Page 1:A Chassis That'll Start Conversations
Page 2:Packaging And Contents
Page 3:Power Supply And Wiring
Page 4:You'll Never Guess Where They Put The Optical Drive
Page 5:Mounting Our SSD
Page 6:Fun With A Fan
Page 7:Motherboard And CPU #1: Pulling Out The Stops
Page 8:Motherboard #2: Common Sense Prevails
Page 9:This Locomotive Needs Propulsion!
Page 10:Unboxing And Initial Thoughts
Page 11:Installing The Propulsion Module
Page 12:The Motor's Power Supply And Switch
Page 13:Wireless Communication
Page 14:Video And Audio Without Cables
Page 15:A Day At The Museum, Part 1
Page 16:A Day At The Museum, Part 2
Page 17:A Day At The Museum, Part 3
Page 18:Though Niche, Lian Li's PC-CK101 Is Certainly Cool
Installing The Propulsion Module
First things first; the wheels have to come off in order to get two axles installed. The motor drives the front axle via gears and the rear axle by means of a belt. A shortcut, powering only the front axle, would have let us keep the SSD in the locomotive's body, but it proved ineffective because the front wheels just can't move the train on their own. Moreover, with the front axle not under tension, it simply rattles around too much.
So, this needs to be done by the book. Shortcuts don't work. And with the SSD permanently moved, we're ready to continue.
When I tried to remove the screwed-on cover plate, I discovered that it had been assembled prior to Lian Li's powder coating process. Thus, paint held the piece in place. It finally came off with enough force, though the finish ended up a little marred. Luckily, that's the bottom of the locomotive. Even still, though, I don’t think the cover plate removal procedure was well thought-out by Lian Li.
Anyone who has ever played with Legos or Erector Sets as a kid should have no trouble mounting the axles. However, I recommend slipping the belt off of the gears to relieve tension. Screwing the bearings into place otherwise would be a challenge.
The motor’s electrical cable should be mounted to the case bottom by means of supplied cable clips. The double-sided adhesive tape on the clips is good enough to hold the clips and the light cable in place. Finally, the wheels are attached to the new axles.
- A Chassis That'll Start Conversations
- Packaging And Contents
- Power Supply And Wiring
- You'll Never Guess Where They Put The Optical Drive
- Mounting Our SSD
- Fun With A Fan
- Motherboard And CPU #1: Pulling Out The Stops
- Motherboard #2: Common Sense Prevails
- This Locomotive Needs Propulsion!
- Unboxing And Initial Thoughts
- Installing The Propulsion Module
- The Motor's Power Supply And Switch
- Wireless Communication
- Video And Audio Without Cables
- A Day At The Museum, Part 1
- A Day At The Museum, Part 2
- A Day At The Museum, Part 3
- Though Niche, Lian Li's PC-CK101 Is Certainly Cool