Possible retirement options
Not for me – for the laptop that was on loan, until it became mine!
I had intended to replace it entirely, because it has a dodgy power supply. But since I have it, I’ve been considering using it as a dedicated gaming machine, aka an embedded computer in a KSP console. Of course, I really should either finish the iMac project, or throw out the remaining iMac hardware.
It’s just an idea at the moment – much like my other ideas – so I’m unlikely to make any progress.
But it would be a decent way to re-use the hardware.
Some of the ideas:
- Wire the PSU directly into the laptop to avoid the dodgy power connector.
- Leave the laptop battery as-is as a backup power supply.
- Use it as a kiosk machine, ie not internet-connected, so that I don’t have to care to much about the OS changing. Running Debian? Or Arch?
- Use the other monitor I have stashed in the garage (without a power supply…) as a map view (?). Or as a second monitor; apparently I can just adjust the display resolution to be the width of both monitors. Which might be weird, since both have different resolutions/aspect ratios… and would be complex (two X servers).
- Hook up an arduino or similar microcontroller, with some keys.
- Use the existing laptop display as a porthole, ie as the actual monitor for KSP.
- Add extra lighting, to help avoid eyestrain.
- Just use the laptop motherboard – discard the trackpad and keyboard. Implant the speakers somewhere. Generally get rid of the rubbishy plastic exterior! But I’d still need a mouse and keyboard, at least until the arduino supplied all of the key bindings…