Chronos: UltraViolet G5

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Chronos: UltraViolet G5

December 25, Christmas, my wife and father conspire to buy me a Dual 2.0ghz G5. Before it's out of the box I have a pair of Ultraviolet tubes waiting for installation. I purchased them for $4 from PCMods going out of business sale.

I installed 1 tube in the front grill area and the other above the PCI cards. The inverter rests above the CD-Rom, and the power is drawn from the ATA Hard drive open Molex Power spot. A switch also occupies one of the PCI slots on the rear. The Ultraviolet tubes light up the plastic air housing nicely, and the edges of the ram and motherboards glow green. The seperate air chambers are shown here as no light gets to the upper chamber with the harddrive and optical drive. The nice thing about drawing power from the Hard drive is when the G5 powers down the Hard drive the light will turn off as well. So its only on when in use.

I also installed a Rage128 PCI Video Card in one of the expansion slots. This was taken from my older G4. It enables me to run my Dell 19" Flat Screen and Compaq 17" Monitors. I need some LCD to save space around here soon!

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I have also added an Shamrock to the front grill, representing my 25% Irish Heritage (and it looked good). It came from a junked Alpha Romeo I spotted at a junkyard. Some ones' trash is another’s treasure I guess.

I plan on upgrading the ram and installing an additional ATA Hard drive when I get the funds and chance. But first I will be getting a clear side for the case so I can see the glow from the sides as well.

Updates as things come along... Its not so Original, but it works for me...

Shane

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Colour

That colour doesn't really work with the silver. I bet it's better in the dark.

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EL Wire

Have you ever tried using EL Wire? It's a very versitile material that emits light just like a cold cathode, but it's a flexable wire instead. The wiring comes in many colours and lengths; I for one think that a red apple logo on the front would look good.

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I much prefer the way my G4 (

I much prefer the way my G4 (in a G5 case) glows white inside, and pulses if its asleep. Goes much better witht he aluminum color.

Also, why are those called ultra violet lights? The human eye cannot see in the ultra violet spectrum...

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Re: EL Wire

Have you ever tried using EL Wire? It's a very versitile material that emits light just like a cold cathode, but it's a flexable wire instead. The wiring comes in many colours and lengths; I for one think that a red apple logo on the front would look good.

If by "just like a cold cathode" you mean, at 1/100th the light output, then yea EL wire is jsut like a cold cathode. I put EL wire in a couple PC's and I had to turn the lights out to see it. I put Cold cathodes in my firewire hack and I have to put sunglasses on to reduce the glare.

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I used EL Wire in Hal. It wor

I used EL Wire in Hal. It worked alright for the space (read: Small) but I wouldn't use it on a large case. The glow from the El light is minimal.

The pictures really don't do it justice. I snapped them during the day and it wasn't too dark. I like the Purple / Silver combo alot. And didn't want to repeat something someone has already done. I had already seen Blue, White, Green and Red. It seemed to be the only one left. Smile

As for why its called UtraViolet... I dunno... beyond me.

Shane

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Because UV causes some materi

Because UV causes some materials to fluores in the visible range of the spectrum.

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I would try it with red or wh

I would try it with red or white, just to see what it looked like.. sicne the color looks a little off on it currently.

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I think it looks great! The G

I think it looks great! The G5 really suits light effects.

The G5 case is quite neutral, and there shouldn't be any colour it doesn't work with.

Perhaps some of the reason a few aren't as keen on it is the pictures: There's a big redish-brown area in the picture which is reflecting red off the G5, as well as a lot of red in the picture that's probably from the camera trying to colour balance all that purple.

I bet photographing the G5 against a neutral background would do it more justice.

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