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CoolJag Mini LED Flash Review

CoolJag Mini LED Flash Review

» March 11, 2008 04:00PM

Guide: How to Make a High-Quality Audio Interconnect for Your PC

Guide: How to Make a High-Quality Audio Interconnect for Your PC

» May 28, 2007 04:00PM

Guide: Fueler's Custom Modded Folding Rig

Guide: Fueler's Custom Modded Folding Rig

» April 22, 2007 04:00PM

Fueler is awesome.

Plexi Computer Case How-to guide

» January 22, 2007 04:00PM

LED Mouse mod guide

» January 14, 2007 04:00PM

Coolermaster Musketeer Mult-Function Panel Review

» April 27, 2006 04:00PM

How-to Make a CPU Keychain

» November 18, 2004 04:00PM

Guide: How-To Round & Sleeve Flat IDE Cables

» October 13, 2004 04:00PM

Coolermaster Musketeer 2 (LLC-U03) Review

» July 19, 2004 04:00PM

How-To Make a PVC Pipe Reservoir

» June 23, 2004 04:00PM

Vantec Sleeving Kit Review

» February 10, 2004 04:00PM

Coolermaster Aerogate II Multi-function Panel Review

» February 5, 2004 04:00PM

Vantec Nexus (NXP-305-SL) Review

» September 22, 2003 04:00PM

Noise Isolator (SWFC-6-BK) Switch Fan Controller

» May 27, 2003 04:00PM

Noise Isolator (RH-35) VR Fan Speed Controller

» May 6, 2003 04:00PM

Thermaltake Xview Review

» April 30, 2003 04:00PM

Cremax Icy Dock Bodyguard 525 MB228 (Multi-Function Transfer Rack)

» April 8, 2003 04:00PM

Heavy Duty MNPCTech Case Handles Review/Guide

» March 18, 2003 04:00PM

Rounded IDE Cable Review

» January 10, 2003 04:00PM

Electroluminescient (EL) Cable PC Modding Kit Review

» November 27, 2002 04:00PM

Vantec Nexus (NXP-101) Multi-function Panel Review

» November 24, 2002 04:00PM

SunBeam 12

» November 13, 2002 04:00PM

Shattered Web Custom Applique Review

» November 12, 2002 04:00PM

DVD-ROM Window with Blue LED Mod. Guide

» October 21, 2002 04:00PM

Power Supply LED Mod Guide

» August 17, 2002 04:00PM

Kingwin KF-201-DF mobile rack w/ LCD front panel review

» May 7, 2002 04:00PM

Shinny Boy project

» April 2, 2002 04:00PM

Custom sand blasted plexi window from PC-Windows.net

» March 21, 2002 04:00PM

DigitalDoc 5 review

» March 10, 2002 04:00PM

CPU Transport Strapping System (CTSS) and Monitor Transport Strapping System (MTSS)

» March 5, 2002 04:00PM

Kingwin FPT-01S Multifunction Transfer Panel

» February 4, 2002 04:00PM

CaseAce GearGrip Pro review

» January 27, 2002 04:00PM

Vantec silver rounded ATA 66/100/133 IDE & Floppy cables review

» December 21, 2001 04:00PM

Bright blue neon light kit

» October 27, 2001 04:00PM

120mm blowhole guide

» October 15, 2001 04:00PM

Plexi Window Kit

» September 9, 2001 04:00PM

Key lock switch case mod

» August 4, 2001 04:00PM

Plexi-Glass CPU Fan Duct Guide

» July 6, 2001 04:00PM

CaseAce GearGrip CRT Review

» June 4, 2001 04:00PM

Cliff Anderson Fanbus

» April 1, 2001 04:00PM

FrontX CPX Multimedia Ports

» April 1, 2001 04:00PM

Blue Rounded ATA 66/100 Cable

» March 29, 2001 04:00PM

T-bird/Duron unlocking and overclocking

» March 8, 2001 04:00PM

Street Glow Twin 6

» January 24, 2001 04:00PM

Modding News (30)

EK Begins Mod Pit Series of Modding Events

Category: Modding
Posted: November 14, 2018 06:45AM
Author: Guest_Jim_*

EK, the company behind a number of popular custom water cooling blocks and components has started a modding event series called the EK Mod Pit. In this series two modders are the focus, with both giving the desired specifications to the other, such as case size, motherboard size, tubing type, and more. By focusing on just modders, the series intends to focus on the details and tricks both can reveal.

