Hardware Talk :: Pics of my nes-pc
Though no-one cares the faintest about what I do, here are some pics..
I had the wacky idea of cramming a pc into a nes. Inspirated by numerous others, of course ;)
Some days ago a nes arrived, so I dremeled a little..
I wanted to remove the T, it took way too much space. But I also wanted to glue it back it, to avoid me buying plexi ;D no really, I want it to look original.
The T, sanded:
After all the sittin-an-dremeling today my back started to hurt. So I'll continue tomorrow..
Oh yeah, I ain't using a mini-itx like everybody else, I got a full-sized micro-atx! It barely fits inside, but I like challenges :)
Specs: Asus micro-atx mobo
PIII - 703Mhz
20gb 3½" HD
I'll also change the power led to a ultrabright blue one, and make original nes controllers work
Today I sanded the inside more, and when happy, shopped for some essentials and then started glueing.
I've never used epoxy before, but I like it already it went exactly where I wanted it to, and it doesn't smell like gas.. It's also very strong and transparent. On the other side it has to dry for 24 hours.. So the next pics will come after the glue has finished.
Of course the original power and reset buttons will work..
For the OS, I got the hardware some months before the nes because I really had a hard time finding a broken nes, so I decided to make a basic os *before* cramming stuff into that nes. So it has a fully optimized LinuxFromScratch system with some addons. It just FLIES! I could actually see the difference compared to my previous Aero System on a P3-1066, it outweighed the 363mhz better processor easily!
Anyway I'll make it a cool UI fully operable with the nes controllers, maybe use Freevo. And 'cause it's a Nes, it will have emulators for every system I like ;)
..that was then though, I've now rebuilt my Aero a couple of times, it's also fully optimized now
Yes, epoxy is very useful stuff. BTW, there is also epoxy that dries in about 5 minutes which often can be useful in a project like yours. One can usually, if patient, hold a part in place until it sets up, thus not having to clamp things in place while drying.
I'm not a gamer so I didn't know what a nes was until I zoomed in on the label. Interesting project, something you're likely to surprise some old nes user with sometime and you're definitely increasing your modding skills.
You will probably be able to overclock that PIII, asus boards often support increasing the FSB (and handle it well) and those 100MHz PIII usually handle a moderate overclock just fine without having to increase the voltage and without creating too much extra heat even with the stock cooling.