Creating the Case
Creating the case proved to be fairly easy, although it took a couple of tries. My initial attempt was a little gaudy and equally as ugly. However, my second attempt resulted in a rather spiffy-looking DPF, if I might say so myself! Following are the steps I took:
- Remove and discard the battery (they're usually dead in old laptops).
- Purchase nylon screws, nuts, and washers; brackets; Velcro; a paper shelf thing that fits the laptop; and paint. All of the nylon screws were unused in my final prototype.
- Locate screwdrivers, pliers, drill, sledgehammer, blowtorch, etc.
- Remove the LCD display from the laptop. This usually involves removing bottom screws from the laptop and side screws for the attached monitor. Look under rubber protection pads for hidden screws. (Note: This will void your warranty. <g>)
- Remove the hard drive for safekeeping.
- Once the keyboard is off, locate and unplug the LCD display attachment.
- Disconnect and remove the LCD display.
- Remove the top of the LCD display.
- Paint the top of the LCD display and let it dry overnight.
- Unravel the LCD-to-computer strip and extend it. The extra length is needed to flip the display around onto the back of the computer (Figure 6 shows the disassembled laptop).
- Remove extra parts that are normally used to mount the LCD onto the laptop chassis. You may need to break off extra parts to allow easy mounting of the frame over the LCD.
- Reconnect the LCD display to the laptop chassis.
- Apply Velcro to the bottom of the laptop and the back of the LCD and stick the Velcro pieces together.
- Using Velcro, apply the frame to the LCD.
Figure 6 Disassembled laptop.