Converting a Hello Kitty CRT TV into a iMac style PC for my twin daughters.
Waiting on cable to connect the LCD... want to confirm the display is working before building a frame for it.
Ordered a bunch of items for the display, salvaged 14" 1024x768 LCD from a laptop, picked up a replacement kit to replace the CCFL in the LCD with LED's and a LVDS cable that should work with the motherboard I have. Likely will require some wiring harness modifications to get all working.
Firmware for the buttons is largely complete and now need to begin building the a PCB to hold the microswiches behind the buttons.
Still need to come up with a plan for a small amplifier to run the speakers.
First step was to disassemble the case and remove the old CRT etc (this TV has not been plugged in for over a year but still dropped a screw driver across the main capacitors). Keeping the mainboard etc for measuring. There is plenty of mounting brackets that I can be reused.
Next getting the arduino micro to emulate media keys, luckily Nico Hood's project https://github.com/NicoHood/HID covered that and getting a prototype up and running proved fairly straight forward.
Ubuntu Mate 16.04 (target OS) proved a little more difficult as it keeps trying to use the internal LVDS as the primary monitor. Have yet to solve this issue, however it might not be one if the LCD panel I plan to use can connect directly to the LVDS socket on the motherboard.