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awesome, that t molding really finishes it off nicely cheers.gif
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Now I start putting the cabinet back together. I didn't take any pictures of this process, but its pretty simple. First I need assistance to bolt the sides onto the base. I had my girl hold the sides in position while I drive the mounting bolts into their recievers using a nut driver on a drill, so it goes quickly.

Once the two pieces are on one side, I drive in the 6 allen head bolts that attach the sides together up top. Repeat for the other side, and the sides are attached.

Next I attach the shelf that holds the consoles. Then the shelf that holds the 5.1 surround reciever and dash. Both of these shelves screw to rails that are screwed into the side panels, connecting the sides together and adding rigididy to the cabinet.

After mounting the 2 shelves, I attach the two cross-members. The speaker panel first, then the rear crossmember, using some more of the flat-head allen bolts.

Before I can slide in the rear panel pieces (tail-light piece and window piece) I solder fan connectors onto the tail-light power leads (coming up thru the base), and the wires coming from the tail-lights, so I can easily disconnect them. I used some extra fan silencers that I had left over from some Noctua fans for the connections. I also used one for the dome-light connection.

I had the intake fans (located on foot panel) and the tail-lights getting power from the pc psu, but realized that this was not going to work. I mean, they worked fine, but they would only work when the pc is powered on. Since this machine will be using a pc, ps3, and Xbox 360, I want the fans and tail-lights to work even when the pc is not powered on, so I added a dedicated 12v power converter that I was using previously, and connected the fans and tail-lights to this. The dome-light and cigarette lighter will also get power from this 12v power converter also.

After soldering and shrink-wrapping the fan-connectors to the wires, I slide in the lower-rear panel into the slots that are routered in the sides. then hook up the wires using the 3-pin fan plugs. Sweet! smile.gif
Edited by bob808 - 1/23/11 at 8:58am
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Quote:
Originally Posted by KGIXXER7;12111696 
awesome, that t molding really finishes it off nicely cheers.gif

Yes it does smile.gif
Thanks for following along and leaving comments cheers.gif

Sorry for the lack of pictures guys, but I was in the groove and forgot about the camers redface.gif

Next I placed the monitor back into its bezel/frame and slid it into position in the cabinet.

Now to start placing all the components that go inside.
The Xbox 360 and PS3 go on the shelf directly above the foot control panel. I left this shelf open so you can swap out games while sitting in the seat.
The stereo reciever goes on the upper shelf. Lots of wires to deal with.

I have the all the video connections utilizing hdmi. There is only one hdmi connection on the monitor, so I bought an auto switching hdmi 3-into-1 adaptor that works great! no need to push a button to switch inputs or anything smile.gif It shows video from whatever source that has been powered on most recently. From everything off, lets say I power on the pc with the white button on the dash. The monitor shows the picture from the pc. With the pc still powered on, if I turn on the ps3, the video will switch from the pc to the ps3 automatically. If I turn off the ps3, the video signal switches
back to the pc. Great!

I still need a switch for the usb G27 wheel, preferrably auto switching like the hdmi switch, but if I need to push a button, I can use the red button on the dash to switch between the ps3 and the pc.

What do you guys think about these usb switches that I have found on Amazon?
[ame="http://www.amazon.com/Aluratek-2-Port-Auto-Sharing-Switch/dp/B000M3CDX2/ref=sr_1_22?s=electronics&ie=UTF8&qid=1295538844&sr=1-22"]Amazon.com: Aluratek 2-Port USB 2.0 Auto Sharing Switch: Electronics[/ame]

[ame="http://www.amazon.com/Premium-USB2-0-Automatic-Sharing-Switch/dp/B001H91G4W/ref=sr_1_19?s=electronics&ie=UTF8&qid=1295538844&sr=1-19"]Amazon.com: Premium USB2.0 True Automatic Sharing Switch - 2 Computers shares 1 USB device such as a priter, scanner, USB Hard drives,...: Electronics[/ame]

[ame="http://www.amazon.com/USB-Data-Switch-type-Female/dp/B001M5DDP6/ref=sr_1_27?s=electronics&ie=UTF8&qid=1295538844&sr=1-27"]Amazon.com: USB Data Switch 2 Way (2 x B type Female + 1 x A type Female): Electronics[/ame]