For this first series the modders are Alex Banks, or Maki Role, who has worked with Praetex design from the UK and Justin Olsen of Metallic Acid custom PCs of Sweden. It was earlier today the series started, livestreaming on Facebook and Instagram at 9:00 and 14:00 GMT, which converts to 3 AM and 8 AM CST, but there will be more as the modders have two more days in the EK warehouse to finish their projects. At the end there will be multiple short movies made covering the event.

EK is not the only company supporting this series, as InWin has supplied cases and PSUs, ASUS provided three Z390 motherboards for the modders to choose from, and G.Skill provided two packs of 32 GB TridentZ RGB RAM. The power tools being used have also been supplied by Makita and the cables have come from CableMod. You can follow the event through social media channels for EK and these partners.

Source: EK Water Blocks

Some Coffee Lake CPUs Booted on Older Unsupported Chipsets

Category: Modding
Posted: March 7, 2018 08:38AM
Author: Guest_Jim_*

Last year Intel launched its 8000-series CPUs using the Coffee Lake architecture and along with it the new Z370 chipset to support it. Some had noticed this chipset's socket and that of the older Z170 and Z270 chipsets were all LGA 1151 sockets, so physically the newest CPUs could be dropped into the older motherboards. Unfortunately for anyone wanting a drop-in upgrade, this would not be the case as Intel has limited Coffee Lake to Z370, but in an October interview with Bit-Tech, an Asus employee stated the limitation is a decision of Intel's and not necessarily on a hardware level. It would require changes to the Management Engine and BIOS, and while the power delivery for the new CPUs is different, the Asus representative said it was not much different.

I suspect that even without the Asus employee statements there would still have been modders trying, and they have indeed succeeded in getting some, but not all Coffee Lake CPUs to boot on the older Z170 chipset. The modders have even put together guides on Overclock.net, but they are limited to working on ASRock motherboards. The process involves tweaking the CPU's microcode, the integrated GPU's UEFI GOP driver, and Management Engine bootstraps so it is hardly something most people would be interested in doing, but it does still demonstrate a proof-of-concept, if nothing else.

In their testing, the modders were able to boot a Core i3-8300 chip on the older motherboards, but not a Core i7-8700 CPU. The reason they give is a power issue, as the i7 has a higher core count. It will be interesting to see what additional work is done, and if we will see modders succeed with other motherboards and with the more powerful CPUs.

Source: PCGamer and Overclock.net

Cooler Master Announces Community Platform for Modders

Category: Modding
Posted: January 11, 2017 03:28PM
Author: Nick Harezga

Cooler Master has announced MASTERBUILD, "a new PC building community platform," designed to "discover, share and collaborate with PC builders and Modders from around the world." The available content will appeal to all skill levels, ranging from picture galleries of other users' builds to modding articles and tutorials to help you with your own builds. Users can share their content either through the MASTERBUILD site or by tagging social media posts using #MASTERBUILD. Cooler Master plans to hold regular campaigns, contests, and promotions to interact with and encourage users.

Source: Press Release

RGB360 Lighting Kit Debuted by DEEPCOOL

Category: Modding
Posted: April 13, 2016 07:03AM
Author: Brentt Moore

DEEPCOOL, a leading manufacturer of computer chassis, cooling solutions, power supply units, and electronic accessories, has officially debued the RGB360 LED strips. The latest product from DEEPCOOL provides excellent lighting for any computer setup and offers users with 16.8 million colors that are displayed in a bright, soft, and uniform design. The RGB360, which featues a flexible FPC substrate and magnetic design, offers a lifespan of 100,000 hours, can be easily cut to fit within any chassis, and is controllable through the included remote control that can alter light settings from 10 meters away.

