There are several things that I’ve always liked: Computers, Guns and Secrets. This instructable allows me to combine all three. Today we are going to be making a “secret” hiding place for your gun or other important stuff… using a broken computer.
Since the grand prize in this contest is a Netbook, I thought it would be appropriate to use the Grand-daddy of the Netbook -The Handbook. Back in 1993, the Gateway 2000 Handbook was the end all be all of notebook computers. It was a blazing fast 33 Mhz 486, it had a color LCD, an external floppy drive and a massive 20 MB hard drive. On top of all that, it was small.
I have, in the past, made various things out of old laptops, mostly I would use this same method to make computer tool kits. I always thought it was kind of cool to make a toolbox of computer tools out of an actual computer.
With all that being said, lets begin!
Step 1: Beginning disassembly
Begin by removing the battery, cd drive, floppy drive, and what ever can be removed without taking screws out. Set these parts aside, you will need them later.
This particular computer (much like the new Netbooks) has no cd/dvd drive, it does however have a port for hooking up an external floppy drive.
Step 2: Remove the screws
Turn the laptop over, you will see many screws and on some laptops you will have rubber feet and or plugs that will have to be removed to take the screws out.
Flip it over and remove any screws that hold the LCD to the main body.
Remove ALL the screws and set them aside. You are going to need some of them later.