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pico-itx case arrives

I got the case for the pico-ITX motherboard yesterday evening from iDOTpc. This is the case that sold out in one day — twice! I could not wait to get it out of the box and install the motherboard and hard drive. In hindsight, maybe I should have been a little more patient.

I had no trouble taking the case apart, putting the motherboard into the case, and putting the heat sink on top of the motherboard. If you have never seen this case, the top of the cas is the heat sink itself, connected to the processor and port handler by a copper U-tube and a solid block of metal glued with thermal paste. Nor did I have trouble with the hard drive and its bracket. Those were simple when you followed the instructions.

However, the instructions do not tell you what to do when you run into the following:

I plan to go to Best Buy or Fry's after work to find a SATA cable with a 90 bend at the hard disk end. That should help fit the data cable into the case. I will get a keyboard with a USB plug, since the daughterboard takes up the keyboard port on the mobo.

Posted on the Dysmey Blog on 20 December 2007.