The RGB360 from DEEPCOOL features an MSRP of $29.99 and will be available to purchase sometime this month.

Source: Press Release

BitFenix Introduces Alchemy 2.0 Individual Wires, Connectors, and Combs

Category: Modding
Posted: April 8, 2016 05:29AM
Author: Brentt Moore

Back in February of this year, BitFenix introduced Alchemy 2.0 modular cables, which continue to provide system builders with high-quality connections in a variety of colors. Now, the creator of various hardware and peripherals has officially introduced Alchemy 2.0 individual wires, connectors, and combs. The new components provide consumers with some of the most customizable sleeving products available, as each is built with truly high quality materials. The individual wires boast 16AWG thick pure copper strands, new High Current Alloy Terminals, and an ultra-dense sleeve that stays in place, all while being very flexible. The Alchemy 2.0 connectors are made with a special rubber for a perfect fit, are certified by CUL and TUV, and are capable of operating in a wide range of temperatures from -10 to 150-degrees Celsius. Lastly, the combs from BitFenix offer a unique SoftHold protection for excellent aesthetics and can be cut to fit various cable lengths.

Source: Press Release

BitFenix Introduces Alchemy 2.0 Modular Cables

Category: Modding
Posted: February 5, 2016 12:24AM
Author: Brentt Moore

BitFenix, a creator of hardware and peripherals that grant the user the utmost control, strength, and performance to complete their computing tasks, has officially released the Alchemy 2.0 modular cable. Alchemy 2.0 improves on the original Alchemy product line thanks to the feedback received from some of the world’s most prolific case modders. The new sleeved cables from BitFenix boast a premium ultra-dense weave, a unique multi-sleeved construction, pure copper strand cables up to 16AWG thick, and high current alloy terminals that provide maximum efficiency. Alchemy 2.0, which comes in a multitude of colors and six models that support six different modular power supply series, also features rubber cable combs that prevent damage to the sleeve, thereby ensuring long life.

Source: Press Release

Thermaltake Kicks Off Modding Fighting Championship

Category: Modding
Posted: February 3, 2016 04:13PM
Author: Nick Harezga

Thermaltake is holding a new modding competition starting this month and running through the middle of June called the Thermaltake 2016 Modding Fighting Championship. Thermaltake has invited Suchao Prowphong, winner of the 2015 Thermaltake CaseMOD Season 1, and Jesse Palacio, winner of the 2015 Thermaltake CaseMOD Season 2, to compete for glory and prizes. The Core WP100 Super Tower Chassis is the medium of choice for this contest and is the "only chassis able to house more than 20 HDD cages and up to 10 expansion slots."

Source: Press Release

CableMod Launches Store for European Residents

Category: Modding
Posted: October 21, 2015 02:55AM
Author: Brentt Moore

CableMod, a company that creates premium cables that can turn ordinary systems into works of art, has announced that it has opened a new store for PC enthusiasts that reside in Europe. The store, which is known simply as the CableMod EU Store, features a familiar user interface that includes a smart search function, sports inexpensive shipping by GLS, and allows customers to pay with major credit cards or PayPal. Shipping will initially be offered to countries that include Austria, Belgium, Croatia, Czech Republic, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Hungary, Italy, Luxembourg, Monaco, Netherlands, Poland, Spain, Sweden, and the United Kingdom.

Interested consumers can visit the latest store from CableMod by visiting the official storefront website.

Source: Press Release

CableMod Launches Premium Cable Kits for Cooler Master V Series PSUs

Category: Modding
Posted: July 17, 2015 06:07AM
Author: Brentt Moore

CableMod, a company that specializes in custom power supply cables that are constructed from premium materials and crafted with the utmost care, has officially released premium cables that are designed for Cooler Master V Series PSUs. The CM-Series Premium Cable Kits offer owners of a V Series power supply with ultimate flexibility and uniformity in their machine, thanks to the CableMod cables being direct replacements for the stock power supply cables instead of cable extensions. The CM-Series Premium Cable Kits come in a range of solid colors that include black, red, blue, green, orange, and white, and also come in a range of color combinations that include black/red, black/blue, black/green, black/orange, black/yellow, and black/white.

