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Reverse Fuel mod

Posted: Mon Jul 16, 2007 8:38 pm
by mia
Folks,

I have an old fuel somewhere that's perfectly working. Unfortunately the case is completely trashed, the door's borken, the sides have huge bumps etc. The fuel itself runs like a charm.

I do not feel like transplanting the contents in yet another fuel case, I just don't like them so much, I was wondering if someone knew of a peecee case that looks nice and that would work just fine to host a Fuel motherboard, a v12, few pci cards and few other goodies.

Let me know, thanks a million,
Mia

Re: Reverse Fuel mod

Posted: Tue Jul 17, 2007 1:49 am
by jan-jaap
You should talk to 'loonvf', he's working on something similar.

Re: Reverse Fuel mod

Posted: Tue Jul 17, 2007 3:13 am
by loonvf
Hi all,

Indeed this is my new project.
I am waiting for the motherboard to arrive and after that I will order the memory and SCSI cable.
CPU I already have and PSU comes from a PC.

But only once the hardware is running, I will get a case for the machine.
And I still do not have a V10 gfx card so I assume it can run headless.

Re: Reverse Fuel mod

Posted: Tue Jul 17, 2007 3:27 am
by pablodiablo
Maby G5 case? Looks nice :)

Re: Reverse Fuel mod

Posted: Tue Jul 17, 2007 3:36 am
by schleusel
loonvf wrote:CPU I already have and PSU comes from a PC.

Caution. This won't work without modifications. The Fuel does use an ATX PSU with EPS12V connector but the pinout is non-standard, see: http://forums.nekochan.net/viewtopic.php?f=3&t=10849&st=0&sk=t&sd=a&start=29

Re: Reverse Fuel mod

Posted: Tue Jul 17, 2007 4:26 am
by kokoboi
I would like to get the mainboard if you sell it on parts :oops:

Re: Reverse Fuel mod

Posted: Wed Jul 18, 2007 7:51 am
by mia
This is indeed great!

Let me know if you happen to find something that works. I guess I could run my fuel headless as well, but having a v12 output wouldn't be a bad thing either!

Headless would be a good start anyway, let me know if you find anything that could host the goodies.


Mia

Re: Reverse Fuel mod

Posted: Wed Jul 18, 2007 8:02 am
by loonvf
If I read schleusel's comments correctly then I understand that a ATX powersupply con not be used

Please correct me if I am wrong!

Re: Reverse Fuel mod

Posted: Wed Jul 18, 2007 8:57 am
by SAQ
No, what the thread was saying is that the PSU is a simple ATX+12v model, but the cable to the mainboard has a different pinout (and different color code, so it's a bit harder). What we need is someone to trace the connector and post it (along with the SGI color-code)- changing the connector is relatively simple, or you can get a box of crimp butt connectors and crimp on the old SGI cable (but you still need to know the pinout).

If someone will donate the Fuel, I'd be happy do do it :lol: , otherwise it's a 5-minute exercise with a voltmeter.

Re: Reverse Fuel mod

Posted: Wed Jul 18, 2007 10:58 am
by mia
I have a fuel, I can take a look at this.


Mia

Re: Reverse Fuel mod

Posted: Wed Jul 18, 2007 11:24 pm
by loonvf
Hi mia,

It would be great if you can do that measurement and have it documented with some pictures & photo's if possible.

Keep us informed please.

Re: Reverse Fuel mod

Posted: Thu Jul 19, 2007 12:25 am
by mia
Sure, why not.

I couldn't find the time to do this today (yet another crazy day at work) but it's something that I will look into in the next few days. I do also happen to have a camera, so that should be no problem. This project is certainly interesting in several ways, one of them is that I've always wanted to put more than 2 drives in my Fuel, therefore a better case would be preferable.

I know somebody that did this with a Sun Blade, the result may not be what you were hoping for:

http://unixconsult.org/frankenstein/


Mia

Re: Reverse Fuel mod

Posted: Thu Jul 19, 2007 2:06 am
by Ryan Fox
pablodiablo wrote:Maby G5 case? Looks nice :)


lol! Well you can always get your hands on one of those silver SUN Mircosystems cases

One of these perhaps:

http://cgi.ebay.com/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?Vi ... &rd=1&rd=1

Re: Reverse Fuel mod

Posted: Thu Jul 19, 2007 7:47 am
by mia
This is indeed a very good idea, an G5 case would be a fine thing as well.


Mia

Re: Reverse Fuel mod

Posted: Sun Jul 22, 2007 11:52 pm
by mia
I'm still working on this, I'll update this week.


Mia