Intro: Kitchen PC With Laptop Twist
I wanted to build a Kitchen PC, but needed it out of the way. I saw the Sony undercabinet tv's and had this idea. The brackets are simple L brackets that I put in a vice and hammered into the shape you see in pic 1. It looks pretty ugly from this angle but no one over 4' will ever know. I drilled the holes down from inside the cabinet so it doesn't have screws pointing up.
Step 1: Mount Laptop Upside Down
The brackets are simple L brackets that I put in a vice and hammered into the shape you see in pic 1. It looks pretty ugly from this angle but no one over 4' will ever know. I drilled the holes down from inside the cabinet so it doesn't have screws pointing up.
This picture doesn't show the cords, but they were hidden under the cabinet lip with zip ties and double sided tape.
I also mounted a USB Hub with DS tape for the wireless adapter and wireless keyboard/mouse.
Step 2: How Did You Reverse the Display??
I didn't use any genious hardware hacks, just a feature of the graphics adapter software. It allowed me the switch rotate image 90, 180, etc. The graphics card didn't seem to support the rotate function built into windows. If your notebook doesn't allow this I found a program called PivotPro which seemed to do the same thing.
Step 3: Software
*Mastercook - Recipes etc
*Google bookmarks allow bookmarking recipes when using main PC and using in Kitchen
*WinAmp (now Itunes, I know, I know) - for listening to tunes
*PowerDVD for movies
*Yahoo Widgets for weather forecast, grocery lists, and displaying photos
*Windows Slideshow Screensaver - plays our awesome vacation pix to when pc's not in use.
Step 4: Speakers
There was a gap between the cabinets that allowed me to run the speaker wires above the cabinets. I hid the speakers amongst the crap, I mean decorations.
Step 5: Finished
If you make the font gigantic you can use the screen from the island but for the most part we use it from up close. This makes a great pc for quick email checks, checking weather, and recipes. People are always impressed when they see the pix scrolling by also.
This was built entirely by parts I already had laying around except the L brackets which cost about $2 for 4. Enjoy!