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Re: Q60

Postby Peter » Thu Apr 24, 2014 9:13 am

Hi all,

what do you all think about a specialized Q60 slot riser and Q60 case?

At the time of Q60 design, many QL users wanted PC cases to use equipment like harddisks, floppies, CDROM and strong PC power supply units. Consequently, I made the mainboard of the Q60 a sub-format of AT.

The Q60 itself was always much smaller than the PC cases and had a low power consumption. Both advantages were wasted this way.

Today, with SDHC cards being established as a QL storage medium, floppy and CDROM have little significance left. And harddisks can be relaced by small solid state disks. A Q60 with just SDHC and solid state disk could simply be powered by a 5V wall plug power supply, and fit a small case.

One difficulty is that the ISA I/O cards are quite high if mounted vertically. The other is that no PC case fits the Q60 shape well.

We are therefore considering to construct a special Q60 ISA slot riser, so the I/O card can be mounted horizontally. Also we are considering to design a fanless custom case with the openings exactly as needed for the Q60. Specialized for Q60 and of course not as cheap as PC stuff.

(Time allowing, the ISA slot riser would contain an SDHC card interface, which is faster than the current parallel port SDHC interface.)

Quite obviously, this is a lot of work, and I would like to get some feedback how much public interest still exists. After all the Q60 has become a historic computer.

Peter


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Re: Q60

Postby Derek_Stewart » Thu Apr 24, 2014 9:57 am

Hi Peter,

I built a Q60 into a XPC Shuttle Case, which the mATX board was nearly the same dimensions as the Q60 board. This allowed a single floppy disk drive, CDROM Drive and maybe SD Card Readers at the front.

I did not really push this as a product, as it may of being said I was copying the MAC Cube thing produced by Apple.

But that was 6 years ago and the cube case lies empty, due the need for a Q60 board by other people.


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Re: Q60

Postby Peter » Thu Apr 24, 2014 4:14 pm

HI Derek,

funny, I also have an unfinished a system with an XPC Shuttle case, mainboard at the bottom.

Nowadays I prefer a really small Q60 sepcific case though. My idea for optional CDROM connection was to use an IDE-SATA converter an external SATA drive. I would rarely use CDROM, if there is SDHC support.

Peter


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Re: Q60

Postby tofro » Thu Apr 24, 2014 5:44 pm

1) I'd like a Q60. Really.

2) I'd like it even more if it came packaged in a neat, small stylish(black) fan-less case.

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Re: Q60

Postby Derek_Stewart » Thu Apr 24, 2014 7:27 pm

The Shuttle case I have came from a faulty XPC. I was in the process of fitting Compact Flash interfaces.

There has been a company near Warrington, UK, on Ebay selling complete XPC Shuttles for £20.


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Re: Q60

Postby Peter » Thu Apr 24, 2014 8:54 pm

I was thinking of a case like this:
http://www.farnell.com/datasheets/1784582.pdf

In black and with ribs that remind of a QL. Just 1 cm longer than the Q60 board.
The front and back panel could be customized with exactly the holes we need, and labels / logo.

Base price is 41€. The customized panels add to this.


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Re: Q60

Postby tofro » Thu Apr 24, 2014 10:43 pm

Peter,

looks waaaay better than the cubistic shuttle cube!
(I hope, it's black?) ;)

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Re: Q60

Postby Dave » Thu Apr 24, 2014 10:53 pm

It's a nice piece of extruded aluminum.

In the wild, they look like this:

http://www.ebay.com/itm/Hantek-6022BE-P ... 258b771244

Ideal for black powder coating then laser etching. The end inserts can be replaced with conductive painted acrylic that can be laser cut to any series of ports you like.


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Re: Q60

Postby Peter » Thu Apr 24, 2014 11:01 pm

tofro wrote:(I hope, it's black?) ;)


Peter wrote:In black and with ribs that remind of a QL.
Last edited by Peter on Thu Apr 24, 2014 11:02 pm, edited 1 time in total.


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Re: Q60

Postby tofro » Thu Apr 24, 2014 11:01 pm

Answering myself (after properly reading that drawing) apparently that case can be had in practically any color that can be anodized, including black (you could even have a red one...)

So the outside is done. Who does the inside? ;)

Tobias



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