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Aspire One touch screen
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Now and then I get urges to something a little wacky. I was sat on the couch browsing on my netbook one day thinking “this would be so much easier if I had a touch screen”. So off I went to Google – One of the mods I found for my laptop model was a touch screen setup, believe it or not! This got me thinking.. why should I sit here attempting to use my tiny little touch pad when I could turn my screen into an 8.9″ touchpad? It made perfect sense!

After a further search, I came across a kit on ebay (link) and so I bought it! After a short wait, it came in the post and I got to installing it:

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I got the kit ready to go in (there was a lot of packaging) and began dismantling the laptop. One thing I made sure to do was to organise the screws and parts in memorable groups so that when I came to put it all back together, I wouldn’t get myself into a jam!

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Off came the screen cover, and I began removing the screen itself in order to run the cables correctly.

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I fitted the cables behind the screen and below the motherboard and began to re-assemble it once again. The kit was powered from the power lines going to the webcam!

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There were some minor issues. The kit wasn’t shipped with rubber mounts or any type of fixing kit (they forgot to pack it, silly them..) so I had to improvise. Also, the instructions were incorrect, they wanted me to put plug A into slot B and plug B into slot A .. well, naturally that didn’t work.. and to get plug A into slot A I had to cut it, lengthen the wire and fix it back together again (the last picture above). What should have taken 1 hour took me perhaps 2.. but it works, and it works very, very well! Windows 7 appeared to acquire the drivers immediately, but there was a driver CD included (good for getting it working on Ubuntu). Great!

Here’s a video!

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