Gorgonops wrote:. . . it would be a sin to cut up one of those to stuff in a Duo carcass. It's less than half an inch thick, for crying out loud! It'd be like cutting up a Lotus Elise to re-engine your old Yugo. :^b
YUGO!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! How dare you?!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
. . . think MG-TD Roadster! The Duo factor will NEVER sink THAT low!
Gorgonops wrote:The one other option you could consider, if you can yield on the aspect ratio issue in favor of more pixels, is that there are/were a number of 1280x768 or 1366x768 "widescreen" laptops that had 10.6 to 11.1 inch displays. The Sony Vaio TX series is one, but it looks like at least Asus, Fujitsu, and Averatec had similar models. The Viao is 10.7" inches wide, so *hypothetically* you might get that screen into the Duo lid with more room to spare than the full-height Thinkpad one. The vertical dimension would probably be about the same as the original screen.
Widescreen at a MINIMUM of a full 768 pixels high is no problem at all! It's a FEATURE! I'll do anything necessary to have a Duo's plastics enfold ANY sized donor that'll kick some NetBook@$$, however "current cool" the design! I'd pick a retro-cool look over that ANY day of the week.
My only regret is that there are no transportable computers with the factor of "Mid Century Modern Design" as candidates for hacking!
Gorgonops wrote:Of course, what comes around with any of these is once you get your hands on one will you really want to ruin it by stuffing it into a PowerBook Duo's case plastics? ;^) These are all thinner and lighter and sexier than your target chassis. I know you've expressed a preference for a trackball over a trackpad, but doesn't the 2300c (and that's what I've gotten the impression you have) have a trackpad anyway?
As I said, bite your tongue, you pointy toothed carnosaur! The Duo/DuoDock/Mini/MicroDock system's factor is timeless!
IIRC, I've got every version of Duo extant, and I'm ready to use the thinner grayscale lid at the drop of a hat. However, if necessary, I'll use the color lid to allow for any additional reinforcement necessary!
It's time to kick some NetBook Butt! . . . as soon as I can save up the $!