Turn a Broken Laptop Motherboard Into a Silent Home Server

We've often sung the praises of having your own home server for quiet backup, torrenting and other services. But, if you don't want to build a new computer, DIYer Darknezz shows us how he put together a home server out of nothing but a broken laptop's motherboard.

The laptop used for this particular project was in mostly working order, but was having trouble outputting a signal to the laptop's screen. After replacing the motherboard, Darknezz kept the old motherboard — which otherwise worked fine — plugged it into the wall, gave it an external power button, and turned it into a seriously quiet, low-powered home server. Of course, you'd probably want to put it in some sort of casing, but it's amazing what you can do with an old broken part. Hit the link to see more.

Laptop Motherboard Reborn as a Low-Wattage Server [Hack a Day]


    Does anyone have an idea of how to turn off the lid on/off detection on a laptop? I've got one with a broken screen but otherwise fine that I've repurposed into a server, but I don't want to keep opening it up to use it.

    It's a HP mini 10 running CentOS if that helps.

      I have removed the screen entirely to turn the laptop into a server so I don't have to open the lid to access it.

      It should be under power management, should be an option that says 'change what the computer does when I close the lid'

        +1. it's normally controlled via the OS, but some old models might just have a bios setting. If you don't have any luck, just remove the physical switch or the whole screen.

        The tiny size gives you lots of options for where to keep it:
        -Duct tape the laptop to the back of your monitor for a ghetto imac, or do it to your TV For an invisible XBMC box.
        -Throw the components into a drawer and just run the whole thing there. laptops (especially your eeepc) normally wont generate enough heat to cause problems.
        -Hang everything from a coat hanger with some cable ties. I had a server hanging in my wardrobe for a few years and it worked like a charm.

      Also if your inside the case, You can try and remove the magnetic switch, Most laptops use a simple magnet in the lid and in the body a small electronic switch, around 60% of the time these switches are plugged in seperatly to the motherboard, Just unplug it and you wont need worry about it again, :)

    Tried with with an old Dell XPS M1330 but it just doesn't like not having the (broken) monitor attached. :(

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