Tired of those "Desktop Devices" I builded a small, nice looking computer. Even for the desk of a lady.
The plan was to have a computer that is able to browse the web, read mails, write letters and do some calculations with a spreadsheet program. Wireless was a "must" for this computer.
Step 1: The Mainboard
12V single Power
500 MHz Geode CPU
MINI PCI - Slot
Capable to drive up to 1 GByte of RAM
Sound pn Board
Ethernet 10 / 100 MHz on Board
VGA on Board
2 USB 2.0 on Board + 2 USB 2.0 on an external cable
CF Slot for the secondary IDE channel
44pin IDE Port that connects direct to a Ntebook HDD
So everything you need to build a whole computer.
1 GByte Ram
1 WIFI Card
1 Pigtail WIFI connector
1 WIFI antenna
1 Power switch
1 Reset switch
12 V Power supply.
Step 2: The case
2 pieces of wood 12,5x12,5 cm 6mm thick
2 pieses of wood 13,3x13,5 cm 6mm thick
4 pieces of aluminium metal plate (see pictures) 12,5cm x 6 cm
4 brass profiles (see photo)
1 piece of wood 20cmx10cm 21mm thick for the stand
some brass screws and washers
I drilled 4 holes in the smaller piece of wood for the srcews to mount the mainboard. The harddisk is located underneed the board.
I glued the second pair of wood pieces together to build the top of the case.
In both I drilled a big hole for the airflow and 4 holes for the baring, we will see later.
I used wax stain in mahogany colour for all wooden parts.