Here's my latest I-Opener creation...Pivot II. First photos here...more to follow if anyone's interested. Look in the Pivot II folder.
The base started out life as a "Pharmacy Lamp" from office Depot, about $10 or so. It is very heavy, with no tendency to tip over. The arm pivots in two places, plus it also swivels slightly at the main pivot point at the back of the I-O. It can be adjusted in many positions, up, down, with different screen angles. The sections are hollow...modem wires, USB wires, 18v wires for the I-O, 12v wires for the fans....all go through the arms, exiting out the base. I'm using USB for the mouse and keyboard....I may mount an RF/ps2 sender on the back..haven't decided yet.
This setup uses the standard I-Opener four mount points. You remove the four screws, unplug the connectors, remove the fan screws and the base separates from the I-O. Easy...I'm using the same plate setup as my original Pivot I, which has been in use for over a year.
On the back you can see the little RF sender which turns on the I-O, the fans, and all the external devices. I'm using a Mobility multi-function hub for all external connections, mouse, keyboard, cdrom, superdisk, LAN device...etc. No problems so far running XP. The HP burner even burns without errors.
Of course you can also see the Neon light....Runs off the external 12v power supply and lights up the keyboard at night..pretty neat.
There's a new (for me anyway) fan system. 12v fan blowing on a low-profile copper heatsink on the CPU, and another small fan blowing out through the removed ram opening...this provides an airflow over the hot points and exits the heated air out the back. Works very well...K62+450 @245mhz...no cooling resistors or other board mods. This setup runs at 28/29c....goes up to 37/38c with 95% cpu usage. The entire case always feels cool...it has an internal HD (I-Mod2).
The one thing that's not so obvious....this is an easy computer to look at. This setup puts the screen closer to your face than the stock mount...and you can put the keyboard directly under the screen. The effect is a larger screen than stock. Also this screen pivots easily...nothing is in the way on the back. So you can pivot to vertical with one hand. Bingo....couple of clicks and the Pivot software does it's thing.
This was an easy hack requiring no special tools...anybody could do it. Any suggestions or ideas gladly recieved......