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  1. #1 So I built a laptop... 
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    Yeah. I used that laptop with the dead screen as a base, the thread about it is here:

    http://www.pspmod.com/forums/tech-di...h-control.html

    Anyways, I got bored one day and I started going through some of my laptop parts. I found the 15.4" screen from my dead Averatec and I started thinking "Maybe I could make this work with that HP..."

    A few hours of messing around and one day later I have this:







    It's pretty ghetto right now but it's a start. I want to take some sheetmetal and build a whole new case for this laptop (i.e. the Ben Heck X360 laptop.) The screen doesn't fit the current case because the old screen was like a 14" 4:3 screen, this is a 15.4" 16:10 widescreen, that's why I had to cut off pieces of the old screen casing. Those wires you see hold it to the casing, there's no way to screw it in right now, which is the reason I need to make a case. Oh yeah, and sorry for the clutter, I need to clean my house lol

    I'm gonna start on this little project next week sometime. I'll post more pics when it's 'done.'

    EDIT: And yes, it's running Windows
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    LOL nice.... although you should be running ubuntu :P sweet couch btw lol
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    Quote Originally Posted by poporo View Post
    LOL nice.... although you should be running ubuntu :P sweet couch btw lol
    Yeah... I know... it's gonna get Kubuntu on it as soon as I've got the time Plus I need to switch out the 30gig hard drive for a 60gig I've got layin' around before I bother with it.

    Thanks, I really dig that couch. It used to belong to my dad. He was gonna get rid of it when he sold his house. I said I'd give him $50 for it and he said "Okay, sure, come and get it." I honestly didn't think he'd go for it but I guess it saved him a trip to Goodwill. $50 for a $3500 leather wraparound couch w/ massage recliners ain't bad, the only thing that sucks about it is it's a bitch to move. That couch is gonna be a heavy factor when I decide whether or not to renew my lease lol.
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    haha that is real ghetto
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    bahaha, thats too funny. i love it
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    Kubuntu on that laptop with Kubuntu themed case would look sick.

    Your house isn't that bad... It's alot cleaner than mine. Besides, I like the "worn-out" look of that table...
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    Ghetto or not...it's a cool way to build a Frankenstein Laptop

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    That is nifty.

    My step-mother broke the screen on my laptop.
    I currently compute with my notebook attached to a Compaq FS740 monitor.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Pirate-M.Lifnen View Post
    That is nifty.

    My step-mother broke the screen on my laptop.
    I currently compute with my notebook attached to a Compaq FS740 monitor.
    1. I'd be killing someone or making them pay for damages if they broke something that belonged to me. Stepmother or not. Shit costs money.

    2. Yeah, I was doing the same before with S-Video to a TV.
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    heh, nice way of making two pieces of dead tech become one workable one......

    Although, the first thing I thought when I saw the pic was "laptop of Frankenstein," lol....
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    ew what is it
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    Quote Originally Posted by josejalepeno View Post
    ew what is it
    thats what we call a computer.. with a little love from the Ghhhetttoooo
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    That is slick.

    For your next project, see if you can turn a DeLorean into a time machine.

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    Stop playing operations with laptops. Seriously, this looks fun.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Jookia View Post
    Stop playing operations with laptops. Seriously, this looks fun.
    This is the third laptop I've modded or otherwise fixed My first laptop was an Averatec 6130HS20 with a 64mb ATi Radeon 9600Pro. A good card, and the best you could get in a laptop at the time, but it was short on VRAM. So I had a Radeon 9600 desktop board laying around and it had 256mb of VRAM. After checking it out, I discovered that the laptop chipset used 4x16mb chips for the VRAM, and the desktop board used 4x64mb. After checking the pins I figured out that they were designed the same way, the chips on the desktop board just held more memory. So, I desoldered them and I switched the desktop chips to the laptop chipset. Couple hours of work here and there over the course of a few days and I had what was arguably the first laptop in existence that had 256mb of dedicated VRAM. This was in 2004 BTW. That one died too, back in '06. Seemed like the BIOS flash ROM chip croaked, but that's just my educated guess.

    The second laptop I still have, a Compaq Armada 110 from way back in the day (around 1999.) A heavy old beast that just barely got the job done. I bought it for $50 used and it had a dead slimtype CD-ROM drive and the Windows install on it was borked. So, I took the slimtype CDRW drive from my dead Averatec and switched it into the Armada, and presto, I had a useable laptop. After installing Ubuntu on it (textmode installer, of course) the touchpad wasn't working so I had to take it apart again, turns out the ribbon cable had been diced in one spot from the new CDRW drive I popped in. So, back to the Averatec for parts. By sheer luck the Averatec's Synaptics touchpad used pretty much the same ribbon cable, so after one more switcheroo I had a fully working laptop. It's still chugging along after a year and a half of faithful service but I think it won't be chugging for much longer, the video chipset is having some temperature issues lately.

    Speaking of THIS laptop... sadly, I lost the patient - it died last week. Not sure what happened but the power supply seems to have failed. I'm going back to college soon so I'm just gonna strip it for parts and buy a new laptop. Remember this, if you ever have a laptop die make sure you KEEP it! You never know when the spare parts will come in handy.

    I still have my desktop systems too, so I'm good. And my PSP has been pulling some of the slack as well.
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