Need a solution for an 'open box' problem.

By boxfiddler Moderator ·
First, here's a pic: http://i220.photobucket.com/albums/dd185/juphol1/openbox.jpg

I scrounged from two Antec boxes to rebuild a desktop. I bumped into what I thought (wrongly) was a non-issue. I thought the boxes were exactly alike internally. Ha. The floppy drive mount is slightly different in each box. The lower panel from one box has a bunch of loose indicator/on-off wires, so I couldn't use it. The upper panel from the box whose lower panel I could use doesn't fit this floppy configuration, so I'm stuck with this open front, which I don't think is a good idea with me having cats and lots of dust from heating with wood.

Any suggestions how to cover the open areas without looking like a 'white trash' solution? :0

Thought I should add that I have several of the metal pieces that fit those open spot, but they have holes in them. Also, the left side of that box as you look at it is a 'door', so I'd prefer not to tape it...

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Is the floppy lamp lit?

by Michael Jay In reply to Need a solution for an 'o ...

I have seen that to indicate that the drive is bad or the signal cable is inverted, anyhoo, if you lose the floppy can you use the cover then?

If you have a need for the floppy perhaps an external might work for you.

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Yeah, the floppy works.

by boxfiddler Moderator In reply to Is the floppy lamp lit?

And I do have a use for it, experimental so to speak.

Money's real funny right now, so buying parts is SO out of the question.

Thanks for taking a moment. :)

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The other option if the

by Michael Jay In reply to Yeah, the floppy works.

top cover kinda fits, is the dremmel re-fab mode, dang it make it fit. LOL

I have done that with varying degrees of satisfaction.

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What would you use

by boxfiddler Moderator In reply to The other option if the

to shave plastic into a new shape?

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by Michael Jay In reply to What would you use

The tool of choice for any small shaping job, guess you do not have one, and if you do not well they are not exactly cheap.

Also a good deal of experience is needed to reshape stuff, so if you go that way, find some similar stuff to cut up and get up to speed on just how easy it is to make a bad mistake reshaping stuff.

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by seanferd In reply to Need a solution for an 'o ...

Can you whack each panel in half and then use the appropriate halves? Just make sure you cut them in the right spots.

I would also recommend a Dremel or similar, even a RotoZip if you know someone (like a drywaller) with one. Just get the right bit.

If you can cut them with straight cuts, even a hand grinder, or a hacksaw.

Or you can go all ersatz (if it is your sort of thing) and use an old soldering iron or a hot knife - have some thick steel wool or something to wipe off the plastic.

Maybe another picture showing how the other bit doesn't quite fit?

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I'll see what I can do about another pic.

by boxfiddler Moderator In reply to Chopper.

I've got to tear into it to install a sound card tomorrow. The onboard sound isn't working and I can't figure out why. The heck with it. I've got a Creative card I can install.

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What M'Board is this Davette?

by OH Smeg Moderator In reply to I'll see what I can do ab ...

Many had the ability to turn the On Board sound off in the BIOS make sure that it's not killed there and if it's a Realtech Sound Device you need to install the drivers before connecting to the Windows Update Servers.

If you do not install the sound drivers before connecting tot he Windows Update Servers they will install but not work.

Now that I've ruined your day I'm off to celebrate. I've had the week from Hell with a Dell from HELL. Bloody thing tested OK but after attempting to do a Repair Install which destroyed the existing OS and leaving it running a Memory Test for over 3 hours I found that both RAM Modules where Shot. Apparently you should test every RAM Module for 12 hours just to be certain that there are no problems. This Horrible thing ran for 3 hours without a error and then produced over 3 million RAM Errors in the next 30 minutes just to make my day.


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See my response

by boxfiddler Moderator In reply to What M'Board is this Dave ...

to you, below for mobo model.

I always install drivers before anything but the OS. I will check the BIOS, though. The manual doesn't show any jumper settings.

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It's on in the BIOS.

by boxfiddler Moderator In reply to What M'Board is this Dave ...

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