Raspberry PI + Motorola Lapdock

A few months ago I found through a MOOC at Universidad Galileo, that was possible to convert a Raspberry PI in “almost” a laptop. This idea caught my attention, by turning this “micro” in an independent computer. I investigate how to do it and I concluded that it was possible for me to do so, although it was not “quite easy”. Below I detail what I did to achieve my RBPI used as a laptop. I have based on other blogs, in which details nearly the same procedure. I detail which worked for me, the problems I had, and how I finally managed to solve it
Raspberry PI + Motorola Lapdock

Step 1: Buying MOTOROLA DROID RAZR Lapdock 100

Some years ago I saw this gadget which I found very interesting although a bit extravagant. It is a device that was developed by Motorola, in order to “convert” a cell (specifically the Motorola Droid Razr) in a laptop. This device called Lapdock, is no more than a 10 “display with keyboard, battery and two USB ports. From backside lapdock there is a cable that terminates in a micro USB port and a micro hdmi, intended to connect the cell to the lapdock. Initially Motorola was selling roughly about $ 500.00 (not counting the cost of the phone) but it was not very well and ended up selling it much cheaper. Currently is available in Amazon about $ 110.00 in NEW condition. I bought one used at Amazon in “LIKE NEW” condition at US$ 45.00 plus shipping.

With state LIKE NEW from Amazon, the lapdock, came with his box in excellent condition with charger and user manual. The lapdock even had his M Sticker on the Motorola Lapdock.

Step 2: Buy cables to connect to RBPI Lapdock

This was what gave me more headaches. The blog in which I based to make the connection suggested some cables for which Amazon had no stock. Ok I did my own analysis on how to connect everything to plug perfectly. I made a diagram to better understand the connection. I placed the order for the lapdock + cables + connectors, and after a month I received everything but my calculation failed. I did not take into consideration how close was the hdmi and USB connectors of the lapdock. If connecting one of the two, the other could not be connected. I left the idea of ​​the lapdock for a month … Then resume the idea but this time with other cables, and finally with a configuration that did work for me. The cables and connectors configuration is:
Raspberry PI + Motorola LapdockConnectors: Bought (both) on amazon for an amount of U.S. $ 11.90:
1) Micro HDMI Female to HDMI Male Converter Adapter
2) USB A Male to Micro USB Female Adapter (Black)

Cables: Bought in dx.com amounting to U.S. $ 9.70 (These were purchased from a Chinese shop, so shipping was a little slow):
3) Male D Type Micro HDMI to Female Micro  HDMI Cable for Motorola Cell Phones
4) Micro USB Male to Female Extension Data Cable – Black

Step 3: Connecting to the Lapdock

The numbers on the image, not correspond to an order… is only the id of the component.

About The Author

Ibrar Ayyub

I am an experienced technical writer holding a Master's degree in computer science from BZU Multan, Pakistan University. With a background spanning various industries, particularly in home automation and engineering, I have honed my skills in crafting clear and concise content. Proficient in leveraging infographics and diagrams, I strive to simplify complex concepts for readers. My strength lies in thorough research and presenting information in a structured and logical format.

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