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post #1 of 6
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Hi guys

So I recently dug up my old 2007 Dell Vostro that I put out of commission due to faulty power and dead hard drive. Instead of tossing it out I decided to tear it down and remove the screen so I can use it as a 3rd monitor.

Here is how I did it. Enjoy the pics thumb.gif

The victim (Dell Vostro 1500)


Screen removed



Time to remove the bezel. A screw in each corner hold it place.


Debezeled



At this point you need to look at the model of the screen's panel and order the correct lcd controller board. My panel was made by AU Optronics and this worked with mine
http://www.ebay.com/itm/110907056867?ssPageName=STRK:MEWNX:IT&_trksid=p3984.m1497.l2649

The kit comes with the controller board, inverter, and power switch. You will need a 12V power adapter since this kit doesn't come with one.

Assembly. I put some electrical tape to cover the bare metal around the panel.


Powering her up for the first time in 3 years:D



Next when I get more free time I'll construct a proper stand for the screen.
post #2 of 6
Heh, nice to see more people on the laptop panel scene biggrin.gif

May I ask, does that LVDS-VGA converter use static or dynamic dithering?
   
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May I ask, does that LVDS-VGA converter use static or dynamic dithering?
I actually don't know what static and dynamic dithering are? How would I check?
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I actually don't know what static and dynamic dithering are? How would I check?



Open this picture fullscreen. Is it smooth, or it has apparent bands?
   
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post #5 of 6
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It's smooth but the colors are a little funky

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Cool project! If I ever need to use the three laptop screens I have laying around I might reference back to here. And yeah, those colors are funky.
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