Digital Picture Frame from an Old Laptop

I always seem to be in the middle of some sort of project. Well this time, I took apart an old laptop for the purposes of creating a digital picture frame that would randomly display pictures throughout the day. And, of course, I took pictures of the progress. Before any project I work on, I always do research on the internet and chances are likely that someone else has done and documented exactly what I want to do. Thanks internet!

The laptop is an IBM Thinkpad 600 with a 20GB hard drive, a WiFi card, one USB port, and then other features that I won’t be using. I will be able to remote desktop into the laptop and control it from my main computer in the house. Any pictures that I put in a certain folder on the hard drive will be in the rotation of pictures that the screensaver will cycle through. I’m going to have the laptop turn it self on and off at certain times in the day. The possibilities are endless. I can imagine a weather forecast in the morning, or maybe a caller ID text display…

I removed the CD-ROM drive, and the battery since I wasn’t going to use them and I wanted to make it lighter. I removed 29 screws in order to snap open the plastic frame surrounding the LCD screen, and to look underneath the keyboard. After removing as much as possible, including the rubber feet, I mounted the LCD screen to the back of the laptop.

I took the laptop to Darretta Custom Framing & Gallery today to have it framed in a sweet looking wooden frame, and I can’t wait to get it back.

Hopefully any information I provide here might help out some one else down the road. Let me know what you think.

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