I have an old laptop. It’s a PIII 733Mhz Dell Inspiron 5000, which you may recall weighs about as much as a small Yugo. This laptop is old enough that I don’t use it, but good enough for some use. So I’ve decided to attempt the creation of a Linux based LCD picture frame. I’m not the first to attempt this and this guy has some good guidance.
So far, I’ve managed successful disassembly, and the bits and pieces still boot. The system is currently running Fedora Core 5 off an IBM Travelstar HD.
Considerations for the future are:
1. Should I boot off some solid state media instead, and if so, where should pics be stored?
2. Can I run this PIII without a fan if it’s a sufficiently open case?
3. Do I want to try to remount the trackpad and keyboard, or just go with auto-networking and remote management?
4. Software details: auto-login, scripts to start the pictures, poll the usb port and add pics, FTP access to pics directory
5. Mounting and framing.
I’ll keep the geeks up to date on the project, especially when I need some help.