Step 4: Wiring the Screen Pack

I'm going to be using an old IDE cable when connecting the upper and lower halves of the aluminum case. There should be more than enough wires in the 40 pin cable to carry HDMI, USB & power. To do this we need to dismantle and connect the HDMI cable. I went and bought two from the £1 shop in case I screwed one up.

1 | Measure an approximate length of HDMI cable from the LCD logic board to the bottom of the wood panel.

2 | Very carefully cut around the plastic sleeve of the HDMI cable. You should then be able to pull the sleeve off the wiring.

3 | Cut around the molding of the HDMI socket. Make sure you don't catch any of the wires. I have used a small piece of heat-shrink at the plug end to help support the loose wires.

4 | Using some spare IDE cable connect four wires to both the WiFi PCB & the Bluetooth PCB. Use the red pin 1 indicator as the +5v wire. Fit the ends with DuPont connectors.

5 | Separate the wires from an IDE cable. Strip the ends to show bare wire, tin the wires with solder and place small lengths of heat-shrink over the wires. I have put the cable into a vice (with rubber grips) to hold the cable while soldering.

6 | There are 15 wires for the HDMI, 2 for the power supply, and 8 for the two USB PCBs. They all need to be soldered onto the IDE cable. I started with the HDMI. It is worth putting some heat-shrink over the wires to help with running the wires later,

7 | Use 3 wires for the +v supply and another 3 for gnd. Make sure all connections are protected with heat-shrink.

8 | Fit DuPont connectors to the IDE cable for the USB PCBs. I have marked one line on each with red heat-shrink, this will be used to correctly orientate the plug and socket so there are no crossed wires.

9 | Connect up all the wires making sure it all plugs in OK.
I made mine out of lego. I used an odroid x2 board. I powered the screen from an external phone battery charger, and the board from a 12v battery supply. The 12v supply was connected to a car usb charger.
<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>

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