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#1 themikesssta

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Posted 30 June 2008 - 10:18 AM

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Goals for the design
To create a smaller,more portable xbox
Retain stock heatsinks (dont want the extra expense and maintenance with swapping them to fans)
Must have -dvd drive
- 4x20 lcd
-usb port
case design should be a shaved one piece style design with a durable paint job
easily accessed internal parts for fault finding or further modification/upgrade



SPECS
Xbox MB v1.4
5v line caps removed to reduce current draw on boot
Xenium ice chip
Spi2par lcd converter
4x20 lcd
x3ir kit (power xbox on and off with remote runs from the same ir as dongle)
internal MS remote dongle (connected to controller port 3)
usb port (connected to controller port 4)
pw-200m micro power supply
5A 12v power supply
Toshiba notebook dvd drive
160gb 2.5 harddrive
ata100 ide cable upgrade
60mm case fan

case handbuilt from 3mm MDF
3x coats of white knight mdf primer
2x coats of white knight hammertone charcoal finish
dimensions 22.5x21x6.5

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all held together with one bolt

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x3ir piggybacked to MS ir dongle

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bit short of space, cuts to make room for leds and usb wiring

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#2 Leontes

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Posted 30 June 2008 - 10:33 AM

Massive Kudos amigo! Love the look of this, simple, clean. I'm very jealous biggrin.gif

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Posted 30 June 2008 - 10:58 AM

Very Sexy! I like the simplicity. How is the heat management?

#4 themikesssta

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Posted 30 June 2008 - 11:09 AM

thanks guys, the heat isnt a problem at the moment (it's winter in aus) its got a 60mm amd processor fan at the back running at 30% at the moment and temps are at 40-50 degrees, i can turn it up if i need to. also has that big intake on the side that sucks alot of cool air in

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Posted 30 June 2008 - 10:31 PM

Excellent work. Very well done. All the planning you've put in is evident.

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Posted 02 July 2008 - 02:39 AM

Wow man, original and compact. Very nice overall!

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Posted 02 July 2008 - 04:25 AM

looks extremely professional, good job

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Posted 04 July 2008 - 03:29 AM

themikesssta great work! Do you have a wiring diagram for how you wired the DVD dongle to the X3ir? I've been looking for something similar as I hear the the MS dongle IR eye is better (reception) than the X3ir eye. I take it with that mod you are able power on/off the xbox with the DVD remote and control XBMC?

#9 lingenfr

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Posted 04 July 2008 - 02:17 PM

QUOTE(rgultr @ Jul 3 2008, 11:05 PM) View Post

I hear the the MS dongle IR eye is better (reception) than the X3ir eye.

I don't know if this is true, but I have found a significant difference in the range of after market and M$ brand remotes. I have given up on the after market remotes and stick to the real deal.

#10 w2kj

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Posted 08 July 2008 - 02:37 PM

very, very nice! very professional looking. beerchug.gif

#11 themikesssta

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Posted 13 July 2008 - 09:42 AM

QUOTE(rgultr @ Jul 4 2008, 04:05 AM) View Post

themikesssta great work! Do you have a wiring diagram for how you wired the DVD dongle to the X3ir? I've been looking for something similar as I hear the the MS dongle IR eye is better (reception) than the X3ir eye. I take it with that mod you are able power on/off the xbox with the DVD remote and control XBMC?

i cant find the diagram but i used the transistor method, there is also the diode method but it seemed a bit slower, do a search for "x3ir MS" or "x3ir dongle" and you might find the post i got my info from, maybe this pic might help a tiny bit.
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Posted 14 July 2008 - 02:21 AM

Nice and Clean.

#13 themikesssta

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Posted 15 July 2008 - 12:36 PM

i'm not that happy with the power button, i dont think it looks as good as it could. i was thinking of installing one of these.
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interested to hear what people think

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Posted 15 July 2008 - 06:35 PM

nice project and I have always loved those kind of buttons.

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Posted 16 July 2008 - 06:05 AM

QUOTE(themikesssta @ Jul 15 2008, 07:12 AM) View Post

i'm not that happy with the power button, i dont think it looks as good as it could. i was thinking of installing one of these.
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interested to hear what people think


Yeah, I'd install that in a heart beat.




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