I made a Raspberry PI Laptop


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by veryevil » Mon May 28, 2012 11:31 am
Here is some pics of my Raspberry PI Laptop.

It uses a Motorola Lapdock which is a Dumb 11 inch screen, keypad and mouse. It has annoying connectors for docking the Motorola Atrix Android phone but with some custom cables and adapters I can connect my PI.

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Next step is smaller HDMI cable and some sort of casing.

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by toxibunny » Mon May 28, 2012 12:15 pm
Looks good. Nicely done. What screen res is that? is everything working? Is there any sound?
note: I may or may not know what I'm talking about...
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by veryevil » Mon May 28, 2012 12:30 pm
Its running 1366x768 and is very crisp.

There aren't any speakers on the lap dock which is a shame so no sound.

However there is a pretty big Lithium battery in it which will run the PI for Hours so that's cool.
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by shirro » Mon May 28, 2012 12:31 pm
I am a bit envious. I keep telling myself I don't need another laptop. I hope these things continue to be sold for awhile if I change my mind.
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by TonyD » Mon May 28, 2012 12:32 pm
sweet :-)
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by itimpi » Mon May 28, 2012 12:37 pm
Keep us informed - I see that those uints are currently going for about £66 on Amazon (reduced from £359) so not out of court on price.
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by SamManDude » Mon May 28, 2012 1:32 pm
That looks brilliant!
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by tawalker » Mon May 28, 2012 1:52 pm
Very interesting :) I can confirm that at time of writing, Amazon UK is selling the Motorola Atrix "lapdock" for £66.99 with free shipping. (If the price shows differently, first check the seller selection, as the figures differ.)

If the connection cables aren't too complex, I can see this being a useful all-in-one display/keyboard/pointer solution for Pi users - please keep us informed on how well it works longer-term...
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by veryevil » Mon May 28, 2012 2:12 pm
I've just ordered a 0.5m Micro HDMI to HDMI cable for it which should remove a massive amount of cable.

The Atrix Lapdock has a MALE Micro HDMI and a MALE Micro USB connector

I use a FEMALE Micro HDMI to FEMALE Micro HDMI adapter http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/320786316751

I also Bought this FEMALE Micro USB to FEMALE USB A adapter cable http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/320741927842

I Cut off the USB A FEMALE end and also cut a standard Micro USB cable in half. I attached 5V & GND to the micro USB end and GND, D+ and D- to the USB A Male.

This means the the 5v + GND lines from the lapdock usb goes to the micro usb connector and powers the Pi and the Data and ground lines go to the USB A Male like any USB peripheral and connect to the PI USB port to connect the keyboard and the trackpad.

This allows the Lapdock to power the PI from its battery / mains adapter and gives me an 11.6" screen , a keyboard and trackpad. It also battery powers the PI.

The screen is crystal clear and very bright. I'm really impressed

This would have been 3 weeks ago but the adapters (linked to above) took 3 weeks to arrive!
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by felix123 » Mon May 28, 2012 2:47 pm
Cool! Now just find a way to stick the Pi where the phone is supposed to go and we have a perfect Rasptop.
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by Joe_T » Mon May 28, 2012 3:18 pm
veryevil wrote:Its running 1366x768 and is very crisp.

There aren't any speakers on the lap dock which is a shame so no sound.

However there is a pretty big Lithium battery in it which will run the PI for Hours so that's cool.


Good job! I've been working on the same thing this weekend and almost the same setup as you. The Atrix Lapdock does have speakers, but I haven't gotten any sound from them. The speakers are located on the sides, in the rear corners.
I've got a couple of questions, and pardon my noobness. How did you get 1366x768 resolution? I'm stuck at the default setting which is 1270x672. Also, was wondering if you got any wifi adapters to work, if so which one? I had an old NetGear wg111v2 laying aournd. The Pi recognizes it through the USB port on the Lapdock, but haven't had any luck getting wifi to work.
Keep updated, I'm interested in learning how to set mine up more efficiently!
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by veryevil » Mon May 28, 2012 3:33 pm
I just have got sound working! Its Sound over HDMI.

