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The "Commodore 64 @ 933.000 Mhz"
By JJ aka DocLorren - Posted on April 28, 2003
Below is evidence of the ruins you create
by milling (and thereby melting) the plastic, but please keep
your faith: everything will be alright (again depending a
bit on your skill and nerves).
The end result after one hour of filing
the plastic with delicate instruments can be seen below. Yes,
this is going to be good. You will notice that the two lids
articulate at an angle (approx. 10 degrees) while the backplate
is straight. I do not recommend you trying to bend this plate
as it is rather fragile and will probably break. It fits OK
though, as you can see:
The next step was to find a suitable place
to locate the PCI-bracket for the two additional USB 2.0 ports
and the Firewire connections. Let"s see where can we
Here you can see that I did not screw the
bracket to the case although I did later on to secure it and
again the fit is remarkable. The coincidence rate is reaching
significance shortly, I presume. Note that you will have to
shorten the bracket a little bit by sawing, to make it go
in smoothly. Now, for the first time I was about to test-fit
the M9000. The C64 isn"t that big but still the board
is dwarfed. There is plenty of room for peripheral gear as
you can see. After final positioning, the four holes that
were already on the mainboard were also drilled in the casing,
and the M9000 was tightened with screws and four nylon rings
providing about 2 mm of clearance from the bottom to improve
heat dissipation / airflow. The EPIA M-series is known for
its low power consumption and heat production but still it
is going to be a lot warmer in here than in the days it did
BASIC PacMan. Remember, a modern 7200 RPM harddisk is producing
quite some heat as is a spinning DVD drive. And they are about
to be fitted
First, the DC-DC converter was installed next
to the M9000, because I was planning to use the former data
recorder opening in the lower tray to become the power connector.
Below you see the converter, the place were the power connector
is going to be (yellow arrow) and the two aluminum brackets
I installed to fit a slimline DVD player (red arrows).
I decided to play around a little bit with
the cables just to make sure they had sufficient length, the
final arrangement would become a little tidier as you will
see later on. A 256 MB RAM module was fitted since I think
that it is the minimum (but also sufficient) amount needed
to be able to work with XP Professional smoothly.
The next step was to make room for the slimline
DVD-player (Samsung SN-608B). I decided against a plain CD-ROM
player because the M9000 is sooo suitable for multimedia applications
it would be a shame not to use a DVD player. I also decided
against a DVD/CDRW combo since the whole project was about
doing something fun instead of wasting buckets of money. (This
happened anyhow but see, I was beyond the point of no return;
I could abandon the project halfway and end up with some pretty
useless components or finish and spend even more, what would
In the following two pictures you have a detailed
view of the location and construction where the drive was
to be attached. Creating the large slot where the DVD-drive
bezel would fit was the most distressing part of the project
to get nice "n" tidy without destroying things.
In the end, with use of the dremel and file the result looked
OK and the fit was pretty good. I toyed with the idea to create
a front loader but in my opinion that would give a rather
awkward look of the rounded front of the C64. Whether a full-size
drive would fit in there? Not in your dreams! By the way,
normal IDE cables do not fit slimline drives. You will have
to get an adapter to make things work.
WARNING! The next phase should preferably
be performed at a quiet afternoon with just you, your C64-project,
a cold beer in nearby reach and the absence of anyone that
thinks you should grow-up. The height/tilt/rotation adjustment
needed to get the player in the right spot will get you to
curse, despair and display all kinds of half-grown behaviour.
But when, at last, you have put it in the correct place and
the lid pops out smoothly, it is time to invite your significant
other(s) back in and proudly present your work.
2nd WARNING! They will not understand what
you are talking about and they might have a different appreciation
of your achievement than you were anticipating. YMMV.