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R2D2PC - how to build it


R2D2PC's casing formerly was a Star Wars toy which had some kind of space station located at the inside. In order to get rid of all the superfluous plastic pieces, a pair of pliers and a file were useful. On the photo above you can see the empty casing.


Here you can see all components which were originally used in order to build the R2D2PC. On the photo they are already connected to each other. The following list describes the original components as well as later changes to the initial build:

  1. Mainboard: VIA EPIA-CL6000 Mini-ITX mainboard with a VIA EDEN 600 Mhz processor
  2. 256 MB Infineon DDR-266 RAM
  3. SanDisk 512 MB CompactFlash card SanDisk Ultra II 512 MB CompactFlash card
  4. Maxtor 20 GB 5400 rpm UDMA hard drive / Samsung SV1203N 120 GB 5400 rpm Ultra ATA 133 hard drive
  5. IDE CompactFlash adapter
  6. Fanless 60 Watts PSU (external)
  7. Two push buttons for "power" and "reset"
  8. Papst 412FM fan (40x40x10 mm) Papst 4412 F/2GL fan (120x120x25 mm)
  9. Zalman fan controller
  10. Netgear MA311 WLAN PCI apapter


On the above photo, all components are already mounted inside the casing. The hard drive from the initial configuration was later replaced by a large fan, which is attached with sticky tape on four foam pads. The mainboard is also mounted on four small foam pads. The size of the casing turned out to be ideal for a Mini-ITX mainboard.


Here you can see the bottom of R2D2PC. Directly accessible are four USB ports, two ethernet ports, parallel & serial connectors, and the VGA adaptor. Inside the casing are also connectors for PS/2 mouse and keyboard as well as various audio plugs. Only the ethernet ports are used during normal operation. R2D2PC is administered remotely via OpenSSH.


R2D2PC "at work".

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