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    OT - What I did with an old Laptop

    It is winter here in WI. -11 and blowing snow is not the best time to ride, so what to do? Finally it is time to do all of those "inside" projects that you put off during the good weather when you were riding. Here is one fo mine.

    I have an old laptop from my late father. I hate just having unused "stuff" and I wanted to make this thing functional. I came accross some how-tos on turning a laptop into a hanging digital picture frame.

    So, the idea to use it as a picture frame was set. I loaded all of the updates I could for Windows 98. Like I said, this is an old laptop. I downloaded a small veiwer program (Faststone) and loaded up my pix. This system is in such good shape, I actually left it alone and just use the laptop as the display. It now sits on top of a bookshelf and looks really nice.

    So, if you have an old laptop, why not give it new life as a digital picture frame. There is a ton of free software out there for old PCs. It can be done.

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    My old computers have so many viruses the Surgeon General and CDC won't even touch them. Great idea though, if mine weren't so porned out I'd give it a shot. lol.
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    I'd run KillDisk, then load PuppyLinux. That will take care of any crazy azz german pr0n you have on there. Puppy even has a built in photoviewer for the slideshow.

    If your PCs are wireless you can always disable the WiFi so you don't have to worry about virus/malware eating up your bandwidth.

    OR, you could just load a photo viewer on and see what images come up. Super random pr0n slideshow. You may be in for a treat ;-)

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    pics ? (of your project, NOT random crazy german porn)

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    Damn Small Linux

    It's a fully functional desktop with a 50mb install size!

    Which in comparison makes every app on my cellphone look like bloatware...

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    Here is a pic of the mighty Winbook XLi.
    Yes, DSL is crazy small, but SliTaz is even smaller at 30m.
    I think Puppy comes with more built in functionality and you can get apps (pets).

    Next time, I'll get a shadowbox frame and install the laptop. I just didn't want to dis-assemble this unit.


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    Thanks Silk
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    Nice

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    Thanks for the comments. Because I am stupid and because my wife only wants "good" quality pictures in the house, I went on Ebay and purchased 2 old laptops for $20.

    I have a lot more "regular" pictures from my motorcycle rides in Alaska, Canada and Mexico and MTB rides around WI.

    My plan is to hang at least one in the garage in a picture frame to display "garage quality" pics.

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    Great idea. You can enjoy some nic pics and think of your pop every time you look at it.
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    btw, get a fatbike, that's perfect for the kind of weather you are talking about.

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    I take all my old 'lectronics to the rifle range.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Anonymous View Post
    I take all my old 'lectronics to the rifle range.

    PC Load Letter this, MoFo!


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    topless. that's what all mtb girls do. we go ride, get topless, have pillow fights in the woods, scissor, then ride home!

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    Ha Ha! So much for that PSU.

    Looks like a baby one anyways. Prob 250w.
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    Quote Originally Posted by ProjectDan35 View Post
    Ha Ha! So much for that PSU.

    Looks like a baby one anyways. Prob 250w.
    P4 420w. Regular power supply for PC towers.
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    topless. that's what all mtb girls do. we go ride, get topless, have pillow fights in the woods, scissor, then ride home!

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    Ok update on the garage digi pic display. I bought two old laptops on EBay, some parts and have them both running. The kicker is, they are so old the graphics are crap for pix. So I am reselling them on EBay and will lose a little$, but not much so no big deal. I picked up a PII 266 laptop with CDROM shipped for $20. No hard drive, but I don't need one because it has plenty of ram to run puppy Linux. Then I load my cd of pix for the slide show. It works! Now I just have to find a place to mount it, but I wanted to let people know to at least get a pentium 2 or newer for pix. Not for the computing power but for at least that era of graphics.


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    cool idea does it run 24\7.... seems like a awful lot of power being used to run the fan and all the other stuff just for a slide show of pictures..

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    I only turn it on when I'll be in the garage for awhile. My gym equipment is out there along with my beer supply, so I hang in the garage and dink around for a bit.
    The one in the house I run when I work from home. You are correct though that a laptop uses more energy than just a stand alone digital frame.


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    Nice idea. Possibly modify that screen so you can flip it around and have the keyboard behind the unit. Then mount a picture frame over the laptop screen....

    You do a calc on the wattage being used on those old box's? may be cheaper to just buy a image viewer in the long run..

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    Think I'd rather use an old laptop as a music player -- clear all nonessentials, load up the tunes, hook up to a decent receiver, and I see a weeklong playlist!

    Just in the thinking stage right now... have to track down a geek-squadder for 'expert' advice................
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    So what are the specs on that first one you built?
    I used an old Dell 1150 to test run WIN8 on it, got it working except the couldnt find a graphic driver to make it work properly only low resolution display.
    Oh and what motorbike do you ride (trip to Alaska) got a trip report about that somehwere?

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