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Hi guys, I was wondering if this have been attempted in past? I was curious if it's really possible to build up a laptop fully with desktop PC hardware only? I not talking about like a perfect one, but just one that would actually turn and and work regardless its size or anything, so I'm looking at this in technical way.

is it possible to connect regular laptop's display to the desktop PC's motherboard? and how about the keyboard? if you purchase sperate laptop keyboard can you somehow connect it to desktop pc's motherboard?

note: that I'm not taking this as easy challenge, I release there is A LOT more going on than just connection display and keyboard, but currently these are my two concerns that I'd like to clarify.

Thanks.
post #2 of 19
Starting from an industrial SBC (Single Board Computer) might be the easiest way to go about this. Most of them have LCD controllers built in.

I've got a LGA775 SBC with PCI, IDE, SATA, onboard CF slot, LCD controller AND, get this, ISA BUS!!! I could run a real SoundBlaster 16 if I wanted biggrin.gif

EDIT: Here's a pic of it:

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A user named caraboose did something similar in the past using a paintball gun case. He was pretty far into it but had to scrape the project due to financial issues I think. Wish he finished it.....was pretty awesome seeing something like that done.

http://www.overclock.net/t/678300/bad-news-laptop-in-a-gun-case/0_50
 
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I'm sure it is possible, they do sell one.

http://www.xoticpc.com/sager-np9570-clevo-p570wm-p-3595.html
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I want a GTX 770 or 780 that I can plug into my Macbook when I'm at home lol
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The GTX 780M is a GTX 680 that's underclocked. So with that in mind, the Clevo P570WM uses a desktop CPU... so you're good to go from there.
     
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Sure. mITX, 2.5" drives only, PCIe x16 riser for a dGPU, SFX PSU, slim CPU cooler... Easy in theory. The only issue is if you want a battery and cable management. Most UPSes seem to use lead-acid batteries, as opposed to the typical lithium batteries found in laptops and phones. It would cost quite a bit if you want any sort of performance past the CPU+iGPU (i.e. AMD APUs and Intel) combo.

Oh, and it has been done. No battery and slim mATX.

EDIT: I figured I should also include my super-technical blueprints of my idea. Kaveri A10 (realistically I'll have the funds and need for this in 2016 when Basilisk is released) + GCN 1.1 dGPU for hybrid crossfire and battery pack:



Super technical.
Edited by CynicalUnicorn - 1/11/14 at 4:59pm
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Quote:
Originally Posted by ScaryFatKidGT View Post

I want a GTX 770 or 780 that I can plug into my Macbook when I'm at home lol
Have a Thunderbolt equipped mac?
Easily possible with a PCIE expansion chassis'

Film editors use them to load up dedicated video encoders for 4K work such as RED Rocket cards.
http://eshop.macsales.com/shop/Thunderbolt/PCIe_Chassis/Mercury_Helios/
http://eshop.macsales.com/shop/Thunderbolt/PCIe_Chassis/Mercury_Helios/Helios2
Are two examples. I'm not sure what the max power draw is though.
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Quote:
Originally Posted by CynicalUnicorn View Post

Sure. mITX, 2.5" drives only, PCIe x16 riser for a dGPU, SFX PSU, slim CPU cooler... Easy in theory. The only issue is if you want a battery and cable management. Most UPSes seem to use lead-acid batteries, as opposed to the typical lithium batteries found in laptops and phones. It would cost quite a bit if you want any sort of performance past the CPU+iGPU (i.e. AMD APUs and Intel) combo.

Oh, and it has been done. No battery and slim mATX.

EDIT: I figured I should also include my super-technical blueprints of my idea. Kaveri A10 (realistically I'll have the funds and need for this in 2016 when Basilisk is released) + GCN 1.1 dGPU for hybrid crossfire and battery pack:



Super technical.
Haha super technical, but exactly what I was thinking there are 2 or 3 things the make a laptop

1. Power, you don't have to powerdown to move it
2. Attached screen and keyboard, but atleast an attatched screen
3. Size, while not really a huge factor, something with a built in keyboard that was 5 inches deep wouldn't really be comfortable to use.

You could just buy a bunch of 18650's and make what ever battery you wanted? There like $15 a piece for good ones.

Personally id say a 47/4800MQ is powerful enough I'm more concerned with running a desktop GPU
Quote:
Originally Posted by ivr56 View Post

Have a Thunderbolt equipped mac?
Easily possible with a PCIE expansion chassis'

Film editors use them to load up dedicated video encoders for 4K work such as RED Rocket cards.
http://eshop.macsales.com/shop/Thunderbolt/PCIe_Chassis/Mercury_Helios/
http://eshop.macsales.com/shop/Thunderbolt/PCIe_Chassis/Mercury_Helios/Helios2
Are two examples. I'm not sure what the max power draw is though.
O.O
"For use with half-length, single-width PCIe cards compatible with Thunderbolt technology." Whats that mean? What graphics cards would work? So I could use my Macbook (bootcamped) to play games on my TV (1080p) at a decent frame rate? Why on earth is it $350? Does it have its own PCU capable of 250w+?

EDIT, it doesn't look like this would be nearly long enough, I wonder if I could just have the GPU stick out the end lol
Edited by ScaryFatKidGT - 1/11/14 at 7:50pm
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I have built a few mobile systems based off of desktop components, one even won Mod of the Month here on OCN: LANDO



If you want to use a notebook display you will need a display signal controller board and a LVDS cable that fits your monitor, not an easy task but it is possible. Tearing down a thin LED backlit desktop model would make things easier and give you a set of compatible parts albeit a little heavier and power hungry versus notebook components.
Edited by Photograph - 1/11/14 at 8:13pm
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