Yeah, the LCD is hard to find. I’ve got a source on eBay that has a couple with different specific panels and boards to drive it. I think the one I got will fit with a tiny gap or overage (on the vertical, I think) but we’ll see when it arrives. I’m considering running piece of thin black foam material to act as a ‘gasket’ of sorts anyway.
I’m probably keeping the ‘Monitor’ and ‘PC’ as essentially discrete elements: The monitor is going to get attached to the front bezel and use a separate power assembly, unless I can find a way to power it off the motherboard.
The panels I’ve found (on eBay, from China) seem to be targeted at people doing in-car entertainment systems and similar. The ‘good ones’ come with a separate board or boards that handle the inputs and controls, but can be mounted as needed.
It’s been a long time since I cracked open a ‘Toaster’ and my memory of the inside layout was a bit off. I don’t want to even try to scavenge the internal chassis (which has a ton of battery damage) and was mistaken in that I thought there were rails inside the plastic chassis I could support an internal ‘tray’ on. I’m still thinking I’ll do the ‘tray’ but it’ll either be self-supporting or on some rails epoxied tot he case.
Any grounding issues with connecting the motherboard and related bits to a framework made from acrylic? I’ve seen this done the same way… I’ve seen people run bare motherboards, though!
My other brainstorm (of sorts) is wondering if I should position two fans in the existing cooling grate so as to have one that sucks air in on top, a baffle so air has to go to the front, and then a second fan blowing out. Here’s some bad ASCII art to explain.
#X --> (Fan pulls air in) |
#----- | Glass Screeny-Bit
#X <-- (Fan pushes air out)|
| Here Lies Motherboard |