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Multiple Motherboards/System Boards

seaken

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I'm just curious how some of you folks handle your using multiple system boards. Do you have a customize "case", or build unit, where you swap in the motherboard, power supply, video and sound cards, etc. And then run it until you want to test out another system board? Then you take it apart and swap in the new motherboard?

I have always worked with complete systems, usually already built by someone else. But now I am reading a lot about how some forum members are working on a system board and are veryfying that it works with variuos cards, etc. I doubt these folks are taking apart a system in a case and rebuilding the system in this case and then tesing the system.

I have seen a few youtube videos where the technician is using an assembly on a type of "plank" setup or a clear box.

How do you all test out these system boards. Do you just do it on a bench and then when you want to actualluy use it in a system you put it in a case?

Seaken
 

Ruud

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If I have to test a motherboard I use a plexiglass plate as underground and attach a power supply, a VGA card and (most of the time) a XTIDE card plus CF card. Then I attach a XT2AT keyboard converter and connect the whole to my KVM switch.
Most of the time I run things on Sergey's XI-8088. Next favorite: Commodore PC20-III.
 

DDS

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"Then there are the benches under the car port and in the two car garage."

Finally someone posts a picture of a workspace that looks like mine!

Only yours looks somewhat more organized.

;-)
 

seaken

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Thnks for that link. That gives me some good ideas. I think I saw one of those open air cases on Phils Computer Labs videos. I thought it was self made. Very cool idea.

But right now my approach is a lot more like @Ruud and @Caluser2000.

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mR_Slug

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I just put the motherboard on a thick book, so the backplates drop down behind it. Connect PSU and have a keyboard and monitor nearby. Next to that I do my soldering. Though at present it is just all plied up on top of a computer as i need to sort out my workshop.

I don't see the point of those open rig cases. Just seem like a waste of money to me.
 

seaken

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Well, yes, I also usually use a book or some wooden planks. But my eyesight is not as good and I am clumsier than I used to be. SO I was thinking it wouldbe nice to have something more stable so I don't pull the damn thing off to the floor or drop a screwdriver onto the MB, etc.

I think I will build something myself, which should be considerably less money.

Seaken
 
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