Retro Tv/Pc




Introduction: Retro Tv/Pc

Hello all. This is my first instructable and I hope you enjoy it.

About a year ago I started to think about a project to do in my spare time.
I'm always keeping busy and wanted to create something that not many
people have ever made. While browsing the internet my eye fell on a
picture of an old TV from the game "Fallout" and thought "Now that's
something that I want to build!".

And so it began, I started searching for an old TV and found one on a
second-hand site. After I found it I came across an old laptop with a broken
screen for the Pc part of the build. From there on I only needed a monitor
with a 16:10 aspect ratio to fit nicely in the TV housing.

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Step 1: Tear Down

Well there isn't really much to tell here. Just opened it up and gutted the
whole TV. As it has been decades that the TV has been connected to the
power grid, I didn't really worried much about the capacitors.
Just taking care to not scratch the housing.

Step 2: Fitting the LCD Into the Frame

After the tear down I immediately saw a problem.
The frame where the old CRT tube was partially being held up, was not as flat
as I had hoped. So the solution me and my father came up with was to take a
part of the frame and make an holder from an MDF panel.
I don't have any pictures of it in detail, but if you look at the other pictures you
will see how it was made. After the frame was made I had to attach it to the
other frame witch I just hot glued, then came the fun job to putty the transition
from one to the other frame. When I started to sand it down, I learned to not
to overdo it with the putty in the future. It took me quiet some time to get it the
way I had in mind. I painted it instead of spray painting for an authentic look.

Step 3: Fitting Everything in the TV

Fitting the frame with the LCD wasn't as easy as I had hoped, every time
I fitted it in the TV there was getting dust on the glass plate in the front of
the TV. After about 5 times taking the whole frame out and putting it back in
with again and again dust on the glass plate I figured that there had to be
a better way about it. So instead of taking out the full panel, I took the LCD
out of the frame and then cleaned the glass plate, then put the LCD back in.
I became a very happy camper ;-)
The glass plate was spotless and the build could get on.

Further fitting everything in the TV was peanuts, because it was the main
board from a laptop so its pretty small.

The only thing I had to do was to make the switches on the front of the TV
usable to turn on the screen and the laptop. I regret to say that I don't have
any pictures of the wiring.
But it all worked out in the end and it works without a hitch

Step 4: Total Assembly and Showing Off

After fitting everything in, all I had to do was to install the back cover of the TV.
I only needed to take a piece out where the I/O connection of the laptop were.
There is the possibility to hook an extra monitor/beamer via the HDMI
connection. Also you can connect extra speakers, gigabit LAN, but there is
only one external USB port.

On the inside there or two USB ports but they will be taken by a wireless
keyboard/mouse combo, the other USB port is in use for an USB light that
shines through the frequency dial in the front frame, so you can see that the
PC is turned on.

I took me almost a year to build it. It seems I have less free time as a thought ;-)
But now that it's ready I am really proud of it. I installed Windows 10 as OS and
also installed DOSBox to play old DOS games like Commander Keen,
Duke Nukem, Secret Agent and many more. There goes the last part of my
free time :-)

I hope you had fun reading this Instructable and who knows maybe I even
inspired someone.

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    2 years ago

    It looks amazing. I don't understand all of the technical jargon involved, but I absolutely love it. Very nice job!


    2 years ago

    That's an awesome setup, great job :)


    Reply 2 years ago