That’s all about the hardware, now we must try to start it up.
Since we had already tested the same system case, there was no sense in assembling a PC system in it and redoing our earlier work. We took it easier. All the interesting features of Thermaltake’s new system cases are located on the front panel and nothing prevents us from attaching it to any PC and checking out the system capabilities. This approach seemed the more justifiable as Thermaltake supplies a kit consisting of a similar remote control, a VFD display designed as a faceplate for a 5.25” drive bay and a software CD. We ended up with a funny testbed, to be sure, as we connected the front panel of the Bach to a Tai-Chi system case:
The computer started up without a hitch. Just a push on a remote control button and the system wakes up to life:
Well, our first impulse was to find the designer of this LED-based highlighting and get him watch this system case in a dark room for the rest of his life – for the others not to make the same mistake. But if you don’t want to have two small floodlights in your living room, you have to solder a resistor into the power wire. The blue decorative highlighting can also be disabled altogether, if you want.
So the system is up and running. Let’s see what we can do with it.