ThinkPi - Old Chassis, New Tricks.

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ThinkPi - Old Chassis, New Tricks.

Project ThinkPI

You might be wondering, what the heck is this title ?
is it a Think Pad ? Did he mean Think Station ? What's with the Pi ? Can I have some ?
NO.. you can't.

This is a little project of mine, where I will take this old 2007 T61 Think pad, gut it, hack the heck out of the frame, and shove a Raspberry Pi 3b+ in it !
you may wonder. Is this possible ? will it fit in ? what about the display ? the keyboard ? how does that all work ?
Well, this is where this goes from a simple computer, to a true project laptop.

Why I want this : 
I've been doing some fun stuff with an SDR, or a Software Defined Radio. witch lets you do tons of stuff with radio frequencies (receiver only for my unit) I can listen to ATC, the ISS (given I have a proper antenna) and the real purpose of this : Weather satellites !

So then, I wanted a Pi to run this at first, small, compact, powerful. but then I realized, I need a monitor, keyboard, storage... 
Yeah, I could have took my existing laptop.. but I already had a PI I bought a PI ! 
And it wouldn't be as cool without one. 
Tons of people have done "Pi laptops", but they are mostly either 3d printed, thick and flimsy, or they're plastic kits that are super tiny, and quite frankly unusable.

Project Milestones :  

  • Gut it
  • Gather components 
  • Get the monitor working with the Pi (potential deal breaker) || Works as of Jan 14th 2019
  • Get the keyboard working with the Pi (Has been done before, though most of the projects I've seen are abandoned, even the most recent ones.
  • Power
  • Fit it all in

Components : 

Raspberry Pi 3b+
Nooelec NESDR SMART Software Defined Radio
Thinkpad T61
Corsair Force LS 114gb Sata2 SSD
Some SATA-To-USB adapter
HDMI+DVI+VGA LCD led Controller Inverter Lvds Board Kit for LP154W02(B1)(K6) (Controller for the monitor)
Some thinkpad kbd to usb controller (soon)
Some power solution (soon)
Potentially some replacement for the fingerprint scanner & the track pad (those tiny keyboard w/ track pad gutted maybe ?)
Color(s): Black
RGB Lighting? No
Theme: Case Mod
Cooling: Passive Cooling
Size: Mini-ITX
Type: General Build

Build Updates

Update #1 See with your own eyes !

Update #2 - Display controller fitment.


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$ 105.24
Corsair - Force LS
Form Factor: 2.5 Inch
Interface: SATA 6 Gb/s
Capacity: 120 GB
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Custom - Custom (custom)
TBD/To Be Determined - TITAN TFD-9225H12ZP/KE
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