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Default Dell Mini 9 Tablet project complete! (lots of pics) - 10-03-2009, 04:44 PM

Ok, it's not a full tablet conversion, but more of a slate pc.

The base model is a Dell Vostro A90 (bluetooth, .3mp webcam, 1GB RAM, upgraded 16GB SSD). The touchscreen is the Hoda Technology solderless touchscreen kit.

I started this project back in June, and it was 80% complete then. I took a break for a few months then finally started filling in the gaps in the frame with plastic epoxy. It took me another few weeks to come up with a way to mount the power switch and the covers for where the hinges were.

It is fully complete and functional now, though I will probably go ahead and paint/primer the body filler and paint the powerswitch silver from its current green color. I also am looking into adding an accelerometer to automatically rotate the screen, similar to an iphone.

Any questions, feel free to ask me!

Power switch took me awhile to figure out

Light still works, but not as well

Comparison shots with a Dell Mini 9.

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Here are the disassembly pictures:

Disassembly - Bezel off

Screen off

Keyboard bezel/lid off

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Default 10-03-2009, 04:45 PM

wow coool!!
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Default 10-03-2009, 04:45 PM

Here are some in-construction pics:

First step: Disassembly

Strip the lid

Mark areas to trim the lid

Glue the lid to the bezel

Trim the hinges

What it looked like in June:

Cherry Red Dell Mini 9 | OS X 10.5.7 | 2 GB RAM | 64 GB Runcore | BT | 1.3 MP | WiFi | WWAN
Vostro A90 | Win7 RC | 1 GB RAM | 16 GB STEC | BT | 0.3 MP | WiFi | Tablet Conversion
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Default 10-03-2009, 06:05 PM

I'm on my knees in speechless awe.

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Default Tablet - 10-03-2009, 07:23 PM

How much would you charge to do my Mini 9?
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Default 10-03-2009, 08:45 PM

I'm digging the USB IBM thinkpad keyboard more....LOL
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Default 10-03-2009, 09:47 PM

i've had several tablets:
1) HP TC1000 and TC1100 running XP/Tablet edition
2) Samsung U1 Ultra
3) a couple of view sonic tablets: windows 2000, and CE

contrary to my deepest desires they have been universally clumsy devices. they are too heavy, too thick, poor input for pen or fingers, under powered, poor hand writing performance.

especially: UI's are meant for righties, left handers need not apply.

i have a friend that seems to be able to use the TC's adequately. so, good luck with that.

i suspect apple would address all the short comings if they produced a tablet. if it was thin, light, multitouch, integrated applications, and most of all responsive and left-hand friendly if would be cool.

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Default 10-06-2009, 12:16 PM

How are temperatures during long periods of usage?

Do you see any differences?

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Default 10-06-2009, 02:05 PM

what a way to kill a mini 9

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Default 10-06-2009, 04:53 PM

I gotta admit.. I think it's pretty slick. Could use some more "beautification", but if it works, that's all that matters.

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