What do you get when you cross a new laptop, bought at a ridculous price, bad USB ports or controller (Not sure which), bent PCMCIA pins on the only slot, a dead built-in touch pad, boredom, alcohol, a screwdriver, and an idea? A mess with a slight hope. My Laptop got dissected because of boredom and I haven't used the thing in like 3 months. It's going to turn into a project, and I would like input to see which one everyone thinks is the most "do-able". Project Idea 1 - Digital Picture Frame - Feasibility 7/10 I can't seem to find the thread in the "Project Logs" section, but someone was turning an old PentII Compaq laptop into a digital picture frame. I thought that was a great idea, and might turn my HP ze1230 into one. Upside: Easiest of the project to accomplish, GF would love it, great piece to display my computer graphic work Downside: Waste of a powerful laptop (Athlon Mobile 1.4Ghz, 512Mb of Mem, 20Gb HD) Project Idea 2 - Digital Picture Frame & Router/File Server - Feasibility 5/10 Basically the same idea as project 1, except add the capability to act as a router. Would involve more money, since I would have to purchase an 8 port switch and a PCMCIA Lan Card, more wiring involved, but I think the wiring would add to the techie feel of it. [B}Upside:[/B] Better use of the hardware, more technilogically challenging, all the benefits of Project 1, plus the added bonus of a router. Downside: More money involved in creating, still not a 100% useful form of the laptop, more soldiering (I have pathetic soldiering skills IMO), requires more space for creation, something I am limited on in my apartment. Project Idea 3 - Transparent Water Cooled Laptop - Feasibility 2/10 The idea is to basically take the current laptop casing and duplicate it's basic layout with perspex, acrylic, etc. but expand the case slightly, making it wider, ie a 15" Screen Laptop into the body size of a 17" Screen one. Using the extra space, install a very simple watercooling and remove the "sub-par" heatsinks and fans that are currently installed. For anyone that owns or uses a laptop, those things get hot, especially on the bottom where it is resting on you. Water cooling would hopefully help this. Upside: First of, uber-geekness. Just the look I would get on people's faces when I pull that out of my bag would be worth it. A great challenge to take on, and I think it would be a great project for "community learning". Original concept as far as I know. Downside: Most expensive, time consuming and space consuming of the three projects. Not even sure if it would be possible. Any thoughts, philosophies, critiques, or ideas will be appreciated.