Laptop/ Notebook Computer - Do It Yourself Notebook, Picture Tutorial
By Dr. Michael Copyright © Directron.com 2005
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Most of us have built our own desktop and even server computers. Now several companies offer barebone laptops for consumers/individuals to build their own laptops. All you need to purchase and put together are:
laptop hard drive
Then, you'll load the operating system software and add any laptop accessory you may want.
About two weeks ago, I was fortunate to be invited to Asus' US headquarter in Fremont, CA to their vendor program, which includes a hands-on training on assembling a DIY laptop. Although we have been selling the Asus barebone for a while, this is the first time I have experienced the process of building a laptop myself.
The process is actually very simple. With a hard drive pre-loaded with the OS, it took only about 10-15 minutes to finish the entire assembling process. In comparison, building a laptop is much easier than building a desktop PC from scratch, but much like building a desktop from a barebone system such as Shuttle or Asus cubes. The process is made allot easier because the motherboard and almost all the cables are pre-connected already. The engineers already worked out the details for us - the end-user - to install the memory, CPU, hard drive, and a built-in wire-less network adapter in this case.
If you can use a relatively small screw driver, you can do it!
Here are some pictures from the entire process.
Since the hard drive was preloaded with OS already, we saved the time for loading the OS. The entire assembling process took about 10-15 minutes. It may take longer for people who have never put a computer together or shorter for those who are really good at building PCs.
Now go to http://www.directron.com/notsys.html to buy your own Asus laptop barebone.
I would like to thank Asus for sponsoring such training and the entire trip, which included a one-day visit to Napa wine country.
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