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The "Lego 0933 Portable PC"
By James Watson -
Posted on July 6, 2003
As I moved up the case I kept encountering
small problems, like the board mounting, you can see the
solution to that in this picture in the bottom right corner
of the case. At this point I was still dreading having
to mount the hard-drive since my previous mounting hadn't
been that successful, and relied rather heavily on being
attached to the lid (and hence making it difficult to remove
the lid). Notice the mess of wires at the bottom left of
the case, those were ripped from a standard PC case, there
are two switches (power and reset) and two LEDs (power
and HDD), and I still had the problem of mounting these
in the case to make them work.
The power switches weren't a problem, I glued them into
1 block wide gaps in the front of the case, but I still
had the problem of how to mount the LEDs, but decided to
leave that since I want to replace the square ones with
round ones that will fit into the holes in Technic bricks.
As you can see from the photo I'd left two holes in the
front, these were for my case windows, the cockpits from
the two TIE Bomber kits I'd brought (mainly for the flat
tiles, but other components from them came in so handy
I’m glad I got them now). I still hadn't decided
what to do about the hard drive yet, and the power cable
was also giving me headaches.
They say that patience is a virtue, and well it finally
paid off, above is the hard drive mounting it goes in the
top left corner of the case, and is very sturdy, although
it doesn't stand up too well when on the desk (there's
no support under the bottom right corner), but when mounted
in the case it gives a good solid mount for the drive.
Here the drive mounting has been installed, the drive
sits in here, the cable ensures it stays in place. You
may also notice that the power cable (back right) is now
held in place, this took some doing, the end was slightly
too wide for one brick, but a little bit of brute force
and I managed to wedge it in nice and tight. You might
also spot that the two switches now have nice bright caps
on them to make them easier to see and push, the orange
one is reset, the blue on is power.
As you can see I've almost finished now,
the case windows (cockpits) are in, the cables have been
tidied up inside, just to the left of the picture you can
see the lid of the case.
That's it really, the lid went on, and
it was time to connect the power and fire her up. Now all
I needed was a portable display.
Windows 2000 running on the machine.
This display came from Lik-Sang, at the
price it was selling for it would have been churlish not
to buy one, I still need to find a way to power the display
from the PC itself, but that's another problem entirely.
The name of the machine comes from the fact that all Lego
products have a 4 digit product code, 0933 is the processor
speed of the machine and so seemed like a suitable code
for this PC.