Can you remove the top screen?

This is a weird thought I have and it’s by no means a dealbreaker if it’s not possible…but can you detach the top screen and have the Framework just be the bottom keyboard part?

Like it’s an old Amiga computer where you connect a display directly to it, or through an eGPU.

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Yes. I even asked in the past if you can run without battery too and the answer was still yes.

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I was curious about this too so I tried and indeed it does work. BIOS works too so it seems fully functional.

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Holy shit this thing is awesome.

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Yup! And the disassembly and reassembly was like five minutes.

  1. Boot to the BIOS and disconnect the battery: BIOS guide

  2. Follow the WiFi replacement guide up through Step 6: WiFi Replacement Guide - Framework Guides

  3. Pull the wireless antenna wires from their routing guides then disconnect the display cable and the webcam/mic cable.

  4. Undo the 4 screws holding the hinges to the chassis while supporting the LCD assembly so it doesn’t fall over.

  5. Reassemble

  6. Enjoy!

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This is amazing!

On the battery, we’ve designed it electrically to be able to run without it, but this won’t be functional until the next firmware update.

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Incredible. Curious how the WiFi signal is running like this. Are the WiFi antennas routed through the display lid?

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That raises a question: What are the actual performance caveats to running this way? For instance, i’ve got just the motherboard sinking 100W on one port, sourcing 15Wx3 ports, and driving 28W into the processor, which leaves 27W left over for anything else on the board, efficiency overhead, and whatever in excess of 28W the processor actually peaks. Does the processor have to throttle to make sure the budget never gets exceeded? Can the board actually sink 100W, and is just designed with 65W in mind? And so on :slight_smile:

They also say, that you can just buy the Motherboard and build it into your (old) keyboard, if you car :smiley:

This will roll out later from all I know!
Greetings!

@Alex_Whittemore
Not having the battery attached will limit some of the short term power levels (which can theoretically go above 100W if you have the battery and AC attached). However in practicality I don’t think you would see much/any difference in benchmarks or real world usage.
However if you run the system without a battery on a small charger, like a 45W charger you may see significant throttling, or will not be able to support multiple power hungry type-c devices and the system will shut down.
Our power architecture has the charge controller monitor the total system power consumption including attached usb devices and will dynamically throttle the CPU based on the power envelope of the system.
If you have too many high power devices attached on a small charger, the system will protect itself by throttling the cpu to 200mhz, which is very slow.

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@Kieran_Levin So much effort, I love it!

The WiFi antennas are contained in the LCD assembly. In theory new antennas could be mounted somewhere inside, but it’d be more practical to just use an external adapter.