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What to do with a old Laptop? Why not turn it into a Tablet pc !
« on: September 01, 2008, 04:58:05 AM »
I had an old Toshiba Tecra gathering dust under my bed, and after reading this :
http://www.hackaday.com/2008/05/22/what-to-do-with-an-old-laptop/

I thought i could still bring the old piece of junk (233mhz processor) back to life.
So why not rip it apart and turn it into a tablet that weighs a Kilo !


Taking it apart was alot harder then it looks, i forgot about the earths / ground because the inside looked like plastic but it turned out conductive  :o

So that also added to the problems. but so far i have only spent $2 so this is the metirials list

1  TOSHIBA TECRA LAPTOP (soz, i don't know what type)
1  BOX THAT WILL ENCLOSE IT (that cost me $2)
1  ENOUGH WHITE PAINT FOR ABOUT 2-3 COATS FOR THE BOX

and after that it's pretty much plug and play..

it's not touch screen (yet) ill fique a way of making it though (ive seen it be done before, it's just expensive)

it's not finished yet, maybe next week, considering it was a load of junk before, i think it's done well.
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Re: What to do with a old Laptop? Why not turn it into a Tablet pc !
« Reply #1 on: September 01, 2008, 12:47:12 PM »
i loaded windows xp on my old laptop that had win98 on it and made it useful again.


http://www.google.com/search?hl=en&q=tinyxp&btnG=Google+Search&aq=f&oq=

http://www.nliteos.com/


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Re: What to do with a old Laptop? Why not turn it into a Tablet pc !
« Reply #2 on: September 01, 2008, 02:02:41 PM »
there are USB touchscreen overlays on ebay
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Re: What to do with a old Laptop? Why not turn it into a Tablet pc !
« Reply #3 on: September 02, 2008, 02:47:13 AM »
there are USB touchscreen overlays on ebay

yes i noticed, but they say for EEE PC
would they still work for any pc ?

i loaded windows xp on my old laptop that had win98 on it and made it useful again.

i'm downloading tiny xp, i haven't used it before im interested in giving it a go




Edit: nLite? I had never heard of it...? but now i know what it is. Why did you post a link for it?
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Re: What to do with a old Laptop? Why not turn it into a Tablet pc !
« Reply #4 on: September 02, 2008, 09:55:10 AM »
nLite is how they created the TinyXP image. You pop in a regular windows XP disc and use nLite to strip out components and make your own version of WinXP.

Just FYI, The guy who made the tinyXP images is obviously English. I had to change a bunch of settings to make it for US English for the keyboard and time zone and etc....

Oh and if you have PCMCIA/PC Card II/III slots on your laptop you're going to need to copy the drivers from a regular windows machine cause they strip those out.

I think its pcmcia.sys or something in System32 folder.
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Re: What to do with a old Laptop? Why not turn it into a Tablet pc !
« Reply #5 on: September 04, 2008, 06:58:40 AM »
i have a old toshiba win. 98     and private reid the link broke >:(
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Re: What to do with a old Laptop? Why not turn it into a Tablet pc !
« Reply #6 on: September 05, 2008, 03:02:09 AM »
Err, no...The link seems to work...

My toshiba runs Win 2000 (if anyones intrested...)


(If im wrong about the link, soz)
but It still works for me...
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