First post, by yawetaG
This thread is going to be about the machine described in this post, and how it will be merged with the contents of another case to transform it into a computer that doesn't absolutely suck at everything except sound.
The Gateway GP-6 range was Gateway's entry-level range of systems in about 1999-2000, using microATX OEM Intel motherboards based on the Intel 810 chipset with integrated graphics (shitty integrated graphics) and integrated sound (decent-good integrated sound), 4 PCI slots, no AGP slots, and limited processor support options. It also appears to be the start of making Gateway systems cheaper by cutting corners beyond using OEM motherboards, as we'll see in the case design.
The case is currently in bits because whoever removed the hard disk did so in a highly incompetent manner and I need to rewire the front panel.
Compared to my other Gateway system, a G6-266 (P2 266 MHz system), which uses a nifty system with metal clips to attach the front bezel, this one was attached with four screws. The case also lacks the soundproofing and the handy hard disk mounts and other clipped on bits present in the G6...
There's room for a floppy disk drive and two 5.25" optical disk drives. The hard disk mounts above the CD-ROM drives. It looks like it's better to first mount the hard disk and only then add the 5.25" drives. I need to bend some bits of metal back in shape because the person who removed the hard disk did so without first removing the CD-drives and bent the top of the (steel) case 😐 .
As mentioned, I also still need to rewire the front panel switches:
I've cleaned up the pins on the switches today, but I currently can't find my "third hand" soldering help and it's getting dark, so soldering will have to wait until later.
Side view of the system:
The measly 70-90 Watt power supply is located right next to the processor. It has a fan that sucks away hot air from the processor.
The motherboard was damaged by the person who removed the hard disk. One of the IDE connectors is cracked on the side: