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Don't know if anyone has done this but it seems so obvious.....I was looking at my phone (Samsung Galaxy Note 2) and I found that it just about fits in two 5.25 drive bays in my HAF-X case. I still have my old Galaxy S3 and found it was a very comfortable fit. It occurred to me that if I made a suitable bezel I could mount the phone inside the drive bays then run the USB cable to an internal USB header via an adapter which would allow me to use it as a monitor AND keep it charged. There's an Android app called "Air Display" which allows you to use your phone as a monitor too. The only objection would be the cost but Android phones appear on Ebay which for various reasons don't work as phones but still have working screens.I did a bit of photoshopping to show how it would look.
Has anyone done this?

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In my early days of engineering i just bought a 5" screen and tacked some foam on it tongue.gif
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Originally Posted by DaveLT View Post

In my early days of engineering i just bought a 5" screen and tacked some foam on it tongue.gif

How early are we talking about lol?

I used to have to have a Matrix Orbital GX Typhoon but the software side of it did my head in so I sold. The phone idea solves all that and with care it would be possible to make the bezel so as to incorporate the Home button.
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Originally Posted by PinzaC55 View Post

How early are we talking about lol?

I used to have to have a Matrix Orbital GX Typhoon but the software side of it did my head in so I sold. The phone idea solves all that and with care it would be possible to make the bezel so as to incorporate the Home button.
2005 i think tongue.gif Joking, i mean 2010.
I just picked a monitor that had VGA and let adaptors do the job tongue.gif Touchscreen on the other hand i think .. nah biggrin.gif
But i have seen some "dash-looking" things that have a Atom inside and a touchscreen that is meant for a server room ... yeahhh redface.gif
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I love the idea of using a phone as a display....with the waste-factor (people buying a new one every year) there are a ton of older phones available. As long as the phone in question works without a SIM then it should be useful as a PC info display.

And there are also really cheap Android tablets from overseas in the 7" range that might make a nice display unit.

If you do it, post about it!! I might have to consider this myself.
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you are right, there are also really cheap Android tablets from overseas in the 7" range that might make a nice display unit.X5Wy5q
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I thought of incorporation a 7" android tablet in a docking station in the front to control a Bitfenix Recon. As far as I know, that is the only fan controller running android smile.gif
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TBH I prefer Dave's idea. A display running off your VGA and something that lets you save desktop window layouts, autorun HWMonitor and you're set.
   
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Use a dummy plug and a remote access client for the phone. It will be a bit laggy, but will work great. If you want a actual screen to play videos/ect and not just temps or whatever, find a seperate screen to use. There are plenty of options out there that would have vga as an option, and are surprisingly cheap.
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