Building Cherry

Cherry PC logoHere I build a Mini-ITX PC to my mum. It will replace a Shuttle XPC with a Pentium D and 1GB memory.  My goal was to make it very pretty, and very high quality. That is, a solid feel, competely quiet and fast. Like an Apple product or a Microsoft Surface RT. There are so many cheap and low quality PCs out there.  So I spent months scouring the internet for a good quality Mini-ITX case.



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HDMI dummy signal generator for X-Fi HomeTheater HD

HDMI dummy signal snuggle logoI bought a cheap media player with HDMI output capability, and it works perfectly with the Auzentech X-Fi HomeTheater HD. Without you would have to provide the dummy signal from you graphics card, and that meant having an emtpy screen area your mouse could dissapear to. Since the hdmi signal is always on, this solution has the added benefit that you hear the Windows startup and logon sounds. I have not yet tested DTS, DD or DTS Master HD.

The media player I used is a BaiYuYi Mini Hdmi Media Player. An Altona AT-HDVIEW should work and the Raspberry Pi. The BaiYuYi does not turn off the display or shut down after a certain time, it is on all the time.

Warning: this media player does not support HDCP so you won’t be able to pass-through DTS-MA or DD TrueHD, but you can decode the audio with the player and send uncompressed 8 channel PCM through.  Continue reading

XSPC RayStorm angled leds and braided sleeving

XSPC RayStorm with braided sleeving

If I use 3/8″ x 1/2″ compression fittings  I can fit 5/16″ ID, 7/16″ OD (8mm ID, 11mm OD) Tygon tubing and non-fray braided sleeving in them. It creates a clean look, and I can tighten the caps without twisting the tubing.  Continue reading