You need to set hdmi_drive=2 in the config.txt and then on boot modprobe snd_bcm2835

see http://elinux.org/R-Pi_Troubleshooting#Sound

This is getting better and better
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by hackery21 » Mon May 28, 2012 3:49 pm
Yay, thanks for copying my idea(which I posted about a month ago) but taking the easy way out, buying a lapdock. You didn't make it, you bought it. Now I just cannot wait till my pi arrives so I can show you guys A REAL pi laptop. :geek:



Edit: btw here's an elinux wiki link http://elinux.org/RaspberryPi_Laptop
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by davez » Mon May 28, 2012 3:57 pm
Neat little thing!
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by veryevil » Mon May 28, 2012 4:29 pm
Here is a little diagram I just knocked up for making the USB connector

I would also recommend you put a power switch in the 5v line to the Micro USB PI Power connector otherwise there is no way to turn if off without disconnecting it

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by Bluemerlin » Mon May 28, 2012 6:32 pm
hackery21 wrote:Yay, thanks for copying my idea(which I posted about a month ago) but taking the easy way out, buying a lapdock. You didn't make it, you bought it. Now I just cannot wait till my pi arrives so I can show you guys A REAL pi laptop. :geek:



Edit: btw here's an elinux wiki link http://elinux.org/RaspberryPi_Laptop



People have been having the same idea since the Pi was announced, so no one copied your idea. Why not applaud the original poster for finding a quick to make solution for a complicated problem, and not be so aggressive.
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by theHetman » Mon May 28, 2012 7:01 pm
veryevil: Nice job.

The plugs inside the back of the Atrix dock look pretty tight. I'm guessing that you are using a female mini HDMI (C socket) to female mini HDMI convertor. Where did you find it? I've looked around for one but the best that I can find is this http://www.amazon.co.uk/Ex-Pro-Standard-adaptors-contacts-Compliant/dp/B001ICBJKE/ref=pd_cp_ce_0 which I'm guessing will be too tight next to the USB cable.
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by Joe_T » Mon May 28, 2012 7:29 pm
veryevil wrote:I just have got sound working! Its Sound over HDMI.

You need to set hdmi_drive=2 in the config.txt and then on boot modprobe snd_bcm2835

see http://elinux.org/R-Pi_Troubleshooting#Sound

This is getting better and better


Worked for me! Thanks! So glad someone more skilled than I am is working on this! It's almost like the Lapdock was made for the Pi instead of my phone!
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by veryevil » Mon May 28, 2012 7:33 pm
I dont even have an Atrix I bought this specially weeks ago!

I posted up ebay links above to the adapters I used both from the same seller in fact although it took three weeks for them to arrive from china (it was a post issue not a seller issue). Also Task Note the connectors are MICRO! not MINI!

so MICRO HDMI and MICRO USB.
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by theHetman » Mon May 28, 2012 7:56 pm
veryevil wrote:I dont even have an Atrix I bought this specially weeks ago!

I posted up ebay links above to the adapters I used both from the same seller in fact although it took three weeks for them to arrive from china (it was a post issue not a seller issue). Also Task Note the connectors are MICRO! not MINI!

so MICRO HDMI and MICRO USB.

Sorry I should have looked more closely. Got it now.
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by veryevil » Mon May 28, 2012 9:05 pm
If people are interested here is where I got my Atrix Lapdock

http://www.oyyy.co.uk/product.php/22089 ... 60-lapdock
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by Robert_M » Tue May 29, 2012 4:16 am
This is a great mobile Pi solution - Nicely Done!
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by n3tw0rk5 » Tue May 29, 2012 7:49 am
Nice one! I remember seeing these on hotukdeals and did wonder about it.

Might give it a go :)
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by madhamish » Tue May 29, 2012 11:05 am
My Pi arrived yesterday and I was in a bit of a quandary as to which monitor to hook it up to as my main desktop is attached to the only monitor with HDMI, having seen this thread I've now ordered from http://www.oyyy.co.uk/product.php/22089 ... 60-lapdock £51.97 free P&P so cheaper than Amazon. Just a matter of waiting for it to arrive, now where have I heard that before?
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by JonB » Tue May 29, 2012 11:53 am
Just got one from OIYY<whatever>.co.uk. £51, a bargain. Now to snag some cables. I would anticipate that the Pi can be mounted inside it - somehow - but if not, it's not a deal breaker. I wonder how big the phone is? You might consider gutting one to use as a case for the Pi, remove unneeded ports and just slot it in like the phone.
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