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First post, by bmwsvsu

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I have a low-profile Windows 98/XP hybrid build I'm working on. Low profile is a bit of a hurdle for this type of build as it not only limits the choice of video cards, but it severely limits the choice of sound cards. I've only found 1 option that fits right out of the box - and that is the CMI-8738, but I don't really want to go this route. The only other card I've found (that can be easily obtained today, at least) that can even theoretically be used in a low-profile configuration is an ALS 4000 card. The one I have has a 15-pin gameport breakout port which can be detached from the high-profile bracket. This part is actually easy as it perfectly fits into a low-profile DVI bracket and can take up an unused slot. But the sound card portion is another story as the 3 inputs/outputs don't line up with any low-profile brackets on the market.

So my thought was, simply take a 3-D printed generic bracket and drill 3 holes in it for the inputs/outputs. Does anybody sell something like that? I had no look cruising ebay.

Reply 1 of 3, by cyclone3d

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Problem with that is that the tabs on the bracket to mount to the card are going to be on a model to model basis.

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Reply 2 of 3, by BitWrangler

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You could also consider chopping the stock bracket shorter, bending it over, and using a screw with a big head or extra washer to hold it. Or sweat/braze a short cutoff of a blanking plate on the back of it when cut down. It might be a tad off by the metal thicknesses, but there's usually enough tolerance to persuade it to fit.

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Reply 3 of 3, by Benedikt

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bmwsvsu wrote on 2021-11-21, 17:13:

So my thought was, simply take a 3-D printed generic bracket and drill 3 holes in it for the inputs/outputs. Does anybody sell something like that? I had no look cruising ebay.

What speaks against the obvious, i.e. drilling holes in an ordinary low-profile bracket?
If it is the absence of mounting tabs, you could use small plastic cubes and self-tapping screws, instead.