Building an Altair PC

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Right now, you're asking "What does this crazy guy mean by that?"

So I ordered an Altair Clone ATX back plate:
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This will go on the back of my Altair Clone and allow me to mount a PC motherboard inside.


If I have done everything correctly, I will be able to use the Altair front panel to run CP/M and 8080 programs and run Windows on the PC inside.

Pics as it happens...
 
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May 22, 2019
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Mission accomplished!

While there are some minor issues (the power button, for example), the project worked out very well.

Here's a picture of the final product:

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and here's an interior shot

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There are still some bugs to work out: the motherboard is losing its settings after I shut down (I suspect the CMOS clear jumper is still set), but overall, I'm very happy with the result.