Mobile PC mod.

Discussion in 'Case Modding' started by unholy, May 23, 2006.

  1. unholy

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    You hear it. 120mmx 120mm Mobo with a 5-6" Screen and some keypads. Its a PSP with 10000000000x more abilty, and slightly large, but worth it all.

    i will first be finalizing a design, so i need to know the Exact LCD to use.

    If anyone has links to Composite/RGB LCD's which are 5"-6" and are quite thin, and demisions would be perfect. The Sony PSone screen has to much Flab around its edges so please dont suggest it.

    As for the Power, i will be using either 6cell 12volt AA Batteries or 9 Cell 12volt AA batteries, a AC-DC plug will be included on the back. though a PICO psu will be used to keep size down.

    As for the Motherboard, you guessed it Nano-ITX i will have to either ask Via for sponsorship or purchase one from US. This board is approximently 120mmx120mm, It has onboard CPU and IDE/SATA/VIDEO (including a Composite) and a LVDS connection so everything is aviable.

    EPIA - N (Thick Board with All connectors on the back)
    http://www.via.com.tw/en/products/mainboards/motherboards.jsp?motherboard_id=221

    EPIA - NL (Thin board, Jumpers for all connectors, which is very useful :))
    http://www.via.com.tw/en/products/mainboards/motherboards.jsp?motherboard_id=361#spec

    As for input device. ever heard of a Gamepad? one with analog sticks. i will be Pulling on apart and Molding it onto the front pretty much.

    As for WiFi, currently it would be to bulky to include

    Connection? LAN/USB :)

    Storage? Laptop HDD, 40gb :) runs at reasonable wattage :)

    Casing? well thats the tricky part, but i will be using a Steel frame for the LCD/ Mobo and a Plast Frame for the Batterys and HDD.

    Currently the project has no funds. But i am going to be working a few day a week extra to build up some cash. If you have a Old SONY Controller, i might be able to destory it for the Pads and Analog stuff. and i am not sure about the PS1-> USB connector :| a Driver would be easily written :)

    For comparision

    Mobo Size 120x120. 170mm Diagonal

    LCD 5" (4:3 ratio) 100x80, 127mm Diagonal

    To give u an Idea of the size of this device, pick a 120mm fan or a cd. thats about the size of the screen if it was square.

    **Comments are welcome, any suggestions ideas are welcome, as it is drafting stage ATM**

    ** Note Software for the Console like system will be written simalair to windows MCE to allow control with Analog and Directional Arrows **
     
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    Picture of idea.

    Measurements Show representing size, Case thickness is not showed.
     
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    The Modfather

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    Man, ya don't get to sticky a mod project until you AT LEAST have something underway.
     
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    stick to prevent it getting lost among deals and everything, all mod topics get stickied :p

    design is semi complete man :p i am looking through batteries, and what sorta of power consumption i need :p
     
    unholy, May 25, 2006
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    Al's mods haven't been stickied, just yours and mine, seems unfair to Al thought.
     
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    :| ODD. well i better go sticky them :|
     
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    Al if u read this, Do u remember places where i can get a 5-6" LCD? for under 150 US?
     
    unholy, May 26, 2006
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    I was thinking about this LCD at www.performance-pcs.com:

    http://www.performance-pcs.com/catalog/index.php?main_page=product_info&cPath=293&products_id=3732
    [​IMG]
    $139 USD

    This wonderful little screen runs on the 12 Volt power from your computer's power supply unit and displays any composite video signal (RCA) supplied to it. The screen is easy to hook up to any video card with a TV-out plug (S-Video ports will need a plug to convert the connector to a RCA Composite Video Plug). It can also display TV, VCR, DVD or any other video signal that can be converted to a RCA Composite Video Signal.

    If you use the screen as an extended desktop you can display system stats (like CPU temperature, processor usage and more), music visualizations, DVDs, weather reports, music players, network status visualizations, video streams and more!

    The unit can be installed anywhere on the case. You can drill out mounting holes on your case window and mount the unit directly to the window. Or cut out a hole for the screen on the front or top of your case and mount it there - the possibilities are endless!
     
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    4" is too small. :(

    i should have got that 5.6" when it was on ebay :(
     
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    You could always mount it in a frame of glowing LEDs or something.
     
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    i found some good 5.6" from US and some 6.5, what i will be doing now is getting a 6.5" one that is widescreen but i am aiming at getting one only 120mm tall, and what ever wide. that way i might have room for a PCI side ways card and a alight Videocard :).
     
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    The 8" touch screen is pretty cool. I'd get that one, so you can keep in touch...

    [​IMG]
     
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    You can buy them in US al if u wanted on for ur Osborne mod
     
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    << Project >> reopened, funds are low but i am looking to have enough by chirstmas?

    anyways i have found a good LCD.

    7.9", 206W x 146H x 7D mm. with a res of 640x480... LVDS obiviously :p
    http://store.earthlcd.com/s.nl/it.A/id.1027/.f?sc=7&category=277

    Problems. Its 20 pin LVDS, No inverter (cant read the manual properly)
    its big enough. and touch screen which is a possitive :)

    The VIA Nano has a LVDS i think its 40 pin though...

    Other problems in the project is Power!, the systems uses about 40 watts/hr which is 3300 mA/h which is quitye a bit of drain.. now thats only a guestiment of power consumption. I have look at Poly Batteries and Lithium, the main problem is that u can link batteries up to be stable, and that they could alot :|, it need running power of 4+ hours of screen on, and 6+ of screen off..

    One way i can combat it is Flash drives instead of HDD, but thats a huge drop in memory.

    Also with the controls there are many options. 4way pad, with a joystick/trackball. or a numpad? trackball is good one... the 4 way pad is a must.

    I will be doing some drawing up... no battery spaces.

    Dont think to much til i have some drawing done, though if u have ideas on power management (part from AC) then post :)

    ** EDIT: Just read into it abit more, the LCD is not responsive enough for Videos or moving, i am still looking for one though **
     
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    just a tip unholy, maybe you should just do a post when you have some solid information... we don't need to know every little part your looking at, sure if you have questions about parts or whatever... but that last post just looked like you were talking to yourself.
    In the business world bosses don't want a memo saying that your still working on the project... they just wana know when its done.
     
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    Unholy - that's a 5-year old display, according to the drawing. With a low resolution and the interface issue you'll likely have, I think you should keep looking. How about trying to get one of those optional Thermaltake Mozart LCDs? I've heard they might cost upwards of $300 bucks however.
     
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    thermaltake mozart lcd?, for 300 bucks i could get a 8" touch screen :p

    i am just looking for something like a PSP screen just a little bigger :p

    also note the aim of the thickness of the LCD, anything thicker then 1cm is too thick... and will make the thing to bulky /cry.


    Found a nice one,
    Size Model Res Data/Transfer aviablity Brightness (Viewing) Contrast Responsetime (ms)
    6.3 NL10276BC12-02 1024 x 768 1ch LVDS 3 data 1 clk Available 250 60,60,45,60 500 21

    http://www.displaze.com/Html/ovManu_nec.html
     
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    Too much yellow on that page. Otherwise, things are looking up.... :)
     
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    If anyone has links to Composite/RGB LCD's which are 5"-6" and are quite thin, and demisions would be perfect. The Sony PSone screen has to much Flab around its edges so please dont suggest it.

    As for the Power, i will be using either 6cell 12volt AA Batteries or 9 Cell 12volt AA batteries, a AC-DC plug will be included on the back. though a PICO psu will be used to keep size down.
     
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