Hey guys, So I know through extensive research that this is for some reason looked down upon, and I understand all the drawbacks. That being said, I have an old overheating inspiron 1720 that I have tried completely cleaning and replacing the thermal paste. I have decided that the next best step would be to add a heat sink onto the motherboard and call it a day. This however requires a new case to accommodate the new heat sink. I have an old desktop that I was just going to throw out, so I figured I should just use it in this project of mine. I got a new laptop, so this inspiron has since been just collecting dust in my closet. What I would like to accomplish is to move it into a case, put it under my tv, attach a wireless keyboard and mouse, and use it as an HTPC. I realize this is a bad idea, but after doing so, I would like to be able to leave it on for days at a time. So heres my idea: I would drill into the case and mount the laptops motherboard onto the case. After doing so, I would simply feed the power chord into the desktop and plug it into its usual place on the motherboard. The laptop also has a VGA port that I would use to plug it into my plasma TV. This however leaves me with 3 problems that I hope you can help me out with. First of all, I would need to find a way to power this thing on, seeing as how the laptops power button is on the motherboard. Second, I would then have to figure out a way to extend the usb ports and such to the exterior of the case. Lastly, I would need a way to turn on the power supply so I can run the fans on the case. Ive searched everywhere and there have been no well documented cases of people completing this project, the main problem being those above. Hopefully with your help we can be the first! Ill add pictures as I go along. Thanks!