Source: Press Release

BitFenix Launches Alchemy 2.0 Magnetic LED Strips

Category: Modding
Posted: July 15, 2015 04:41AM
Author: Brentt Moore

Since its inception, BitFenix has provided consumers with superior design through the latest advances in technology, and the company is continuing that trend with the launch of its Alchemy 2.0 magnetic LED strips. The latest product by BitFenix is the natural successor to the immensely popular Alchemy LED strips, and while the second version of the product does feature the same TriBright 5050 SMD LED modules, it includes a variety of enhancements. Alchemy 2.0 LED strips feature a powerful magnet in the power plug of the unit, include a longer power cable that measures in at 50cm, and are daisy-chainable. Due to popular consumer demand, the Alchemy 2.0 LED strips are also available in a new purple color and the green LED strips have been fine tuned to the yellow-green color exhibited by high-end graphics cards.

BitFenix Alchemy 2.0 LED strips are available in white, red, purple, green, and blue color options, and with the versatility that the strips offer thanks to the flexible PCB carrier design, adding lighting to any case is incredibly simple and efficient.

Source: Press Release

Windows XP Usage Lowers Thanks to Windows 8.1

Category: Operating Systems, Modding
Posted: December 1, 2014 10:06AM
Author: Brentt Moore

According to StatCounter, Windows 8.1 has officially overtaken Windows XP usage. Windows XP is now used by 10.69 percent of the total desktop market, dropping from 11.95 percent in October, while Windows 8.1 is now utilized by 10.95 percent of all users, up from 9.31 percent in October. The growth of Windows 8.1 is likely due to the recent back-to-school season, along with the surge of holiday shopping. Additionally, more users may be moving to Windows 8.1 due to the free upgrade that Microsoft has continued to offer Windows 8 users.

Despite the growing amount of people now using Windows 8.1, Windows 7 continues to represent the majority of the total market, with the five-year-old operating system now accounting for 50.34 percent of the total market.

Source: PCWorld

Tt eSPORTS Releases METALCAPS Keyboard Accessory

Category: Modding
Posted: July 7, 2014 04:52PM
Author: Brentt Moore

Tt eSPORTS, a Thermaltake brand that is the leading expert in professional e-Sports gaming peripherals, has released its METALCAPS keyboard accessory. This accessory is designed for mechanical keyboards and provides excellent durability and a solid feel with its Zinc alloy construction. The Tt eSPORTS METALCAPS offers owners a quick way to customize and modify their mechanical keyboards with a variety of options, including four separate configurations: the W, A, S, D, and Escape keys, the Q, W, E, R, and Escape keys, the up, down, left, right, and Escape keys, as well as 38 key combinations.

The Tt eSPORTS METALCAPS keyboard accessory features an MSRP of $19.99 for any of the five keycap combination offerings, while the 38 keycaps offering features an MSRP of $69.99. Consumers in the United States, Taiwan, and Germany can find the latest Tt eSPORTS accessory at local stores.

Source: Press Release

Texas Instruments Launches Improved BeagleBone PC

Category: Small Form Factor, Open Source, Modding
Posted: April 23, 2013 01:33PM
Author: Tobias Thydal

Texas Instruments has launched its ARM-based BeagleBone Black PC today, and it's certainly going to raise some eyebrows in the DIY crowd. The board is a mix of two famous and loved devices. It has the microcontroller capabilities of the Arduino board, while being able to perform many of the same tasks as a Raspberry PI. The board is of course open-source and will be running a pre-installed Angstrom Linux OS. The specifications are a single-core Sitara AM335x ARM Cortex-A8 processor at 1GHz, 512MB DDR3 RAM, and 2GB of eMMC memory that holds the OS. It also has two Programmable Real Time Units, which are responsible for the microcontroller tasks.

The board is shipped with a single DC power barrel connector, two USB 2.0 ports, a micro SD card reader, a micro HDMI port for video output, and a 10/100 Ethernet jack. On top of that, the BeagleBone Black has two 46-pin connectors located on either side of the board, which accept cape expansion cards. These improve the functionality of the board by adding sensors, serial ports, batteries, LCD displays, and FPGAs. 

