simbo2 wrote:ive tried U2 rack case still have it £20 ~+ to anyone willing to pay post
i prefer the original case
dont think the case means poo
its how stable the machine is to do its task ...
unlike pc's midi timing is perfect
i know studios who use many slave st machines to keep perfect 16/4 timings
modern poo is not great at this simple task
Simbo! ... I love you man!!
Yeah, Your right. ... You always are lol.
I got a MEGA STE with no case. And on top of that, a SCSI CD-ROM, couple of IODATA SCSI to IDE cards, AD-SCSI (as dont have the MegaSte SCSI official atari one with crap parity), and a NETUSB plus other mad stuff.
I like to run 2x Floppies. And I like to fart about with different hardware configs for some reasons. Probably the buzz. I got a VME graphics card too, and was planning on putting in the card based EtherNET thing. I forget its name? ... So anyway, I do need a case. ... Also, I unboxed my STe some years ago, and made a seperate keyboard mod etc.
I find, that the STE is the greatest machine. But, I have to say, that STE with a hard drive is what the OS is all about.
I mean. You can have it load a 500kb program that does anything and everything in nano seconds. It dont crash. Its gonna boot in 2 secs from cold. You can associate files to progs. You can create desktop Icons (with 2.06 and hard drive). I can set function keys for progs. And I think TOS/GEM is actually a Mac beater, only with the hard drive on.
Its such a shame that Atari made it so hard for Hard Drive to be cheap back in the day. Yes, ASCI is better than SCSI in some ways. Yes, the data transfer rate on ASCI is insane. I mean direct to BUS and like so simple and fast. But lacking true SCSI means most people never saw the advantages of hard drive.
With it, the machine is perfect. ... But as I hate all stuff sticking out, I am going to put my monitor switcher SCSI to IDE stuff. I also am fed up of having on my main STe the case unscrewed all the time. I did floppy mod etc for HD, which again is really really neccessary IMHO. And I do like seperate keyboard... My normal STe has been modded with this for last 10 years. As I like keyboard accessible.
Main thing for me. Is I love hardware. .. I want to see the mainboard in its glory, all the time. And no dust, lol. So a clear acrylic case is for me. The Mega STe mobo I picked up also has no PSU, so I am going to fit with a PC one and made this slot into the new case I designed. This also allows me to plumb in all other stuff off the same PSU as it has higher wattage.
I'll probably put one normal STe into the new case. As I now have two anyways. I'll prob keep the existing PSU for now. But I'll want 2x floppies. One HD at least. I'll want a physical IDE drive, as I don't trust my data with solid state, flash cards etc. Plus networking. I have 2x SCSI CD-Roms but not sure how much I will use these. Ideally, I would like to rip samples off of them. Basically, I dont want to have to use a PC ... At least for recreation, music, gaming and fun apps. lol
Always annoyed me tho. That there was never a decent case option. At least until Mega STe and TT case which I love. Again tho. Only room for one Hard Drive. And even with my TT, I end up often plugging a 2nd in to transfer stuff, or if I re-partition etc. PLus there is Mint to try out and other daft things. I'll never re-box my TT. Its way too good.
But I would like to be able to simply swap hard drives. And have a machine with a single PSU and hence plug. I'll take my external HD which contains a Sd_SCSI and put it in the same case with new PSU. Also, can try out the CD-Rom and other stuff. And I'll just make it easier to get files onto it from either PC or network. I'm using serial interface it moment, which is slow. Other method is CF card. But again, I would rather have CF Card as secondary drive.
In any case. I just like designing things.
I really should finish it tho. Its literally 90% done and ready to laser cut. Main thing that I just need to do, is that I made the job extra complicated, by designing it to fit any Atari motherboard. So its literally getting all mobo screw positions for every Atari that is taking time.
This fits standard ST, MEGA, MEGA STE, TT, the job lot. What I slowed myself up on is the bloody Falcon. ... I don't even have one. But I see so many with loads of guts sticking out of them. Horrible.
Fitting the Falcon motherboard is easy. What is not so easy, is the PCI thing and CT60. The ribbon cables are very short, and cant be extended due to signalling. And the PCI card adaptor is huge! .. I think I have cracked it now. But I don't want to make the case very big. ... And if I had a Falcon, with CT60 etc, I would certainly want to box up the innards.
Mind you. I don't personally like the Falcon 030. Its always seemed like half a job to me. And probably was. ... I am waiting for Rudolphe Czuba to make something exciting hopefully.
But anyway. I am going to upload the files "as-is" for those that want to review and look at it. I have a free 3D CAD viewer. And it has tools to rotate, measure, section review etc. So if people want to download the model, and the drawings / plans I will host them on DropBox and you can get the link from me here http://db.tt/iRaytFrH
I'll host the files this weekend. And this means that people can criticise the design. Review, comment etc. ... If I can make a couple of design decisions (and I am a perfectionist), then I can then create the DXF files. Which will mean that this can be ordered easily. If you have a FabLab near you, you can get it laser cut very very cheaply. I'm guessing for even as low as £20. Just pick a colour, and send them the AutoCAD DXF files. ... Simples