My Xbox In A Pc Case
Posted 06 September 2003 - 06:03 PM
I just wanted to share with you a couple pictures of my Xbox case mod. I've put it into an old "mini" PC case (about 10 years old!) to accomodate the extra HDs that I'll be adding shortly as well as for easier access when doing any hardware mods.
While I'm not the best with a soldering iron, I am by no means afraid to use one. For that reason I was willing to extend the game port cables (using an old floppy drive ribbon cable!), create a custom network extension using a short section of cable and an old NIC, replace my Xecutor2 Pro daughterboard (with the switches) with a series of buttons and wires, etc.
The holes that I cut for the game ports in the case aren't the best and I misjudged the height of them, but I think they look okay once things are plugged into them. The mount for the game ports is a custom-made set of aluminum brackets. The power supply is also mounted via some custom-made supports.
At any rate, here are the pics. Please note that because of the flash the case looks lighter than it really is. Also, the case badge background is not blue but is actually black. The paint used on the case is "almost" black hammered steel to give it a slight texture.
Here you can see the LED indicators (the plate is temporary - I'm working on a better one) to show power, HDD activity (not done yet) and mod chip enabled. The little panel is open to show (from top to bottom) the mod enable/disable button, the mod BIOS dipswitches (I do this so infrequent that I decided to leave them as dip switches, but used a new switch), the DVD eject button and the power button.
This is another view of the whole thing
Here is the back view. Note the LAN connection (I thought that was rather clever), the PCI exhaust fan (I originally had the Xbox fan there but space limitations made me change the fan), the video connections (it'll do for now) and the power connection. The connector near the bottom is the programmer for the Xecutor2 Pro.
Here's a pic with the case removed (sitting in the background). Not the best wire organiztion, but that'll come in time. The blue/white wire (formerly from an LED) is for the reset switch and is wired to pins 17 & 19 on the mobo. Right now the "yellow" wire is plugged into the white wire, but if I ever upgrade to component video I just plug it into the blue wire connector. The game port cables were extended with sections of a floppy drive cable. The front panel (eject & power) are secured at the bottom and are not destroyed. In fact, I can put everything back into the original Xbox case with very little work.
At any rate, I just wanted to share this. I'm rather pleased with how it's come so far and I've been really enjoying this project.
Still to do:
- multiple HD switch
- DVD eject on the DVD panel itself
- reset switch on the case
- built-in DVD IR (will go beside the LED panel)
- USB ports (will go in the side of the case - wait and see
Take it easy!
Take it easy!
Posted 06 September 2003 - 06:25 PM
Posted 06 September 2003 - 09:47 PM
Posted 06 September 2003 - 10:05 PM
but thanks for the idea using the A/V box. i think i'm going to have to redesign my case to intergrate that box in the pci slot made if possible..
Posted 06 September 2003 - 11:07 PM
Posted 07 September 2003 - 12:12 AM
Posted 07 September 2003 - 01:46 AM
I'm using the original power supply. It's mounted to the back of the case (at an angle due to cable length limitations) with some small aluminum mounts.
Posted 07 September 2003 - 01:51 AM
Posted 07 September 2003 - 01:59 AM
its ur birthay lol
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