Blue_Ruby
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Early 2009 MacBook as Raspberry pi case.

Thu Mar 08, 2018 9:34 pm

I am 14 years old, and have a old white Macbook from early 2009 that i want to put my raspberry pi 3 inside. I have taken apart the MacBook and have already found the LVDS controller board that is needed for the screen https://www.ebay.com/itm/VGA-LCD-Contro ... 3ae0185114
I know how to convert the keyboard to a usb keyboard
http://attemptedmaker.blogspot.com/2012 ... h-pad.html and think I know how to get the trackpad working.
This mac used MagSafe and I would like to use it and the original battery to power the raspberry pi, does anyone know how I could make a circuit that could charge the removable battery and power the 12v LVDS controller and the Pi 3? The LED on the magsafe is also controllable by a Arduino http://www.righto.com/2013/06/teardown- ... gsafe.html that link also shows the pinout of magsafe, I was thinking that I could have a Arduino in the charging circuit to control the LED. Also I have attached a screenshot of what I believe to be the battery pinout. Also the magsafe charger has three different voltage versions, the first out puts 16.5v at 3.65A max, the second outputs 14.5v at 3.1A max, and the third outputs 16.5-18.5 at 4.6A max. My family has all three types so i would like it if the circuit could handle all of these voltages.

Thanks,

Reuben.
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black.ghost
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Re: Early 2009 MacBook as Raspberry pi case.

Tue Apr 10, 2018 12:18 pm

Hi, just wondering if you made any progress with this? I am looking to do something similar, and I think this will be quite a useful starting point.

Good luck with it, and keep us updated.

Blue_Ruby
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Joined: Sun Dec 17, 2017 10:44 pm

Re: Early 2009 MacBook as Raspberry pi case.

Tue Apr 10, 2018 8:23 pm

I am still trying to figure out the battery and mag safe.

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