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Got some packages today.

DVD drive faceplate:


As you can see, it fit perfectly.

Antennas


Wacom bamboo touch


Spazz attack USB hub


Surprisingly, I was able to put seven devices on the USB hub without external power, and it still didn't give me any power warnings. That'll make things a lot easier.
 

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GAH!!!!!! I took the wacom apart to get the dimensions of the circuit boards, then when I put it back together, it quit working. I've checked all the connections several times, so something is definitely dead. Well, there goes $45.
 

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I was scrolling down quickly and I thought you made a bomb to blow up your laptop or something. All those batteries hooked up looks like your making a very fun explosive.

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Be careful the cops don't see those pictures, they will think another major bomb making operation is going on.
 

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This looks awesome. Subbed. Sucks about the wacom though.
 

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This looks awesome. Subbed. Sucks about the wacom though.
Thanks. I'm probably just going to keep building with the dead wacom, then when I'm done, I'll swap it for a new one. I never realized these things were so fragile.

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i lol and clap at the cardboard laptop?
???? The cardboard laptop was made just to test my patterns. I'm going to cut it into plastic tomorrow.
 

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Quick update: I ended up not cutting the ABS yet, because I was at Conns and saw a better monitor than the MS246H. I'm definitely using it instead, so I need to adjust dimensions before cutting. Model no. is AOC e2343F. It's perfect because it's thinner and the electronics are separate from the monitor itself. This way, I won't have to rig up wires for it. I do lose 0.6 inches of screen size, but that's worth it.

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Sorry if I skipped over this but what are you using as a monitor?
http://vr-zone.com/articles/aoc-e234...tor/10059.html

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very interesting, its going to be a heavy SOAB.

Subbed.

Weight really doesn't matter. As long as it can be easily transported to and from a car, it's fine.

I also managed to get hold of another of those external laptop batteries, so I'm probably going to leave normal laptop battery intact and rig up another 18 cell pack. I'll end up with a 62 cell pack that way.
 

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Quick update: I ended up not cutting the ABS yet, because I was at Conns and saw a better monitor than the MS246H. I'm definitely using it instead, so I need to adjust dimensions before cutting. Model no. is AOC e2343F. It's perfect because it's thinner and the electronics are separate from the monitor itself. This way, I won't have to rig up wires for it. I do lose 0.6 inches of screen size, but that's worth it.

http://vr-zone.com/articles/aoc-e234...tor/10059.html

Weight really doesn't matter. As long as it can be easily transported to and from a car, it's fine.

I also managed to get hold of another of those external laptop batteries, so I'm probably going to leave normal laptop battery intact and rig up another 18 cell pack. I'll end up with a 62 cell pack that way.
Do you plan on plugging it into the external vga some how? You know if you want to use the laptops main display connector and hook it up to a desktop monitor it's not plug and play right? I know this because I tried. I also know another member on ocn who tried to create a portable water cooled laptop but he gave up after he bought all the parts because he couldn't figure out a way to get the monitor hooked up without spending a lot of money.
 

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Do you plan on plugging it into the external vga some how? You know if you want to use the laptops main display connector and hook it up to a desktop monitor it's not plug and play right? I know this because I tried. I also know another member on ocn who tried to create a portable water cooled laptop but he gave up after he bought all the parts because he couldn't figure out a way to get the monitor hooked up without spending a lot of money.
I've got two monitors plugged into the laptop mobo right now. It's actually what I'm typing this on.

I'm not doing it this way, but here is how to interface laptop monitors with vga. http://www.hardmac.com/news/2006/03/...or-they-did-it
It wouldn't be too hard to reverse it and have the laptop monitor's output work with VGA monitors.
 

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I've got two monitors plugged into the laptop mobo right now. It's actually what I'm typing this on.

I'm not doing it this way, but here is how to interface laptop monitors with vga. http://www.hardmac.com/news/2006/03/...or-they-did-it
It wouldn't be too hard to reverse it and have the laptop monitor's output work with VGA monitors.

Oh ok, as long as you have the monitor problem already figured out then good luck with the build.
 

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Monitor has been ordered.

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$140 for a 23 inch 1080p LED monitor at Frys. Epic deal.
 

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subed nice idear


Thanks.

I've got another battery to mod, so I'll probably work on that tonight or tomorrow, but other than that, I'm stuck waiting. I couldn't find good enough specs on the AOC monitor to get my design finalized, so the whole project is pretty much on hold until it gets here. I hate shipping.
 

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UPDATE: I've been doing some more bomb making battery modding. I managed to get a third external battery shipped in from a different radioshack, so I took the cells out of it and added them to the 12 cell pack. I have two more Toshiba 9 cell packs on the way to use with the leftover charging circuit.

Picture time!

The pack as it came:

PC153929.jpg


Opened up:

PC153930.jpg


This one has different cells than the other two. I did some research and the specs seem to be the same, so it should work. If they do die prematurely, it'll only cost $23, so I'm not that worried.

Here's the bare PCB:

PC153942.jpg


The old cells rigged up into 2 x 6 cell packs:

PC153932.jpg


The new cells rigged up. All 6 are in parallel.

PC153934.jpg


All wired up:

PC153936.jpg


This is starting to get epic.

PC153937.jpg


I also found a CF reader at office depot for 94 cents, so I decided to add it.

Here it is stripped down to the PCB:

PC153945.jpg


Card in place:

PC153944.jpg


I started using my DSLR for pictures instead of my phone. It's less convenient, but I decided it's worth it.
 

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For a second there I thought you were going to make a laptop with cardboard, I laughed.

Looking good so far, subbed
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very entertaining.. keep up the great work.
 
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