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  • How towerize an Amiga 3000D motherboard!

    Hello,

    i was looking for years for a solution for my A3000D motherboard (to housing it!).
    Months ago, i have found, near a trashcan, on a street, an ATX case with some IDE devices.
    I have picked up all this good. The devices, as ever, i have played with it on my IDE card...and the Tower?
    Now, if you are experienced about this matter, you know that, for an A3000D motherboard, there is no room on an ATX sized case! You will be frustrated, even if the motherboard can be put in some position, no room at all for cpu card and/or Zorro board.
    A week ago, just because i need to move, and i wish absolutely to take with me my motherboard, i have resurected the tower. Obviously nothing has changed from when i have tested the usability of it, months ago.
    Anyway i have found the solution...the solution is...made it higher (or taller, call it as you wish)!

    Look!

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    I have forgotten to picture it on the original state. Anyway it was smaller...
    and now it looks in this way

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    After some heavily modification, the motherboard and all the add-on (cpu card and Zorro boards) need to fit properly on this new modded tower

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    ...to be continued...
    Last edited by vibros; 4 July 2020, 19:51.

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    The motherboard is settled down on six halters, three of them are screwed; the result is a very stable tower with the board strong fixed to the structure in metal and alu.

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    ...My first full length Zorro board...it is a fake, on rigid paper, just to test the position of the metal grid, to sustain the Zorro cards.

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    Last edited by vibros; 4 July 2020, 15:00.

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    • #3
      Hello,

      if you wish to donate for this project, i am looking for an A3640 and a graphic card. In not working state, please; it means, not used by you and destinated to be throwed into a trash.

      Thanks in advance!

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      • #4
        That's some really nice work. Unfortunately a lot of the charm of the A3000 is the original case design. If I was going to tower something I would probably just do an A500.
        ---
        Pete Rittwage
        C64 Preservation Project

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        • #5
          Originally posted by rcade View Post
          ... Unfortunately a lot of the charm of the A3000 is the original case design...
          That's true! But my motherboard was without any desktop case...Anyway, new pictures!

          The CompactFlash-halter

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          And the plate-solution to complete the rear...Look!

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          Now, the hard part is to come...where my skill play the big role: to complete the front, with a solution with style...and the painting of the metal panels on the sides. I wish to do something new...will see.

          Ciao
          Stefano

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          • #6
            Hello,

            the inner now look like this

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            I have changed my mind and done a different visual effect for the metal plate of the rear

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            You can do a comparison by yourself, against the rear of the A3000 Desktop case

            https://bigbookofamigahardware.com/b...3000_3_big.jpg

            ...and the original A3000 Tower case

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            Now, a bit of explanation about this project: it is more or less an improvisation; ideas come, i evaluate it and then, i try to realize it.
            Sadly, i haven't access to a complete tool to manage metal plate, so my works look a bit raw; anyway i feel that the design is good...and this is the most important part!

            Ciao
            Stefano

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            • #7
              Damn, that's actually pretty cool!
              The original case looked like a bad fit.... but with a lot of work, i turning out nicely!
              Amigas: #A500+, 1MB #2xA1200, 8MB RAM, #MS: XBOX (latest)
              C64s: #C64/C, 1541C/-II, w. AR-IV and 2 Red Balls
              Segas: #Megadrive, Everdrive, Arcade Stick #Dreamcast, VGA (shmup station)
              Sonys: #PS1 #PS2+80GB HD #PS3, Hori Arcade Stick

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              • #8
                Hello,

                ok, thanks for your interest on this thread!

                New pictures of the inner part

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                Now the rear looks like this

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                Ciao
                Stefano
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                • #9
                  New pictures! Now the front is complete! Look!

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                  A look inside the Card halter (Zorro cards)

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                  Now painting work! I will use DPaint to sketch a solution for this tower...see you soon...

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                  • #10
                    A picture like this, with low light, shows well the shape of the new design of the front...done absolutely with recycled parts!

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                    ...and powered on...

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                    And last but not least, for fanatics of LEDs, a bit of them on a fan inside the tower case.

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                    Ciao
                    Stefano
                    Last edited by vibros; 19 July 2020, 18:28.

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                    • #11
                      You're brave for doing a case like that.

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                      • #12
                        Originally posted by KBQ View Post
                        You're brave for doing a case like that.
                        Hello,

                        i appreciate; like you this Tower case?

                        I am not a technician, anyway this thread may inspire someone to do something similar...maybe it was without ideas, and now he can do a tower for himself.

                        Ciao
                        Stefano
                        Last edited by vibros; 19 July 2020, 18:12.

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                        • #13
                          ...ta-da

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                          I am open to accept donations, like not working A3640 or Zorro cards like Gfx cards.
                          I have done some software for the comunity, and posted here some nice works, so donations are welcome!

                          Ciao
                          Stefano

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                          • #14
                            Hello,

                            the picture above is a bit dark! Anyway just to capture the good feel that an old computer could give!
                            Next steps are 1) the side panels, 2) the front button linked to the jumper "power_sw" (reset button is already working) and 3) the painting work...i have a nice idea...maybe stupid for someone...anyway stay tuned!

                            Ciao
                            Stefano

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                            • #15
                              Hello,

                              how to use the original side panels? I bet you will mount it from below...but this is not correct; in this case, just mount it from above.
                              There is some reasons: below, the part to add, to cover the new space, is not much visible; it is allowed to change style (and more easy to find a solution); but first of all, there is some lights on the interior of the tower; they will cast green light on the floor, because the addition will be transparent!

                              Look this pictures...

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                              Ciao
                              Stefano
                              Last edited by vibros; 23 July 2020, 08:54.

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