Ubuntu Media Server

The story of converting an old Sparc Classic server into a mini-ITX ATOM processor NAS.

Wednesday, 8 October 2008

Take your Sparc Classic ...

(With apologies to Mrs Beeton)

Here we are at the start, one Sparc Classic awaiting gutting.

Open it up like a briefcase.

There was this great lever thing that I could wouk out what it did - I assumed it was a support pillar for the lid with the PSU & Disc Drives. It's the thing that gets the motherboard off the edge connectors.

You have to ease the motherboard out by tilting it to one side.

The rest of the innards falls out after you undo a few screws - typical of the superb production engineering of Sun Microsystems !

I decided to chop up the PSU housing to avoid having to mount the new PSU on the case. This involved a hammer to flatten protruding screw mounts and a pair of Tin Ships to get rid of unnecessary bits of metal - it's tough stuff. The only issue so far is the position of the IEC block on the new PSU. I could make a new hole in the side of the case and offer it up flush - but I'm not going to - just going to plug a lead in situ (for now anyway).

Here's the top half, the PSU and disc chasis reassembled ready for discs. The half that use to house the floppy drive will need drilling for Hard Drive mounts.

I'm going to see if I can mount everything keeping the metal shielding, seems like a good idea, but mainly once I've snapped off the moulded plastic rivets it's never going back on again.

Next case chopping to house the new mobo.


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