What a great project! The board in the DC3217IYE includes a front panel power header. The pinout descriptions are on page 43 of the Technical Product Specification found here: http://www.intel.com/support/motherboards/desktop/d33217gke/sb/CS-033834.htm
You can connect a front panel power cable to this header and lead it out to the outside of your Droid. You'd likely need to keep the bottom chassis cover OFF of the DC3217IYE - I would not recommend drilling out any holes in the chassis to run the power cable.
Thanks you! You should see the reactions from the kids and pediatric patients we visit
I'll dig up the documentation you referred to and see how that goes.
No...no drilling for expensive Intel components!
Side Note: Any word on the i5 release? R2 has a Microsoft Kinect for Windows that requires more processing muscle than the i3.
We are targeting sometime in June for the i5 version - I do not have an exact date, unfortunately. Keep an eye out for it on this page - http://www.intel.com/content/www/us/en/motherboards/desktop-motherboards/next-unit-computing-introduction.html
I finally had a chance to download the PDF and review the specific section you mentioned.
Wow, this will be a lot easier to do that I thought....asides trying to route the wiring out of the case into the droid.
Geez, I may have to draw up and CNC a neat little interface plate for the Hard Drive Activity LED to display, a power on.standby 2-color LED, reset button and power button.
Hmmm I could even use that funky font used in the movies (Aurebesh)....I made this real quick with Adobe Illustrator...
From the top...
(LED green) Power
(LED yellow) Hard Drive
Power and Reset (buttons below)
Off to play with SolidWorks now!