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Wow looks sick thumb.gif. Ive got a playstation 1 laying around and thought of doing this many times with an itx board and one of those mini low wattage PSUs like you have in the second pic of first post. Whats going to happen to the playstation's CD drive in your project, will you still be able to use discs with your mod? Interested to know because doing a project like this has been on my mind for ages but could never figure out what to do about the disc tray

Well the drive that it comes with certainly won't function. It has non-standard connectors for power and data. It also was CD only, and if you recall used a brighter than normal laser so that it could only read the darker PlayStation discs and not burned discs, so it wouldn't be much use anyways. It is a very clever little piece of equipment though.

As for the lid, there is a very good chance that I'll have to disassemble the hinge mechanism and lock it down. I won't know for sure until I get all the parts in though. I do have a slim external DVD drive with a clam shell-style lid though. Once everything else is in place I might see if it is possible to mod that in, but it isn't a priority.
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Well the drive that it comes with certainly won't function. It has non-standard connectors for power and data. It also was CD only, and if you recall used a brighter than normal laser so that it could only read the darker PlayStation discs and not burned discs, so it wouldn't be much use anyways. It is a very clever little piece of equipment though.

As for the lid, there is a very good chance that I'll have to disassemble the hinge mechanism and lock it down. I won't know for sure until I get all the parts in though. I do have a slim external DVD drive with a clam shell-style lid though. Once everything else is in place I might see if it is possible to mod that in, but it isn't a priority.

Nice stuff, i was thinking of doing the same thing and locking down the disc tray too since it would be unusable. A 2.5" drive full of PS1 .iso files would be much more efficient but takes character away from the whole playstation concept eventhough there's actually a computer beneath the chassis, it would still look good but, and gives the hardware more breathing room if you remove the disc tray too.

Pretty keen to see how yours turns out, maybe it'll get me going and start one myself. Are you converting the controller/memory card slots into USB or anything else?
   
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Yesterday I had a visit from the NewEgg fairy!

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Not pictured is the PicoPSU which also arrived on the same day. Pretty good considering I had parts coming from four different places.

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I knew mSATA SSDs were small, but that is tiny. I almost lost it in the box. It is as wide as a standard memory module is tall (and comes in the packaging for one) and it is 480 GB! I went big since this is going to be the only storage in the Playstation and there is no room for a 2.5" drive or the cables to connect to one.

More pictures coming as I get to work on things. I've been having some trouble pulling them off my phone though, the USB connection is a little loose.
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Yesterday I had a visit from the NewEgg fairy!

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Not pictured is the PicoPSU which also arrived on the same day. Pretty good considering I had parts coming from four different places.

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I knew mSATA SSDs were small, but that is tiny. I almost lost it in the box. It is as wide as a standard memory module is tall (and comes in the packaging for one) and it is 480 GB! I went big since this is going to be the only storage in the Playstation and there is no room for a 2.5" drive or the cables to connect to one.

More pictures coming as I get to work on things. I've been having some trouble pulling them off my phone though, the USB connection is a little loose.

I reckon it could be a challenge to fit all that stuff inside the PSX, but you'll soon find out. Also, that's some pretty nice looking hardware. thumb.gif

I was thinking of doing a similar project but using a laptop or netbook motherboard that already has M-SATA on board, doesn't need a bulky power brick and can have a power button easily tethered up to the one on the PSX itself. The Dell Mini 9 would be a good option, they go for ~$120 these days on eBay Australia, could be a cheaper way to do one of these mods without having to use desktop hardware.

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Subbed. This is gonna be sweet.

The little person in your profile pic is GOLD hahaha cheers.gif
   
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The little person in your profile pic is GOLD hahaha cheers.gif

Thanks smile.gif A guy named Giorgos made it, he's pretty cool. thumb.gif
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Pics as promised! I have to say that I am disappointed that my HD video camera takes worse stills than my 2.5 year old original Galaxy Note phone, but as I said I am having some issues getting pics off of it via USB. Maybe I'll test out the on board BlueTooth with some file transfers.



The I/O bracket is too big. It does have something I haven't seen before, which is a foam pad stuck on. I'll either use that or just use it to pattern a plastic I/O panel.



Some good news: The PCI-E riser gives the video card plenty of clearance. I could definitely fit a Galaxy 750 ti LP (which are finally in stock again, yay!)



The wifi antenna is bigger than the one that came with the ASRock z77e-ITX that I used in the Falcon. I'll either get a smaller antenna or leave it external.



SATA power cable? Molex connector? Don't need those. Fortunately, this PicoPSU is technically modular.



The Intel stock cooler is pretty short, but not as short as the Dynatron K199 and every millimeter counts. Oh well, into the pile of unused stock CPU coolers.

Ok, time to put this stuff together and see if the system actually works!



The cooler comes with a pair of metal brackets with sticky backing. They pop right in and don't fall off when you flip the motherboard to mount the cooler.



Just gotta clean off the inexplicable grid patterned thermal paste that came on the heat sink.



Four pins screw into those metal backing pieces and with help from some pretty stiff springs hold the cooler down quite solidly.



This thing is shorter than the audio ports. That's what I call low profile. Again, every millimeter counts.



If you've never installed an mSATA drive, there's some tension in the slot that would hold it up at an angle. I strongly recommend putting the tiny tiny screw in the hole on the drive, then pressing it down into place to screw in. Trying to hold those screws and drive them in requires even smaller hands than mine.



I'm borrowing the Samsung low profile memory from the Falcon. I can't find it anywhere anymore (pretty sure they just sell their silicon to other vendors) but I like it for the fact that it is bare. Even the Crucial Ballistix low profile memory has a heat spreader that makes it almost as tall as normal memory. Observe that these sticks are not as tall as the brackets that hold them in. Full height RAM would really would impede airflow in this build.



The PicoPSU connector matches the audio ports for Tallest Thing. I'll need to use something to tack down the wires for the 4-pin power connector.



Here it is, ready to go as a bare system. I've got an external DVD drive to install Windows and wifi drivers, but everything else I can download. The big question now is: Will it boot?
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...Yes!
I don't have a still but I took a little video that I might post. Everything runs smoothly so far, but I'm not going to bother stress testing it until it is in the PlayStation.

I've got a bunch more Dremel work to do to get everything to fit. One surprise is that the PCI-E riser is longer than expected and sticks out past the video card and the edge of the motherboard. Fortunately the only thing making it that long are a couple mounting holes so I'll just trim it up. I also have a clever plan to add more ventilation. There's some slots in the bottom below where the video card intakes, but I'm going to mount a fan filter on the bottom and cut more out.
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Looking great biggrin.gif I've always wanted to do such a project, but in a 360 shell. maybe one day when i have money...
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