HOT Raspberry Pi DIY Mini Desktop PC Build - HotHardware

HOT Raspberry Pi DIY Mini Desktop PC Build

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Overall, we were happy with the way our little rainy day project came together. One thing we discovered was that once a Linux image is transferred to an SD card, the partition isn't easily removable even through the Linux operating system. We also tried using the "diskpart" tool under Windows, but experienced an error there as well. Some solution might exist, but we were unable to find a definitive one. Also notable was that the Raspberry Pi is easily able to run off 5V at 1Amp with a variety of accessories attached. In addition, surprisingly, our LCD display ran off 10V comfortably, which was partially blind luck, because the manufacturer doesn’t openly specify what voltage or current to power the display with. All told, from a power consumption standpoint, our portable HOT Raspberry Pi still just sips power.

That said, of course the Raspberry Pi can also be overclocked (to around 1GHz core, 500MHz RAM, 275MHz graphics) to its highest setting for Quake and the like, and still not go over its thermal limitations, given proper airflow.  As you'll note, we have a small heatsink mounted to the main processor on board, which did help moderate temps nicely. 

Though this little machine isn't going to break any land-speed records or give IBM's Watson a run for its money, our efforts with the Raspberry Pi were spent out of the love of technology and creativity.  There are a number of practical uses you could imagine with a little machine like this, especially as a field device for quick monitoring and diagnostic functions, but we just had fun building our own <HOT> Raspberry Pi.

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This is one of the coolest RPi stories I've ever seen, nice work! It's too common for people to just stop at shoving the device into a chassis and hooking it up to a monitor... this is another level entirely. Quite a brilliant use of that kind of display as well. It really does go to show how flexible our hardware really is, and not to mention Linux itself.

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What is the point of the battery pack, vs a standard 5v AC adapter?

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Adds a bit more portability to the device and fewer external connections needed. Next mod would be looking for a way to power the LCD off an internal source as well.

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Good job Michael,.....looks like a fun project.

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where did you get the enclosure? I've ben looking for ages for a enclosure like that!!

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A local place called U-Do-It Electronics but I think you can find them on the web.

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very exciting project michael.

but i think if we purchase an ARM based mini computer that come with case will be better, to keep the size small.

thank you for sharing

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Hello!

how do you set up the display options?

what set up [/boot/config.txt] or other ...?

i have same monitor, but very bad view terminal mode....

best regards, Michael

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I'd love to know how you set up the display options in config.txt also. I also have the same screen and by god it hurts my eyes!!

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I like the idea but all in all.....the effort you put into making a portable pc im my opinion you would be better of just buying a laptop lol

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