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On 1/28/2023 at 1:46 PM, Zap! said:

@swatcop I just did a search and it appears that yellow was the color of the original Mega STe hard drive light, so yellow it is, along with the 3d printed LED holder and grommet. Do you take PayPal?

I did attempt initially to find a good matching yellow for mine; but wasn't very successful.  The only LEDs I could find of the right size were much brighter.

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Personally, I've been perfectly happy with the "much brighter" LED's. I've got

a brighter replacement LED for the power on light and one for the HD light,

so the only thing missing to make everything the same (and beautiful!) is

the floppy drive LED.   :)

 

 

 

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11 hours ago, DarkLord said:

Personally, I've been perfectly happy with the "much brighter" LED's. I've got

a brighter replacement LED for the power on light and one for the HD light,

so the only thing missing to make everything the same (and beautiful!) is

the floppy drive LED.   :)

 

 

 

Are you talking about the actual LED, or the piece of plastic that goes over it?  That is what I am missing on one of my drives.  Was curious what I could do with Tinkercad and transparent plastic... may have to look into that again soon.

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Well, I hadn't actually thought much about the plastic piece over the floppy

drive LED. I did take it apart and clean it a bit, in case that was what was

making it appear to be dim but I couldn't tell much difference...

 

It's just that it pales in comparison to the 2 replacement LED's.  :)

 

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I've gotten a few more requests for these over the years.  I'm thinking it'd be best if I maybe send a bunch off to one of the retro stores and let them deal with the packaging / sending, and selling them as an add-in item or something?  Not sure who would be interested in such a thing.

 

Now that I have a Resin printer as well, the parts will be sturdier and won't take as long to print a lot at a time.

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I received mine from @swatcop (thank you so much for everything!) and finally got around to installing it the other day. The metal, while rusted, was salvageable, so I didn't to cut it and use the bracket. Soaked it in vinegar and put on the new gromet and popped in the LED.

 

I installed standoffs and mounted the Ultrasatan (I should have moved them a notch back, as the SD card is tight, but removable; I'll do than another day).

 

I also installed colored pins in the J8 (red in the inside, black on the outside), carefully desoldered the LED's, which wasn't nearly as hard as I expected it to be. I changed the battery just in case, since it was from 2016. Put it all back and it worked like a charm! Nice and bright! I love it! The Mega STe is looking good!

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Good job. In my case I used multiple stand-offs, stacking them so that when I lift the Mega STe's

hard drive bay cover, I don't have to reach up into the top of the bay. I just found it to be too

cramped for my clumsy 'ole hands that way. There's a happy medium where you've got it so

you don't have to lift the bay very high but it still clears everything on the motherboard.

 

Just a thought - worked in my case.  :)

 

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5 minutes ago, DarkLord said:

Good job. In my case I used multiple stand-offs, stacking them so that when I lift the Mega STe's

hard drive bay cover, I don't have to reach up into the top of the bay. I just found it to be too

cramped for my clumsy 'ole hands that way. There's a happy medium where you've got it so

you don't have to lift the bay very high but it still clears everything on the motherboard.

 

Just a thought - worked in my case.  :)

 

This is great advice.  I need to set mine up.  Granted I also need to test the new motherboard I got, and to see if I can get the random VME card I got off of eBay to work...

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Here's a picture of my setup. You can see what I did with the standoffs.

 

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Of course, I still think the best solution is for someone to 3D print a replacement Mega STe

hard drive bay cover with slots in the front, custom made for the internal Ultrasatan.  :)

 

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33 minutes ago, DarkLord said:

Here's a picture of my setup. You can see what I did with the standoffs.

 

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Of course, I still think the best solution is for someone to 3D print a replacement Mega STe

hard drive bay cover with slots in the front, custom made for the internal Ultrasatan.  :)

 

Like this thing?  https://www.thingiverse.com/thing:5179717

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2 hours ago, DarkLord said:

Here's a picture of my setup. You can see what I did with the standoffs.

 

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Nice work, I'm gonna try that when I get around to it. On a side note, your Ultrasatan looks quite a bit different than mine, and they are both version 1.2.

 

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8 minutes ago, remowilliams said:

I originally had zip ties than graduated to standoffs and then recently went for 'never remove this cover again' : D

 

Gotcha.  :)

 

So you made a replacement cover for the VME slot and went that route. Nice.

 

Is the internal US still mounted in the hard drive bay and connected via cables

or is it directly behind the VME cover?

 

Are those files available for anyone with a 3D printer to make for themselves?

 

Thanks...

 

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4 minutes ago, DarkLord said:

Is the internal US still mounted in the hard drive bay and connected via cables

or is it directly behind the VME cover?

 

It's mounted directly to the new VME cover/frame.  Little bit of wrangling to get the cables and all situated, but it is well worth it.

 

https://www.thingiverse.com/thing:4639365

 

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23 hours ago, remowilliams said:

 

I originally had zip ties than graduated to standoffs and then recently went for 'never remove this cover again' : D

 

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As amazing as that looks, it wouldn't work for me because I just can't get to the back of my MSTe. I can feel where the power switch is, but that's about it. Even then it sometimes takes me a few seconds. Out of view, right behind it I have a Turbo Grafx 16 that's almost touching it. I have way too much going on in one area. :D

 

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