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)
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.
Step 2: Disassemble the laptop
You will also need to completely remove the plastic casing from the LCD so that you only have it and the inverter (which you should be very careful with).
It goes without saying that this step should be done with the computer unplugged.
I will not go into the details of the disassembly as it is fairly straight-forward. Just let it be said that if you look carefully with your local search engine, using specific search terms, there is a Sony service manual in PDF format giving detailed step-by-step instructions on how to disassemble this particular laptop (hint: the search begins with "pcg-fx210" and ends with "service manual").