Bling (with practicality) for the P-Box! (Updated 04/04/2019)
TI-99/4A HDX BLING CLASSIC COMPUTER
Being that 'necessity is the mother of invention', this project was inevitable...
NEED(s): 1) A way to toggle the interrupt line of my HDX.
2) An easy way to reset the memory in the HDX.
3) Wanting to know the P-Box's temperature since
I cannot hear the whisper quiet fan.
REQUIREMENT(s): 1) Look good.
2) Be functional.
3) Not permanently desecrate my classic computers case.
4) Not lose any storage capacity.
My final solution was to obtain an 'Evercool" PC storage box. This box has a nice clean face plate and has holes in the 'right spots' for ease of installation into a 5.25" disk drive location.
Of course I learned this lesson the hard way on an earlier attempt, so if you want to reproduce this project, I highly recommend the PROPER CUTTING BIT, the one pictured below works great and can be purchased for your Dremel tool at Home Depot for under $10.00.
Once I had everything cut out, it was time to put the temperature display and switches in the box...
The worst part of this project was my schedule, I had to wait nearly a week to find time to install the unit...
THE FINISHED PROJECT...
The temperature gauge is really inexpensive << HERE >> which includes free shipping.
The storage drawer is an affordable item too << HERE >> but does not include free shipping.
The rocker switches are really insanely cheap << HERE >> and shipping is included.
To get things perfect and in the right area, it's wise to use a cutting template.
The attachment below is a .PNG graphic template I created and used for mine.