PART I Windows......
This is project black ice. It started out as a Yeong Yang server cube case, a black cube half as tall and twice as wide as a normal ATX midtower. I decided windows would be a good thing to put in a case like this. I chose the locations of the windows for 2 reasons. The left window displays the motherboard side of the case and the top window displays both sides of the case and just looks kick ass.
First off some things you'll need to do this mod,
First off cutting a window with a dremel is a simple task. It involves measuring the size and shape of the window and and drawing it out. It doesn't matter what you draw the shape on (case or plexiglass). It will all come out the same in the end. When you get your idea drawn on your case its time to cut. Take your time with the dremel and standard cutting discs and start by making small cuts. Don't try and cut long distances unless you have the steady hands of a surgeon. :o) Its a time consuming process but it is definitely worth it. When you have your first cutout done, it's time to trace out the second cutout. You place the washer on the inside of the case and and trace out the pattern on your plexiglass.
If you do you cutout the other way around and cut your plexiglass first, the washer can be placed on the outside of the plexi and traced around the outer perimeter and you'll end up with the same size and shape. By using the washer you will allow room for the molding to fit between the case and the plexi. Superscrubber should be bringing you a more detailed article on window installation soon. Installing the window is the hardest part of the process. Most modding sites recommend you place the molding on the case and install the plexi in the molding. I recommend: put the molding on the plexi and then install it on the case. I find this method to be much easier. This comes only from experience so you can do what's easiest for you.
Start by inserting one corner and work your way around. Take it slow and you'll get it installed eventually. If you have a friend around have him help out, its twice as easy with 2 people. Use your screw driver to pry the molding away from the case and window to get a good fit. As not seen in the picture, if your plexiglass came with protective covering its best to leave it on until the window is completely installed and then remove it. It will prevent your window from getting scratches and finger prints on it.
One window installed and one to go!!!
Repeat the process for the other window. Look at that window.......AWESOME!!!!!
Blue cold cathode here I come.
PART II Floppy LED mod...
Things you'll need,
A soldering iron,
A pair of pliers,
Start by taking apart your floppy drive being careful not to damage anything in the process. Find the led and locate the two solder points and use your soldering iron to remove this led and install a new led of the same voltage rating.
Solder the new led on the board and reassemble the drive.
SWEET, look at that led! (you'll have to excuse the pic. The camera had a mind of its own, the led is actually blue but the camera makes it look purple).
A few closing comments:
I am very happy with this mod. You don't have to do a square window like I did, any shape you can think of can be made. Come up with your own design and MOD IT UP!!!!