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PC assembly installed in cabinet - Wednesday 27 April 2005 20:30 Permalink

At the weekend I spent some time mounting the PC inside the cabinet. My plan was always to use the original Electrocoin PCB retainer. This meant I was limited with how big the PC component assembly shelf could be and how thick it was. The Electrocoin PCB retainer can only cope with a PCB of a few millimeters thick, however, with the hardboard I've used it was too thick to mount.

I toyed with a few ideas, but in the end decided to attach a small piece of mild steel which I reclaimed from the old control panel to allow the PC assembly to interface with the Electrocin PCB retainer without damaging it. Here is the result (OK, not the clearest photo, but essentially I bolted a piece of metal to the hardboard to create a mounting bracket - not rocket science, but it works).

Once this was done, I could mount the PC assembly. The only problem I encountered was the height of the PCI/AGP cards. These can catch on the monitor mounting when PCB shelf is pulled out for maintenance. Not a big problem, just something I need to remember.

Oh, before I forget, PCI/AGP card retainers! I was talking a while ago about how to hold the AGP/PCI card in their slots as they were wobbling around nastily. I came up with the idea to simply attach the two cards together with a piece of acrylic and a couple of bolts. It's not perfect, but it holds the cards nicely in place and significantly reduces 'wobble'.

Once everything was installed, it was time to power everything up. The was quite an exciting (and scary) moment as all the parts needed to use the machine properly are pretty much in place. Here is a pick of the grand moment.

One minor hairy moment occured during this. I haven't connected the Power Panel to the PC assembly yet, so the power on sequence requires a bit of jiggery pokery. I powered on the cabinet (monitor, amplifier, marquee lighting), then turned on the PC by shorting out a jumper on the PC motherboard. As I shorted it, everything went off. 'B*gger' was my first thought, I thought I'd blown something. Upon further investigation the my technical solution of 'use piece of duck tape over the cabinet PSU interlock switch' had popped off. No damage done, luckily!

I am, however, still having hanging problems with the PC. I borrowed some memory to prove/disprove if the fault was their, but the problem seemed to go away. That was last week. When I tested it again at the weekend, the problem has returned.... Further investigation is required methinks......