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JRV


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PostPosted: Thu 31 May 2007, 13:22    Post subject:  Two computers in one case  

I just finished adding a second motherboard tray and a Mini-ITX motherboard to my computer.

http://www.scc.net/~jrv/feature/feature.htm

The electrical tape around the rear cutout looks a little tacky.
Does anyone know where I can get some good edging material to go around the cut out in back?
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PostPosted: Thu 31 May 2007, 19:13    Post subject: power  

Nice. Some more detail about the second power supply could help.

Or is there a way to share the ATX power supply, much like hard drive power is shared by a special cable?

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PostPosted: Thu 31 May 2007, 20:41    Post subject:  

Cool Smart idea. I too wonder about feeding two boards from one power supply. For a time I did not bother with a case. Needing to access components . . .

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PostPosted: Thu 31 May 2007, 23:17    Post subject: The second power supply  

The second power supply is a PicoPSU-120. It is a little thing no bigger than the 20 pin socket that the power supply cable plugs into.

There is a link in my article to download the manual for the power supply.

As for running two computers off one power supply, I don't know. I have not tried this but I think when one computer is turned on the power supply will turn on and start both computers. I will have to experiment with this.
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PostPosted: Thu 31 May 2007, 23:43    Post subject:  

Why?!
What is the blue pipework for? Water? Air?
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PostPosted: Thu 31 May 2007, 23:55    Post subject: The Blue Tubing  

It's for water.

The CPU on the main motherboard and the GPU are water cooled. The heat is pumped out to an external reservior/cooler. The CPU and case temperature normally stay around 30 Celsius. And it's quiet.
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PostPosted: Fri 01 Jun 2007, 03:02    Post subject:  

Interesting

Smile Do you think you could get a printer in there too?

A printer that took up two 5.25" bays (one for paper and labels) would be neat. Cool

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PostPosted: Fri 01 Jun 2007, 03:11    Post subject:  

...but I'm interested to know why you want two m/b in one case??!!
Why watercool the VIA boards - overkill?
Unless you're a student living in a dormitory, most Americans have houses big enough to accommodate several standard junk PC s running Puppy in each room, including a half-a-dozen in the dog's kennel, for all the puppies.
The point of these live/compact Linux distros is that they will run on stuff that other folks would happily pay you to take away saving precious landfill, although some of your fellow countrymen are so dumb they want to go out and spend upwards of $500 on new parts!
If you just enjoy hobby pursuits, it may be more intellectually satisfying to get one of the tiny distros running on a 286?!!!
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PostPosted: Fri 01 Jun 2007, 03:49    Post subject: Two computers in one case.  

The VIA is not water cooled.

The other computer that is water cooled is an AMD FX60.

When I need something fast I use the FX60, but it heats up the whole room.

The VIA draws about 20 watts and does most of what I need to do.

I saw that Thermaltake Mozart TX case with two motherboard trays for about $300.00 and figured I could make one out of spare parts for almost nothing.
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PostPosted: Fri 01 Jun 2007, 05:34    Post subject:  

The alternative is to incorporate the VIA into an item of furniture - number one choices are recliner chair/settee! With a small reversible vent fan, warm seat in Winter, cool seat in Summer?
Many VIA projects incorporate boards into toys, models, ornaments, etc. Should be possible to upstage the evil one with a coffee table version.....
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PostPosted: Fri 01 Jun 2007, 09:28    Post subject:  

Sage wrote:
...some of your fellow countrymen are so dumb...


For the love of God, Buddah, Allah or Puppy - would you please dispense with the cheap shots at the United States and citizens thereof on this forum?

Though your posts are otherwise helpful and enjoyable to read, I, for one, am past the point of being annoyed with the insidious barbs. And I'm not alone. There are many others who feel as I do, and they're not all Americans - as a matter of fact, a few happen to be your own countrymen.

-aj

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PostPosted: Fri 01 Jun 2007, 09:58    Post subject:  

All right you two, that's enough. Let's not ruin another thread. Why don't you take it to the "Truly Off Topic" section? Smile
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PostPosted: Fri 01 Jun 2007, 16:29    Post subject:  

i really do fail to see where Sage said that....
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PostPosted: Sat 02 Jun 2007, 00:18    Post subject:  

In his second to last post:
http://www.murga-linux.com/puppy/viewtopic.php?p=120006#120006

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PostPosted: Mon 02 Jul 2007, 15:58    Post subject:  

I know this is an old post, but I have a 60mhz and a 450mhz MB in one case, running on 1 atx power supply. It was partly to save space, and partly because we had a major power surge, and I had to buy a whole bunch of power supplies, and ran out of money.

It works just fine, 200w PS, 2 cd's and 3 HD's. I have 2 reset switches. Only thing wierd is if a MB needs a full power off, you have to shut down both. Not really a problem with linux, I usually have 3 or 4 months up time.

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