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Oh my god i love that DVD mod how did you do it? And your case mod so far is really original and i love it
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post #82 of 107
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looking good so far , look forward to seeing more soon!
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Ditto.
Thanks guys, I'm wasn't sure if anyone was still following this .

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Oh my god i love that DVD mod how did you do it? And your case mod so far is really original and i love it
It wasn't my idea, here's the guide I used.

Thanks, another update is on the way.
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post #83 of 107
And i'm assuming that you will mod in an external DVD drive button?
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post #84 of 107
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And i'm assuming that you will mod in an external DVD drive button?
...not exactly a button though...


Here's the last update from spring break that I didn't post.

In an unfortunate incident, the first coat of Bondo from the last update was put on in a hurry, so I did not have time to find the manual open hole in the drive. After a few minutes of scraping with a razor blade...


Let's leave that nail in there for now . Applied a full coat to the front


Nothing like a fresh can of Bondo...




Sanded down that coat


Removed the drive from the bezel. As you can see, the Bondo holds the DVD drive's bezel into the front of the case. Then removed the cover for the drive tray so it doesn't dry to the rest of the case like it did the first few times.


Drive tray cover drying by itself


DVD drive safely resting while the Bondo dries


More sanding done


Removing the drive tray cover really made it easier to get sanded down right. In the first few coats I had to cut an outline of the drive, but the Bondo still dried it in so I had to dig it out with a razor blade each time and clean up the Bondo. When I removed it while the Bondo was still wet I was able to sand down each part separately, and I think it worked better.

From there you can start to see how it will turn out. I'll add a few more coats to even everything up and get it sanded down nice and flat.

Once again, my apologies but I probably won't be able to work on this for the next several weeks since I'm in school. Once school is out I'll be able to get back to work on it. Can't wait for summer .
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post #85 of 107
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School is finally out now, so time to finish up. Here's a much needed update.

I've been working on it for the last few days, but nothing much that deserves pictures, just coat after coat of bondo trying to get it even on the front.

I'm fairly satisfied with the result for now, it just needs some minor filling and extra sanding, so I took the dremel to it and opened up the fan screw holes and the fan controller holes. This isn't the final thing obviously, it was only sanded with 60 and 100 grit. I'll work it down even flatter once I fill in all the imperfections.


I still haven't decided what I'm going to do with that second drive bay. I want to leave it open as a vent (not to mention normal bondo is not meant to fill in that big of a hole), but I'm still deciding how I want it to look.

Here's another pic. I'm also going to fix all the little scratches and dents on the top and side.


Finally it's time to start on the other side panel. I decided to do it right and sand down to the metal. Then I masked off what will be the window. All I drew in was the fan hole, but more details will be added.


I didn't quite sand down as much on the inside since...I'll never really see it anyway .

That's it for now, more to come...
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post #86 of 107
NICE stuff mate! GJ on the bondo, I'm in love!
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post #87 of 107
so.....much.........Bondo.........
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A short break from the bondo. Drilled two holes. These were actually a lot harder to drill than they look since I didn't have the proper tools .


Top view


Decided to use toggle switches


Temporarily put them in their places


I placed them so they're easy to reach from the open space right here, but since they're kinda ugly they're not visible on the exterior.


I did a little more sanding, and opened up the second drive bay.


I think I'll keep it looking like that, but I'll probably try to get it a little more even. I didn't plan this, but the switches are actually reachable from the second drive bay opening now. The one on the outside is hard to reach, but the inside one is pretty easy to get to from the front now.

I just put on a very very thin coat of bondo to hopefully fill in the small holes. Nothing really to see there.
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post #89 of 107
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Here's several days worth of modding compressed into one update. I've been working on it, I just haven't posted any updates .

In the last update you could see there were a ton of scratches in the bondo. It just wasn't thick enough, and I did not have enough room (depth) to make it smooth. One more coat of bondo later I was able to work it down to something more reasonable. Sanded it down somewhat fine although I'll go over it again with 220 and probably 320 grit, but I'll wait until everything else is done so I don't have to redo my work . Also put on a coat of primer just because.




Time to test fit the DVD drive and the fan controller.






This proves another point. The camera I use isn't necessarily crappy, just the 1" screen makes it hard to tell what is in focus. As I was just about to describe the dust inside the drive bays...



Lol, instead, what you were supposed to see was where I broke the pin hole to open the drive bay. I recently sealed that back up, but no pic yet.


Now for the side panel.

After much heartache, sorrow, and many sleepless nights wrestling with the idea of how I would conquer this side panel, I decided to use this design.



Finished cutting it out


Smoothed out the edges a little


Test fitting





I'd like to ask for a brief moment of silence to remember my beloved sandals that are no longer with us. As you see in the pic above I am now forced to wear plastic-y blue and yellow slip on sandals. My old war-hardened two strap sandals got thrown away. Only one sole was broken, and they were conveniently comfortable when worn without tightening the straps. Plus they didn't slip off as easily because of the extra strap behind the heel. They had lovely spots of paint, and were beautifully worn and frayed. I hope I don't fall off a ladder and die because of these new slip-ons.


Anyway, getting back on topic, here's the next part of the long update.



What's this, more bondo? You thought I was done didn't you .

Next coat


Like I described before, this is just because now the side panels are lower than the front and top. The bondo on the side panels is just to smooth it out.

I never thought I would do this, but I decided I needed to sand down the other side panel so I could properly apply bondo and paint to the bare metal.


Of course, the other side panel took me long enough, and this one had many many more coats of paint on top of the original paint. I had to sand down at least seven coats of paint...

Later that day...


I actually switched from hand sanding to a electric sander which I used to take off a lot of the paint. It still took a long time .

That's about it for now. I have more progress with the bondo since I've sanded down the other panel, but not a lot and I haven't taken pics yet.

One last picture

More mats


The end is almost in sight, at least final painting anyway.
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post #90 of 107
This is looking good. I really like the window design and it is astounding how much bondo you used
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