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Building a laptop

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Has anyone built a laptop and if so where did you buy your parts. I normally use tigerdirect or newegg but i cant find laptop parts there

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This is generally not something you can do. There are not really any "generic" laptop parts you can buy. The boards are heavily integrated, the enclosures specially-made, etc. If you can find parts for this, the choice would be pretty limited. Since half the point of building your own is choice, I don't see much of a point.

I suppose you could hack a small motherboard into a small case, add an LCD screen and keyboard and a DC-DC converter and battery and call it a "laptop" though.

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mini ITX mother board, laptop hard drive, keyboard (I've seen some with a touch pad built in), LCD monitor, power supply, ram, and use the video from the itx mother board. Shove it all in a briefcase and VIOLA! Instant, shitty laptop with no battery and not as usefull as a real laptop.

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You would be better off buying one prebuilt probably. It would save you a lot of headache. Or you could order a custom laptop, if that gives you the satisfaction of indirectly building it.

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What I don't quite understand is why there isn't any standards (other than PCMCIA) for laptop components and whatnot. Desktop motherboards and cases are usually available in ATX, Mini-ATX, etc. There needs to be some sort of standard like that for laptops as well. Not to mention standards for laptop hard drives, memory modules, optical drives, expansion cards, etc. No more of this proprietary design BS.

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Not to mention standards for laptop hard drives, memory modules, optical drives, expansion cards, etc. No more of this proprietary design BS.

there are standards for these items.

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Not to mention standards for laptop hard drives, memory modules, optical drives, expansion cards, etc. No more of this proprietary design BS.

there are standards for these items.

Not quite. Not all laptop hard drive connectors are the same. I have an old Toshiba Tecra laptop from '96 with a hard drive that would never fit and/or work with, say, a Compaq laptop.

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