View Full Version : specialized computer cases
02-21-2001, 04:36 PM
anyone know of a company that sells specialized computer cases? i don't know if any of you are old enough :), but in the late 80s.. there were 286s in little cases called micro 286s. the computer case is tiny, a little taller than an external cd writer. .. i'm looking for something similar for a prototype project. the case should have a power supply that supports -5V and approx. 120W or so to power a motherboard etc.
looking forward to hearing some of your responses.
thanks in advance!
02-21-2001, 07:52 PM
hmm, that would make a nice server/mp3 case.
ive been trying to design a really small case. its kinda hard though. it would have to be at least as tall as the pci, isa and agp cards, and you would still need room for the cdrom drive and power supply. for me, i cant get much smaller than i have now with all the stuff i have in there. and when you get smaller, you have to arrange your stuff (cables mostly) so you can get good air flow. its really not easy.
02-22-2001, 08:00 AM
Dang, as much as I dislike the Apple OS, I am severly jealous of their hardware design. (Exception: that silly hockey puck mouse.)
If you could squeeze an Intel chip into one of those G4 cubes, that's probably what you're looking for.
I wish Apple would sell Intel boxes....
02-22-2001, 03:58 PM
They make PC104 boards which are basically PCI boards that are inserted horizontally and can be stacked on each other. These are used in embedded computers, such as medical monitors and what not.
02-22-2001, 04:55 PM
well instead of that coleslaw they also make micro motherboards that are designed for embeded systems.
02-22-2001, 05:28 PM
yes, hapoo... that is what i was referring to. then they attach modules and boards via PC104 :D
02-22-2001, 05:35 PM
no no no, i've seen ones that don't need to be connected through a pci slot, the ones with pci slots are for servers. this one is completely stand-alone
02-22-2001, 06:45 PM
http://www.directron.com has tons of cases. You might try looking there. I got my silver Alienware (Hydraulic) case from them at a great price.
02-23-2001, 03:58 PM
thanks for all the replies.
i'm actually building a standalone embedded system on a micro motherboard... problem is finding a case with the right type of power supply. i'll check out directron.com..
thanks again! :)
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