Step 3: Fitting the LCD & PCBs

1 | Measure the spacing between the buttons on the menu board. Transfer these measurements onto the back of the panel and mark out where holes need to be drilled so that the buttons will poke out through the veneer. Double check they are aligned correctly because it will be very difficult to fix if it goes wrong. Drill out the holes from the back with the panel sat on a flat surface.

2 | Fit the menu board into the recess making sure the buttons are correctly sat in the holes. I have used some spare veneer to support the menu board and hold it in place. Two plywood brackets are then screwed over the board to hold it tightly in position.

3 | With the LCD in position glue in four supports, these will be used to mount a brace behind the LCD onto which will go the logic board. I have left a 1mm space between the four supports and the edge of the LCD.

4 | Take note of the position of the logic board and measure out a backing plate to line-up with the previous four supports. Use these measurements to make the backing plate from thin plywood.

5 | Position the logic board so that the flat cable from the LCD is not twisted when inserted into the logic board. You will need to also take into consideration the HDMI cable to ensure there will be enough clearance when in the aluminum upper case. Using a pencil mark the back plate where the screw holes on the logic board will go.

6 | I have glued four additional smaller wood supports over the marks where the logic board holes will go. This will raise the circuit board up so the underside does not foul on the back plate. Make sure you remove the back plate from over the LCD when drilling screw holes for the logic board.

7 | Put some foam strip on the underside of the backing plate, this will help hold the LCD tight in place.

8 | The WiFi card is secured using two wood supports. Two strips of veneer keep the PCB straight, and two screwed on clips hold it tight. You will need to check the underside of your WiFi card for components, they should not foul or rest against the wood.

9 | The much smaller Bluetooth PCB will be stuck on with double-sided sticky foam.
<p>What keybord did you use???????</p>
<p>im making one! this is great!!!it is AMAZING!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! </p><p>im soooooooooooo happy that this does not have a 3d printer!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!</p>
<p>Great! I noticed your Pi looks different than mine. What kind is it, and will this work with newer versions of the Pi? Also, since you put the &quot;Fixing things that were wrong&quot; Does that mean the whole Tutorial has mess ups in it? Very Confused</p>
<p>Hi SilverJimmy! I am Sahas. I made My own version of the raspberry pi laptop. You served a great inspiration! Thanks... Check it out here: </p><p><a href="http://www.instructables.com/id/Pi-Berry-Laptop-The-Classic-DIY-laptop/" rel="nofollow">http://www.instructables.com/id/Pi-Berry-Laptop-Th...</a></p><p>Also I have entered it into the Remix Contest, Raspberry Contest, Epilog Contest. </p><p>Thanks Again!</p>
<p>How long does the Raspberry Pi last on battery power with the 15w 3amp converter. and 8 1.5v AA batteries. I am looking at a portable project. A very low budget project.</p>
<p>In the process of building my own! This project Rocks!! Thank you for some great ideas! I love what you did here! </p>
<p>Is there an alternative to the raspy juice expansion board? They are currently out of stock</p>
<p>something like this would probably work | https://pi.gate.ac.uk/pages/mopi.html</p>
<p>I have a project of a small computer but with a DVD\CD Player. I know <br>that it's impossible to use a CD player with an Android Tablet so my <br>question is : Is it possible ? How ? (Hardware and Software ?)</p>
Would it be practical to make the case water and or air tight?
<p>Wifi, GPS, &amp; Bluetooth you decided the hard way. You can just use mini dongles.</p>
<p>Exercise me, how big the Aluminum Case should I buy?</p>
<p>Also keep the shields (wifi, gps, bluetooth..) in your mind. They all must be fit into lower area.</p>
<p>Depends on your screen size. You'll need to match it to your LCD.</p>
<p>about 7 inch lcd. A <a href="http://item.taobao.com/item.htm?spm=a1z0d.6639537.1997196601.4.26gwB9&id=20379451332#" rel="nofollow">25.5X16X8CM</a>(XxZxY) Aluminum Case? </p>
<p>So long as the internal space is large enough for the screen you'll be fine. Remember to account for a border around the edge to mount the LCD.</p><p>I no longer have the LapPi in my possession, or a 7&quot; LCD so unfortunately I can't take any measurements for you.</p>
<p>Oh too bad :(</p><p>I think 8cm whole tall and 4 cm per side tall is OK</p><p>Should I use bigger case like 9.5cm whole tall ?? </p>
<p>Approximately how much does this all cost? </p>
<p>from what I remember it was about &pound;200. I built it from spare parts so I can't give an exact figure. I imagine you'll be able to build it for a little less than that now.</p>
<p>make a larger keyboard and a thinner case. seriously. also polish the wood or replace it with plastic, doesn't fit well.</p>
<p>can you make me one? how much</p>
Sir, I recommend a larger keyboard.
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This is one of my first instructable but the battery is connected to the what
<p>Great project! I love homemade raspberry pi laptops ;)</p><p>Here's is a good webstore to buy the parts that you are using in your project: <a href="http://voltatek.com/en/7-raspberry-pi" rel="nofollow">http://voltatek.com/en/7-raspberry-pi</a></p>
I also am in need of a screen or a power source for my screen
how curious I am currently working on a raspberry pi laptop I call it the pi-top
I'm been thinking about making a raspberry pi umpc using a sylvania 7 inch laptop like the ones you can get at cvs pharmacy as a case. Does anyone know if the rpi will fit and if the circuitry such as the screen, battery pack, keyboard, ect. would work? <br> <br>UMPC stands for ultra mobile personal computer. (kinda like the open pandora) <br> <br>with that said please dont tell me about the red and black 3d printed cased one else has made, because that one is bulky and doesn't fold. i would try to build something much sleeker and more expensive looking.
Something like this?<br> <br> <a href="https://wiki.openjdk.java.net/display/OpenJFX/DukePad" rel="nofollow">https://wiki.openjdk.java.net/display/OpenJFX/DukePad</a>
Awesome! <br> <br>&iexcl;Alucinante! (In spanish)
What is this capable of? How much can it handle? Btw nice design mate.
It can do whatever a Raspberry Pi inside an aluminium flight case can do. Really it's a case of what can you do with it.
mate I will pay you cash + your time can you please make me one absolutely amAZING
How big and how heavy is the final product? <br>
Can you make me one? I will pay US dollars, name your price, I will pay for shipping and handling, I you want to make it! Thanks for listening, and bless your face! If you sneezed while reading this bless you, email me at nicholaslupo1@gmail.com <br> <br>
I scrolled already trough a billion pages on all diffrent sites how much did you pay for the case?
&pound;24.99 for 3 cases of different sizes. They were from Maplin.co.uk, but I can't find them listed any more.
Where can i get a cheap aluminum case
What is the weight with everything in it
how much does this cost overall in $
How much did this all cost?
Approximately &pound;250
Great project
Could someone please email pdf instructions as I am not a Pro memeber
Very nice! I have just ordered my Pi, and am interested in a laptop build. I like the fact that this one requires no 3d printing. I think i might give something like this a try!
romance, <br>your doing it right. <br>
One other thing came to mind...have you considered a solar panel for additional charge (small marine ones should have enough to keep it going and charge it for a good while).

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