Another custom SGI Octane light bar I've changed the light bar in my SGI Octane case a number of times previously. At first I got it working as its original red with an ATX motherboard that I put inside, then I updated it to shine bright white. This time around I wanted to have it as a blue glow. It was a small job since I had a spare light bar PCB from the previous time already. I'm pretty happy with the outcome.
Modifying a SGI Octane metal frame to use as a conventional computer case Last time I wrote about taking the SGI Octane apart. This entry is about taking the metal frame and modifying it to so that it may be used as a conventional computer case. This involves drilling and cutting metal with an angle grinder and redoing the pop rivets in a number of places. The end result is a rectangular frame without any internal dividers.
Taking apart an SGI Octane I've come into the possession of another SGI Octane recently that I plan to use as a HDD enclosure to match the other Octane case that I modified that I use as my home server. These are the photos from the disassembly of the machine.
Custom SGI Octane light bar When I modded my SGI Octane, the light bar was not working properly because it had some burned out bulbs in, which I fixed, but I wasn't too happy with the result. It took a bit of time, but I finally got a lightbar that I am happy with and all I had to do was design a PCB and some custom fittings, solder the components in and 3D print the fittings. The new light bar sports four bright white LEDs that make the whole bar light up.
Carbon fibre look for the SGI Octane base The SGI Octane case that I modified was a bit rough with scratches and marks, something that is expected given its age, so I thought I could wrap the base of it in some carbon fibre vinyl to make it look more modern and cover up the scratches.