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Re: Sorta Lame mini-tower hack

Article: 7523 of alt.hackers
From: (Johnny Yuma)
Newsgroups: alt.hackers
Subject: Re: Sorta Lame mini-tower hack
Date: 17 Mar 1995 16:52:15 GMT
Organization: University of Michigan Engineering, Ann Arbor
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Jason Costomiris ( wrote:
: ObSortaLameButInvolvingGoodHygeneHack:

: Last weekend, we built a computer for one of my friends.  We started
: early Sat morning, and went ot a show and got all the parts.  That was
: kind of a pain in the ass, since half of the vendors spoke about 4 words
: of English.  Anyhow, by mid afternoon, we were at my place, and building
: away.  We got it all working first, then took the cards out, and went to
: put it all in the case when we noticed the case had a little problem.
: The slots that hold the little plastic spacers that you use to mount the
: motherboard were UPSIDE-DOWN!

Funny, I've never seen a vertical case that the mounting holes were
"right-side up".  The reason behind this is that those little plastic
dealies are not made to hold the motherboard in place, but to secure it from
moving up and down.  Most cases that I have used have two small
"copper"-colored screws and two flathead screws that screw into
the first,
which are made to secure the motherboard.  Not much of a hack, but a bit
more secure than Q-Tips(tm) and electrical tape.

: Of course, the holes to mount the metal sheet in the tower didn't match
: if we flipped the thing over, so we went to work with some good old
: household supplies.  I shoved the spacers into the hole, and then got a
: Q-tip.  I cut one end off the Q-tip, and insterted it into the hole, then
: cut off the excess.  Before long, I had all 4 in place.  Then secure it
: all with some electrical tape, and viola!  All in place.  After mounting
: the m/b, I tested it by shaking the case rather hard for a few
: seconds....  Nothing moved, and all stayed secure.  Then we put all the
: cards back in, and set the stuff up.  Let's hear it for Q-tips!

Making it several hundred miles later today in a '81 station wagon in which
the engine fan *refuses* to come on.

On the same note, I replaced the antenna on the car without removing
anything.  Not that much of a hack, but then again, I'm not much of a car
hacker. :)

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