Hacks and Mods

Here are some specialized projects that involve hacks, mods, or tweaks to really anything related to computers. Some of these are just ideas of mine as something I would like to do some day.

aquarium PC

Aquarium PC

For many years, I have wanted to create a PC submerged in mineral oil, but I didn’t do this because it isn’t easy.  Though mineral oil isn’t expensive (roughly $2/pint) it adds up when you need… More »

Deskbottom Setup

Deskbottom Computer

This was a project I did out of boredom during the winter of 2011.  I do not currently still use a setup like this but it was worth experimenting with at the time. The picture literally… More »

PCI-e 1x Riser cable

PCI-e 1x Riser Experiment

This article is about running PCI Express 16x video cards on 1x slots, and the benefits of using a PCI-e riser cable. Note that not all GPUs are capable of doing this, but many of them… More »

Productive Radiator

I am proud to introduce the PC that was once a time-killing machine that I transformed into to the most productive thing I own.  How?  By devoting its resources toward scientific and medical research, all while… More »

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The Overclock Cure

My brother’s computer at one point was encountering strange power-up issues.  You could power it on and it was completely unresponsive. Sometimes, it would eventually start up but immediately fail after a minute or two.  Occasionally… More »

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Theoretical DisplayPort Networking

This is a theoretical idea on how to use DisplayPort/HDMI as a very high-speed network service, for the intended use of headless servers. Here’s how it works:On one system, you have your regular DisplayPort output, which is… More »

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Video Card with CPU Heatsink

In August of 2010, I bought an AMD Athlon II x3.  I was surprised how puny the heatsink was. It was sufficient, but it didn’t do a very good job. The CPU heated up to 65C with the… More »