Posted on May 10, 2005
The components were fitted into the prepared frame surround and lights fitted. The EL string was threaded through the heat sinks and RAM and the Lazer LEDs positioned to provide interesting lighting of the PCB. The microphone on the EL controller was positioned in contact with the HD such that when he disc is accessed the ticking noise produced lights up the EL string.
Originally the glass picture frame had a glass front, however, it was found that the motherboard over heated with it fitted so this was removed in the final stages of construction.
The "Frame" runs Windows XP SP2 installed from a USB attached CD ROM drive. As the "Frame" is constantly powered it runs AVG anti virus and lately, Microsoft’s AntiSpyWare that automatically update and scan each day.
Although the Frame works a treat there are a few improvements that could be made as follows:
• A quieter fan on the processor – The supplied fan is quiet but still noisy in a quiet living room.
• A smaller HDD could be used but it was found that the small 12GB IBM Travelstar I had at hand produced a loud whine while running.
• Invisible wire for the power connection, the "Frame" could then be mounted on a wall without the trailing wire.