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Turning a laptop into a desktop computer (no soldering required)

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here are some plans to turn your laptop into a fully functioning desktop computer. all it takes is connectin a monitor, a keyboard, a mouse, and some optional components. when you want to travel, simply unplug the cords, and remove the computer.

Parts list:
Requred parts:
-laptop
-monitor
-usb hub (if there is not one built into the monitor)
-spakers (may come with monitor)
-monitor cable
-usb 2.0 to 1.0 cord (see picture)
-keyboard
-mouse
Optional Parts:
-ethernet cable
-USB computer cooler
-ipod cord
-adapters(if needed)

Step 1: Install The Monitor And input devices

set the monitor off to the side, and connect the power. run the monitor cable to where the computer is sitting. connect the mouse and keyboard to the usb hub. connect the usb adapter cord to the usb hub , and run it to the computer spot too. plug in the adapter and run it to the computer spot.
Install the speakers and run the cord to the computer spot.

Step 2: Insall Optional Components

Picture of Insall Optional Components
Install the computer cooler, and/or the ipod connector, and connect them to the usb hub. you could also install a usb cd drive. You an install an ethernet cable running to your router.

Step 3: Finishing it off

Set the computer down, connect everything, and voila!, you've got yourself a new desktop computer.
Troubleshooting:
if the image doesnt show up on the moitor, go to settings, select display, ad select moitor 2 as the primary display. if this doesn't work, check your wiring.
 
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Thanks for the easy to follow guide! :)
Pettrocity3 years ago
That's very cool!!!!! what do you need the USB 1.0 cord for, though?

Gnoseon
Thats not USB 1.0, its called a type B connecter that is mostly used on USB hard drives, printers, and scanners.
vectorlexus3 years ago
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im sorry but how does this instructable say "business"?
ironsmiter3 years ago
more "how to 'DOCK' your laptop" than how to turn it into a desktop.

pretty nice setup though. is that an AOA150? with an APPLE sticker? did you get lion running with sound and wifi working? :-)