Inside the space navigator
so yea i did it. A few hours after i got my space nav i decided to take it apart..
Consider this the hardware companion thread to the driver development one.
peel off the lil rubber pad on the base and there's three screws.. pop those out and it comes apart beautifully..
Three screw locations:
PCB attached to hat carefully lift the pcb straight up as it is connected to another board via a connector:
LED locations for those that wish to change (have fun with that!):
2nd PCB that is attached to the hat somehow..:
edit: once again i couldnt resist.. HAD to get the pcb out of the hat. it is held in by those three bulky solder joints around the outer edge, with flux all around them. these are the springs that return the hat to center. problem is, they are solderd on that pcb on both sides... so i wont be gettin that pcb out after all, unless i someohoem mangle this SN (space navigator) to where its broken anyways... ah well, at least i tried..
-This thing should be pretty easy to mold in to a dash once apart. Most of the weight is in that solid metal base. Its actually a lot smaller and simpler than i originally thought..
--SMD case style 0603
--OEM LEDs need 2.9v
--and draw 21.6mA of current
--It appears that the LEDs are current-limited through a 180ohm resistor (actualyl a pair of resistor arrays, but whatever)
You can probably use any normal LED without issues. If you try and use a SUPER BRIGHT one, it may burn out very quickly, it may bever burn out. I have to track down the resistors theyre using on this board first before i can tell you for sure.
You could go with a 'normal' led with legs, but then it wouldnt fit in the colord ring around the space nav. You could make your own out of hot glue or something if you wish (since the one that it comes with is light blue.)
Also, if you have an 80mm casefan with the two neon ligts like this one:
(one around the fan blades and a smaller ring around the center, well that center ring would probablt fit pretty damn close.. I have one and im pretty sure it would work fine.
Mouser has a nice selection of SMD leds here. Soldering them on is the freakin fun part though :) Too bad i'm goin to iraq, or i'd probably offer a spacenav mod service ;)