Okay boys and girls, this is what I've been building up to. You remember those little GPOs right, and how they provided a bunch of positive and negative power terminals? Well, on ths model, as I've said, each one can provide around 750-1000mA of power. Funnily enough, thats around the same kind of power that a standard piece of, ooo say, modding equipment draws. Neons? No problem. Fans? Feel free. All you gotta do is hook 'em up, and write the software, and that is just what I'm going to do. Ladies and Gentlemen, I present to you.......
<b>The LCD Modbus!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!</b>
First things first. Grab yourself a mod. In this case, I'm butchering my bloo neon, for complimentary colour co-ordination styleee.
Snip the molex off the end (making sure you know which is the positive and which is the negative wire)...
...split the ends...
...and strip em.
Grab yourself a two pin jumper type connector (you all probably have loads left over from your Maplins cold cathode jobs).
Can you guess where I got mine? :p
Strips the ends off that too.
Making sure you still know which is positive and which is negative, solder the two together and insulate (you don't want them touching, believe me!)
Take your newly plugged neon...
...and simply push it onto the pins - left is positive, right is negative. I want to emphasise here that you can't just solder straight onto the pins - the heat from the soldering iron will likely blow something.
And there you have it. Grab more mods and repeat 3 times (or more if you fancy writing your own software!)
And that's the hardware side. If you like, you could wire your jumper-type connectors into a little fanbus, or you could voltage regulate them externally, or wire molexes on the end, take your pick. After that, all you've got to do is write some software to run it all, as you can see on the next page.