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    Case for industrial backplane

    So a year or so ago I got an industrial backplane setup essentially for free and I've been looking for a case ever since. I just started looking again cause I'm running out of projects to keep myself occupied and I think I found a case on ebay I'll likely pick up. The thing I'm having a little trouble with is the layout on the back. On all the "full AT server cases" I see, they either can only fit standard size motherboards or the keyboard port is in the middle like this: (sorry for the awful quality)
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    I don't have a picture of my specific motherboard but it's very similar to this, with I believe 14 slots and the keyboard port at the top.
    0002308_pci-14s-picmg-10-full-size-passive-backplane.jpeg

    I figure with a case like that I have 2 options- keep my backplane and modify the case (or find a new set of slots which I think is very unlikely), or find a different backplane. Any suggestions how I should proceed? I definitely want to stick with a tower case instead of a rackmount one and I don't believe I need the keyboard port on the backplane because the cpu card I have has onboard ps/2 so I can desolder it if necessary.

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    Also, out of curiosity what kind of motherboard would fit in that case with 8 slots below and 4 slots above the keyboard connector?

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      #3
      Originally posted by RadRacer203 View Post
      Also, out of curiosity what kind of motherboard would fit in that case with 8 slots below and 4 slots above the keyboard connector?
      Funny you should ask!

      https://www.vogons.org/viewtopic.php?f=25&t=48043
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        #4
        Originally posted by luckybob View Post
        Wow, what an amazing beast!

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          #5
          why would the keyboard DIN even matter if you are using a passive backplane? the keyboard would need to be connected to your processor card anyway most likely

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            #6
            2nd only to my trio of ALR 6x6's. ^.^

            Totally forgot to answer your question!
            Most cases for these 14 slot boards are going to be like this: https://www.ebay.com/itm/163717006916 Some even have built-in screens! https://www.ebay.com/itm/181377776600

            I'm personally considering a 2U "butterfly" version for the Pentium pro SBC that I have. Like this one: https://www.ebay.com/itm/112036695320 Kinda waiting on a certain $1200 check from a certain orange-faced, ****-trumpet before I pull the trigger.
            It is a mistake to think you can solve any major problems just with potatoes.

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              #7
              I saw a big Yeorng-Yang server case on CL for only $30. Looked like ti could handle oversized motherboards, but not sure of the number of card slots.
              Reach me: vcfblackhole _at_ protonmail dot com.

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                #8
                Originally posted by maxtherabbit View Post
                why would the keyboard DIN even matter if you are using a passive backplane? the keyboard would need to be connected to your processor card anyway most likely
                I want to be able to use all 14 slots, and with the hole for the keyboard in the middle, 2 would be blocked off

                If I go with one of the rackmount server cases it would have to be pretty special, like with a crt monitor inside or something. Otherwise I'd really like to stick to a ridiculously huge tower

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                  #9
                  I have only seen rack-mount cases for these 14-slot boards.
                  It is a mistake to think you can solve any major problems just with potatoes.

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                    #10
                    Nice one Bob! Makes my recent Asus P5A-B find look like a postage stamp.

                    Tom
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                      #11
                      Originally posted by RadRacer203 View Post
                      I want to be able to use all 14 slots, and with the hole for the keyboard in the middle, 2 would be blocked off

                      If I go with one of the rackmount server cases it would have to be pretty special, like with a crt monitor inside or something. Otherwise I'd really like to stick to a ridiculously huge tower
                      I've got a Micro Five 286 Novell server that has ten slots if that's of interest.




























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                        #12
                        Too bad you didn't need one a few months ago. A local guy had a 14 slot case with telecom cards in it I could have snagged before he recycled it.

                        They are cool cases but without a purpose they just take up a ton of room. I didn't even bother to save the PC card in it.
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                          #13
                          Originally posted by Stone View Post
                          I've got a Micro Five 286 Novell server that has ten slots if that's of interest.




























                          [ATTACH=CONFIG]60351[/ATTACH] [ATTACH=CONFIG]60352[/ATTACH]
                          I like that case a lot, is it just a standard 286 on a 16 bit isa backplane? I think I have a 486 card that would be a pretty nice upgrade for it. Or maybe I can just get a 10 slot backplane and make my pentium 3 cpu card fit
                          Last edited by RadRacer203; April 20, 2020, 06:03 PM.

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                            #14
                            cool system stone

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                              #15
                              Originally posted by RadRacer203 View Post
                              I like that case a lot, is it just a standard 286 on a 16 bit isa backplane? I think I have a 486 card that would be a pretty nice upgrade for it. Or maybe I can just get a 10 slot backplane and make my pentium 3 cpu card fit
                              No, it's a very proprietary 286 board. And that's just the beginning. Nearly everything in this system is proprietary but it does use standard floppy and hard drives.
                              PM me if you're looking for 3" or 5" floppy disks. EMail For everything else, Take Another Step

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