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Can we hack a laptop PSU for a Intel Atom mobo?


leapinlew
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Hi All -

Long time watcher, first time poster. I've been digging the show for a while (season 2 is when I started). I think the Revision3 move is very cool. I'm in the Washington DC area too. Anyhow, as the title suggests, I have several 90W laptop power supplies that have no laptop mates and I'm curious if there is a way to hack them to run one of these newer "green" motherboards. The motherboard I have is the D945GCLF (link at NewEgg)

And I was hoping to hack it to a 20 pin ATX connector. Any ideas what all would be involved in this, or where I could purchase one already?

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  • 2 weeks later...

You'll need to buy a DC-DC power board, that'll take the input from the power brick (AC-DC) and give you your 12v, 5v and 3.3v rails to run the motherboard and drives off. The exist already because people have been using those powersupplies for years to run small pcs because they are silent. NewEgg stocks them probably if you have a search around, if not try a store that stocks a lot of mini-itx boards.

Its not worth doing yourself because of the time needed, parts etc you couldn't do it for cheaper than buying it new, plus then you can trust it, where you have to be really sure of yourself to build and use your own, which I guess your not because your asking for help.

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