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Building an XBMC 12 Home Theatre PC
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The "Humidor V"
L. Stephenson - Posted on June 4, 2003
Just when you thought
it was safe....out rolls another Humidor project. This one
I will call "V" because I use the V8000 board. I'm
sure the V means value and that was my goal as well in this
design. I had been struggling with cooling issues with the
M project and the Mini-Me project so I was glad to get back
to the cool running 800MHz board. There really is a big difference
in heat, and subsequently, noise between the M and V series.
The great capabilities of the M are wasted on my target customer,
the cyber-challenged executive.
Whereas everything I have built before this
has been a toy for me, this time I was going to build a commercial
piece. Something I intend to sell, and while I'm at it I might
as well build ten of them. I turned my small office building
into a HumidorPC factory. It was great fun and challenging
too. I built these ten units factory style. I broke the design
into modules, identified each individual task, checked my
credit card balance and then commenced to build. I worked
many long hours at this job, enough to have my wife complain
about my absence. Then she found out how much money I had
spent. Next thing you know, she's waking me up early saying
"shouldn't you be over in your shop working?" Amazing.
The Humidor V
VIA EPIA V8000 motherboard w/800MHz
256 MB PC133 SDRAM
20GB Toshiba Notebook HD w/ Fluid Dynamic Bearings
90W ACBEL PSU
ThermalTake Active Memory Cooler
Vantec 60mm Stealth cooling fan
100ct Milano Cigar Humidor in oak, cherry and rosewood
The power supply module. Vantec Stealth fan
replaces noisy original cooling fan. The PSU was torn apart,
taped up in the inside to keep out over spray, and painted,
sanded, painted, sanded, painted......
Bottom of PSU module showing the hard drive
attached. When mounted, the hard drive is placed in a way
that it receives direct incoming cool air. The round wooden
dowel is a round wooden dowel. I call it the foot. It supports
the PSU module and allows it to expand and contract. I designed
all metal to wood interfaces to be able to control thermal
Primitive assembly line. The motherboard modules
get their memory, memory coolers and cable sleeving here.
Control panel module. My latest innovation.
It was prompted by the fact that I had no "proper"
power/reset switches. My previous Humidors had a switch hidden
inside the box. This is where I want to thank Brent and the
guys at crystalfontz. I had a good experience with
the 632 model on the Humidor M. People at CES2003 were mesmerized
by the scrolling text display. The 633 model not only has
a keypad but it has ATX power control, fan speed control,
and temperature sensing. I built these modules by fabricating
the mounting and cutting down the stock Lexan faceplates.
Sanded, painted, sanded.....
Back to the assembly line. I felt an incredible
need to unionize and threaten to strike.
Components built in advance were stored in
Spanish cedar cigar boxes in order to acclimate them. These
are custom ATX harnesses made by Crystalfontz and sleeved
Nice inside shot showing the I/O plate mounted
into the back of the piece. This is where I would like to
thank Greg at Creative Cabinetry in Gainesville, Florida.
He is a master cabinetmaker and did a wonderful job cutting
out all the holes in the humidors.