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c_hegge 11-06-2012 01:54 AM

The ghetto mod thread
Sometimes we just don't have the time and/or money to order in the exact components needed to get the job done. It's happened to me before, and I'm sure it happens to everyone. When it does, it's often time to get ghetto. Post your ghetto mods in this thread, whether they be to your PC or some other device around the house. I'll start with a few of mine from other threads

GF6200 Tape under the heat sink...

And capacitor on the back

FX5500 with cut down intel s1155 stock heat sink fitted

Planed solution to a hot cabinet...

Fits perfectly.
And who could forget that one.

kc8adu 11-06-2012 06:18 AM

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probably the most ghetto mod i have done was to solder a single poly to an industrial mobo while it was was mission critical and could not be powered down.the machine had 5 mobo's in it.told them the risk,they approved,i did it.tacked it on with an iso-tip.they restarted the software that ran on that board and ran with no further problems for 6 months till the plant idled for vacations.that cap was doing the work of 8 1500/10 hn.
i polymodded every seimens mobo in the place during that time.all 60 of em.
the poly i used?
820/2.5 fujitsu.plant owner has it as a souvenier.

Junk Parts 11-06-2012 08:17 AM

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I've done many ghetto mods to many things. I have this corner computer desk that has a cabinet with a door on the left side. The cabinet was not ment to have a PC shoved in it. I fixed that problem. With a hole saw I put two three inch cutouts in the back of it for the cords...ect. I also cut three more holes and mounted three large case fans to the rear. I powered these fans from the unused plugs on the pc's power supply. It worked great.
Most of my ghetto mods involve cars and trucks. My old F150 was a great example of this. It came with the aluminiun case three speed overdrive manual transmission. Because of its way oversized tires the bearings in the transmission took a real beating. After the third manual transmission exploded I decided to put and automatic in it. The automatic was a C4 from a 77 302 thunderbird. The engine to transmission seperator plate was from a Pinto. I made up the floor shifter from parts that came from a Ford Escort wagon. The transmission cooler came from a Chevy cube van. It all worked perfectly. The little C4 never exploded. At WOT it would chirp second too...LOL There are many more "beast" that I've hooked up using unrelated parts. I just can't think of what they are right now. Oh a little one just came to mind. That would be my suzuki wagon. The K frame is from some later model little suzuki shit box car. The coil packs came from a Geo Metro. It radiator is from a different year Suzuki Esteem Sedan. Its heated O2 sensor also came from a Geo Metro. The front rotors and pads came from a very new suzuki shit box sedan. There again it all works perfectly.

lti 11-09-2012 07:36 PM

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My computer is full of ghetto mods.

There is a 70mm fan on the original passive CPU heatsink to cool the CPU (the fastest CPU the board supports), a chipset heatsink on the cache memory chip, a heatsink from the motor driver IC in an old CD-ROM drive on the clock generator, the line-in mod, and a really ghetto fan controller based on a TC648B IC attached to the power supply using electrical tape. The fan controller has two crappy Fujicon 0.47F caps in parallel to create the 1F timing cap for the IC.

TELVM 11-11-2012 09:47 AM

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Brace yourselves for impact, you are going to ROFL a lot :d .

Behold my dinosaur PIII retro-PC, the whole of it is more or less a ghetto-mod :goofy: .

Intake grill comes from a '91 Mazda Miata NA:

Intake 120mm fan. The hub is some ladies cosmetic shit cap. Four strips of camping mat fix the fan in position and isolate vibrations from the case:

The tail cone is rolled carboard:

The motherboard is a venerable Slot-1 i440BX, that in principle can't accept later Tualatin PIIIs, unless ghetto-modding comes to the rescue:

For proper CPU cooling within the constraints of Slot-1, we get a Thermaltake SI-97 heatsink:

And perpetrate a judo lock to open it 90 degrees, taking care not to strangle the heat-pipes:

As the i440BX VRMs take extra strain with the Tualatin, we better cool them overkill, so we ghetto-mod this from some slices of Athlon XP heatsink:

Finally we ghetto-mod the back panel to make room for an exhaust 120mm fan:

Junk Parts 11-11-2012 02:22 PM

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Thats good stuff there TELVM. I remembered another one I did. My white 71 240Z. The short block was from a 78 280Z @2800cc. I changed out the dishtop pistons for flat tops. The head was for a 2400cc 71 240Z and reworked just a little. The induction was three webers to start with from the junkyard. It was too much carb so I rejetted the two 1971 SU carbs for it and it ran fine. The trans was a 4/5 five speed from a 77 280z. My friend who works on gearboxes made it so the O.D. gear worked again. It was simple but I don't know what he did. It did end up with what I think they called the r180 diff but not with LSD. It was a real fast and fun car until I wrecked it.:angry:

c_hegge 11-11-2012 02:25 PM

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Hahahahaha!! Love it!

