Looking for a USB front panel

Looking for a USB front panel

Postby nandersen on 18 Jun 2009 14:52

Unfortunately there are not many of these to choose from at least in the price database that I use... or perhaps some are listed in the wrong categories.

The requirements are:
- size: 5.25'' (like a CD/DVD)
- at least one USB 2.0
- color: black
- reasonable price (less than, say, a DVD recorder)

I don't mind if it includes a card reader, preferably one that can accept xD picture cards.
Can anyone suggest something?
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Re: Looking for a USB front panel

Postby audioave10 on 18 Jun 2009 15:58

Those are hard to find - maybe like this?

http://www.dealextreme.com/details.dx/sku.14889

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.a ... 6813999356
(this one is a 3.5" small-size panel)
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Re: Looking for a USB front panel

Postby nandersen on 18 Jun 2009 20:50

audioave10 wrote:http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813999356
(this one is a 3.5" small-size panel)

I've been actually considering that one :)
The only problem is that my case has no room at the floppy bay because I have a fan and an HDD sitting there.
That's why I need one for one for the 5.25'' bay.

That other one could be interesting... what's the brand name?
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Re: Looking for a USB front panel

Postby audioave10 on 19 Jun 2009 02:34

That one doesn't say Vantec (that I could see) however, both
of those seem to have "crap" instead of quality built into them.
It looks like $20 won't cut it. I'll keep looking.
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Re: Looking for a USB front panel

Postby nandersen on 19 Jun 2009 12:45

Thanks guys, I got it solved for now.

This is what I used:
http://zhat.dk/pics/pc/usb_panel_components1.jpg
- unused USB bracket that came with a mobo
- a 5.25'' bay cover from my case
- some kind of USB 1.1 device cable - don't ask where it came from

The result (took some time):
http://zhat.dk/pics/pc/home_made_usb_panel1.jpg
http://zhat.dk/pics/pc/home_made_usb_panel2.jpg
http://zhat.dk/pics/pc/home_made_usb_panel3.jpg

As you can see it's not pretty but it works :)

Sorry for the blurry and grainy pictures.
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Re: Looking for a USB front panel

Postby audioave10 on 19 Jun 2009 14:20

That looks better than the crap I was finding for sale. :mozilla_smile:
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