After seeing a few other examples, I decided to have a go at making an old laptop into a digital picture frame. It's certainly nothing new, and has been done by many other people, but this is my first ever start-from-scratch mod, and I figured that not only would it make a great gift for my parents, it'd also be a talking point for visitors. I first read about these many months ago, but was busy with uni etc. so finally during the last week of my holidays I've got around to getting some work done on it! Pics/info: I forgot to take some pics of the laptop before I ripped it apart, but it was an old IBM Thinkpad with a couple of hurdles: - the trackpoint was broken and it wouldn't boot without it: solved with a BIOS hack - it wouldn't boot without the keyboard attached: solved by modding the keyboard connector (comment # 11) - a flat CMOS battery. It was a size I'd never seen before, but a quick google told me that any 3V source would do, so I grabbed a normal CR2032 battery (I have amassed quite a collection of CMOS batteries salvaged from dead motherboards ) Once those problems were fixed, things were pretty straightforward. I used nLite to put together a trimmed-down version of Windows 2000 to fit within the 96mb of RAM I had (the Thinkpad 600 has 32mb onboard, and 2 slots but I only have 32mb DIMMs) and a 512mb partition. I picked up a CF to mini-IDE adapter on ebay for a few dollars, and proceeded to install onto the CF card. Though I used a 1gb CF card, I made the partition 512mb for the eventuality that the partition will reach its write-cycle limit (in god knows' how long) after which I can just switch to the other partition. A wifi card and RealVNC make configuration and maintenance a breeze. I think the CF and WiFi cards make this project stand out a little among many similar projects... other ones I have seen have used USB flash drives to store photographs, or booted off CDs/hard disks. My one instead is completely silent, and will access its photos off a shared folder on my parents' computer. This will make it very easy to change the photo rotation. Anyway, onto the photos. The photo frame I used, a decent-looking one from Rabbit Photo. Not shown is the MDF backing board. The screen removed from the laptop The logic board from the laptop, with the CF card and CF to mini-IDE adapter attached. There was a modem card attached to the white connector just above the IDE connector, but of course there's no need for it so I removed it to save space and weight. A hole cut into the MDF backing board for the screen. One edge was made wider to compensate for a narrower edge of the screen. Close up of a small notch cut into the backing board to allow for the screen's backlight cable. The screen attached into the backing board with hot glue. The inverter circuit board is visible at bottom right, it hasn't yet been attached. Hot glue seems to be perfect for this application. It's a strong adhesive, yet is flexible, which means the whole thing should be tolerant of the odd bump without stuff coming loose. A test-run... it still works! As above, without flash Close-up of the logic board. Wireless card is visible at right. The whole rear of the frame. The inverter board and CMOS battery have now been hot-glued in place The front of the frame Booting up A custom boot screen added for shits and giggles Still to do: - A white/light-coloured cardboard border around the front, to hide the backing board and metal border around the screen. - Slideshow software - A modded power cord (thinner, longer and camouflaged) - A way to hang it on the wall. Best way is probably to drill 2 holes in the backing board on either side, and run string between them.