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How to tart up an Iyonix case

By Chris Williams. Published: 14th Nov 2003, 23:31:34 | Permalink | Printable

Neon lights to the rescue on a Friday night

A pretty iyonixOne of the major let downs of the Castle Iyonix, expressed purely by the general userbase, was the choice of casing. The Iyonix's case, for some people, is so generic, it made cardboard look more exciting than a one time Acorn executive releasing his pent up fury on a PC at that Acorn World show with a hammer and hack saw.

Case modifications were once upon a time all the rage. Heaven forbid if they still are, we suspect the fashion died out when adventurous geeks tried adding aquariums to their machines. Splish, splash, smell of burning PCB? Maybe not. Cue Iyonix.

While there's no tropical fish and silicon chips in sight here, there is one glowing souped up Iyonix case, crafted from the loving hands (or merely moisturised) of Neil Spellings. He of the Cino team has put together an online gallery of how he created his neon and perspex effort. All he needs now is a glow in the dark keyboard and possible a gold star for his achievement.

Any other ideas for an Iyonix case redesign welcome.


"The Cino Iyonix" webpage

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Most casemods are naff cheesefests. This case actually looks nice, though!

 is a RISC OS UserJessFranco on 15/11/03 12:08AM
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I don't believe it...after all those weeks of coding, people are more interested in the case!

Neil, do you think we can sell cases instead? ;-)


 is a RISC OS Useradrianl on 15/11/03 12:16AM
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The black one of these looks better ;) [link]

 is a RISC OS Userjmb on 15/11/03 12:17AM
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Cool! I've neatened up the innards of my machine by replacing the standard IDE cable with two copper-effect shielded ones. Shame I can't see them...

 is a RISC OS Userksattic on 15/11/03 12:20AM
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I did have more "glowing stuff" but there wasnt physically enough space left to mount it anywhere. Would of run the risk of coming a cheesefest too I guess!

Adrian - didnt I mention the only point of having the DVD software on show was to get people looking at the case?? ;-)



 is a RISC OS Userspellinn on 15/11/03 1:28AM
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Crazy but deeply cool. And what an ace marketing move by Neil. I hope castle are taking note. O.K. It WOULD add to the cost but when you have to spend so much anyway what's a few quid more ?

 is a RISC OS Usermartin on 15/11/03 9:34AM
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 is a RISC OS Userepistaxsis@work on 15/11/03 9:51AM
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There is quite a choice of nice PC Cases. the local PC shop stocks a black one (Leo) with a front panel that glows violet when the power is on. (My brother's mico is now rehoused and so is my PC, bit of a waste since i never use it though)

 is a RISC OS Userjess on 15/11/03 10:05AM
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A glowing keyboard: [link] Any chance of a link for where the Cino case comes from?

 is a RISC OS Usersenduran on 15/11/03 10:11AM
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The ATX format certainly allows for a wealth of options. Although a custom-case is probably beyond the market's means nowadays, I'm sure a case manufacturer could be reasonably easily convinced to supply an existing mould in an exotic pantone. I always thought phoebe would have been cooler still in bright acorn green.

By the way - Phoebe didn't die, she just joined a Satanic cult. See here (be warned, though - it's a gruesome pic):


 is a RISC OS UserJessFranco on 15/11/03 11:12AM
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Did it have room for podules?

 is a RISC OS Userrussebay on 15/11/03 8:55PM
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russ: Phoebe was going to have 3 podule slots so the case may well too ;)

 is a RISC OS Userjmb on 15/11/03 9:41PM
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Can you fit the Iyonix motherboard in one of those cube type cases?

 is a RISC OS Userpipalya on 16/11/03 9:01AM
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Looks like a good way of making sure you *have* to dust inside the box...

 is a RISC OS Usermikeg on 17/11/03 7:29AM
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senduran: The case is made by Acasa : [link]

They can be bought in the UK from Simply Computers www.simply.co.uk - produce code 49337

The round and neon hard drive leads are also Akasa, as are the fans. The memory is Corsair, HD - Maxtor, and DVD - Sony.

russebay: I think there is physically space for a podule (although I dont have the riser card to check this) although the case doesnt have anywhere to attach the backplate to, just a large hole!


/Neil/ www.cinodvd.com

 is a RISC OS Userspellinn on 17/11/03 2:37PM
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Sorry, I appear to have made the above link up.

The case is Akasa, and the URL is [link]



 is a RISC OS Userspellinn on 17/11/03 2:41PM
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In reply to Mike G What do you mean? The cube type cases are dust proof?! Examples sold by STD but with a PC and emulator.

 is a RISC OS Userpipalya on 17/11/03 8:48PM
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Sorry, what I meant was that you'll be able to see inside the case, so the dust will be visibly piling up.

 is a RISC OS Usermikeg on 27/11/03 6:13PM
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