Possibly a dream hardware DIY project...

Discussion in 'iPod' started by FatMax, Sep 11, 2007.

  1. FatMax macrumors 6502

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    ....but it wouldnt stop me none the less.

    Anyone here familiar with (or know about a webpage that is) cracking open a 1st gen nano and changing parts inside it ?

    I´m ´dreaming´ of connecting a 12 inch ibook panel to the nano, instead of the original tiny one, and using thing for a picture frame. Now, if I´m right about what I think is correct, the lcd panels have their own power in, their own processor for pixel-handling and lines in for getting something to display.

    Is this just something I should forget right away ? I kind of like the idea of dissecting my nano and putting it all beatifully together again with the clickwheel on the side of the screen, black glass-frame and power connection on the back. Imagine a 12 inch digital photoframe!!

    Seriously, no funky comments about the size of my brain please...
     
  2. jonnylink macrumors 6502

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    it is an interesting idea. The chips & whatnot for the lcd are usually connected to the motherboard. I'm sure a skilled modder could do it, so the question is: are you a skilled modder? I am sure it can be done, though I am not sure the cost would be less than just buying a digital picture frame and it probably wouldn't look quite as clean, but then again a lot of the digital picture frames I've seen are butt-ugly.
     
  3. PygmySurfer macrumors 6502

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    I doubt the nano could drive a screen that large.
     
  4. FatMax thread starter macrumors 6502

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    Doesnt lcd screens have a power supply of their own ? I want to power it all via the ipodconnector to a wall outlet..
     
  5. EvryDayImShufln macrumors 65816

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    I think what he meant by drive is that the nano might not have the power to output to a screen of 1080 x 780 or whatever the resolution of the 12' ibook is.
     
  6. FatMax thread starter macrumors 6502

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    Aha, now I see. Well, anyone seen something similar anywhere on the web?

    Surely some kind of ampifier/converter should do the trick. Damn, I wish I would have accomplished the whole year when I was attending electronics class. And paying more attention to what was being said...
     
  7. PygmySurfer macrumors 6502

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    Not power in an electrical sense, it doesn't have the graphics "muscle" I guess you could say. You can't just amplify it, you need a graphics chip capable of the resolution wanted. I don't think the nano even uses a graphics chip, its just integrated into the CPU.

    The resolution on a 1st gen nano is 176x132 - 23,232 pixels. The 12" display from an iBook is 1024x768 - 786,432 pixels. That's essentially 33 times the pixels. Even a 3rd gen nano is only 320x240 - 76,800 pixels - the iBook display still has 10 times the number of pixels.
     
  8. FatMax thread starter macrumors 6502

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    Ok, now I´m really with you. However, if I were to use a iPod Video for instance, this one has TV out capabilities..? Is this something that would work..?
     
  9. PygmySurfer macrumors 6502

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    That might be doable - you wouldn't even have to dismantle the iPod, just attach it to the back of the display somehow, run the cable from the dock connector/headphone jack through some kind of converter to interface with the LCD. You may even be able to rig it up so you could make it like a dock for the iPod, in case you wanted to use it as a regular iPod still. Would also make putting new content on it easier.
     

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