Step 6: Connect All the Electronic Bits

I thought it would be fun to use as much of the original parts as possible. Because of the high quality of these parts I hope they will provide at least a 99,9 % uptime and make sure my beer-server will be online 24/7.

The AC connector did not fit the standard Euro-style power cord so it had to be replaced. I kept the other interesting looking stuff and you'll be happy to know that this baby is electronically secured by a 13 ampere fuse switch. For those of you who don't have a clue what that means: It means this fridge will probably sooner blow up before its fuse is tripped, but it's the thought that counts.

After the fuse switch comes a normal extension cord for the refrigerator and a 12-volt AC/DC adapter. This drives the fan on the back panel and the two extremely useless LED's on the front panel. (See next picture) The LED's should have been labelled GNDN* but instead I tell people the red LED starts flashing when the beer supply runs low.

(*Goes Nowhere, Does Nothing)

This instructable condones destruction of historically significant computers! Oh, the blasphemy against the poor SGI. ;) At least it's not an Onyx.
Guilty as charged,sir. Since this project I have bettered my ways and my shed is now a refugee home for retired SGI. Three working workstation so far and counting. (Maybe an Octane this week... question mark?) Besides my no no-SGI rule when it comes to collection old computers I also have the rule they need to work. No point collecting paper weights (hence the re-purposing of said Challenge ;-)
Thnx. great that you still like it. This was quite an old project but I spend last weekend some glorious hours getting my Indy back to work. The main reason was to proof to a friend that the 3d file browser in Jurrasic Park was the only thing that is real in the movie ;-) <br>http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zaRHU1XxMJQ
I love this so much. I used to work with the large Challenge and Onyx machines, but I don't think any of them are still online.
That's awesome. Do you have a picture of it somewhere? I'd love to see it. Coincidentally I repaired my Indy last weekend and that brought back some fine memories of building this beast.
Brilliant! I did something back in the 90's and still have it today. I only used the front door of the machine though, it was a perfect fit for the fridge door.
Heh. It occurs to me that after you hacked the fridge into the Challenge box, you probably would still have enough room for a mini-ITX board and a few SATA&nbsp;drives. That way, in addition to the fridge, you would have also had a server that was about equal to the Challenge in terms of compute capacity.
ah, but do not forget about HUMIDITY, it is still a fridge, which means there will still be liquids in it, and so on
Oh, that is one geeky sweet fridge! How'd you come by the server?<br />
Did you read the Instructable?<br />
Oh, I see. I tend to skip over anything but the building instructions.<br />
Awsome!!! too bad you can't find&nbsp;a SGI sever on your local Junkyard
Awesome!<br /> You have my vote.<br />
Question:&nbsp;Is it possible to turn something such as this into a fridge and computer in one box? <br /> <br /> Also, would it be possible to link the cooling systems in such a way that the computer parts stay cold?<br />
Ah... many have travelled (or at least thought) down this road and without much success. To simply put the pc parts in a fridge you would cause compensation on the electronic bits (not good). And to use a fridge to cool some coolant to then cool a pc is really a waste of effort. After all, you would still have to cool the heat exchanger of the fridge as well. So noise wise it would not make sense, and if your after overclocking performance there are way more efficient and smaller sollutions.<br />
Correction: &quot;cause compensation&quot; should be &quot;cause <strong><em>condensation</em></strong>&quot;

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