Well guys, I have another update on this project even though I already labeled this thread as completed
I bought a few things from Fry's on Saturday on the way back to the shop when I was done with my job. Man it was a long week.. anyways heres a pic of what I bought-
There's one green led, one red led, 2 spdif cables, and a 3-way toggle switch (on,off,on). The leds will be wired up to the motherboard for power (green) and HDD activity (red). I needed the spdif cables just for the 2 pin connectors on either end, as I couldn't find and 2 pin or single pin connectors. I bought the 3 way toggle to wire up to the manual 2-port usb switch.
So I cut the spdif wires in half and end up with four 2-pin connectors- Perfect!
First thing I have to do is to find the little end that I had previously cut off the spdif cable for the GTX 295 (I actually didn't realize that was what it was at the time that I butchered it, I just knew I needed the 2-pin connector for the power button for the pc). After rooting around in the box of crap that was left from this build, I was beginning to think that I tossed it in the garbage
But no! there it is! the tiny lil bastarge.
I strip the ends of the wires, slip on some shrink wrap, dip the bare wires into some flux, and get ready to solder-
Next I use my faithful heat-gun to shrink the heat-shrink. This initial cost of buying a heat gun is a bit daunting, but let me tell ya, it's well worth it. I have had this one for a while and it's still going strong. It's great! small, portable, and cordless
Here's a picture of my BFG GTX 295 spdif cable reborn!
The cable plugs into the card here-
and onto the mainboard here (pins 3 and 5 of the spdif pins)
This solved one of the only issues that I was not satisfied with on this project. I was using the coaxial digital audio output on the i/o panel on the P55-LE to run the audio signal to the reciever, but you had to go around the back of the machine and use the stereo's remote to change the input when using the pc, then change it back for the xbox or ps3. No more! Now video and audio switching are completely automatic
Turn on the xbox, you have video and audio. Now turn on the pc, and the video and audio signal switch over to the pc, without touching anything but the pc's power button. Same goes for the ps3. Thats exactly what I wanted- nice and simple. Edited by bob808 - 7/13/11 at 2:58am