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system in basement, user on first floor??

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November 20, 2006 1:01:48 AM

Often thought it would be cool to mount my system in the basement ceiling underneath where I work. I have access directly underneath the desk. I could have all kinds of fans, because noise wouldn't be an issue.
However, I'd need:
an external DVD drive that can have a cable long enough to sit on desk (eSata?)
A long cable for monitor
A homemade box with power/reset buttons and extension to plug in headphones/microphone when gaming.
Anything else? What problems would I have?

Anyone ever do anything like this?
a b ) Power supply
November 20, 2006 6:45:54 PM

Probably uber expensive but:
That's cool stuff


Can't find price quote but didn't look hard

Edit" Realised the video card is in the box, so wouldn't cut it for games!
November 20, 2006 7:28:17 PM

I have 2 systems set up this way:

In (under) my living room, I have a hometheater PC set up high on a shelf. I feed the vga video cable and coaxial audio cable and USB cable up through the floor to my plasma tv and audio system. I use a Gyration bluetooth keyboard and mouse to operate the system and a USB/FireWire optical drive. Works FLAWLESSY and you would never know there is a PC powering this setup...Wife liked this setup so much that I set up her desktop system similarly.

For the Desktop system, I routed the wires for the lcd monitor and speakers...(including power) up through the wall and out through a junction box. All that you see in the room is a small desk with a 17" lcd, and a cordless keyboard and mouse.....NO WIRES whatsoever!

She doesn't have a removable optical drive currently so an occasional trip to the basement is required for sofware installation...
November 20, 2006 7:40:53 PM

Well, wireless speakers, wireless mouse and keyboard, wireless usb (external 5.25" enclosure for your DVD-drive), and I'm fairly certain I saw a wireless monitor adapter around.

That solve your problem (although the radiation will probably sterilize you in a couple of months, not to mention the cost of all the periphials)...
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