According to Texas Instruments, the BeagleBone Black is capable of driving a 3D printer due to the improved ARM processor and the pre-installed OS. The BeagleBone Black also has potential in robotics, since a powerful processor and microcontrollers on the same small board opens up for many possibilities, such as machine vision, which is the new craze amongst developers.

That Texas Instruments are able to cram so much hardware on a tiny PCB and maintain a price of only $45 is truly remarkable.

Source: Extreme Tech

ECS Sponsoring Case Modding Contest

Category: Modding
Posted: January 15, 2013 02:16PM
Author: Nick Harezga

The Modmen case modding contest from ECS is currently running and entries will be accepted until February 28, 2013. The top five entrants will be flown to Taipei, Taiwan to show off their entries at Computex 2013 in front of a panel of judges. The grand prize winner will receive $30,000 while the remaining four participants will get $1,000 in cash and $2,000 in hardware. Marketing Manager at ECS Ivette Huang said, "Winning the ECS Modmen competition will give someone international notoriety and top-notch cash and prizes.”

Cooler Master Announces Mod Contest

Category: Modding
Posted: August 10, 2012 02:24PM
Author: Nick Harezga

Cooler Master has announced the return of its case and cooler mod contest for another year. In the contest last year, 89 mods were completed by teams from 37 countries. There will be three different categories that intrepid modders can enter, tower mod, scratch build, and the new cooler mod category. Full details of each category can be found on the contest website. Several prize packages will be available for each category and will feature gear from Cooler Master, ASUS, and Kingston. Registration is open from August 6 to September 7 and worklog updates and submissions will be accepted until December 7.

Micrographs and Spectroscopy: There are Apps for That

Category: Mobile, Modding, Science & Technology
Posted: October 12, 2011 10:08AM
Author: Guest_Jim_*

With their incredible abilities and world-wide data connection, smartphones are of great interest to researchers, especially in medicine. Presented at the Optical Society of America’s Annual Meeting are methods to use the camera on an iPhone to perform medical tests that can save lives in poor nations and emergency situations. Using a simple ball-lens to increase the light falling on the sensor, the camera can resolve detail down to 1.7 microns, which is enough to distinguish kinds of blood cells. Though such a lens normally costs $30-40, mass production would reduce the cost. Also developed, though still being perfected, is a spectrometer accessory, also for the camera, which may have the ability to determine the oxygen concentration within the blood and identify disease chemical markers. Any images collected this way in the field, can also be wirelessly sent to an expert for further analysis. These new tools could also be used in classrooms, to demonstrate to enrich science lessons.

How to Put an Xbox 360 and PS3 in a PC Case

Category: Modding
Posted: September 5, 2011 01:42PM
Author: Nick Harezga

One intrepid modder that goes by the name Timofiend decided that he wanted to help bring an Xbox 360 and PS3 closer together, by putting both systems in a PC case. While the creator has acknowledged that his guide wasn't written as a tutorial, it does give a record of how he was able to do it. Tim takes you through everything he did in case you wish to attempt to recreate it, from the tools and materials he used to the end product. The pictures and words of Tim do the project much more justice than my words ever could, but I think it turned out really well. Have a look to see the incredible work that he was able to do.

UIST Third Annual Student Innovation Contest: Microsoft TouchMouse

Category: Input Devices, Gadgets, Modding, Science & Technology
Posted: August 11, 2011 08:35AM
Author: Guest_Jim_*

The Association for Computing Machinery (ACM) Symposium on User Interface Software and Technology is holding their third annual Student Innovation Contest and the reservation deadline is August 17. The goal of this contest is to develop new ways to interact with new hardware. This year the hardware is the, as yet unreleased, Microsoft TouchMouse. For those that enter and are eligible to participate in the contest Microsoft provides the hardware (TouchMouse) and access to the unreleased API. The winner is determined after demonstrations of everyone’s innovations on October 17 and announced the next day. For first place the winner receives $1500 and second place gets $500, but both also get a “spiffy trophy that you can show off to your friends and family.”

