View the updated project log on my personal site, XodusTech.com Okay, so I have seen several users on the site post up their Picture Frame PC projects, and as I sat looking at my aging Toshiba Portege 7200cte I said to myself... well to be honest the first thing I said to it is not repeatable here, followed by you would only be good as Picture Frame PC. And the rest is history The specs of this particular machine are: Intel Pentium III Mobile 600mhz w/ speedstep 320mb pc100 ram, 64 onboard, 1x 256 expansion Ibm Travelstar 13gb hdd Modded in usb internal wifi card, using 2nd usb bus What are some of the advantages of using a portege as a picture frame pc you may ask? Well for starters its one of the thinnest laptops ever made. Not only that but by now they are really cheap and easy to get a hold of. Secondly they have no onboard optical drive. Meaning that much less junk to deal with. Another advantage is that I have kept the original battery intact and completely removeable. In case of a power outage it runs on battery power. The battery is removeable and can be replaced just as if it were a laptop. A little background on this computer may help clear up some future questions. First of all this laptop was a 40 dollar purchase from ebay, barebones. It did not come with any additional ram or hdd, those I put in myself. It also came with a cracked lcd. At the time I was going to replace the lcd with one I recovered from a busted Dell Latitude CPi. The transplant was a success but only after I rewired the LCD cable to the standard LVDS pinouts. The original lcd in the toshiba used the same interface, but a different connector. Now a few weeks ago I find that the Dell lcd has quit working for no apparent reason. Suspecting that it was fried by the toshiba I voltmetered the 3.3v supply to the lcd. What a surprise 3.3v.... I guess Dell expects the same quality out of their lcd's as they do the rest of the componets that go in their machines. So after digging around in one of my spare parts drawers I came across a replacement lcd for an IBM thinkpad a20 series laptop. I bet it fits the t20 series as well. This lcd also uses standard lvds and connected right up to the cable I had made for the dell lcd. The problem was... this IBM lcd was 14.1'' and the toshiba LCD was 13.3'' ... So that is how I decided it would be the perfect candiate for a picture frame pc. First I took a spare palm rest plate for the toshiba Portege that already had the LCD hinges cut off and moulded flat. I then made some very quick and dirty brackets that mount to the side of the laptop and to the screw holes on the side of the lcd to mount the lcd to the palm rest. Note that in the pictures the inverter is hanging free. That is only until I find a little bit more time to mount it on the inside. As it turns out the lcd is exactly the same length horizontally as the toshiba, so this made mounting it very easy. Note that these are just some in progress pictures and there will be more to come. I just ran out of time today to work on this project and decided to start a small worklog of it. Enjoy pictures below: Here is the PC mounted on the wall, It may not look the prettiest, but it does do the trick, and it will look much better once the inverter is mounted. Side shot showing the side with 2 of the mounting brackets, and the bottom of the unit, or the back. Completely original. I reuse everything I can. The bottom showing the power port, and the inverter... still dangling. All in all this project took me several hours. As I complete this project I will share some of the inside pictures to show where a good bit of my time was actually spent. This is one of those projects that I do on an impluse and cost me nothing to construct. Also one of the neatest things about this project, is that no permanet modifications were made to the original Toshiba parts. As I used a spare palm rest plate to mount the LCD I still have the original. I could easily dismantle this and restore the unit to pre-project bliss. Oddly enough this entire unit turns out to be thinner than the LCD monitor I use for my Media PC that hangs on a wall, It is also thinner than my samsung 204b's. The unit as a whole is slightly thinner than the laptop was to begin with. Also the HDD and Ram slot are still accessible from the back. A big bonus when you are constantly switching hardware. The laptop can also be docked back into the original docking station in case I needed to load a new os on it. Thanks for taking a look, I would love to hear any input!