In this instructable, you will learn how to transform an old, broken laptop into a nice desktop. This project involves a total rework of the computer case. With this mod, you can give new life to an old laptop.In order to do this, you do not need any advanced craftmanship or tools (but if you have them, they will come handy).
Background: a friend of mine gave me a laptop for free. It had a totally broken case (hinges and all) and a dead battery. So i said... what is this useful for? A desktop, of course.
PS. This would look great wall mounted. It can also be made into a tablet (although rather heavy) by adding a commonly available touchscreen kit.
PSS. I'll add more pictures this week.
Step 1: Materials and tools
To accomplish the mod, you will need several materials and tools. The materials are:
-Enough acrylic to cut three scree-sized panels (varies on laptop size and craftsmanship--read below)
-Four screws at least the size of the expected thickness (depending on laptop, see next steps)
-Eight nuts for the above screws; four of them normal and the other four locknuts.
-Enough screws to secure the motherboard; depends on laptop.
-Spacers (the screws used to secure the motherboard must fit in the, the size depends on the motherboard.
-A pushbutton (the new on-off switch)
-About three feet of wire.
-The most important material: a laptop.