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-- LAN Box Project : Part 2
-- 6.27.2001
-- By: GideonX
-- Page: 1 2 3

   Following our successful LAN Project Guide: Part 1, we're back for the second installment of our 3 part series.  Our focus today will be installing a blowhole and neon into our sweet Lian Li PC-30 mini-tower.  We already have our handle and window kit on there, just a few more things before this all in one package is complete!

   Our first order of business is to install a nice pimping neon light into our box.  The window kit is in there, what better way to show that off by illuminating the interiors.  To help us out, we will be using the Blue Liquid Neon.  It produces a wavy effect when on, serious head turners at LAN Parties.

   These are a little longer than normal, coming in at 15" instead of the common 10".  It only uses about 3 Watts of power and emits little to no heat at all.

   The package comes with a sticker template to cut and drill the correct sized hole for the switch.  The tube comes pre-wired with an extra molex pass-through connector.  Without a thought, this thing will fit only on the bottom of the case so we had to find a way to place the on/off button at a easy to reach location.  Most people place it in the front drive bay, but that seems a little cluttered for us.  We plan to use that real estate for something else.  So the next best place was at the top of the case where it is reachable.

   Placed the sticker in position and we drill and cut around it.  This was a pain because I didn't have a bit that large and a Dremel cut off wheel is too large for it!  So I used a combination of both a large drill bit and the de-burring bit for the Dremel.  After a strenuous 20 minutes, we finally got this tiny hole out.

   Yes, those are my slippers, often requested to participate in our guides and reviews.

   Also included in the package is double sided tape.  This can be used to secure the tube on the bottom of the case.  Since we will be carrying around this box to events, we definitely want to secure it down.

   With that secured, we then went ahead and place the switch into the hole we created up top.  The wires come pre-stripped with connectors so it was easy to attach them.

   We ran a quick test to see if the tube worked with our configuration:

   Perfect!  Switch works like a charm, easy to push and out of the way leaving us ample room in the front for other devices.

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