Posted on November 9, 2003
The drive bay trim pieces are installed
What I like to call the money shot. Before installing the remaining cables, I took this photo, to better illustrate the design. The J-Flex multimedia module (daugterboard) is installed.
Up and running! I use WinAmp ver. 2.91 for playback and CDEX for ripping. The LCD software is a WinAmp plugin by Markus Zehnder.
I'm currently running XP Pro in this box. It installed flawlessly and I was able to use downloaded VIA 4-in-1 drivers to get everything working.
Decorative panels removed. This piece is completely silent except for head chatter now and then from the 40GB IBM 2.5" hard drive.
I have some friends who like the industrial look. The panels are 6.5" x 6". I have given out the specs on the panels to people who want to build custom pieces for it and even full enclosures. I'm working on panels that let me put all of my sponsor's logos on it, as soon as I get some sponsors. Big thanks to Kontron for having faith in me.
It is 90% complete due to some detail work, mostly painting. I am going to
add a few parts here and there and see what people come up with for panels.
What fun! For the record, it sounds pretty decent with WinAmp's equalizer.
For serious music listening, I just plug in regular speakers. For
ultra-serious listening, I use a Toslink cable to plug in the SPDIF optical
to my Sony A/V receiver. But mostly I play it in shuffle mode, headless, as
a background noise generator.