This information is supplied freely although if you use it or give it to somebody else it must be done in an unaltered way. If you build your own card, and there is equipment failure I CAN NOT be held responsible. You use this information at your own risk. If you do anything wrong, you risk your project, your sound card and maybe even your computer. This isn't a project for first timers in PCB making. If there is something in this text you dont understand, then you probably shouldn't build it yourself. Well, now when that has been taken care of I'll get on to the point.
This is a short explanation how to make your own optical output for the Creative SB Live Value sound card. It requires Soldering skills and for this version also Equipment and knowledge for making PCB board's.
2. Required equipment.
First you need a Soldering Iron, or station, Preferably with a fine tip. You will need etching equipment to take away the copper from the PCB. You also need a UV-Exposer and what goes with that. Components. (In Sketch)
The pictures below are in this order.
1. Layout of all layers seen from topside.
2. Topside Layout.
3. Bottom side Layout.
4. Sketch (courtesy of Einhorn).
(All these are 300dpi, jpgs except for Sketch)
4. The Making.
All layout work has been done in Eagle.
Drilling has been done by hand using a 30 000 rpm drill tower.
Soldering with Stannol soldering station.
All components have been bought from ELFA.
5. The Finished Card.
© Peter Werner 2000