Linked by Thom Holwerda on Wed 8th Jan 2014 15:18 UTC
Hardware, Embedded Systems

About a year and a half ago, I engaged on an admittedly quixotic project to build my own laptop. By I, I mean we, namely Sean "xobs" Cross and me, bunnie. Building your own laptop makes about as much sense as retrofitting a Honda Civic with a 1000hp motor, but the lack of practicality never stopped the latter activity, nor ours.

Quite, quite amazing.

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RE: Comment by Bobthearch
by jockm on Wed 8th Jan 2014 17:10 UTC in reply to "Comment by Bobthearch"
jockm
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2012-12-22

Very cool. Were it me doing it, I would use something like the CubieBoard2, which has a multicore ARM, and also has a SATA connector. That way you could use a SATA SSD (best avoid moving parts for homebrew ruggedizing).

Securing and protecting the screen is probably going to by your hardest part, but it should be doable. In similar projects I have found securing the keyboard to be similarly tricky but for different reasons.

Good luck!

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RE[2]: Comment by Bobthearch
by Bobthearch on Wed 8th Jan 2014 19:03 in reply to "RE: Comment by Bobthearch"
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2006-01-27

Against the popularity tide of netbooks, notebooks, smartphones, and tablets I'm looking for a portable PC that's weather-resistant (at least when closed) and runs on battery power. I'm not going to take it into combat, and I don't care if it weighs ten pounds. This seems to be a market niche with few commercial solutions, and none of them affordable.

Imagine being able to snap together a laptop or portable computer using off-the-shelf components, just like desktop builders do. Each individual could find their own balance with regards to battery life, cost, performance, and portability.

Securing and protecting the screen is probably going to by your hardest part, but it should be doable. In similar projects I have found securing the keyboard to be similarly tricky but for different reasons.


Many of the manufacturers of rubberized cases sell top and bottom plate kits that can be cutout to any pattern. I expect the weak point in the system will be the connection between the computer and monitor.

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