QUOTE(andyburlow @ Jun 2 2009, 09:39 AM)
Well done on the work so far and for taking the plunge taking your project to the next level by getting the laser cutting done.
Depending on what the material price comes out at you may want to consider getting a few made up as it easy to cut multiple pieces of the same design so should not increase the cost too much.
Maybe get a quote for 1 off, 2 off, 5 off and ask on here if anyone wants a bare case?
We all know how many sales enquiries Ghostavel got for his original design...
Just a thought, but if you are anything like me - money is tight and just getting one project complete is hard enough!
Keep up the good work.
The lasercutting quote i have is £50 (including the material and an etched xbmc logo) plus shipping and vat. Unfortunately the laser cutting company are really taking their time getting this done for me. I've emailed them again today asking for an eta so hopefully it will prompt them to get on with it.
When it arrives i'll post pics and the illustrator drawings (also a link to the company i am using to get it cut) so that anyone can have one made for the same price i am paying (probably around £80 all in). Im not looking to profit from this.
A small update to the project, im using an even smaller psu (to save even more space):
Its a PicoPSU 60 WI (http://www.mini-box.com/picoPSU-60-WI?sc=8&category=13). Im having some problems getting it to work though.
When i first turn it on, it works ok, all led's on the atx to xbox convertor come on but the 2.5" hdd doesnt seem to spin up. If i turn it off then try to power it up again it turns on and off very quickly.
I have posted my problem on sickmods forums and Pablot said i could connect a 5v line to the PS_OK signal on the atx side of the convertor, bypassing that check, but that could cause the psu harm. I also read a post on here stating:
"The Xbox motherboard has a lot of capacitors on it to keep the 5V supply clean and smooth so the chips will work correctly. However, when the motherboard first starts up, all the capacitors are discharged, so the PSU must supply enough current at startup to both run the motherboard AND charge the capacitors (the inrush current can be over double the normal operating current). So, with the amount of capacitance on the motherboard, the Picopsu can't handle it and will not power up, that is why some capacitors need to be removed."
Either method could cause damage to the xbox and psu.
I am not sure which method would be best, nor do i know which of the caps, or how many i should remove (if i chose that method). Can anyone point them out on the pic i posted above? I dont want to remove the wrong ones or too many of them.