In my spare time I decided that I was going to convert an old sony laptop into a digital picture frame / dvd player / wall unit. What it became was something else again.
The said machine:
800 MHz processor
128 Mb RAM
Unfortunately I did not start this project with doing an instructable in mind, however, here is a rough listing of materials and tools required:
- Aging laptop
- Clear plastic Shadow Box, 11 x 14 (Available @ Michael's Craft Store)
- Precision screwdrivers
- Masking Tape
- Tiny screws and nuts
- Drill with small bit
- Glue gun and hot glue
Step 1: Install a Lightweight Operating System (Linux)
The said laptop came with Micro$oft Windows ME installed which, clearly, would not do.
After toying with various lightweight linux distributions, I settled upon installing Xubuntu (which required the no-gui alternate install CD) with Fluxbox as the window manager. I later discovered this is a fork in its own right (Fluxbuntu). This may be stretching the capabilities of the machine anyhow; if you are more knowledgeable and attempting a similar project with an old machine, I would recommend installing a distribution such as DSL, ArchLinux, Vector, Crunchbang, etc.
Installation was straightforward without hang-ups. I simply selected all the default options.