A&P DIY LCD Photo Frame

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  1. ace3

    ace3 mouthify my wang.

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    Yes, it's a cross-post, but I didn't want it to get deleted, and figured people here might want to make something like this to show off their pics. Plus, I would assume that a lot of you have a Flickr Pro acct too.

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    we've wanted an LCD photo frame for a while, but thought it was ridiculous to pay $200+ for a nice one that had a tiny 7" screen. I wanted one with wifi so i could easily upload new pics to it if possible.

    Then I thought about using an old POS sony laptop i had lying around. I disassembled the screen from the unit, and bought a deep picture frame from some craft store, along with a pre-cut mat and some foam core.

    i cut a hole the size of the "naked" LCD in the center of the foam core so it would hold the LCD flush against the back of the photo mat. i then basically wedged the rest of the laptop in there with some other pieces of foam core.

    the cool part is that it uses a screensaver called "Slickr" ( http://cellardoorsw.com/slickr/ ) to automagically logon to my Flickr.com account and look for any pics with a tag that says "frame". It downloads those pics & automatically displays them. I can RDC into the laptop from my desktop if needed, or i can just plug in a usb mouse & keyboard too.

    Works VERY slick, is HUGE (14" screen, IIRC), and cost me a whopping $35 at the craft store. You can find laptops for cheap on ebay and do the same thing. You just have to have a flickr account to auto-update the pics if you want to do that. Otherwise, just copy pics to it over your network.

    anyway, here's the pics:

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    you can see the hole just under that UPC sticker to turn it on/off
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    took the back off. Laptop sits in there upside-down, and is wedged in tight:
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    booting up
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    ya i don't have a laptop laying around. i sell them before they're a doorstop
     
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    props for a cool idea though
     
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    Anything like Slickr for mac?
     
  5. ace3

    ace3 mouthify my wang.

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    not that i'm aware of
     
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    baller :cool:

    you can find used/refurb laptops on ebay for < $40 too

    Is there some kind of program if I don't want to go the wireless route that will automatically start to scroll pics from the hard drive after windows boots up?
     
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    windows has a picture screen saver built-in, i believe. just upload your pics to the unit and let it go wild.
     
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    :eek3: :cool: I like this idea and just may try it
     
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    Pineapple Devil beat it!

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    anyone with some links to cheap laptops?
     
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    i was thinking about doing this with a mini itx mobo because i dont have a laptop laying around that i can tear apart
     
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    i like. props
     
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    I think I'd throw a fan or at least some ventilation to cut down on the heat. I bet that thing gets hot enclosed like that.
     
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    actually, it really doesnt', at least not with this laptop.

    i had it running all day long, then took off the back, and while it was a tad warm, it wasn't anything to worry about.

    the exhaust for the laptop is right behind that hole where the power cord is coming out, btw, so it is getting a bit of ventilation.
     
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    very slick! :coold:
     
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    I have a sony vaio 550mhz laying around that I'm going to do this with.

    Thanks!


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    That's great. :coold:
     
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    That's awesome :eek3:
     
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