I've always thought since upgrading my TI with the F18A Video Board, the position of the VGA connector in the middle of the back of the case wasn't very aesthetically pleasing and it was a PITA re-connecting the hex screws every time I opened it up. I have a spare TI that I use for donor parts and I thought that if I can remove the cassette port which is the same size and shape as the VGA connector, it would look a lot better. Also, it would only need two small holes either side for the hex screws, no other cutting the case would be needed.
I used a solder sucker to remove the solder from the solder side and carefully removed the old port in one piece.
Next, the metal shielding needs to be cut along the edge behind where the old cassette port was so that the VGA cable from the F18A can be routed to where the port was.
Next, the holes for the hex screws need to be made. I placed the old cassette port connecter in its old cut out as its the same shape and size as a male VGA connector, making sure that the bottom of the port touches the case and is straight along the top edge. I then used a 7/64" drill bit to mark the holes by pushing it into the holes of the old cassette port so that it then touched and marked the case, by hand. Once marked, I then used the same bit to make the holes.
A small piece of plastic has to removed from the GROM assembly that is secured to the case by 2 small screws. Remove the assembly and using a small hacksaw, cut off about half. This is to allow the VGA connector enough room to sit comfortably in place. This is where the power socket sits.
Line up the holes and the hex screws can be screwed into place.
Thanks to Omega for the blue LEDs.
Edited by wyerd, Thu Jun 11, 2015 3:23 PM.