It's been awhile, and boy have I been busy! I plowed trough allot to get the Pack-N-Play to a usable point for Showdown Lan ILL. 2008 (Sept. 26-28 )
So I think I'll break it up into multiple entries, just for ease of reading.
Where did we leave off... Oh yes the "Power Crystals". For the Crystals I wanted a throbbing
light effect, kind of like the warp core on that Trek show. So I did some research and bread boarded
up a circuit to test.
The test looked something like this MP4 file
I liked the effect, but not the colors... I think I'll only use Blue, Green and Yellow.
So the next step was to create a PCB (Printed Circuit Board) , I normally don't like making double sided PCB
at home (very hard to solder without vias) but I did it this time.
It took about 8-9 tries to get this but it looks ok so I stuffed it full of parts.
That was 3 and 1/2 weeks, a half a dozen transistors, and 2 op amps ago.... And it still doesn't work
So as you can guess you'll be seeing more of this Circuit
In future worklogs as I plan to remake the PCB.
I'm planing on having the power plug into one of the Covers, this way one plug will power both the PC, and the monitor.
(Power port will be in the upper right corner in this picture)
As you can see here, there is very little clearance between the PSU and the Wall of the enclosure.
So the Power plug into the PSU needs to be a low profile model, which no one makes. That's ok I'll mod one!
I stared with a stock Power cable.
Then Trimmed it down to size (utility knife works great on this rubberized plastic).
The wires are reconnected using the crimp ends that are in the plug. It takes a little gentle prying with a small screw driver to open them up enough to get the old wires out and the new wires in, but it really wasn't hard.
Now the bare wires are given a liberal coating of hot glue to protect everything (everyone) for getting zapped!
The Jack came from an old machine (I don't remember for sure what it was, it's been in my junk box for years... An external tape drive maybe?) But it has a nice filter setup and mounts with 2 screws... perfect for this project!
The finished Harness...an't it a beauty? (Bonus points for anyone that see's that there is no plug for the monitor in this pic...It took me a few hours to
Realize I forgot that part...It got spliced in up by the receptacle, but I forgot to snap a pic of that setup)
Now everything gets test fitted into the enclosure... This Pc was test fitted and re-fitted three dozen times trough out the build
The most I've ever had to test, because everything is so close I had to make sure no two things got in the way of one another.
Here's what things look like at this point. (The round hole in the bottom right is for the power switch)
In the next installment we'll cover what goes in Here!
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