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post #51 of 71
You should compile your info for the other members who are considering para cord and see if you can get it linked to the OP of the Sleeving Gallery. I love your idea for keeping control of your para cord. Too bad I can't do that with MDPC.

MDPC is better looking, but para cord is not nearly as stiff. mellowsmiley.gif

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Two small updates.

Update 1:
I wanted to try to light the window with EL wire in hopes it would give the window a more even glow and not throw a lot of extra light around the case. Well I just did a quick and dirty test of the EL wire by taping it to the edge of the window with electrical tape and its not impressive.

ElWireTest1.jpg

El Wire
ElWireTest2.jpg

Cold Cathodes
WindowLaughingMan3.jpg

Its far dimmer than the cold cathodes. Even with all the lights off the effect is barely visible (the above picture is from a timed exposure). It definitely gives an even glow to the etching but its just too dim. I do recall seeing some high intensity EL wire some where so maybe I'll give that a try.

Update 2:
I'm still planning on sleeving the PSU but I'm going to do custom length cables. I've ordered the crimper and pins which should be here by Friday.
post #53 of 71
looking at pizza makes me hungry, it's a crazy loop that never ends, I buy pizza, eat pizza, see left over pizza, I get more hungry, so buy more pizza and get more hungry.

edit: Oh nice window btw.
post #54 of 71
Nice mod, subbed smile.gif
I'll inquire to the window etching myself.

Your 80mm fan on the back looks stock. Good job considering thats what you were going for smile.gif
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Love the etching idea on the window smile.gif. I too thought about incorporating some EL wire for some halo effects but in the end decided against it. One thing you could do with the cathodes is to put them behind some angle or into a channel that blocks the light from bouncing in other directions and basically focus the lighting down into your window. I dunno, I kind of like the green glow effect but I'm just partial to green as many already know wink.gif
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That sidepanel effect is of the hook! I LOVE IT! smile.gif
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Quote:
Originally Posted by HAFenvy;13119025 
Love the etching idea on the window smile.gif.

Thanks! Your HAF Envy mod is my favorite HAF 922 mod I've read. Excellent work.
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Originally Posted by HAFenvy;13119025 
I too thought about incorporating some EL wire for some halo effects but in the end decided against it. One thing you could do with the cathodes is to put them behind some angle or into a channel that blocks the light from bouncing in other directions and basically focus the lighting down into your window. I dunno, I kind of like the green glow effect but I'm just partial to green as many already know wink.gif

The EL wire may make it into another part of the case (possibly an under case light). As for the cold cathodes I did mod them a bit to direct the light into the window and not the case. I didn't include it in the work log earlier but guess I'll add it now.

Supplies for limiting the light from the cold cathodes are 1/4" corrugated plastic sleeve (the kind you use when routing wires for your car's audio system), electrical tape and 3/4" heat shrink.

ColdCathodeMod1.jpg

I just cut a length of tubing to match the cold cathode.

ColdCathodeMod2.jpg

The tubing is split down the side so it easily slipped over the cold cathode.

ColdCathodeMod3.jpg

Now the end caps are clear so to cover them I used a small piece electrical tape to cover the ends and then used the heat shrink to cover the rest and connect to the corrugated sleeve. It looks rather clean.

ColdCathodeMod4.jpg

Then I used a bit of tape to secure it to the side of the window.

ColdCathodeMod5.jpg

All in all its successful but I find it rather clunky and inelegant.

It works but I just don't like having a couple cold cathodes taped to the sides of the window. I think there may be a better way to light the window that is cleaner and not so ghetto.

Right now I'm looking at strips of SMD LED lights. I think I've found one that is promising. It may be slim enough to just fit over the edge of the window.

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Apparently its only 4mm wide so it should easily fit along the edge of the window. I may be able to use some u-channel around the window itself and put the LED strip in between the u-channel and the window thus directing all the light into the window. Its shipping from HK so it may be a couple weeks before I'm able to try it.
Edited by Philistine - 4/14/11 at 12:43am
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Quote:
Originally Posted by Johnsen;13119503 
That sidepanel effect is of the hook! I LOVE IT! smile.gif

Thanks!
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Quote:
Originally Posted by Philistine;13119653 
Thanks! Your HAF Envy mod is my favorite HAF 922 mod I've read. Excellent work.

Thanks smile.gif

Go figure that sometime before I even posted the idea you already came up with your electrical conduit trick - very inventive. I have seen the use of surface mount LED strips in the past from the signage industry to do edge lit desktop displays so that will probably work really well once you get your LEDs. It will be interesting to see how well that works out smile.gif
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Got a bit of cash so I bought a few things:

HITACHI Deskstar 2TB Hard Drive

LITE-ON SATA DVD Burner

2x OKGEAR 18" Right Angle SATA 3.0 Cables- Black Goodbye IDE cable!

Tuniq Tower 120 Extreme

140mm Red LED Fan On/Off Connector for Scout

Storm Force 200mm, 1000RPM, Sleeve, Red LED Fan

3x [ame="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B0047ZRLR4"]12 Purple LED Wide Angle Replacement Christmas Light Bulbs[/ame]


And I'm looking into a quote for powder coating the case tomorrow.

I'll be camping the mailbox for the next week. biggrin.gif
Edited by Philistine - 4/17/11 at 11:46pm
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