Step 1: Start With an Old Laptop
Step 2: Disassemble Johnny 5
Step 3: Mount the Monitor: Not the Merrimack
I used the picture frame back to set the fence on the table saw so the two pieces are exactly the same length/width.
The monitor was mounted with 2 sided tape and some screws.
A cut was made in the plywood to allow the cable to get to the CPU, later this had to be modified so that the cable could reach the plug on the motherboard.
I drilled some holes for the cooling fan.
Step 4: The Brains of the Operation
I then used 2 sided tape and some screws to mount it to the picture frame back.
The motherboard was easily mounted to the aluminum and everything I was keeping reinstalled.
I kept the USB ports (all 3), the power port, and the cooling fins.
The PCMCIA port was blocked of, the key board, track pad, speakers, modem ports, CD drive were all removed (I had to reinstall the CD drive later to get rid of an annoying error message that would not allow the computer to boot with a key stroke).
I used my Mat Cutter (for the first time) to cut the mat so that it just hides the edges of the monitor.
Step 5: Making It Work
The screen save is set to show a slide show of the Pictures folder and change pictures every 3 minutes (the max setting). The screen saver comes on after 1 minute of inactivity.
If a USB mouse and keyboard are plugged in it can still be used as a computer, this is handy for adding photos from a thumb drive.
In normal operation, it is plugged in and the power turned on (Jerry Rigged screw and hinge actuate the original on/off switch on the back). After booting it shows the desktop for one minute then goes into the slide show and continues until unplugged.