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Laptop rebuild - HoBo 2.0
« on: May 23, 2015, 02:54:16 AM »
Hey guys.

I haven't had a chance to design or make anything recently, what with work and normal day life getting in the way, however it's time to start a project.

I had a old 13" gateway laptop that  a friend gave to me as the screen was damaged and he didn't need it anymore. I had another screen that would work but it was bigger than the laptop, so i did what any good modder does and made it fit.

I had to crudely bend the screen brackets to fit the 15" screen and re-drill the screw holes to mount it, however it worked.

Here are a few photos. Yes I did put black cardboard on the back of the screen :/

So it works, but it doesn't look very good or is it very safe. Due to this, I'm going to build a whole new chasis for this laptop. I taken all the parts out and tested them while running Ubuntu and it operates fine.

I'm going to use green acrylic sheets (not sure if they will be clear or not) to build the bottom and top of the laptop, with hex standoffs to mount the laptop mobo and top of the laptop base. Two more sheets will be used to house a screen with new brackets mounted to the base of the chassis.

Here is a list of parts i'll be using (I may add more later on)


15mm Hex standoffs


10mm Hex standoffs


160pcs of M3 nylon Hex standoffs


Rubber feet or bottom of the chassis


Laptop screen hinges


Carbon fiber vinyl - Thinging of using this so only the egdes of the green plastic show. Could be great if i use a clear green and have lights inside to make them glow


More parts will follow.


Here is a few designs showing the layout of the motherboard and the size of the sheets to build the base unit. I'll have some more detailed plans up later when completed.

Here are the parts I already have for the laptop rebuild. All tested and seem to work very well outside the laptop frame.

I will update this work build when i can :)
« Last Edit: May 23, 2015, 03:30:55 AM by ApheX »