HOT Raspberry Pi DIY Mini Desktop PC Build

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We recently set out to design mini desktop computer with the wildly popular Raspberry Pi single board computer. The Raspberry Pi is a Linux-driven, ARM processor-based micro computer that is known for its low cost and small size. People use the device for a variety of projects, from micro-servers to low cost media players.

Basically our goal was to turn what is currently one of the cheapest bare-bones computer boards into a fully enclosed mini desktop computer that could be taken anywhere without the need for cabling or setup. One of the high level goals of this project was also to learn about programming with Linux and get a good feel for programming in the Debian interface.  Behold, the Raspberry Pi...

HOT Raspberry Pi - A DIY Mini Desktop PC Build

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RWilliams replied on Mon, May 20 2013 1:36 PM

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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atreyu replied on Wed, May 22 2013 9:49 AM

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

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Dave_HH replied on Wed, May 22 2013 12:04 PM

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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realneil replied on Wed, May 22 2013 11:57 PM

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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Dave_HH replied on Thu, May 23 2013 7:26 PM

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

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wael replied on Wed, May 29 2013 10:45 AM

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 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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MinahLObe replied on Fri, Sep 13 2013 9:59 AM

Did you connect a mouse and keyboard?

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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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What display resolution are you using?

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