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Nano-ITX Touchscreen Fan Control

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Idea: 7" LCD touch screen on the front of the computer. The touch screen would be hooked up to a mini ITX board with a 1GHz VIA processor. The ITX's "harddrive" could be a 1GB USB thumb drive. The screen would then allow you to control and monitor various functions of your computer.

A simple GUI would let you use sliders to control the speed of all the fans in your rig. Additionally you could hook the little system up to the actual computer and send it content, install new programs on it and so on.

Imagine having a simple tabbed interface for all this; a tab for fan control, a tab for folding stats, a tab for media visualizations or streamed video or a tab for anything else.

For the main board, I'd probably use the VIA EPIA NL-5000E Nano-ITX. I haven't found a touchscreen LCD that I like yet. As for the OS, I'm thinking ZipSlack with an X-Server or maybe even Windows 98SE. The GUI wouldn't be too difficult to program.



http://www.mini-itx.com/reviews/nano-itx/

For fan control, I could pick apart a Sunbeam Theta Software Fan Controller TP101. Instead of wasting a PCI slot, I could mount this board right over (or under) the Mini ITX.



http://www.xoxide.com/sunbeam-theta-tp101.html

(A buddy of mine from another forum are gonna try to build this)
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post #2 of 7
Cool, just keep us updated with the progress.
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post #3 of 7
Now that is very Creative and original. I look forward to seeing your progress!
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I wonder if there could be a way for that to adjust voltage/clock speed in your computer... It'd be hard to do, but it would be very nice.
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Any updates on if this works or not? Has anyone tried?
post #6 of 7
It might require its own PSU wont it?
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post #7 of 7
Easy: http://www.mini-box.com/s.nl/sc.8/ca...it.A/id.447/.f
80 watt version.
http://www.mini-box.com/s.nl/sc.8/ca...it.A/id.417/.f
120 watt version.

It takes an AC adaptor though... I dunno, anyone think it'd be possible to power the PicoPSU from a regular PSU? Might be a fun project.
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