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 Post subject: building new power button for antec case(s)[Finished-Solved]
PostPosted: Thu Apr 28, 2016 5:29 pm 
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Problem :
I have a Antec Solo , Antec Sonata Plus 550(same design as solo) and Antec NSK-4482B EC. All of them have/had a power button problem (Only usign solo myself), instead of some superglue patchjob or new panel i was thinking of installing a new power button.

So far the plan is :
-drill a hole in a blank 5.25"
http://meep-meep.eu/bay.png
-get one of the following : phobya anti vandal push button
blade contacts version
http://www.aquatuning.de/water-cooling/ ... chtet-5pin
screw contacts version
http://www.aquatuning.de/water-cooling/ ... kten?c=628
-simple premade cable to connect stuff up
http://www.aquatuning.de/cables/other-c ... cm-schwarz
-heatshrink around the contacts

Very clumpsy and not familiar with handling electronics so some questions :
-Any tips on drilling true the 5.25" plastic bay cover front panel?
-What size to go for , 16mm or 19mm button?
-Push button with screw contact(have to strip the cable/solder ends/insert) or pin contacts like linked?
-Anything I am forgetting?

Or anyone know of a premade 5.25"inch power button front panel? Lian li and scynthe use to sell those but extremly hard to get or expensive.

Regards Ward.


UPDATE :
I decided to make it myself
REQUIREMENTS
-jumper cable(with blade connectors pre-bought)
-button i linked earlier
-scissors
-heatshrink
-drill
-hair dryer /heat


REMARKS
-having a grinder head for your drill make it lot less of a janky affair because of the struture of blank 5.25 bay
-the cable needs heatshrink over the cable contacts because they will touch each other
-the cable bought from the website only fit on 19mm buttons of the same brand , the 16mm have way smaller blade contacts
-you might need also soldering/crimp tools if you going to make your own cable

COST :
-cable ±3 euro
-button ±14 euro
-heatshrink collection 6euro(was a big pack)
-shipping ±4 euro
-Drill - borrowed

The led stopped working but then I noticed most motherboards only give out 5V on the motherboard pins. Attaching the led to a 12v line made it work again , apparently 5V volt was just enough to make it work but any little dip or wear on the resistor will make it stop working , if you buy a 12V button like me the LED should be hooked up to a 12V line.
End Result :
Image
http://meep-meep.eu/result_button.jpg


Last edited by soulie on Wed Aug 10, 2016 8:36 am, edited 5 times in total.

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 Post subject: Re: building new power button for antec case(s)
PostPosted: Fri Apr 29, 2016 1:42 am 
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I've had computers with two wires sticking out for a power button. Touch the leads lightly and voilà, the computer starts. :) My point is that it's hard to fail when all you need is some kind of momentary switch. Perfect starting project if you are new to this.

When drilling you want a nice hole. If you have a spare piece of plastic laying around you might do some training first. I usually start with a smaller drill and then expand the hole with larger and larger drill.

With the contacts I would go with soldering and heatshrink, nice and permanent.

If you have access to old computer cases you can grab parts there, cables and even switches.

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 Post subject: Re: building new power button for antec case(s)
PostPosted: Wed May 04, 2016 8:04 am 
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Vicotnik wrote:
I've had computers with two wires sticking out for a power button. Touch the leads lightly and voilà, the computer starts. :) My point is that it's hard to fail when all you need is some kind of momentary switch. Perfect starting project if you are new to this.

When drilling you want a nice hole. If you have a spare piece of plastic laying around you might do some training first. I usually start with a smaller drill and then expand the hole with larger and larger drill.

With the contacts I would go with soldering and heatshrink, nice and permanent.

If you have access to old computer cases you can grab parts there, cables and even switches.


Thx for the tips , they were very welcome :). Updated main post with the end result, quiet pleased of the end result.


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 Post subject: Re: building new power button for antec case(s)[Finished-Sol
PostPosted: Wed May 04, 2016 9:13 am 
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Nice! :)

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 Post subject: Re: building new power button for antec case(s)[Finished-Sol
PostPosted: Wed May 04, 2016 9:22 am 
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Glad it worked out for you.

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