TELVM 11-11-2012 02:43 PM

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Better don't pull my tongue about car ghetto-mods, Junk Parts :d .

shovenose 11-11-2012 02:51 PM

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my Mac Pro qualifies
-Windows 8 (no bootcamp or any apple dirvers)
-original junky 7300GT plus a PC GTX 500Ti 2GB
-6GB IBM server RAM. Spent many hours removing the bigger heatsinks from the Apple RAM and putting it on the new chips
-non-Apple dvdrw drive :)

c_hegge 11-12-2012 04:06 AM

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Where's the Duct tape and cable ties? :D

Junk Parts 11-12-2012 04:46 AM

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Nope its Masking Tape and Bailing Wire.

Junk Parts 11-12-2012 04:53 AM

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TELVM my builds were in the days before F.I. and fuel maps...ect done on Laptops. I've only been involved in one hot honda civic build and the engine and electronics for that one came in a box from California. It ran real good too! These days I don't even want to mess with them. My Suzuki needs a water pump, timing belt and front main oil seal. I don't see me running outside to Git-R-Done. When I do get around to doing the job I think that I'm going to replace the whole oil pump which has the front main seal inside of it. More expensive but also more easy....

joshnz 11-12-2012 08:30 AM

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lol google has blocked access to this page.

shovenose 11-12-2012 10:09 PM

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Originally Posted by joshnz (Post 281804)
lol google has blocked access to this page.

you're not the only one with this issue. which image is causing this?

Shocker 11-15-2012 11:21 PM

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Probably the lady at the bottom of TELVM's post

joshnz 11-16-2012 02:37 AM

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There are 3 images from
that domain has been found to contain malware.

also malwarebytes anti malware is blocking them.
They are between these 2 images.

TELVM 11-16-2012 05:43 AM

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Originally Posted by Shocker (Post 283257)
Probably the lady at the bottom of TELVM's post

Now who on earth could object to that lady? :D

Could a moderator please allow me to edit the post so I can replace the pics to end the epidemiological scare?

Shocker 11-16-2012 06:18 AM

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It was just a guess, and joshnz's theory seems more likely now. So try that first.

momaka 11-17-2012 10:04 PM

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Originally Posted by c_hegge (Post 279893)
Post your ghetto mods in this thread, whether they be to your PC or some other device around the house.

Now how did I miss this thread??? Ghetto fixes is, like, my culture! :D In fact, about 2 months ago I was contemplating on whether I should start a thread like this since I have so much stuff that is ghetto modded. In fact, I think all of my computers are in at least 1 way.

So let's start with a few of my own (I'll try not to take over this thread, though :) ).
You all remember my rigged Dell GX270 motherboard / heat sink, right? Well at first, I thought about making a custom case for it, but then I got lazy and figured the whole thing is just so ghetto that it's not worth it. So I decided to continue the trend, instead.

First, a shot of the motherboard. This is with the 2nd revision of my heat sink mod not posted in the thread above.

Next, we have the power supply - a Bestec ATX-1956D. This one came from a large free curbside computer lot someone posted on Craigslist. Unfortunately when I found it, the output wires were all cut except for one drive strand. Luckily, I had a set of spare output wires from a dead J&C PSU I gutted a long time ago. Soldering them was a piece of cake with homebrew solder pot - just brush liquid flux on the twisted wires and dip in the hot solder pot. Hold for 2 seconds and done! The result:

All fitted inside the case:
Gotta say - the wiring for the front panel was a messy business. The GX270 FP connector uses a really small pitch. Good thing I saved some wires from a junk printer we had at work. I had just enough connectors for the power button and the LEDs. Funny fact: the GX270 HDD LED output doesn't seem to be standard. With a regular LED plugged in, the LED is always ON when there is NO HDD activity and turns OFF when there is lots of HDD activity (i.e. backwards of what it should be)... But it works :D .

Here's a picture of the back as well:

And finally, the front:
Ghetto enough? :D
In case you're wondering what those wires/handles are on the CD-ROM drive - those are for opening and closing the CD-ROM drive tray (and YES, that is ONLY a CD-ROM drive :D ). That's another ghetto mod of mine, but I'll save the story for another time (I typed it into this post and it was close to 1.5 pages long so I took it out). Will post only if there's any interest.

And a few of my other ghetto fixes/creations I already posted before:

D-Link power brick

Headphone amplifier (okay, maybe not ghetto but most of the materials it was made out of were just junk parts sitting around)


Originally Posted by TELVM
Behold my dinosaur PIII retro-PC...
Intake grill comes from a '91 Mazda Miata NA:
Intake 120mm fan. The hub is some ladies cosmetic shit cap. Four strips of camping mat fix the fan in position and isolate vibrations from the case:
The tail cone is rolled carboard:...

Your computer, sir, IS AMAZING! Especially the grille and front fan hub.

For future posts, though, please upload the pictures on rather than external host. That way if the external host goes out for whatever reason, we can still view the pictures. Red "X"s tend annoy people.

TELVM 11-18-2012 05:54 AM

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Originally Posted by momaka (Post 283893)

Rubber bands rock! :ghetto:

There seems to be some clear plastic sheet between fan & heatsink, what's that for Momaka? :confused:

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