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Digital Picture Frame

Discussion in 'Modding' started by browca04, Jun 11, 2006.

  1. yanman

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    just keep in mind if you're going to use old laptops, you'll need the mainboard to power the screen.

    while there are ways to get some rare laptop panels to work with a regular input (VGA, S-Video) it usually involves paying $300 for a specialised encoder.
     
  2. yoink

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    This is xampp :thumbup:
    It's simply an easy to install php/apache/mysql, etc distribution. The reason I use it, is that I've written a JS slideshow, that can be controlled from PHP. I'll be working on flickr integration next... Tell you what, if you can make a small (< 200mb) linux distro, with xampp, that loads up with a default webpage in mozilla, with wireless, and LCD laptop support, you'd be 80% the way; I'd happily contribute some of my php / javascript for that project :thumbup:
     
  3. yoink

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    You use the mainboard, AND integrated LCD from the laptop :tongue:
     
  4. johnny_utah

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    Here's a guide to doing exactly as you have pl;anned with an old lappy:

    Popular Science Digital Picture Frame

    I'm looking to use that article to turn an old lappy into a baby monitor - by hooking the digital photo frame (created as per the guide) up via wifi to a Linksys wifi webcam.
     
  5. yanman

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    that's awesome. Slickr sounds especially cool.
     
  6. yoink

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    Nice find johnny_utah :thumbup:
    I'd like to have similar functionality to slickr, but the ability to cache the images, as not everyone has always-on internet ;)
     
  7. sgn

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    I made a digital photo frame using and old CompaQ m300 laptop...
    its runs on windowz XP using the slideshow screensaver....


    works pretty good.. i should get around to taking some photos of it.. and post it up here or something.

    i had to do some minor solidering... looks great at parties....

    the next step is to add a wireless card so i can wirelessly update it and also attach a webcam to it.
     
  8. Gazob

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    Sorry bout that I did read the original thread and for some reason thought you were ratting the laptop for the parts and connecting it to one of those 7" car screens. On rereading I dont know why I would think that.

    Idea 1 with AIVX was used in conjunction with a lcd screen only in my mind, no bulk noise or bootup issues. BTW what does a 14 or 15" lcd go for these days, I know ive seen 17" lcd TV's in safeway for $300.

    Idea 2 was what you already had.

    sorry for the confusion on my part.

    GaZ
     
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    I'll just clear up the confusion. Will be taking an old laptop, pulling it apart (as in the chassis) and re-mounting it in the frame. The processor/motherboard/RAM will still be intact, as will the HDD, which Is what the photo's and O/S etc will be stored on. Think of this as a case mod, with software tweaks as secondary....

    @Yoink: How would I use Xampp? I have VERY basic programming skills, (simpleCanvas from Java) and know SFA about mySQL and PHP. Is there an add-on for xampp that will set up a slideshow or something? I'm confused...
     
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  10. tin

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    Not sure if it'll run on that hardware, but have a look at MotionPicture. Does the Mac OSX style panning and crossfading. The requirements say Geforce2 but Im not entirely sure why it needs that.
     
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    This looks like a go-er.

    Wors as a screensaver right? So If i set up the laptop with no taskbar and no recyle bin on the desktop, and a background image like "Loading Photo Library" give the creensave a 1 minute start, that'll look schmic...

    Oh. Yeah.

    Cheers for that.
     
  12. yoink

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    Like I posted earlier, I have a set of scripts that implement a slideshow you can control via php... Anyway, for your purposes, that screensaver looks great :thumbup:
     
  13. tin

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    Put it in startup aswell to make it start quicker than a minute of idle....
     
  14. idcerberus

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    I have been thinking of using a DPF myself. I realise you were more interested in software but thought I would share some of the solutions I am looking at:
    $399 BenQ FP791 17" LCD Monitor (1280 x 1024)
    + $25 BenQ FP791 Digital Photo Frame [4-in-1 Digital Media Card Reader]

    then more expensive, second-hand tablet pc solutions - no modding to pc but need a custom frame built to house & mount.
    NEC T400 (1024 x 768) or Toshiba M200 (1400 x 1050)
    [prices on eBay go from $600 to $1200]

    the tablet pcs could be very nice to use because it could also serve as a mythTV front-end in the kitchen (where i want to put the DPF). If I went this path I would like to build the frame in such a way that the tablet pc could slide out of the frame & use it as a 'walkabout' wireless pc around the house.
     
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    The idea was to have all the photos avaliable at all times, and not have to use cards. Two external usb ports, one for a thumb drive, one for a mouse. That'll handle everything from transferring files and whatnot. And whilst the FP791 is a nice LCD, it's a bit pricey. This is gonna be a probono type job, so it's costing ME the money. Laptop donations are accepted.
     
  16. JetspeedCamry

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    How would you get the taskbar to disappear? ive got a frontend security program running on a PC and can't find any ways to completely remove the taskbar, bar learning code to do it.
     
  17. nux

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    Right Click -> (Untick) Lock Taskbar
    Then drag it down. Will still leave a small blue bar.

    Or you can set it to auto-hide.
     
  18. JetspeedCamry

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    Haha..thats cheating :p...i meant...how do you get the taskbar to disappear completely!.... :lol:
     
  19. nux

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    Well, I've decided to have a go at this. And since browca04 hasn't posted much progress, here is what I currently have in front of me:

    [​IMG]

    I'll probably use Damn Small or Vector Linux and have it setup to be a picture frame and website/server/email monitor.
     
  20. Arch-Angel

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    Good luck- i'm looking forward to seeing how this turns out! :thumbup:
     

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