Step 8: Assembly & Cables

1 | Drill holes in each corner of the Raspberry Pi's mount & the USB mount. I added an extra hole in the centre of the Pi's mount. You don't have to be too exact at this stage.

2 | I put the Raspberry Pi, complete with its card and headphones-out cable, positioned it where I wanted it to sit inside the case, with the SD Card close to the edge so it doesn't fall out, and then drilled through the previous holes into the case. This should give exact holes which you can now use to fit screws to hold the support in situ.

3 | Widen the holes and use a counter-sink bit in a drill to bevel the holes. Be very careful as the thin aluminum can split & tear easily. Check that the screw heads sit flush with the case.

4 | Fit the template into the case and screw down, refit the Raspberry Pi to check all is ok.

5 | Do exactly the same with the USB hub. I have fitted the receiver for the keyboard towards the case edge. The edge should help retain the receiver but it is best to leave a 1mm gap to absorb any knocks to the side.

6 | Find a spare space for a switch, measure its dimensions and cut a slightly smaller hole into the wood panel. Because I don't want the toggle of the switch protruding above the panel it will need to be mounted lower down then usual. I would recommend using the same process as used when fitting the keyboard to create a recess where the switch will fit. Being a bit of a numpty I didn't think to do that until after I had cut the hole!

7 | Yes, I know it looks a bit like a face. It gives it some character!

8 | The panel mount RJ45 socket was pulled from an old PC. I had to solder on some CAT5e cable, and then protect the socket with some heat-shrink.

9 | Measure the size of the RJ45 socket. Transfer the measurements onto the case where you would like the socket to fit. I used a Dremel cutting disk to start cutting out the hole for the socket. I then finished the hole with a sharp blade.

10 | The end of the socket is surrounded with a wooden bracket. The bracket puts the socket level with the edge of the case.

11 | Wire up the headphone socket to the headphones plug from the Raspberry Pi. Check you have the channels the right way round. Fit the cable into the case.

12 | The RJ45 socket is glued in against the side of the case. There is enough room for a screw toward the top if you think it needs one. It really depends on which socket you have.
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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