner than anything I could do with a dremel. It might be cheaper too, since I would have to purchase a dremel and a small enough grinding bit.
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A small round file sould do a pretty good job of it. A dremel may be a little harder to control if you're not used to it.

It's a real mystery to me why these manufacturers are having this problem though. The specs for 5.25" bays are well documented and have been around since the dawn of PC's. The weird thing is I've seen Lamptron controllers that are right, so it would appear that they are outsourcing the chassis work (pretty common) and one or more suppliers have the wrong dimension. You would think it would be picked up by Lamptron's QC department confused.gif It's a bigger problem today, because so many "tool-less" mounting systems rely on locating pins to lock in the device.

I really don't want to change the current mount, since it makes it very easy to install a correctly designed device, but I agree, it's a problem needing a solution. I'll look at coming up with a mount that allows some adjustment. I should be able to get that done pretty quickly.
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Right I completely agree. They _shouldn't_ have to be slotted. There is a big upside to them not being slotted. But unfortunately, for whatever reason, it's not a perfect world and sometimes workarounds have to exist. redface.gif

I supposed instead of just a slotted hole you could do something a little more expensive .. something to allow a hole to slide around in a bigger slot and have a thumbscrew above to catch the metal to lock it into place. I could draw it up but i think you know what i'm getting at. Something like that maybe. Think about it. It would be nice if there were a good solution to this... the alternative is either live with whatever devices not fitting right, or ditch them in favor of other devices that fit correctly.
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You could offer alternative bay mounts that are slotted for difficult devices given that the mounts are optional and just screw to the frame?
     
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You could offer alternative bay mounts that are slotted for difficult devices given that the mounts are optional and just screw to the frame?

That's what I'm looking to do. As soon as all the STH10 orders ship this week, that will be next on the list of things to release.
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I was curious if anyone else has encountered this problem. The DVD drive and Scythe controller I was using prior fit properly. You can see in the picture that the controller is recessed about 3mm. It works very well, but looks terrible.

I had saw this after putting my TX10 together, didn't think much of it. Looking at my Danger Den case, it has the same issue just with that same fan controller. The DVD & bay reservoirs line up just fine with both cases, but the fan controller won't.
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