Dual Screen VESA Mount All In One FrankenComputer Hack

I am converting an old Compaq Laptop and A Dell Flat-Screen Desktop Monitor into an All-In-One computer with one power supply and dual Displays.

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I took the display panel off the rear mount, and behind it there is just enough space to mount the power supply for the laptop motherboard.

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And here I tied the power input to the same input the monitor shares.

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Here is the first bench-test connected to the lower display.

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Here is the notebook motherboard mounted to the back of the display and many of the connections routed.
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It is aliiiiiiive!!!! Booted into Fedora 18 with both displays active.
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Here is a better picture of the rear, showing how I routed all the data and power lines.
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The final project. Complete.
Working, mounted to the wall, and ready for action!!!

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5 Comments

  1. Hi there. I was curious how you mounted the laptop innards to the laptop screen? It looks very minimal and I have been contemplating this for a while. Thanks!

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    • Hey Joe.

      I debated and tried several ways before settling on adhesive Velcro patches. I bought them from a craft store, they are pretty thick and I used about 5 of them between the base of the motherboard and the back of the screen.
      Works really well and I can detach the motherboard if I need to do any repairs, by gently prying it away and separating the Velcro. Be careful not to get the super strong Velcro, that might be too hard to get them to release.

      I have had this running 24/7 for about 2 weeks now and haven’t had any problems.
      -Ezra

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      • Thanks, Ezra! I might be starting this project this weekend! Thanks for the inspiration.

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        • Good luck! I would love to see how it turns out for you. -Ezra

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  2. larger photos please :)

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