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Moving EEEPC hardware to larger case and replacing keyboard - is there a way? Answered

A friend of mine was recently disposing of a broken laptop and offered it to me for 20$.  I accepted it and currently I am wondering how I can go about recycling it.  I've already taken a 160 GB hard drive, a DVD+-RW drive and 512 MB of RAM out of it and put them to good use, but now I wonder what I can do with the rest of it.
-Old laptop is Acer Aspire 5100
-My suspicion is that the processor died or something, but on this board it is replacable. 
-Power supply is dead, however laptop won't work with new & compatible power supply (leading me to believe the processor also died).

I was wondering if maybe I could put my EEEPC 701 in the body of the old laptop and use the keyboard from the old laptop with the EEEPC (however the keyboard for the EEEPC is incompatible with the old laptop keyboard so I would need to know how to interface to the EEEPC), I will try to attach an illustration that describes what I want to do better (text is probably hard to read, but basically reiterates what I have already said).  It doesn't need to look good, it just has to work.  (the keyboard would be the only thing being replaced, the EEEPC screen will remain in-tact)

So, does anybody have any suggestions of how I can do this?
-thank-you in advance for any help you may offer.



8 years ago

you could add a usb keyboard if there is enough space in the new case,a new keyboard directly in the motherboard requires too much soldering

A new keyboard might work, however it would look pretty wierd and might not fit... I'm not afraid of a little soldiering (despite a slight motor deficiency), I just need to know how to build the proper circuit and build a key map... Perhaps converting the laptop keyboard to a USB keyboard would suffice, but I don't know where to start with that either.

I think that the only way to obtain this is just to compare the pinouts of the old and the new keyboard for every key an then solder the correct pinout sequence on the motherboard or onto some kind of adaptator, but honestly the result could be not so good.You could also avoid any soldering on the motherboard by interfacing if possible the new keyboard as an usb or ps2 keyboard using a pic16f628 or atmega8 or 16 (4 soldering points for the usb against the 25-30 and over on the flex cable of the keyboard)