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Hey guys, just after a small chat on IRC it seems some of you have hacked away at hardware in different ways, I was just wondering what you have all done?

This could be anything from making a pc inside a tux frame to inserting a webcam into your fridge.

So lets hear it!

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I once built a PC case out

I once built a PC case out of Lego, it was very unorthodox, and looked rather weird with a profile somewhat like:
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I think I have a photo somewhere, I will try and find it.

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I built a PC out of lego

I built a PC out of lego today; "case" isn't quite the right word tho ;-)

I'll try to find a way to get a picture online ^^

(I still don't have a power button... any ideas on how to make one ?)

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(I still don't have a power button... any ideas on how to make one ?)

A Lego piece which has a flat top, thin, and with a circluar hole jutting out of the bottom (with the hole on the side) in conjunction to a bar will give you a see-saw type switch.

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that doesn't solve the

that doesn't solve the problem that I have to connect two pins sticking out of the mobo Eye
the positioning of this pin is downright lousy.

edit: I just noticed that I had wholes for bars going right through the wannabe-case to the back.. and constructed a switch with a few more angled bars and tin foil.

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Lego cases, nice! I never

Lego cases, nice! Smiling

I never really "hacked" on any hardware to be honest, at least not computer related (I was doing stuff before with speakers, switches and cheap LEDs from other components before, but nowadays I just use real speakers from the store Sticking out tongue).

Right now, though this is not really a hack, I just have my power supply out of my case because of the sucky design of that case. By default the fan of the power supply would blow directly into the fan of the CPU. Gee who the heck designed that box?!? I might have to hack something up with it if I intend to give this box to my sisters when I buy a new one. I don't feel comfortable leaving it all open for them.

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heh open pcs
libervisco wrote:

I don't feel comfortable leaving it all open for them.

My desktop sits on the floor, Max my furry pooch seems to enjoy coming in and trying to get inside my computer as much as he can...

Ok not quite little sisters but...

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Hehe, he must be liking the

Hehe, he must be liking the warmth of the computer. Smiling

My sisters aren't really little anymore, but where their computer is, it's just not a good place to have it open and I am just not sure about them not accidentally disrupting something or even touching inside the power supply.. It's just safest to have the box closed if I can't oversee it. Eye

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Well, if it counts: In

Well, if it counts: In order to remove the region-code from my DVD-player I had to open it up and check what's the board and chips.
By that I could find a description of another player with the same hardware and could finally get it play all DVDs, which is important for me since I have lots of DVDs from germany (region 2) and also buy DVDs here (region 3).

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I have unplugged PC speaker

I have unplugged PC speaker from the motherboard on my old computer because I couldn't stand the damn beep, that's about as far as I went with hacking hardware Smiling.

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Well when I built my

Well when I built my computer about 6 months ago, I purchased a simple, no frills case that looked really ugly, but I painted it and ripped a huge hole out of it on the side and inserted a small window into it so you were able to see the insides Smiling It looks awesome Eye I'll try and dig out my camera and show you my baby!

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Case modding, nice stuff.

Case modding, nice stuff. Maybe I should do that with my new case.. but I probably wont have time.. What I like a lot though are those blue lights inside that some people put making it look quite futuristic. Smiling

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I got this in my case by

I got this in my case by default. It's a Thermaltake and 2 of the fans have lights. Also I can switch the front logo to be illuminated, and also having color-changes.
Also my power-supply is a Thermaltake, and changes colors.

Looks really cool. :-)

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Awesome!

Awesome! Smiling

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Here's my case:

Here's my case: http://www.thermaltake.com/product/Chassis/midtower/wingo/v7000a/v7000a.asp
And here's my PSU (the black one, but I let the window open, like shown on the gray model): http://www.cluboverclocker.com/reviews/power/Tt/butterfly/images/Image1.jpg

I'll have a look if I can get a live-shot of my box and upload it.

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Very nice indeed! Looks

Very nice indeed! Looks quite powerful. Smiling

How many watts is that PSU strong?

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Actually I don't remember

Actually I don't remember the exact number, but I think it should be something around 450 Watts.

By the way, the case has 5 fans, two at the side, two at the back and one at the front, blowing at the hard-drives.
Also no screws are necessary for hardware-installation.
It's a really great case, I love it.

The only thing is that it's pretty deep, but that gives room to work in it and also for airflow.

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5 fans.. those better be

5 fans.. those better be quite ones. Smiling

I'm also looking for a case, but I'm looking for something cheaper, but decent looking with a PSU at around 400W. Anyway.. I probably wont be hacking it.. so it's kinda offtopic..

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Well, they're not that

Well, they're not that noisy.
I can easily sleep close to my box. But on the other hand, I managed to sleep on Mayday... ;-)

But really, they are not really loud. When I have a window open the traffic sometimes is louder, and I'm in 20th floor here.

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I guess in the city you get

I guess in the city you get used to a bit of the noise all the time. I went crazy about the noise from my graphics card last night though, had to turn it off..

Shows it's not of very good quality (fans that come on it), since they're apparently already getting noisy.

reptiler wrote:

But on the other hand, I managed to sleep on Mayday...

Haha then you can sleep on anything. Laughing out loud

If I had Mayday close to me I probably wouldn't even want to sleep. Smiling

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Well, Mayday lasts for 16

Well, Mayday lasts for 16 hours, and that's pretty tough, but totally worth it.
So taking some rest at some point when not one of your favorites plays in any of the areas you can try to get a seat (or in my case 5 so I could lay down ;-) ) and relax a bit and just enjoy the music.

Mayday, and other parties, are one thing I really miss here. I think I've really got to send a mail to Westbam, or now propably the Nature One-people (since Nature One seems to have acquired Mayday), to have a Mayday Hong Kong. ;-) Actually, once I dreamed about a Nature One Hong Kong. Was pretty weird though. ;-)

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We never have such big ones

We never have such big ones here.. but it'd be cool once in a while, although I'm not sure how would people here accept such things.

Hm well if they can live with a gay pride in Zagreb every year (I think) I guess they can live with something of a love parade. Sticking out tongue

Who knows how would Hong Kong people accept it.. do they listen to this kind of music?

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