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HOW TO: From Busted Subwoofer to Tech Station!

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***** WORK IN PROGRESS *****

This is my project on converting a busted Creative subwoofer into a tech station. Keep in mind that this is an extremely low budget build done with some parts from home depot, your typical household hand tools, and some elbow grease I guess I'll do this in sort of an informal DIY how-to approach so anybody can follow these instructions. Feel free to PM me for any questions of tips and tricks along the way. Without further ado let's get started!

Parts needed:

-Busted/non-working subwoofer = FREE
-6 brass motherboard standoffs or equivalent (you can also pick up some 6/32 machine screws and nylon spacers from Ace Hardware) = $1.50
-Right angle aluminum bracket from Home depot = $4.00
-All purpose black spray paint = $1.00
-Non-slip rubber drawer liner sheet from Ikea = $1.00
-Piece of black foam I found in a random shipping box = FREE



Total Parts Cost = $7.50

Tools needed:

-Flathead and Philips Screwdriver
-Drill with drill bits
-Hacksaw or dremel
-Metal File
-Sledgehammer
-Glue (Elmer's all purpose works fine)
-Scissors
-Cardboard
-Tape and 11x17 sheet of paper
-Fine tip marking pen
-Clamp (optional)
-Vacuum (optional)
-Six pack of Miller Lite (optional)

Like I said pretty much any poor soul has access to these common tools.

Here we have a good physical condition non working subwoofer box:


Let's remove some screws and take this thing apart!


Here we have an exploded view


Putting the motherboard onto the 11x17


Using a pen to mark the center of the standoff holes


Taping the paper to the subwoofer box


Drill drill drill baby!


Next I threaded the holes using the motherboard standoffs. This was done by first screwing a screw into the standoff, then using a screwdriver to drive the standoff into the drilled holes

Edited by sampleboy - 6/8/10 at 7:32am
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Here you can see how nicely the standoffs line up with the motherboard holes


Here I needed to remove the funnel since this was whee the PSU cables were going to go through. Removal was required because the 24 pin connector would not fit through this funnel. This is where the sledgehammer comes in really handy


Results in a not-so-good-looking hole. We'll come back to that later


I peeled off the rubber standoffs from the bottom and re-glued them on this face of the box:


Okay the aluminum right angle bracket goes into play here. I measured one side of a hard drive, marked the bracket, clamped and hacksawed away. The really tricky part was getting the hard drive mounting holes marked for drilling. My advice is take your time because I wasted a couple pieces of brackets since I screwed up and the holes would not line up with the hard drive holes.
Well after the hard drive mounting holes I marked and drilled the bracket mounting holes which was a piece of cake! Now mount the hard drive on and use that as a template for drilling into the side of the box


Here are the holes drilled

Edited by sampleboy - 6/8/10 at 7:30am
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Okay this is the rubber liner I was talking about. I measured the inside of the box and made a cut out with this.


I went ahead and put the rubber liner cutout inside the box to prevent the PSU from sliding around during travel. Since the sub I was working with did not accomodate the entire length of my ATX motherboard I measured out some locations to glue on some cardboard stacks (euqivalent height to one of the brass standoffs) to support the weight of a graphics card (or even an SLI setup). I took the remainder of the right angle bracket that I had and mounted it to support the graphics card bracket (consequently the weight of the graphics card since I do not want any motherboard warpage)


Now back to that butt ugly hole I made from hammering out the funnel, I figured I would just cover it up for now until I can get a better looking piece of foam to line the inside of the hole. Here's what I came up with


I'd appreciate any suggestions that would be better than this


I made sure to vacuum off all of the wood screds and saw dust from the box prior to mounting any hardware


Alright time to take a break and open up one of these

Edited by sampleboy - 6/8/10 at 7:50am
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Okay here are a couple shots with the hardware installed. Keep in mind that I still need to file the rough edges of the brackets (hacksaws are not very forgiving) and paint the brackets to match.


Excuse the DVI-to-VGA adapter.....you guys would probably kill me for this haha. My monitor doesn't have DVI and I'm waiting on the mailman for an HDMI cable


Here you can see the bracket taking up the weight of the heavy AC accelero cooler.







Edited by sampleboy - 6/8/10 at 7:59am
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UPDATE 6/11/10

Finally....I filed down the edges of the brackets and painted them black.


Black brackets installed


Power supply inserted


Unfortunately the predrilled holes that held the driver cover was a tad but short of fitting a 120mm fan


So I used a zip tie method where the fat end of the zip tie is inserted through one of the fan holes and the skinny end clipped by a bracket.


More detailed view here:


Motherboard mounted!


Current pics until I find a permanent solution to the hole disguise!








Edited by sampleboy - 6/11/10 at 5:52pm
post #6 of 12
Looks very nice so far, repped and subbed
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Nice! looking forward to the rest!
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Pretty interesting idea. Can't wait to see how it turns out.
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:O awesome
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