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Make a lcd picture frame from a old laptop

Well if you have a old laptop with a broken hinge or if its just old and you dont have a use for it. Before you trash it, make it into a digital picture frame,
supplies needed:


old laptop with good screen

screws, nuts, bolts, tools, dremel, what ever you decide to use

a little knowledge of computer parts

a usb extension cord for making the usb port on the side

a power jack for charging

perferably a disk drive

harddrive (which should be in the laptop

wifi card (optional) - wifi antennas

power cord

usb keyboard mouse combo (perferably one that only requires 1 usb adapter, otherwise you will need a usb hub)

simply, dissassemble the unit, add a usb receiver for a keyboard mouse combo, mount the parts(motherboard, screen, drive, harddrive, ram, heatsink, processor, fan, wifi card(optional) usb reciever for keyboard mouse combo, SCREEN INVERTER (OR UR SCREEN WILL BE DARK),etc, speakers) into a pelxi glass box which is easy to make, add some vents on the side for the fan, also add a usb port and a charger port, and a simple stand and you got a digital picture frame, you may also want to add a disk drive onto it. also good for playing dvds, internet (if u install a wifi card), music (if there are speakers in the laptop, install them into this), and much more!

also have fun with it, dont worry about breaking it, its a laptop you were going to trash anyways, just have fun with it

to add the power jack just plug a similar end into the port on the motherboard and connect a jack that fits the charger on the end and mount it (hot glue works) on the back out of the way, or on the side.

operating system info

also if it is a pre-2000 computer, then install the windows operating system, if its later then 2000 then you may want to install something called Ubuntu, its a linux distro, very handy, and its absoultly free, you can order a free disk with free shipping here https://shipit.ubuntu.com/


motherboard: the central board where everything connects: http://www.laptopparts101.com/wp-content/uploads/2008/12/laptop-main-board-560x420.jpg

ram: Random Access memory, the temporary data storage medium, when you turn off the computer this memory is dumped, but you dont loose any files because there on the harddrive (see harddrive): http://www.amitbhawani.com/blog/Images/L/Laptop-Ram.jpg

Lcd Display: Liquid crystal Display, the screen: http://www.made-in-china.com/image/2f0j00SvwtJoganrbPM/LCD-Panel-LTM240M2-L01-.jpg

screen inverter: a device in the screen region that ups the voltage to what is required for the ccfl to light: http://media.photobucket.com/image/Lcd%20panel%20inverter/davidli919/inverter.jpg

ccfl: a cold cathode floresent light, similar to normal flouresent lights just smaller: http://www.byfort.com/ccfl/LCDCCFL.jpg

cpu: the part in a computer that processes everything that happens on the computer: http://img.alibaba.com/photo/104768066/Laptop_cpu_various_P8400_P9500_T5450_T5750_CENTRINO_1_7_2_0_ETC.jpg

Operating System, the software that makes everything possible on the computer, without a Operating System (aka O.S. or os) all your computer will do is sit at a black screen and say no operating system found.: http://img279.imageshack.us/i/100120062323kp.jpg/

Disk Drive: a drive capable of reading discs: http://images.google.com/imgres?imgurl=http://www.laptopparts101.com/wp-content/uploads/2008/12/laptop-cd-dvd-optical-drives.jpg&imgrefurl=http://www.laptopparts101.com/cd-dvd-optical-drive/&usg=_Ux6rSxMNgmluei_j6e7oRXf9N0I=&h=420&w=560&sz=38&hl=en&start=1&sig2=RyGhHxAr5xAdTtaS7oJcAA&tbnid=c63UleTeaakrTM:&tbnh=100&tbnw=133&prev=/images%3Fq%3Dlaptop%2Bopticak%2Bdisk%2Bdrive%26gbv%3D2%26hl%3Den%26sa%3DG&ei=GJ87S7TUApDktAOR9JSZBA

harddrive: a device that stores all the info including the operating system, this does not get wiped when the computer loses battery or gets turned off.: http://img.alibaba.com/photo/215581192/2_5_160gb_IDE_hard_disk_drive_160gb_IDE_HDD

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