Malebook Laptop for Poor People

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Introduction: Malebook Laptop for Poor People

About: Electronic engineer, teacher of Tecnologico de Nuevo leon www.armando2k.brinkster.net

La idea de poder tener una computadora portatil para impartir
cursos o trabajar fuera de la oficina es algo muy deseable y una
LAPTOP cumple con la funcion pero........ $$$$$$ a un alto costo
primeramente la idea fue transportar un Motherboard con su CPU y
memoria,floppy, disco duro, y fuente de alimentacion, asi solo necesitaria un teclado y monitor.

Posteriormente observe que todo se acomodaba bien dentro de mi
potrafolios, solo la fuente de alimentacion requeria sacarla de su carcaza y reacomodar el ventilador, tambien observe que se acomodaban perfectamente el floppy y disco duro juntos y al conseguir un mini- teclado y el CD-ROM todo quedaba perfecto!!

Step 1: Ensamble

1.- Originalmente se me ocurrio montar los componentes en el fondo de mi portafolios y al paso de tiempo observe que no fue muy practico. Por lo que utilize una hoja de acrilico de 38X29 Cms. aproximadamente estas medidas se deberan ajustar a las dimensiones exactas de tu portafolios esta base de montaje funciono Perfectamente.

2.- Un Motherboard con su CPU y memoria, de preferencia de los que traen todo incluido, es decir; conector de red, sonido, video y puertos.

3.- Una unidad de diskets (floppy) y disco duro, estos se montaran en forma vertical juntos atornillados por abajo al acrilico.

4.- Fuente de alimentacion removiendole su carcaza metalica y reacomodando el ventilador.

5.- utilize un swuitch para alimentar la computadora, aunque no se requiere, pues en encendido se realiza con un switch momentanel que une el cable verde con tierra, eso inicia la alimentacion al motherboard.

6.- coloque una plaquita de acrilico para montar el switch de encendido y los leds del power y disco duro, estos salen del motherboard y en una computadora normal estan en el frente.

7.- Por ultimo coloque unas tiras de Velcro encima del Floppy y disco duro para evitar que el CD-ROM que va encima de estos se resbalara accidentalmente.

Step 2: Recomendaciones

Comentarios finales: con el constante uso de esta "Malebook" descubri grandes ventajas adicionales, que superan a una Laptop;

1.- su costo es mucho menor comparandolo con un CPU y memoria similar.

2.- Se actualiza facilmente y a muy bajo costo.

3.- Puede ser usada para probar rapidamente discos duros o CDROMs.

4.- puedes configurarla de acuerdo a necesidades especificas, es decir colocar un CD-ROM o un gravador o un RW-DVD, si no lo
necesitas, puedes quitarlo facilmente.

5.- Rapidamente colocas tarjetas en el motherboard si es necesario.

6.- La actualizacion del motherboard es rapida y economica, yo ya la he ctualizados 4 veces!!

7.- Usando teclados chicos, normales o inalambricos aumenta la
verzatilidad del equipo, un teclado chico y el cdrom caben perfectamente dentro de el portafolios.

Recomendaciones, NO confiarse el usarla para llevar objetos sobretodo Metalicos, pues yo por llevar papeleria un Clip se cayo y descompuso el motherboard.

Procura utilizarla abierta para su mejor ventilacion.

Proyecto futuro... integrarle un monitor LCD.

Espero esta idea te inspire para posibles mejores versiones de esta "laptop" para los pobres (Laptop for poor people). Saludos a la comunidad con inventiva!!!

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    Takes me back - I used to have one of these:

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    hahahahahaha funny

    Post Intstuctables in English, please. Now, I don't understand a word of it.

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    Sorry im try my best for place this project in english, the basic idea is put motherboard, hard disk, floppy and power supply dissasemby inside of a briefcase is more cheap than laptop and very easy upgrade, the pictures (i hop) give to you better idea.. Tanks

    you got nothing to be sorry about.i dont speak spanish,however i do well in 5 languages--some complainers dont do well in their own language !!!!!!!

    No problems with static electricity, you must care with metalic objets drop inside, this prototipe has 8 year and still working with 4 upgrades...

    Just because you speak English, doesn't mean everyone else does. I also speak English, y un poco Espanol.

    Weird you mean people speak more than one language , pfffttttt thats ludicrous !

    chooseausername says:
    Intro :
    The idea of being able to have a portable computer to give courses or to work outside of the office is something very desirable, and a LAPTOP fulfills this function, but ........ to a high cost.

    Formerly, the idea was to carry a motherboard with its CPU and memory, its floppy disk, its hard disk, and its power supply unit, requiring, thus, only an external keyboard and a monitor.
    Later, I've found that everything could perfectly fit into my briefcase. Only the power supply unit required to be removed from its housing and its fan to be rearranged.
    Also, I've found that the floppy disk and hard disk perfectly fitted together (same dimensions), and when obtaining a mini keyboard and the CD-ROM everything was perfect !

    Step 1 : Parts and construction :

    1. - Originally, I mounted the parts directly into my briefcase, and finally found that it was not very handy ... That's why I use a sheet of acrylic of about 38 by 29 centimetres as the base of my system. (The measures of the acrylic sheet must be adapted to the exact dimensions of your briefcase.)

    2.- A Motherboard with its CPU and its memory. For the motherboard, prefer one that includes everything on-board : network, sound, video and all the various ports.

    3.- A floppy disk unit and a hard disk, which would be mounted together vertically and screwed to the acrylic.

    4.- A Power Source Unit removed from its metal housing, and its rearranged fan.

    5.- You can use a switch for the power supply of the computer. However, it is not really required, because starting up the power supply of the motherboard only requires to briefly put in contact a green cable with the GND (through the power button of the motherboard) : that's how is initialized the power supply of the motherboard.

    6.- A little rectangle of acrylic to mount the power and reset buttons, and the hard-drive and power LEDs. Those are supposed to be visible and accessible, and are generally on the front of normal computers.

    7.- Finally, use strips of Velcro to keep the CD-ROM drive at the top of the Hard-disk and Floppy disk, so it does not slip accidentally.

    P.S. BUMP!

    If I read the Adobe website correctly, Version 5 and 6 supports spanish to english translation. Hope this helps.

    oh man,its too bad i cant read spanish this ible looks awesome but i cant understand it!

    Very cool idea! Have you had any problems with static electricity? (Sorry for the comment in English, my Spanish sucks.) :(

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    use a translator like i have on my mac utilice un traductor como tengo en mi mac sure its bad grammer but i dont care i get my point across

    The Mac is mor easy put in briefcase beacause exist many little size models like the mini mac you could try this!

    I've done mine some years ago (2003). I haven't money to by a good laptop with VGA for games and 2GB RAM so i builted in a labor aluminium case and it has also space for a 15" TFT screen inside the case when not in use.> Now for a standart edition i have a nice 21'" CRT neat fro games ...take a look in a pic

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    I see you project its really cool, I need get a tft for mine, tanks for you comment!

    Es una buena idea =o)

    Con una bateria 12V y un inversor, el ordenator seria autonomo ! =o)

    En ingles "malebook" significa "macho libro" : pueden las mujeres utilisar esta computadara, o esta solo por los hombres ??? ;o)

    (Si Usted necessita ayuda para traducir su Instructable en ingles, puedo ayudar.)