I'm looking for a prebuilt device.

Discussion in 'General Electronics Chat' started by mrmeval, Apr 22, 2007.

  1. mrmeval

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    I need a computer with a small 320x240 B&W or color display that has ethernet, USB and can take a laptop harddrive. Preferable is the smallest device I can get. Processor should be intel compatible and reasonably fast but I'd prefer fanless.
     
  2. Dave

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    Are you effectively looking for an old laptop? Or is the 320x240 BW screen a necessity? Or is the size of a 10 year old laptop a problem?

    Dave
     
  3. mrmeval

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    I have a pentium 90 laptop that would work but wanted something smaller. I don't need the keyboard, mouse or monitor for most uses. This will be a small file server I can carry with me and hook up to a network I'm working on. Having bluetooth for the keyboard and mouse, an external video port and wifi would be nice but I can make do with the USB port for the keyboard, mouse and wifi. In fact I doubt I'd need the mouse as it will run linux and normally be in text mode as a server. If the processor is fast enough I'd like to make some GUI apps for most of the things I'd want to do with it.
     
  4. Dave

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    Could you not hack out the internals and make your own housing? It's a crude approach, but you could then have a look over at eBay for a small VDU.

    I know this may be more hastle than its worth, but it may be the way you get most of what you need in your OP spec.

    Dave
     
  5. n9352527

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    Try VIA Nano-ITX motherboard range. The size is only 12cmx12cm, fanless, and they are PC compatible with the usual modern PC ports. You just need to find a small display, there are a lot to choose from, try searching for in-car display for 7" or 10" display. You'd need to make a custom case though, but it is not that big of a problem.
     
  6. Dave

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    Good call, I remember seeing this range about 2-3 years ago. Also has 802.11b wireless capabilities as an option on some implementations.

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  7. mrmeval

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    Thanks for the tip. I considered gutting the laptop but its' pretty small as is and it is destined to be a wifi picture frame at some point.
     
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