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Hello, I haven't had a chance to design or make anything resently, wat with work and normal day life getting in the way, however it's time to start a project. I had a old 13" gateway laptop that a friend gave to me as the screen was damaged and he didn't need it anymore. I had another screen that would work but it was bigger than the laptop, so i did what any good modder does and made it fit. I had to crudely bend the screen brackets to fit the 15" screen and re-drill the screw holes to mount it, however it worked. Here are a few photos. Yes I did put black cardboard on the back of the screen :/ So it works, but it doesn't look very good or is it very safe. Due to this, I'm going to build a whole new chasis for this laptop. I taken all the parts out and tested them while running Ubuntu and it operates fine. I'm going to use green acrylic sheets (not sure if they will be clear or not) to build the bottom and top of the laptop, with hex standoffs to mount the laptop mobo and top of the laptop base. Two more sheets will be used to house a screen with new brackets mounted to the base of the chassis. Here is a list of parts i'll be using (I may add more later on) 15mm Hex standoffs http://www.rakuten.co.uk/shop/go4products/product/9591724/?sku=9591724&sclid=a_pla_uk 10mm Hex standoffs http://www.rakuten.co.uk/shop/go4products/product/9591722/?sku=9591722&sclid=a_pla_uk 160pcs of M3 nylon Hex standoffs http://www.banggood.com/160pcs-M3-Nylon-Black-M-F-Hex-Spacers-Screw-Nut-Assortment-Kit-p-942282.html?currency=GBP&createTmp=1&utm_source=google&utm_medium=shopping&utm_content=saul&utm_campaign=electronic-xiao-uk&gclid=Cj0KEQjwhPaqBRDG2uiHzpKLi6ABEiQAk_XXifjcC0UsHGNZ83q-kY_Zd9Yvq6iIKuqARQZMgBWlQBMaAgxr8P8HAQ Rubber feet or bottom of the chassis http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/Affix-Black-Adhesive-Rubber-Feet-Fixings-on-Sheets-Select-Size-when-Buying-/120907399517?_trksid=p2141725.m3641.l6368 Laptop screen hinges http://www.bonanzamarket.co.uk/listings/LCD-Screen-Hinges-15-4-in-For-HP-Pavilion-DV5-Laptop/255540638 Carbon fiber vinyl - Thinging of using this so only the egdes of the green plastic show. Could be great if i use a clear green and have lights inside to make them glow http://www.bonanzamarket.co.uk/listings/LCD-Screen-Hinges-15-4-in-For-HP-Pavilion-DV5-Laptop/255540638 More parts will follow. Here is a very basic design showing the layout of the motherboard and the size of the sheets to build the base unit. I'll habe some more detailed plans up later when completed. Ok so stay tuned. I will start adding more details and updates when the main design has been completed :)
This is a re-posting of a mod from summer 2011, it came about for a few reasons one of which was a failed mod, the idea of actually incorporating Pob into a mod. I'm pleased to say I still use this laptop near enough every day, I still think it's the ideal size for a laptop my only real gripe is the lack of a scroll fubction on the touch pad, I wish I had looked into a way of replacing it. It's summer so modding time again. This time my volunteer is a toshiba Satellite Pro U400, it's a lovely little laptop with a 13.3" wide screen (cracked which is why I've ended up with it) So as I'm going to have to that the top apart and it is also a bit scratched, I thought why not make it something more interesting than plane silver. My plan is to do a custom paint job on it, both lid and keyboard surround. I had been kicking about ideas for this, just haven't been happy with them. Then I hit upon the idea of mixing old Soviet Propaganda posters with Pob After a bit of messing around in potoshop I've come up with this. What do you think? the colours are not right yet, I'm thinking about doing this with spray cans and air brush, so I'm trying to keep is graphic with a limited colour palette. improved version
One lazy Tuesday I finally get a day off work until I get this text from a good friend of mine (who's clearly been watching too many Mission Impossible movies the night before): Dropped what I was doing and dove into this little project. Planning was mostly as I went along - Accuracy, measuring and straight lines were done with a good hand and a steady eye ;-) Given the fact that I had 3 hours from the time of the text to be sitting in the pub with the finished product I'm pretty happy with my results. The fan is so silent I had my doubts it was doing much, although I've been told it's reduced the running temperature by about 10 degrees celsius. It's actually one I had sitting around from a Cooler Master case. I de-soldered the 3 pin from the fan and soldered on a usb connection I had sitting around. This gives the option of having the fan on or off by unplugging it. I was second guessing myself if I should just cut holes for the air flow or drill like I did; but knowing John - while it's not in use for a laptop it could be used as anything from a shoe stand to an apple slicer if he could use it as one. I decided the fan would be safer to just drill millions of holes. Having a standing table drill made easy work of it. Everything - including paint, metal, fans, wiring, rivets etc. were all just spares I had laying around. This got me thinking - if I put my mind to it, what else could I come up with? John actually won a weekend away in work and he's passing it on to me as I was sitting in the pub with nearly 10 minutes to spare. MISSION COMPLETE