The "Blue Plate"
By Matias Hannus
Posted on November 13, 2002
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Matias in Finland has created a stunning 326x329x49mm slimline server style case for his EPIA 800, and kindly sent us a bunch of pictures showing how he did it. The front is made of smoke colored acrylic and the rest is finished in 1.5mm aluminum, painted blue and complete with matching LED. It's almost as nice as our favourite server case design. Matias has enterprisingly modified his standard DVD drive into a slimline one, which we've never seen done before. Do you have a Mini-ITX based project we should be seeing here? Email us at

Or just look at the pictures in The Blue Plate Gallery -->

The "Blue Plate"

To make the DVD fit my needs I had to modify it a bit.

I cut of a couple of millimeters where the volume control
and headphone were situated.

Yeah! Who needs an output for headphones anyway?

Now the DVD-drive is completely flat at the front.

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