78Views5Replies

Author Options:

I'm looking for any help in building a laptop. Suggestions? Answers? Volunteers? Answered

Tags:laptop

5 Replies

user
NachoMahma (author)2009-03-15

. I concur with the rest - possible, but not at all practical. . If you still want to try, GF's briefcase PC would be a good project to get your feet wet on and see what some of the difficulties in DIY miniaturization are.

Select as Best AnswerUndo Best Answer

user
DELETED_GuardianFox (author)2009-03-14

You wouldn't be the first person to want to do this. Lots of people have made it their goal over the years. That said, nobody I know of has done it successfully. I can think of a few examples of kit-built portable computers that fit in briefcases, but this was in the 80's and not comparable to computers of today.

Ok, so... how can this be done? First, you'll need a little experience in building PC's, and preferably some experience working with miniature form-factors.

The "briefcase" model could be done (and has been, see link). Basically, it's just what it sounds like... the guts of a PC stuffed in a briefcase with an LCD monitor. This much is actually pretty easy if you buy a mini-ITX motherboard and small-form-factor components. If you make enough room, you might be able to install a battery and an inverter plus a small computer power supply, or better yet a battery and a custom power-supply.

Making a smaller laptop, as in something similar to what you see on store shelves will require expensive laptop parts, or a lot of sacrifices with regular PC parts.

Link to a briefcase PC:
http://forums.gideontech.com/index.php/topic,24071%20%20%20%20%20%20%20%20%20%200%20%20%20%20%20%20%20%20%20%20%20%20%20%20%20%20%20%20%20%20%200.html

Select as Best AnswerUndo Best Answer

user
Sandisk1duo (author)2009-03-14

just buy a laptop with a crap CPU, low RAM, and Small hardrive upgrade the laptop by changing the CPU, adding maximum RAM, and switching the HDD

Select as Best AnswerUndo Best Answer

user
caitlinsdad (author)2009-03-14

Not saying it can't be done, but unless you have the resources of an engineering dept and fabrication process at hand, it would be difficult to build a laptop. There are no kits available for the average user because laptops are highly integrated designs unique to each company that makes one. The miniaturization of a full size computer into one circuit board crammed into a tiny case makes it difficult to even reuse just a good display panel from a broken laptop to make something else. If you are thinking about making a tiny-sized PC that is portable, you might want to look into mini-ITX motherboards to base your design off of. You would have to pair that up with a regular LCD panel display. Good luck.

Select as Best AnswerUndo Best Answer

user
thefunktopus (author)2009-03-14

Thats gonna be hard. I'm not sure if there are any non model specific cases out there, and you would have to get a custom motherboard so it would fit. If you do try to do this it will cost a LOT of money so my advice would be to build a traditional desktop or buy a laptop.

Select as Best AnswerUndo Best Answer