Project: AIO AL (Updated: 22-11-11)
Iīm currently waiting on some materials to arrive in order to complete the last stage of diabolo (Thread also on here).
Iīve been given a netbook that was run over by a car, as you can imagine itīs pretty screwed, casing, screen, ram, hard drive, all gone, surprisingly, the motherboard didnt have any physical signs of damage, so figured, for what itīs worthed, might as well try to see if it works, so took the whole thing out and plugged it in to an external screen and a usb keyboard. Surprisingly, it starts!, went to bios to check everything, even run some startup tools with diagnostics in them, and... it checks out, seems to be in working order. Obviously, buying the parts to fix this netbook would cost as much if not more than buying a new one, and even if it didnīt, I donīt have the need for a netbook.
So had a look around the workplace, seeing what spares I had and figuring out what I could do with it, posted on another thread here looking for ideas, but nothing quite convinced me, and then I saw an "old-ish" 17" TFT LCD, bit dusty, but working perfectly. I though, would be cool to integrate the motherboard in to the screen and make an all in one, apple mac style. So I took it appart (the screen) and as it happens, there is enough space inside for it, but figured it would heat up to much, now the backplate of the mobo, i.e. the bottom side of the netbook, was damaged but fixable, i.e. twisted plastic but no cracks. So I fixed it, and put it on the back of the screen, and it seems like a perfect fit, so marked where the holes for the screws would need to go, just to make sure thereīs no screen hardware behind them, and, yet again, it matches, quite lucky.
So Iīm going to be doing that for the next few days, paint wise, I was thinking, either pearl white, or in the same style as my fallout project. Maybe radioactive green, not sure yet.
Another idea would be to reconstruct the back of the screen, add new mounting points and build the thing inside with some micro liquid cooling, which would (I think) solve any heating issues.
So yeah I will update with some pictures later on : )
And here we go:
First I took the screen (the 17", not the netbookīs, that was done before and didnīt take any pictures) apart, this is the back cover:
The actual panel with itīs other components:
The netbookīs motherboard, note that the middle pcb striple is removable, would be interesting to find out what kind of connection it is that uses and can I get a cable of it, so I donīt have to use an SLI style piece of plastic to connect both sides, i.e. taking more space than needed.
This is the fixed, netbookīs rear casing which will be used in the case I go for an outside mounting.
And this is what it would look like mounted on the outside (bare of course, covers have been removed, etc, etc, etc).
Here's one I built in 2005 ... good luck with the build :thumb:
Cool idea, Like to see the outcome of this.
My plan however is to make the hardware invisible, which I think would only be possible with the low profile of a netbook mobo like Iīm using, good job with that ITX mobo though! : )
Finally had some time to go round to my local suplies shop and bought the dremel drillbits I needed for this (didnīt have the right size for the screws I wanted to use, normally Iīd say, use different screws, but I decided on the screws normally used to mount fans as the grip very well. This surface being thing and plastic, can use all the grip it can get).
Furthermore, Iīve decided to mount it outside for several reasons. Looking in to obtaining power from the usb (5v) I could only find a few led strips that did the job, unfortunately they where (god knows why) stupidly expensive and I wasnt even sure how they would look (if they had been cheap I wouldīve gotten them even if it was just to experiment with them). Reason 2 is, the enclosure is a perfect fit on the back of the monitor, and it seemed like a waste not taking advantage of this. The final reason is, I have to finish diabolo, this, and yet another small project in 2 and a half weeks, so I want to streamline it a bit and I personally think it looks great on the outside, while doing it inside would be more for the challenge, at this point I donīt think itīs needed.
On another note, I will be adding to the setup the philips ambx, of course with a paintjob to match, and seeing as Iīve decided to go for a white paintjob with black details, the light emited by the rig should add a very cool effect to the paintjob.
So as I said, I got the right drillbits and made 4 mounting holes:
Also used the original netbookīs mounting holes but made them big enough for the screws while not going over itīs original design, so it looks factory standard.
Sanded everything down and gave it a coat of primer:
And after it had dried and sanded it down a bit, the first coat of Icy White:
I am now waiting for it to dry in order to give it itīs second coat.
PS: I came up for a name for the project, it is now named Project: AIO AL (as in All-In-One AmbiLight)
Second coat of icy white done, unfortunately I wasnīt happy with how it turned out as it had bubles in some places, at first I though it was just trapped air, but when I sanded it down and re-painted it, it appeared again, I noticed some other imperfections on the rest of the screen, yet not on the netbook so it canīt be the paint, aniway, sanded it all down, got rid of the paint, reaplied 2 coats of primer just to make sure, white, same thing happened, must have something to do with the material of the screen, no idea, aniway, since at this stage I am not discarding this screen Iīve done my best in disguising the imperfections.
Aniway, covered the parts that would remain white and started on the black parts:
Once dried I removed the masking tape, there is some detailing work needed but no problems, itīs easy enough : )
Figured Iīd do a test mount of the backplate:
Unfortunately found out that it wasnīt as perfect fit as I though but no problem, sanded down certain parts in order to make it a perfect fit and...
Pretty perfect fit no? ; )
So marked the backplate, following the black patern, took it off and started painting it:
2 coats done, now have to wait for the second coat to try, mount it, do some detailing where the black has gone in to the white a bit, lacquer the whole thing and weīll go from there.
Next update hopefully tomorrow : )
Nice job so far! Awesome idea.
Have to say that it's pretty interesting and unusual. I like that.
Painting of the center unit (screen with mounted system) is finished, line detailing is fixed and all has been lacquered with a clear glossy finish.
Next update will be of the system put togueter and the start of the painting of the philips ambx system.
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