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Recycling a really old laptop into something more useful

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6y, 9m agoPosted 6 years, 9 months ago
Thought I'd put this old lappy to another use as I've got a more up to date one now. Just a little project really...Hopefully it'll let me up some pics here so you get the idea of what's involved... it's an old 800mhz pentium chip with 512meg ram (bios date is 1997!).

I've been currently testing it in my lounge and all seems well. I've ran it local with a keyboard, as well as via logmein over my network. I think I'll end up putting it my kitchen on the worktop or maybe the wall and connect via a wifi card I'll put in.

Useful addition for media streaming and a smallish NAS (30 gig HDD). Very quiet and low power use, a lot less bulky than an xbox as well. I had slackware on it, but I've put tinyxp on it now, which runs ok.

It was probably worth around £50 I guess, but giving me a small combined media centre with built in screen seems more fun lol.
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6y, 9m agoPosted 6 years, 9 months ago
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banned#1
why dont you break it in parts and make a custom case so it looks like a tablet (albeit without touch screen)
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Split the two halves;
http://img713.imageshack.us/img713/2738/split2.jpg


After seeing the rather high prices of buying some framing wood in some craft shop, I popped into a couple of charity shops and finally found a suitable frame which was oversize so I could cut to fit:

http://img246.imageshack.us/img246/9467/frame2.jpg



Having made the frame and secured the joining sections with angle brackets, I made sure all areas of potential shorting were insulated, and then joined both sections, added the screen wiring to the motherboard. You can just see the inverter within the frame, and I've also attached the underside plate section so I can secure the CPU fan/heatsink assembly:

http://img694.imageshack.us/img694/9968/joined1i.jpg

Flipped over the motherboard and fitted at a slight angle so I have access to the main connection blocks along the bottom. Added fan assembly etc. and hanging string:
http://img407.imageshack.us/img407/2153/joined2.jpg

Hung on my wall next to TV for testing etc. I'll probably put it on the wall or worktop in the kitchen with just the power cable and network cable into it. Probably set it up for remote connection and use it for streaming or just setting it as a photo display at times.

http://img294.imageshack.us/img294/6547/lpfin.jpg
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bykergrove
why dont you break it in parts and make a custom case so it looks like a tablet (albeit without touch screen)


I was upping pics as you posted mate :thumbsup:
banned#4
WOW... i'm really impressed! that's what i would do with it matey


(just gave you an orange dot of rep!)
#5
nice project , that looks quite good in the wooden frame :thumbsup:
#6
Sink it into the worktop in the kitchen and make it touchscreen using a wiimote?
banned#7
if the battery is still good then you could put that back in, get a usb hub and attach it near the HDD area and get a wireless usb stick and a usb wireless KB/mouse

then you will have a totally wire free solution and only need to stick the power cable in to charge it up :)

that's what i would do but it may be a waste of money :lol:
#8
you could summit it to Instructableshttp://yoursmiles.org/msmile/compgame/m0330.gif
#9
Nice, I like this. :thumbsup:
#10
bykergrove
if the battery is still good then you could put that back in, get a usb hub and attach it near the HDD area and get a wireless usb stick and a usb wireless KB/mouse

then you will have a totally wire free solution and only need to stick the power cable in to charge it up :)

that's what i would do but it may be a waste of money :lol:


Would've been nice to release as much wire from it as possible mate, but as with a lot of old lappies, the battery charge lasts about as long as a pensioners hard-on :-D
#11
That looks fabulous lol, good work!
#12
richp
you could summit it to Instructableshttp://yoursmiles.org/msmile/compgame/m0330.gif


Epic security warning if you click on any of the sublinks. (looked like a "click OK to begin security scan from webpage and screw up the comput0r until someone fixes it).

Wouldn't advise it :P
#13
Very impressive mate. Id be smiling all week with that!
#14
DragonChris
Epic security warning if you click on any of the sublinks. (looked like a "click OK to begin security scan from webpage and screw up the comput0r until someone fixes it).

Wouldn't advise it :P


hmmm no problems my end :thinking:
#15
Nice project that:thumbsup:
#16
richp
hmmm no problems my end :thinking:


Strange...

Just checked again and it works fine now...

Hmm.

Definitely had some bull come up earlier when I clicked it, but meh :)

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