I saw on Linus Tech Tips that there is a 3d printed enclosure that you can use to place your old motherboard into. This way you basically have another computer.
This made me wonder, could you resurrect an old laptop that has an outdated motherboard? Normally the issue with this is that the I/O ports don’t line up correctly with a new motherboard, but the modularity of Framework might fix this. Maybe there could be an extension cable for the Expansion Cards that could allow you to place the Expansion cards at the correct positioning on the old laptop chassis?
A specific holding bracket would have to be printed out for the Framework motherboard and its mounting points, but the tricky part would be getting this bracket to line up with the screw-holes of the old laptop chassis. The low-profile nature of the Framework motherboard makes me think that it would be able to fit into many older laptop cases.
Anyone have any thoughts to add on this? I have some old laptops I’d like to use because of the 4:3 screen and I want to re-use them, it’s just they are not fast enough for today’s internet. I’d also like to keep them out of the landfill.
Do you think this would be a doable venture-putting a Framework motherboard into an old IBM Thinkpad or Panasonic Toughbook?