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USB Cigarette Lighter Mod


Recently I was crawling around behind my desk, unlit cigarette in my mouth, plugging in my Microsoft precision 2 joystick getting ready to cause some serious mayhem in a nice online game of MechWarrior 4.As I crawled out from behind my desk, task accomplished , I noticed my dog staring at me, head cocked, ears up. She obviously thought I was insane.

And I'm thinking to myself, why in the hell cant I get a case like the ones the OEM's like compaq have. Nice little front USB connectors. Sweet, probably the only thing I like about a compaq machine. I have the extra set of USB ports that came with my Abit KT7-RAID. Maybe I could do something with them, to hell with compaq. Ill put in a set of my own. So I did. Here's how. Oh yeh,.where did my lighter go, hmm.

First of all I got my stuff together.


  • USB dongle that came with the Motherboard ( and can also be purchased separately at a local computer store or even Circuit City or Best Buy )
  • Internal Power Splitter
  • Electrical Tape
  • Soldering Iron
  • Flux
  • Solder
  • Wire Strippers/Cutters
  • 18 Inches of 6 Type Conductor Telephone Wire
  • Dremel Tool and Attachments

Starting Out

To go one step further I made a trip to the local auto parts store to pick up a cigarette lighter assembly, heh.

Cigarette Lighter

USB Dongle

Written By: John Collard (nutxo)
Date: 3-8-04
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