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    What a difference a stable computer makes...

    its been almost a year since i first installed my first carpc. for the first few months, it was actually pretty stable... but i quickly learned my setup wasnt going to cut it for long-term use.

    so after making a custom case, i had a hell of a time keeping it from bluescreening. long story short, i ended up stuffing the inside of the case with semi-stiff foam (kind that harddrives come in). i placed blocks of the foam on all the sata connectors and also the pci riser card... then i smashed the cover on really tight.

    that fixed all of my problems. the pc runs so much more fluidly and reliably its a whole different experience. i finally dont worry about weird things happening, i can actually expect things to work! we will see how long this 'fix' works... im sure extra stress is on some of the solder joints, but whatever. for now, its a heck of a lot of fun! im sure some of you know what im talking about!

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    Wonder if you might have heat issues with all that foam in there.


    Hot glueing the SATA and PCI riser connections might help with the stability issues without compromising air flow.

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    thats not a bad idea... i like using hot glue for lots of stuff anyway. i never really knew if i had hardware or software problems though, so now that i know maybe i will try some small dabs. i did make sure there wasnt much change in airflow in the case when i stuffed that foam in there... its all low power components anyway, and in a cubby that stays naturally cool, im not sure its even possible to overheat it.

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    FYI, a lot of that foam is conductive... You're warned
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    Quote Originally Posted by 2k1Toaster View Post
    FYI, a lot of that foam is conductive... You're warned
    Worst part is, the resistance of the foam decreases as it is compressed. People use that stuff for makeshift pressure sensors. You put a piece of aluminum foil on each side, attach a wire, cover the whole thing in electrical tape, and you have pressure sensors up to a couple hundred pounds.

    Used to use them for a cheap DDR machine back in the day! They worked great.

    Point being, be careful.

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    Quote Originally Posted by colin View Post
    Worst part is, the resistance of the foam decreases as it is compressed. People use that stuff for makeshift pressure sensors. You put a piece of aluminum foil on each side, attach a wire, cover the whole thing in electrical tape, and you have pressure sensors up to a couple hundred pounds.

    Used to use them for a cheap DDR machine back in the day! They worked great.

    Point being, be careful.
    I did not know that! That's pretty cool though
    Fusion Brain Version 6 Released!
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    30 Digital Outputs -- Directly drive a relay
    15 Analogue Inputs -- Read sensors like temperature, light, distance, acceleration, and more
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    oh come on you are all just jealous!

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