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AT fliptop case?
Posted 27 February 2013 - 06:48 PM
I know that they exist here is a picture:
The article I pulled this from the guy is building an AT clone. (very old magazine article)
Does anyone here know where I could get a flip open AT case? It would be very very convenient as I intend to be doing a lot of part swapping on a regular basis on the rig I'm going to be putting together. Does anyone have such a case or have seen them?
Posted 28 February 2013 - 11:45 AM
Posted 28 February 2013 - 12:12 PM
While that's not exactly what you're looking for, it's close, and something you would be able to modify in order to be closer to what you're looking for. Searching for any Desktop style case will give you something to start with that's more easily modified than building your own.
Posted 28 February 2013 - 02:12 PM
Posted 01 March 2013 - 09:29 AM
Posted 01 March 2013 - 12:17 PM
Cheers and Regards
Posted 01 March 2013 - 02:01 PM
There is the possibility that it is not actually a flip top case at all, but rather just slid back to unlatch it then raised up and leaned against the wall. Why they would picture it that way I don't know, but it's possible.
Cheers and Regards
If you look at the article (I posted the link) to the step where they put the motherboard in the chassis, on the right side of the picture you can clearly see the slide/hinge. Further down, when the build is done, you can also see it again. The picture of the front make it look like the one in the pictures is an OEM chassis, since it has the square badge. It could be possible to find which chassis that guy actually used and be able to find that exact one. It looks like it could be an IBM (similar badge) but this part of the article is key:
(With my kit, I received instructions on the case, the motherboard, each peripheral card, the drives, the monitor, and general assembly.)
So to correctly identify what this particular chassis is, research into AT kits would be required which could be even more difficult to find. The only real clues you can get is the fact that this article was published in 1990, as well as this quote:
I was able to buy a kit from a national supplier that contained everything on my must-have list, excluding the hard drive, monitor, and printer. The kit cost $599.95;
Update: It is obvious that the one used in the picture is an IBM PC/AT clone, specifically of the 5170. I can only find one clone that is similar, a 12MHz AT clone made by a company called President. It is in the top middle of this pic:
Unfortunately, I can find no other images of this, nor of this company "President". Its a pain to search for "President AT" (give it a try and see). That's all I got.
Edited by Tripredacus, 01 March 2013 - 03:59 PM.
Posted 02 March 2013 - 03:38 AM
Posted 02 March 2013 - 01:21 PM
Yep, sorry for the misunderstanding .
Maybe I should have specified that.
Yep, but one thing is remembering them, and another one is finding one.
I'm wondering if anyone older than I am remembers cases like this or would have a case similar with a flip open top that would make part swapping and tinkering much easier.
Those types (with hinges) were extremely rare at the time, ideally *someone* could remember a definite make/model and then we could look for it.
In the good ol' times I remember seeing a few 4U Rack Mount cases with a hinged lid, but even if it will do for you, it mught be a nightmare to find one
Posted 11 June 2013 - 06:22 AM
If you have your heart set on THAT unique case, consider;
'President' - may in fact be a model name.
'Ancient computer game' enthusiasts e.g. (refering picture), "Invasion of the Vorticons",
such may also have knowledge of where very old cases could be found.
Yep, life would have been easier if ATX cases came as easy to open as a
Power Macintosh G3 (Blue & White).
Incidently, I think some of the pre AT's looked purdy too;
Addendum; Looked up the maker of the board in the magazine article top picture;
"Willow Peripherals, Inc."
They make, or rather made, video capture boards, and if you look real close at the
other pics, it seems the gent has captured a pic of himself on the display.
Then I looked up wimsbios and found this in the AMI bios records;
a "President Technology Inc" listing in google;
Of course, 'President' is as generic as milk. Hope this helps.
Edited by buyerninety, 11 June 2013 - 06:37 AM.
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