Do you think they will work for what I need? Any other suggestions would be greatly apprieciated!! tongue.gif
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That last one not only looks like it would work in general, but it also seems easiest to take apart and build into your cabin.
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Here are a few pictures of everything hooked up. The wiring has not been tidied up yet, as I still need to hook up a usb switch and the red button on the dash (either to control usb switch or for reset button for pc). I have some problem with the subwoofer frown.gif I think that a couple of my solder joints on the controller card may be touching. Hopefully in the little box up front, or I will have to dis-assemble the cabinet and take the seat off to repair a connection under the seat.

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The red/black wires dangling on the left side are for the dome light on the top panel. notice the quick-disconnect fan connector being used.

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Here you can see that I had to sand down some of the plastic housing on the left/right speakers. No biggie as the speakers are still enclosed on the inside of the housing so the sound is not "escaping" thru the newely made holes on the top part. I had to butcher these speakers because they protruded a bit too far, and would've prevented the top panel from sliding into position.

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Everything is working, with the exception of the subwoofer (which just emitts a bassy humm- so its not hooked up atm). I do have to switch the audio when using the pc, but thats because the audio is not transmitted thru the hdmi from the gpu. I'm not sure if I can somehow enable sound from the Ge-force 295 hdmi output or not. Do you guys know if this is possible?

For now, I am using the digital coax output from the mobo to the reciever and can change the stereo's input via remote (needed for volume adjustment anyway) so not that big of a deal-breaker, but it would be nice if I could use the digital/optical output from the monitor being used by the ps3 and xbox, so audio and video switching would be completely automatic.

I thoroughly tested out the machine yesterday and I must say that I am very pleased with the results! it works great! The wheel is awsome. The automatic switching of the video signal works flawlessly. If I can get sound output from the 295 gpu thru the hdmi cord then audio switching would be automatic also.

I just need to figure out the subwoofer issue, and order and hook up a usb switch so I can have the G27 wheel plugged into the pc/ps3 simultaniously, and tidy up the wires.

I have put on the rest of the panels and will take some finished (almost!) pictures for you and post them a little later.

cheers.gif thanks for looking!
Edited by bob808 - 1/23/11 at 10:08am
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That's an incredible result! Also, how do you control volume and audio switching via remote? Do you have to walk around to the back, or are you using some sort of IR repater/extender?
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I don't know if they still teach woodshop in school but if they do and my son would ask why should he take it, this thread will be the answer. Great job Bob!
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Originally Posted by custommadename;12112552 
That's an incredible result! Also, how do you control volume and audio switching via remote? Do you have to walk around to the back, or are you using some sort of IR repater/extender?

Yeah, you just go around to the front of the machine, and point the remote thru the mesh that I have there for venting. The reciever is directly behind the mesh.
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MOAR PICTURES! (click bar for full size pics)

Before the rebuild-

I still like the old dash with the dials and xbox dvd tray and key power switch. If I end up getting a usb switch that uses a button to switch from ps3 to pc, I may still use the keyswitch, or I could use the red button that I planned on using for pc reset button.

The reason I didn't take the G27 wheel from its housing is that I had some issues with the old wheel for the original xbox. It became loose and a little floppy after a while with the kids hanging on it and stuff.

Before pictures-

Old dash-
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cabinet-
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After pics wheee.gifwheee.gifwheee.gif

Back side- I got my licence plate yesterday, the plate didn't turn out exactly how I wished but it'll work. I wanted the M and K just slightly bigger than the rest of the letters. The other letters look too small to me and I would've like the other letters centered instead of lined up with the bottom of the M and K. Oh well, could always order another one...
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tail-lights on smile.gif
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Drivers side-
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Top from back- exhaust vent up front-
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left side-
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I got the Ford emblems put on wink.gif
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Paint turned out nice after all the frustration-
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T moulding looks sweet-
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Dome light on-
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Inside shot-
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Future gamer chick- mugging for the camera
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Edited by bob808 - 1/23/11 at 11:27am
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Looks amazing! You can tell your kids that you ARE Bob The Builder. tongue.gif
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