Reply 2180 of 2282, by Gonduron
Hey pano69, yes, the internal speaker is custom. I purchased a higher quality internal speaker, and cut a hole into the case to make the speaker point outwards. With AT minitowers, typically the speaker was mounted directly below the 3,5" HDD cage, at point blank onto cage. Having a speaker mounted as dumb like this, it's like if you pointed your external speakers straight onto wall instead of away from it. Such stupidity is incompatible with my engineering ethos, so I had to do something about this.
Now why bothering with the internal speaker at all? That's for nostalgia reasons: In junior days, lacking a Sound Blaster at first, I played some old games such as Indy3 and Commander Keen with internal speaker only. As sound and music is quite important to me, I wanted to have at least the option to replay these games with the "original" sound ... however at a certain quality level.
By the way, the 120 mm air intake fan with the dust filter is custom also. I had to cut the case + front panel for that to work. Granted, even with 7 extension boards, a 486 system does not necessarily need cooling like this. Yet, when pulling more air in than the PSU blows out, combined with tape-sealing most of the case's holes, this results in a slight air overpressure inside. This prevents dusted air from getting sucked inside, keeping my precious hardware clean.
My "Pixeli": Intel 486DX4-100 -- Asus VL/I-486SV2GX4 -- 16 MB -- Diamond Stealth64 S3 Vision868 2 MB VLB -- AWE64 Gold -- Roland LAPC-I and SCC-1 -- Adaptec AVA-2825 -- IBM 1 GB SCSI-2 -- Plextor 8x -- Teac 3,5" + 5,25" -- EIZO S2133