xo 1.5 motherboard

The OLPC XO Laptop 1.5 doesn’t just have a faster new processor. It has an entirely new motherboard. And OLPC volunteer Bernie Innocenti gives us a guided tour of the new mainboard in a video which you can find after the break.

The new board is exactly the same size as the motherboard found in the original XO Laptop, which means that you can take one of the new VIA motherboards and slap it in a laptop built for the original AMD CPU. But the components have been mixed up and moved around. And the power draw of the new motherboard is higher, so you would also need to upgrade the power supply.

The RAM, flash storage, BIOS, embedded controller for power managementand other featues are all soldered to the motherboard, which makes hardware hacking a little trickier than it would be with a commercially available netbook. But if there’s one thing the OLPC community has demonstrated, it’s that nothing’s impossible. You know, except for bringing the priced down to $100.

You can find the video tour of the new motherboard after the break.

thanks Wayan!

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7 replies on “Guided tour of the XO 1.5 Laptop motherboard – Video”

  1. Until watching this video I was unaware that the main guts of the XO are behind the display. Doesn’t this make it top heavy and likely to tip backwards (especially when it’s perched on your lap)?

    1. The XO motherboard behind the display, does make it top heavy. So OLPC put a metal plate in the base, under the keyboard. The battery also helps.

      The design benefits – a swivel screen, greater durability and dust resistance – outweigh the weight shift

      1. Thanks for the explanation Wayan.

        I had forgotten about the battery. Makes sense that its placement under the keyboard (along with some extra ballast) would counter the screen components weight.


    2. The handle is there actually to stabilise the computer on your lap. I have one (an XO), and although it really is back-heavy, it pretty stable and tilts backwards much less often than say, an MSI Wind U100 with the 6 cell battery

  2. Let us hope that the XO-1.5 project results in better support
    for the VIA hardware in the linux kernel.
    This should be a big enough order that even VIA might be
    willing to listen to requests by OLPC.

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