NVIDIA Unveils Duke Nukem Forever Case Mod

Category: Modding
Posted: June 23, 2011 04:29PM
Author: Nick Harezga

NVIDIA made a splash at the Duke Nukem Forever launch event in Dallas, bringing a great looking case mod with them. The mod was created with the help of Richard “DarthBeavis” Surroz, and features two 3D screens, two GTX580 GPUs, and a custom cooling solution. NVIDIA presented the mod to Randy Pitchford, the CEO of Gearbox, which developed the game. Check out the video interview with Randy below.

BitFenix Announces Case Modding Contest

Category: Modding
Posted: April 4, 2011 04:11PM
Author: Nick Harezga

BitFenix has announced a new contest for all the case modders out there, with the top prize being a Colossus Window chassis. In order to enter, there are three steps to follow:

1. Go to the BitFenix Facebook Page and click "Like"
2. Find the Modding Contest tab and fill in the contest form
3. Go to the BitFenix Case Modding Contest page and submit photos of your best case mod

If you aren't particularly skilled at modding, be sure to check out the entries on the contest page and vote for your favorite entry.

Mod Men Episode 3 Now Online

Category: Modding
Posted: March 15, 2011 04:03PM
Author: Nick Harezga

The Mod Men web show follows Bill and Randy from Mnpctech as they build a water cooled PC from the ground up. In this weeks episode, the acrylic pieces of the case are painted at the "Shanty Shack of Custom Colors." Bill also gets started on putting everything together. As an added bonus, you can also see how Bill created the Fractal Design Array Mini ITX NAS case that is being given away by the team. Check out episode three on the Mod Men website, and let us know what you think in the forums.

Episode Two of Mod Men Now Available

Category: Modding
Posted: March 8, 2011 04:17PM
Author: Nick Harezga

Mod Men, the web show that follows some modders from Mnpctech as they build a water cooled PC from the ground up, was released to the web last week. Episode two is now available, and features the construction of the main structure of the PC. It is custom milled by Bill and Randy from a 2 inch thick block of acrylic. Also included is a tutorial on applying a carbon fiber paint effect to any piece of hardware. Be sure to check out the video to find out exactly what a "Munky Transmission" is.

Mod Men Web Show Now Online

Category: Modding
Posted: March 1, 2011 05:08PM
Author: Nick Harezga

I had posted about the Mod Men web show earlier this month, and the first episode is now available for viewing. The show chronicles the adventures of Bill Owen from Mnpctech as he builds a water cooled PC from start to finish. Along the way, he will also offer tips for all the modders out there looking for some help. The first episode can be viewed here. Be sure to check out the forum thread to discuss the episode and let the rest of us know what you thought.

Inside Ben Heck's Workshop

Category: Modding
Posted: October 19, 2009 11:44AM
Author: Ben Grantham

If you're a fan of creative modding, particularly games consoles shoehorned into portable formats, then you'll probably already know who Ben Heck is. Including the recent addition of the PS3 slim laptop to his list of mods, his work is always impressively well thought out. With all of that, you might expect his workshop to be equally impressive, but no, it is relatively understated spare bedroom at his house in Madison, WI. Engadget paid a visit to have a poke around and to ask Ben a few questions about how he got into modding at what is essentially a professional level. Starting out with a portable Atari mod, it is nice to hear that Ben follows the common engineering principle of fiddling with things until they break. Including a look at a Bill Paxton (yes, really!) themed pinball machine project he is working on, the video is certainly worth a look. Ben's advice? Don't be afraid to take things apart. Oh, and make things that look cool.

Cooler Master Announces Modding Contest

Category: Modding
Posted: July 1, 2009 06:25PM
Author: Dale Shuck

Cooler Master has just announced the start of its 2009 Global Modding Contest with registration and entries being accepted beginning July 1. Cutoff for registration is September 30 with the winners to be announced October 15. Judging will be done by popular vote with three different categories being offered:

  • Full Tower
  • Mid Tower
  • Unique

There will be three grand prizes awarded, one for each category, and an additional nine runner ups selected (three per category). Winners will receive prize packages with components from sponsors such as AMD, Crucial, CyberPowerPC, Intel Extreme Board Division, Final Fantasy XI, CM Storm , Choiix , MSI, Zotac and Kingston. You can find a complete list of rules and registration instructions at the contest web site.

