Eeepc picture frame


We’ve all seen a million digital picture frames. Usually, people use an old outdated laptop or something. [Quinten] just sent in this one he made using an Eeepc 701. Being the first one available, the smallest both in terms of screen size and storage, they are available pretty cheap. There’s nothing amazingly groundbreaking here, just yanking all the parts out of the Eeepc and mounting them, nicely, in a wooden frame. [Quinten] did a great job getting everything in, with the least amount of space wasted. It strikes us that He has made a super cheap tablet conversion, he’s only missing the touch screen. We’ve seen Eeepc tablet conversions, but they seemed to have much more difficult to construct cases.


  1. Please, digital picture frame are now available for less than the price of the glue used in this project. These kind of mods are everyday a little further from ‘hacking’ and closer to ‘being a digital redneck’.

  2. Terreurbv says:

    It’s cool to turn a digital picture frame in to a netbook not the other way around.

    I agree what Gaspard de Coligny says.

  3. anon says:

    Aye-aye. What is this stuff doing in my hack-a-day?

  4. herbicide says:

    Oh /please/… the low-end digital picture frames are nearly worse than useless.

    With something like the above, you can use it as a wall-mounted tablet, play music or video on it.. there are all sorts of options.

    Just because it’s /cheaper/ to go with a commercial product, doesn’t mean it’s always /better/.

  5. Nuckinfutz says:

    I’m working up an Asus 4G Surf into a frame — running Ubuntu I’ll hopefully stream music and video thru the wireless and have updated news from RSS feeds.

  6. Chris Pearson says:

    The quality of most digital picture frames is deplorable, and there’s nothing else you can do with them.

    I would have gone with an Chumby + larger panel, but this is still a hack.

    Quit hatin’

  7. ac7zl says:

    looking at the pictures, there appears to be lots of sheet metal inside of the pc. It’s not evident that this shielding made it into the hacked picture frame.

    consider, the manufacturers of consumer grade electronics are *very* cost conscious. This means that metal shields and panels are in the product for a reason.

    perhaps this project is better titled: “combination eepc picture frame and broadband rf jammer”

  8. Peter says:

    I have converted a couple of 800×600 Dell laptops to digital photo frames. There are some advantages to this approach over buying a new digital photo frame.

    – recycles an obsolete but still functional laptop
    – bigger image than photo frames
    – networkable (and uses old WiFi PCMCIA cards!)
    – customizable – add clock, captions, control transitions

  9. M0535 says:

    Is there any website that has a compilation of good software to use for a pc picture frame? I am looking for something like a clock, full screen weather, good media player (large buttons, album art, etc.) maybe a custom UI.

  10. TJ says:

    Any of the “widgets” type things should give you what most of what you want;
    Yahoo! Widgets (for Windows)
    Google Desktop (for Windows)
    Konfabulator (for UN*X + XWindows)
    Vista (might be a bit heavy) has them built in.

    It’s fairly easy to write new or modify widgets if there’s not one that does exactly what you need.

  11. therian says:

    not a good idea during economic crisis

  12. Steve says:

    I was thinking about doing something like this. What appealed to me was the networking side of it. You could create a shared folder on the Eee PC and just connect another laptop to it, send photos (wirelessly), and it would show them on screen. Removes the need for a memory card all together!

    Also, if it were me, I would have added touch screen capability, seeing as the kits for this model are going so cheap on eBay.

  13. yurijm says:

    My eee pc blew up =(

  14. barry99705 says:

    There’s actually very little sheet metal in an eeepc. Mostly just the bottom of the keyboard.

  15. sarsface says:

    If you were to add the touchscreen kit to this you could have a nice little counter-top PC.

  16. cxcxzcv says:

    what a waste of eepc :<

  17. ac7zl says:


    Perhaps you should take another look at

    I see shielding *all over* the place! In addition to a large sheet metal shield at the lower right of the photo, it is evident that that the interior of the entire housing either contains a metal liner, or is coated with conductive material of some kind. (mid and upper-left of photo.)

    why do *you* think the manufacturers put that in there? I stand by my original comments.

    barry99705 said:

    >There’s actually very little sheet metal in an
    >eeepc. Mostly just the bottom of the keyboard.

  18. strider_mt2k says:

    Uh yeah, that whole supercritical sheet metal issue aside (?) (that case ain’t no farady cage kids)

    this does seem like overkill unless you stretch the meaning of the term “digital photo frame” or severely under-use the hardware.

    It’s far better than the thing not being used at all I’ll agree.
    (personally i would have gone robot, but that’s me)

  19. MarkyB86 says:

    That’s no ordinary sheet metal. Its aluminum. Aluminum doesn’t hold heat very well, so i’m guessing its main use is to not pass the heat to your lap, of which past years have complained so frequently of killing sperm, eggs, etc.
    the damn eee is cheap plastic. It would probably melt if not for that flimsy aluminum.

  20. ys says:

    can you tell me what software used on the picture frame? slideshow with weather and clock

  21. VonSkippy says:

    “they are available pretty cheap”

    Where? And define cheap?

  22. Steve says:

    @ vonskippy

    I know a shop nearby that is selling the Linux 701 for under $300 AU

  23. >>Oh /please/… the low-end digital picture frames are nearly worse than useless.

    Thay DO display pictures… My loo too is next to useless, except for taking a dump.

    Doing 1 thing well is quite a good idea even after 15 year of “multitasking” brainwashing.

    And yes, at least in developped countries, digital picture frames have nice screens.

  24. I would keep the eeepc and buy a digital lcd frame that has touch screen. But I guess this would be a nice project for a hobbyist with money to waste.

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