Hi, I would like to show you how I've transformed my broken C64 into PC. The idea was to have C64 looking, quiet PC with HDMI output, so it can be used in living room as HTPC or retro games machine...
The parts wchich I used:
- original C64 case with keyboard (~20$)
- Keyrah v2 interface to connect C64 keyboard into PC mainboard (http://www.vesalia.de/e_keyrahv2.htm) (~40$)
- Nano ITX mainboard (12cmx12xcm) with Celeron 1037U @ 1.80GHz dual core i7 Ivy Bridge based architecture (105$ + VAT) (www.qotom.net)
- 2GB DDR3 SO-DIMM (~20$)
- 2,5' OCZ 64GB SSD SATA drive (45$)
- some old 2xUSB, 2xaudio front panel (2$)
- 12V, 3,5A, 35W power adapter (yep - that's enough:)) (~15$)
Total cost ~270$. The only new parts were Nano-ITX mainboard and Keyrah interface.
Ok, let's start the mod! The target was to affect original C64 case as less as possible.
1. The first tricky part was to adapt Keyrah interface to connect into PC mainboard internally. The red circle on the picture is the place where I've soldered 4-pin socket.
The next step wast to prepare USB cable which I can connect to PC USB. What I've done was to cut USB cable and solder 4-pin connector to it...
...and plug it into Keyrah
Quick test...it's working!
Now it's time to put the HDD in...
I've drilled 3 holes using 3mm drill. The target was to use standard PC mounting screws.
2,5' hdd drive mounted into C64 case, as simple as it looks...
...Keyrah and HDD in place...
Let's put the mainboard in.
I had to do some sawing.
I've used original C64 mainboard shield to cover PC mainboard ports...
I've drilled 4 holes using the same 3mm drill which I used during HDD mountage. I have also to use some pad under the mainboard. The goal was to make some space for SO-DIMM and the air condition.
Power button and the power led. Because the idea was to connect the original C64 power led to the mobo HDD led, I had to attach second led for power indicator.
We're almost there! Let's put some extra USB ports and Wi-Fi mini pci card in the place.
...some extra USB's...
And the result is...the nicest PC I've ever seen:)