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thefett
« on: November 10, 2009 09:16:32 AM »

This old laptop was converted into a digital photo frame by flipping the display around. A frame and border were added for aesthetics. New hinges allowed it to fold flat for wall hanging or open up for placement on a desk. The trackpad on the back allowed navigation and the USB slot a place to upload new pictures.
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« Reply #1 on: November 28, 2009 12:45:38 PM »

wow, great job! do u have a tut for this?
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« Reply #2 on: November 28, 2009 01:43:48 PM »

Thanks!
No, sorry. I think it's very dependent on the laptop model you have and it didn't occur to me to take in-progress pics on this one.
For general pointers:
- You need to disconnect the screen (top panel) from the base first. This will require removing any screws holding the top panel together. They're often found under little black plastic squares or circles.
- When you take that apart, you should be able to find and hopefully undo the hinge. If you have to, destroy it but keep any cables/ribbon going through it intact.
- If the panel is connected by a long enough ribbon (usually orange/brown, you can see it in my pic on the right of the back side) or cable, you can rotate the screen all the way to the far side (underside of keyboard). If it's not, you can usually at least turn the screen backwards (bending the ribbon is ok as long as you don't make too crisp a fold in the ribbon) and let if rest back down on the top of the keyboard.
- Screw the top panel back together so everything is stable but the ribbon/cable.
- If you managed to get the screen to the back of the keyboard, you can just glue/velcro it down for a flat version, or add a hinge for a pop-up version. You'll need to add little feet under the keyboard as they're now facing the bottom/wall and you don't want the keys to touch.
- If you could only turn the screen around, you need to reconnect the old hinge or add a new one so you can open it whenever you need to get at the keys/trackpad to load new pics.
There's a lot of weight it needs to support, so a spring mounted or high friction hinge can be helpful here. Otherwise, you can also make a stick like what held old car hoods up.
When you've got the shape you want, glue on a picture frame of roughly the right size (ideally one wide enough to go over the laptop but with a matt to cover to the edge of the LCD).
Hope that helps!
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