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Laptop Photo Frame

May 23, 2009 Comments off

So you have this really old laptop that has less power than a new Eee PC. What to do, what to do? I guess do what everyone else is doing these days and turn it into a photo frame!

The victim was an old Acer TravelMate 240. It ended up being quite an easy mod. The hinges were symmetrical and the inverter and video cables for the screen were more than long enough for some re-routing. The hard drive is full of errors so I am booting it off a USB key. The problem with that was the BIOS does not support booting from USB. I dropped on a custom boot loader on the hard drive that then boots off the USB drive.

Currently I am running Puppy Linux off a 1GB drive. It runs very well. Now all I need is to install an image viewer and have it mount a photos share off the house server and it will be complete. Check it out in the photos below.

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Hacking the Apple TV

December 10, 2008 Comments off

Just a quick post here. Mythbuntu on an Apple TV is awesome. I am amazed at just how well it runs. I guess it isn’t really that far fetched as the old 701 Eee would play back most things fine. HD channels look great too.

Having a little trouble with the IR receiver in it currently (I’m not too keen on having to recompile LIRC just to get it going). So for the time being I have a USB keyboard attached to it. 25 days since I set it up initially and so far, no lockups, video artifacts or issues of any kind. Really makes such a nice Myth frontend for only $329.

Hacking the Apple TV

Hacking the Apple TV

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