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    Mini-ITX Backplate

    Does anyone know where I could find printouts of different backplates for mini-itx boards? My board came with the wrong backplate so I can't use it as a template for a project I'm working on. I was hoping to find a site where I could download a scale drawing of the backplate, so I can use it as a template for cutting a custom plate.

    Is there a site out there with anything like that available? Probably not, but it sure would make things easier.

    Or, if anyone here has an Epia M10000 board, and the proper backplate for it, could you scan the backplate for me, and send me the image? That would be greatly appreciated.

    Thanks.

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    A Google search for "Epia M10000 layout" gives this link as the second hit. It provides the layout diagram and mounting hole positions. I hope it'll do the trick . . .
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    I dont have a backplate for my m10000 either, so I am just wondering how you were planning to fabricate this?

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    The project I'm working on is a "lunchbox", which will have the board mounted in it and the bottom of the box (when carrying it upright) will be where the backplate would be, so I'll be manually "punching" and cutting the holes for everything. For a custom backplate for another project using the same board I'll have a friend of mine use her cnc machine to make me a custom plate. She does high end 3d metal art, so she has a really nice cnc machine to cut her designs. We'll just throw the dimensions for the backplate in, and in a short time out pops a new backplate.

    There are "punches" available for db9 and db25 cutouts, but they're expensive, so I typically use stick-on templates that I made for other devices I sell that use db9 and db25 connectors, which you put in place and then use a punch to mark 6 holes, and then you drill out each hole, and use a dremel with a cut-off disc to cut between the main 4 holes, creating a nice db9 or 25 cutout. For the speaker in/out you simply drill a hole for each one, or cut a rectangular slot for the whole sound panel to slide into, same with S-video/rca and/or ps2 connections if you're using them (if not, leave them covered if you want to). USB, RJ45, Firewire, etc. just need a slot to access them.

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    rdholtz, not sure why, but that link starts to load, then says "stopped" but the activity indicator still spins, but it basically "freezes" everything, never loads, and I had to click close to get rid of it.

    I used google to search, and the second hit for me was definitely not what I'm looking for. Strange. With a little tweaking, manual typing, and turning off SiteAdvisor, I was able to find the page you were indicating. Thanks, but still not what I'm looking for exactly. If I have my friend machine something, that'll make it easier, but I could manually have done those measurements. I was hoping someone had a scan at the proper size of the actual plate, so I can print it on label sheet material, and stick it onto my project, and drill/cut as necessary. Saving lots of time measuring, and marking. I design and build electronic circuit boards, and have been in the mobile electronics business (custom installation, etc.) for many years, so measuring and doing it the hard way is not a problem, just very time consuming, and I don't have the time I once did (kids to take care of, household to maintain, work to be done, etc.).

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    Quote Originally Posted by SPElectronics View Post
    rdholtz, not sure why, but that link starts to load, then says "stopped" but the activity indicator still spins, but it basically "freezes" everything, never loads, and I had to click close to get rid of it.

    I used google to search, and the second hit for me was definitely not what I'm looking for. Strange. With a little tweaking, manual typing, and turning off SiteAdvisor, I was able to find the page you were indicating. Thanks, but still not what I'm looking for exactly. If I have my friend machine something, that'll make it easier, but I could manually have done those measurements. I was hoping someone had a scan at the proper size of the actual plate, so I can print it on label sheet material, and stick it onto my project, and drill/cut as necessary. Saving lots of time measuring, and marking. I design and build electronic circuit boards, and have been in the mobile electronics business (custom installation, etc.) for many years, so measuring and doing it the hard way is not a problem, just very time consuming, and I don't have the time I once did (kids to take care of, household to maintain, work to be done, etc.).
    You can still get what you want. Page 7 of the PDF file shows the board layout. I printed it. The board image from my printer is 87mm wide, and the actual dimension is 170mm. Divide 170 by 87, and you get 1.95, which means I need to print that page at 195%, or just under twice as large.

    If you have no way to edit PDF files and capture that image, print out page 7 of the PDF, measure the width (and recalculate the percentage if it's not 87mm like mine). Scan it back into your system, or get someone to scan it for you. Print it out at 195% (or whatever your target enlargement is), and you have what you want. You may have to adjust that enlargement percentage a bit, depending on how accurately your printer works, so print on regular paper 'til you get it exactly 170mm wide. Then print on label stock, and you're ready to fabricate.
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    that's actually not a bad idea. I hadn't really thought of copying the image and fiddling with the size. I guess that shows you how dealing with a 2 year old all day can affect your thought process. LOL

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    Alright, that didn't take long at all. I just copied the image, threw it in paintshop pro, resized to 128% of original, printed, and it looks like it's right on. I laid the board against it to check width, etc., and it seems to be spot on. Thanks for putting it in my head!

    If anyone needs/wants a copy of the proper sized template, I can make it available, or send it.

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    I created a new file without all the measurement lines and markings, so it's a nice clean template, if anyone needs/wants it. I can even print it on sticky paper and mail it in the U.S. if anyone needs one for a project.

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