Project Bling

Ever had the desire to display your digital pictures in a frame without going through the hassle of printing them and re-framing? My inspiration came from the write up on Applefritter and I decided to take the plunge and destroy a hand-me-down IBM Thinkpad 560X in the name of science ;)

Project Bling

Over the space of a couple of days, I disassembled the laptop and carefully assembled only the bare minimum required parts on the back side of a wooden picture frame. I’m quite pleased with the result if I say so myself :)

We start off with an old laptop, and remove all the plastics to get it as thin as possible. Make sure you test the laptop after you finished.

Now it is time to slowly put everything together again inside the pictureframe.

Make sure that you can still access the vital ports on the laptop after it is closed.

Until I’ve sorted out a proper on/off solution this little stick will do just fine ;)

And finally, this is what the finished product looks like.

Have a look in the gallery for some more pictures

  • By Austin, September 9, 2007 @ 20:03

    Really cool! My brother has a privately owned computer shop and a whole room full of old laptops. I just phoned him and ran this idea past him. What an interesting way to use old laptops that would otherwise end up in landfills.

  • By Eric, October 17, 2007 @ 14:20

    I have done the same thing with my TP560 but mine doesn’t have a USB port.
    I solved the power problem by attaching a small wire to the sliding power button. I just pull the wire to power it up/down.

    A major problem with these old laptops is the viewing angle. It also makes a lot of noise. I tried a RAM disk in DOS but the hard disk spins up frequently anyway.

  • By pictureframe, October 17, 2007 @ 17:14

    Nice job. I like how thin it is, something I’m still working on.

    I used DSL on my first one too, in fact I’ve custom .iso of Damn small linux available here that has all the scripts and programs built in. Or if you prefer you can re-create the wheel and follow my instructions.

  • By indian99, September 3, 2010 @ 11:05

    If you need a light OS for your digital picture frame you can use this one based on openSUSE11.3:

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