DIY laptop photo teaseBy Chris Williams. Published: 11th Jun 2004, 16:51:39 | Permalink | Printable
What a summer projectLetter A native RISC OS laptop, or some other portable, is probably the top of everyone's wish list right now. However, issues including the finding of a suitable case, what to do about the PSU and battery and what display to use, are all keeping what we want most from becoming a reality. Although, this didn't hold back reader Rico Naf, who has started to build his own DIY portable.
And it's pretty straight forward as Rico explains: "How to revive an aging RiscPC: First dismantle it to the bones. Make a nice coffin. Fill it with the remains from step one. Fuel it with power and resurrect the beast. Will it last another 10 years?"
RiscPC portable in mid-construction
And its backside, with the usual ports and connectors
The unit is apparently fully battery driven, and uses CompactFlash and a second normal hard disc for storage. At the moment, it can run for two hours at a time, but also includes a PSU. The LCD display works and can handle up to four resolution modes.
As Tommy Lasorda once said, "the difference between the impossible and the possible lies in determination", which is painfully true here. Overlooking the bomb shelter paint job and the metal work worthy of a Volvo, we're impressed and it made us smile. More details to follow when Rico's finished it.
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