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Hey Guys and Gals

Welcome to my new little casemod worklog. I’m not going to give away too much to begin with. Well to be more exact- just a single picture.

Have fun guessing:

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If you’re good you will get an update in the next few days. biggrin.gif

So long
:0)
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Really sleek HTPC build based on this:
http://www.streacom.com/blog/fc5-product-announcement/

As for themes...arctic? o.o
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Originally Posted by dmanstasiu View Post

Really sleek HTPC build based on this:
http://www.streacom.com/blog/fc5-product-announcement/
As for themes...arctic? o.o

Damit! biggrin.gif First one guessed it. Well I admit it wasn't to difficult. :0)
I'm not going to go for the arctic theme though. :0)

Okay let’s go. I’m going to show you what I did in the meantime.
First of all I would like to thank Christian from Streacom for getting a Streacom FC5 out to Germany for me before becomes officially available over here. Sadly I won’t be the only one to hold it in my hands for very long as they are coming to the German market soon – if I understood it correctly that is. wink.gif

I unpacked it straight away of course. Sadly the feel of the Case doesn’t come across on the pictures.

This was in the big black box: The Streacom FC5 Case and a little accessories box.

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Let’s have a look in the accessories box.

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Heatpipes, heatsinks and installation material.

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The heatpipes are very well made. No solder discolorations and very clean tips. Now let’s see how good the case is.

Here‘s the beauty:

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I’ve got the silver one – there is also a black one. It has a great feal to it. The silky matte blasted finish looks really nice. Everything that you can touch is made of metal, even all of the buttons. Not what you see very often.

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Let’s see if everything on the inside is as nice as on the outside. Five little screws later and you can take off the lid (made of 2.5 mm thick aluminium!)

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First thing you notice is that apart from a few rubber-decouplings, a PCB and a Cable, it’s all made of metal on the inside too. It has enough room for a mATX Motherboard. The huge cooling fins really stand out too.

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Yeah. Thats right 10 mm pure Aluminium. No plastics, no bent aluminium, 10 mm pure aluminium. :0)

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The sides with the cooling fins are over 40 mm thick on the widest area of the slimmest side. Pure aluminium here again. That’s what I call quality. biggrin.gif

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So let’s take it all apart. The ODD-Tray first.

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There we have all the parts. And I found something that’s not made of metal. The rubber on the feet. biggrin.gif Well the rest of the foot is made of pure aluminium. wink.gif

Okay taken it all apart now. Let’s get on to the rest.
I orderd this stuf fas well… what could it be?... well the name says it all really.

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Jep! A PicoPSU + and an external Power Supply. Passiv Power Supply – CHECK!

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What could that be? Well, what could still be missing?

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A remote-controller!

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And this is where the first proper work began – reverse engineering…

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And the result:

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My - well for me at least – new idea is to rebuild the FC5 completely in CAD. Then I want to show you what I want to do in CAD first and then try to do it in real.

Status CAD today: ca. 80%

Still has a bit of time though as all of the rest of my hardware still has not arrived – still waiting for quite a few things. :0(
Could also be that I can’t solely see to this project in the near future as I have applied to take part in the den we-mod-it casemoding contest. So it could be that I have to do two projects at the same time – shouldn’t be too bad as I’ve done it before.
Thanks for reading if you got this far!
So long :0)
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I am staying tuned for this thumb.gif
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Originally Posted by dizzy4 View Post

I am staying tuned for this thumb.gif

Thanks! Hope you like it!

The painfully long wait for my new hardware carries on, but I will still give you a little Update to kill time.

picoPSU-Modding Part 1:

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White connectors are ugly and that’s why I want to have a nice little black one on it.
Using a Pin remover is not going to help because 24 Pins in one go is impossible. And I don’t want to ram it in there with such a force that the hooks bend in, because I want to keep on using the pins. Desoldering the Pins doesn’t work either (because of the little hooks) All that’s left is to get rid of the plastic.
First I practiced on an old connector:

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After trying out all different methods, I worked out that the best way to do it was to use a Dremel with a grinding disk and very carefully cut away the plastic. It won’t be as easy as with the old connector, because on the picoPSU the pins aren’t separate but soldered together onto the PCB.
I knew I had to be very, very careful because if I slipped once it would instantly cut through the fragile little pins and I have no clue where to get pins like that which you can solder from quickly..

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Slowly but surely starting on the first side

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The first side completed

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Carefully starting the second side

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And just finished the second side. Now I just have to get rid of the plastic in-between. After quite a bit of trying and swearing I carefully got it out.

That’s what it looked like:

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Getting the new connector on wasn’t too difficult. wink.gif

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And this is what it looks like now.

I’m really hoping the hardware I ordered will arrive soon, so I can start properly at last.
Hopefully see you very soon.

So long :0)
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I never would have thought of changing the pico psu connector. Now that i think about it though, how hard do you think it would be to desolder those pins and solder on a set of 24-pin wires? Just for curiousities sake.
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I never would have thought of changing the pico psu connector. Now that i think about it though, how hard do you think it would be to desolder those pins and solder on a set of 24-pin wires? Just for curiousities sake.

Thanks Jack! Don't think it would be too difficult. Would have probably been easier that way. :0)

Well, after a long long time i’ve got something new for you.
Well the whole story started when after weeks of waiting I got mail. Sadly not the parts I had been waiting for but a letter from the customs office – 2 letters to be exact.

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Didn’t think much apart from that it took what seemed like years for anything to arrive.
So I took last Friday afternoon off and went to Tennenlohe to the customs office. The first (bigger) parcel wasn’t a problem – the second one though. Customs had opened the parcels and checked the contents and a Customs-Officer noticed that the Blu-Ray Drive that I had ordered didn’t have a „CE“-Label. That was the reason why They didn’t want to give it to me and why it toook soooo long.

The Problem was that I had bought an external Drive as it was cheaper than the internal Drive on its own. This casing didn’t have the “CE”. So I told the officer, that I could open the casing for him and show him the CE-Sign and if he wanted he could keep the plastic. It took quite a while to pursuade him and when I opend it the first thing we saw was the CE-Sign. I still wasn’t allowed to take it with me. The officer had top hone around and fill in a load of forms and after a loooooong wait I was able to leave the building (with the Case and all afterall biggrin.gif) What a load of ***** and huge waist of time as I’m going to remove that horrible sticker anyway. tongue.gif

Now I could carry on measuring -up and planning weeks later than planed.
Oh, I forgot to post the pictures of the (whole, unmodded) CAD-Modell.

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Well. I will start off by making following part. What could it be?

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I’ve got the material for it all.

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Well I’ll get to work and show you what I did when I've finished.

So long :0)
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