This project actually started as a need to switch from my speakers to my headphones and back with out unplugging anything....
Since this only required a switch and a headphone jack, I had a lot of room left on the drive bay cover, so I decided to add a couple of more switches. One will control a fan cover light from a previous mod and the other for a new set of cold cathode florescence tubes for the inside. Guess what? Still more room! As I looked at my NiMH battery charger and cell phone sitting on my desk charging and taking up space I suddenly had a vision. I saw my cell phone charging from a port on my computer! Both of these have car chargers. The PSU puts out 12v, why not use that to power the car chargers? Both the battery charger and phone use those bulky outlet hogging transformers and both are just being slid from one place to the other on my desk. With this one little mod I can eliminate the transformers (and open a couple of outlets) and possibly some of the clutter on my desk..
Since finishing this project I am quite happy with the results and thought you might use this as a basis to build your own control panel. Depending on your needs and expertise you can add a lot of controls to a single bay cover. Just look around at some of the commercial versions and you will see what I mean. Everything from card readers to USB ports and everything in-between can be found in a drive bay. Let your imagination run wild and add some stuff to your computer.
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