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PS3 HTPC mod (16 photos)(5.0) (11 ratings)
Top view inside
Uploaded Apr 30, 2010 11:18:38
Top view inside the PS3 case. I used steel sheet with holes for mounting everything. The red wires are SATA cables, the green-white and red-white ones are Power LED and HDD LED.
Uploaded Apr 30, 2010 11:18:45
Front view of the case. I used a slot loading Sony DVD burner so I woulden't have to butcher the PS3 case for a DVD drive.
Don't need a BD drive since I have my PS3 next to the HTPC.
Uploaded Apr 30, 2010 11:18:49
Cluse up of the HDD and Power LED's. Note the high tech solution of using tape to attach them. They work but aren't as bright as the original PS3 LED's. Also, I actually wanted the red one on the left but accidentally switched them. Still looks nice thought.
Uploaded Apr 30, 2010 11:18:57
Close up of the left hald of the front. Note how close the RAM is to the fan, there's about 5mm of space between them. The fan is an ultra silent yet very powerful fan that comes with a pot to adjust speeds.
Uploaded Apr 30, 2010 11:19:01
This is the back side. The switch with blu-white wires is the power switch. I initially wanted to use the PCB with power switch and eject button but they are too complicated to use. I didn't mount the switch in the case on purpose. The thing above it is for adjusting the fan speed. Next to that there's the WiFi antenna, USB ports, HDMI, VGA, Optical, Bluetooth, Gigabit LAN and audio outputs and inputs.
Uploaded Apr 30, 2010 11:19:08
A close-up of the IO shield. The small hole underneath the WiFi antenna is actually for the power supply. it's an external one like on a laptop.
Uploaded Apr 30, 2010 11:19:13
Ok, these were a b@#ch to mount propperly. I actually spent an entire night working on these. Very stressful, but I'm very happy with how they turned out. They are alligned perfectly!
As for the card reader above them: I wanted to install one, but there just isn't enough room and I didn't want to cut in the PS3 case.
Uploaded Apr 30, 2010 11:19:24
The HTPC in action via HDMI on my Sony KDL-32W5500. Very happy! The only thing I need now is a Logitech Harmony one, and/or Bluetooth mouse and keyboard.
LED's in action
Uploaded Apr 30, 2010 11:19:28
The power LED showing my HTPC is running. Next to it is a gigabit switch. I tried to photograph the HDD LED too, but to no avail.
Side by side
Uploaded Apr 30, 2010 11:25:21
The PS3 and HTPC, partners in crime, side by side. Very very happy with the result! The ASUS thing in the middle is an IR receiver for a remote I got with the motherboard.
Uploaded Apr 30, 2010 11:32:14
This is the end result. Very happy!
Rii mini keyboard and mousepad
Uploaded May 16, 2010 18:17:48
This is the Rii mini keyboard with mousepad.
I bought this off eBay because I did want something which is not too big. This thing is actually not bigger than a regular remote, yet the buttons are big enough for some web browsing and managing my HTPC.
Uploaded May 16, 2010 19:11:14
It's the keyboard again, with a very important feature... it lights up in the dark if you want!
The luminescence is better in real life than on the picture, but you get the idea. I'm very happy with this keyboard.
btw, it has a built-in laser pointer too, for giving presentations (or to annoy your cat).
Uploaded Jan 28, 2011 08:11:38
I made a small update. I opened up my HTPC to check if I could fit a sound card in there (sadly not) and my eye caught the power button I was using that hung out the back. So I wanted to make a better one. I went downstairs and my brother was playing a game on his PC and when I heard his mouse button clicking I had the idea of using an old mouse to make a power button. This is the back side of said button.
Uploaded Jan 28, 2011 08:11:50
The mouse PCB I used. It was an old Logitech mouse, the PCB is dated 1992! You can see the right mouse button still on there. My dad's soldering iron is an old beast, but it does the job.
Uploaded Jan 28, 2011 08:12:03
The finished product. It works so I'm happy with that, but I'm not 100% satisfied with the looks, but the cover is always closed anyway so that isn't realy a problem. The next modification in there will probably be an IR receiver. I have one, I know the plastic lid won't stop the IR light, so it should work.
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