Posted on July 18, 2005
When I saw the first creations on this website I thought neat, I can do that too.
I got the Epia-M main board, a 40 G Hard drive, 512 MB RAM, a mini power supply (Sparkle Power Inc.- FSP150-50PL-B) and a DVD/CDRW combo and started making plans. These plans included my son who is a designer in Toronto. I showed him the Mini-ITX.com site to give him some ideas and asked him to do something with the 'stuff'. My son found the Sony Micro TV at a local second hand shop ($25) and lots of time and patience...
Time went by and I was told I had to visit my son for Father's day. Off to Toronto I went.
This is the box he gave me, the opened box, and the connected Sony Micro-TV (the on/off switch and HDD led work)
This is what it looks like - the dimensions of the Micro TV are 14.5 x 10 x 19 cm without the front cover - 19x10x19 with the front cover. In short, it is awfully tight - there was not enough room for the DVD/CDROM combo and I had already bought an internal one - so no USB. The ribbon cable can be rolled out and there is a power connection to attach a second IDE device. There is no floppy drive. There are two layers in the box - the top layer is the motherboard - a piece of foam that came with the motherboard and a sheet of Plexiglas glass to ensure the protection of the solder connection underneath the motherboard.
One good thing about the Micro TV. There are lots of openings for air flow. The computer is built without a case fan - it really keeps cool.