DIY Multitouch Surface Computer

Category: Modding
Posted: April 8, 2009 06:50AM
Author: redtigerdragon

Microsoft has recently demoed a surface PC. And the price tag shows how new the technology is, at just around $10,000. But now, you can build your own. Maximum PC has an article of how to build it using a cabinet, a run of the mill PC, a good projector, around $400 worth of equipment ranging from lenses to parts for the screen, and some freeware. The article really goes in depth, and even shows how you could improve it through the small errors they made. Alright OCCers, who's going to be the first one to build one of these and start folding?

Retro Mod: The Commodore 64 Laptop

Category: Modding
Posted: April 6, 2009 10:56AM
Author: Ben Grantham

If you are old enough to remember the original Commodore 64 (which was released back in 1982) then you'll probably be suitably impressed by the latest in a long line of mods from Ben Heck (which have included laptop versions of the PS3, Xbox 360 and Wii). The Commodore 64 laptop manages to successfully capture all of the beige plastic style of the original machine, though it opts for some modern touches, such as the SD card emulation of the old floppy drive. It does however make use of a C64C motherboard and is powered with a Gamecube power supply. For that authentic experience you even get long loading times, taking you back to the time when making a snack while waiting for your game to start was common practise. While I never owned a C64 myself (it was a little before my time) similar experiences with a Spectrum and an Amiga 500 (which came along later, but was still decidedly beige) mean I am not surprised to hear this is apparently one of Ben Heck's favourite mods to date. You can see a video of the machine in action by following the link.

R2-D2 Garbage Can Case Mod Is Pretty Convincing

Category: Modding
Posted: March 23, 2009 03:18PM
Author: Ben Grantham

You don't have to be a Star Wars fan to appreciate the time and effort Frenk Janse put into his R2-D2 case mod. While it may not sport an integrated projector, it does feature enough attention to detail and creative flourishes to make it an impressive project. What may be most encouraging for some is that only $120 was spent to re-create this loveable little robotic character. Comprising largely of an old garbage can (albeit a suitably dome-topped affair), it manages to pack in a webcam, plenty of LEDs and some speakers to give R2 his customary bleep sounds. If you are a high performance hardware junkie, then the internals may be a bit of let down, but I doubt it would be the first concern of anyone spotting this in the flesh. You can view all the build details over at bit-tech.

Life-Size Virtual Pinball Machine Is Pretty Awesome

Category: Modding
Posted: February 25, 2009 05:30PM
Author: Ben Grantham

If you've always wanted a full size pinball machine for your game room, then the cost may be a little restrictive. While still not cheap, another possible option would be to construct your own virtual machine with the help of a couple of LCD displays. That is just what one guy from the HyperSpin / HyperPin forums has done and the results are rather impressive. Using one large LCD screen and a smaller monitor combined with the Future Pinball simulator, you can load up and play a variety of machines meaning that replay value is dramatically increased. You can catch a video of the whole thing in action on YouTube.

Building a Laser Harp Controller for Guitar Hero

Category: Gaming, Modding
Posted: July 17, 2008 09:21AM
Author: Dale Shuck

Laser harps have been around for a while so building one may not be something new to some folks. Unless, of course, you build one and mod it to use as a controller to play Guitar Hero. That's what Stephen Hobley did using a single 450mw green laser. By splitting the laser into multiple beams using a mirror, Hobley is able to produce sounds using a PC to interpret hand movements (that deflect the laser beams) into sounds. The coolest aspect of the whole setup may be the script Hobley wrote that maps the sounds to keyboard controls for the Guitar Hero video game. The site linked above also has a video of Hobley playing Lynyrd Skynyrd's Freebird in the video game. You can head over to his site if you want to pick up a set of plans to build your own.

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