Published on March 11th, 2013 | by Jules Yap


Real computer in a picture frame

Materials: 1x Ribba frame (25x25x4,5cm), old laptop, sharp knife, black paint, some plywood (3mmx25cmx25cm)

Description: Image you bought a new laptop, what to do with the old one?

1. Disassemble the old laptop and make sure the motherboard fits in the 25x25cm frame.

2. If it fits continue and remove necessary accessories from your laptop (I reused the power, LAN and USB connectors and the power switch). Now use the knife and cut out some holes for those connectors in the frame. Don’t care about the small frame the secures the glass, we’ll come to it later.

3. Cut the plywood to 25x25cm and cut out the mounting points from the laptop case and glue them on to the plywood and install the motherboard.

4. Buy some cables to connect the hard drives to the motherboard (I build my own cables)

5. Find a good spot for a hard disk (or 2) in the frame and use some small metal hinges to install it. There should be some metal in the old laptop case, use that! Install the hard disks directly behind the glass so it will secure it.

6. Put everything together hang it on the wall plug in the power and network cable and switch it on.

~ Marcus Goth, Sweden

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5 Responses to Real computer in a picture frame

  1. Zulaika says:

    Beyond. Awesome.

  2. Marcus Goth says:

    The whole point of it: I use it as a file and download server and as a host for my websites. I know about the bend specs but I won’t move the hard disks so I don’t see any problems with the sata cables

  3. Anonymous says:

    cool, but SATA cables have minimum bend radius specs that these seem to ignore. inner traces may be damaged over time or when moved.

  4. JoseB says:

    nicely done, I did it with an old apple laptop, so I was able to fit the screen and the guts in the frame. It can display my pictures, and videos when I control it remotely or wireless keyboard and mouse.

  5. Jerry says:

    Nice idea, but not sure the point? Good trick, though.

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