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Hi, I've just gotten a couple of broken laptops from my uni and was thinking if there's a way to use them as monitors.

One thing to note is that they no longer have HDD, RAM and stuff.

One of them has a VGA output, I don't know if I can use that as a input as well or how to get power to both panels, I figure I can buy something somewhere but don't know where to look and what to look for.
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post #2 of 9
A friend of mine did this. I need t ask her how she did it, becase I don't know myself.
 
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post #3 of 9
Maybe you can tear open one of them, and look if you can connect the cable(I thought it was a flat one like one on your HDD, sorry I dont really know how to explain it) and cut up an old VGA cable and see if you can somehow connect them.
 
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post #4 of 9
I havent done it, but I did read something about it.
You need several parts from ebay depending on the LCD model, by the time you have them however you could have bought a second hand monitor for the same price.
Pretty much, Theres a board that connects into the monitors video lead that translates from the type of connector native to the panel and converts that signal to something more common which is usable, be it VGA, DVI, HDMI etc.

Ill see if I can find the article again.

EDIT:
Here we go http://www.instructables.com/id/How-to-Convert-a-Laptop-LCD-into-an-External-Monit/

EDIT 2:
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Originally Posted by IDEK View Post

Maybe you can tear open one of them, and look if you can connect the cable(I thought it was a flat one like one on your HDD, sorry I dont really know how to explain it) and cut up an old VGA cable and see if you can somehow connect them.

That wont work, LVDS(LCD Connector) and VGA are not compatible, and have you seen those ribbon cables. I will give $100 to anyone how can solder normal wires onto a single wire of a ribbon cable.
Edited by trust-no-1 - 6/20/13 at 4:21am
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post #5 of 9
Ribbon cable, that's the word. You know man, I will try this afternoon.
 
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post #6 of 9
Quote:
Originally Posted by IDEK View Post

Ribbon cable, that's the word. You know man, I will try this afternoon.

Good luck. Each wire on a ribbon cable is <1mm, you will also need to find a pinout for your LCD connector, and then once again, LVDS and VGA arent compatible.
The only way you can do what you propose is with that translation board, If you post the model # of your LCD I would be happy to find you find the right part.
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post #7 of 9
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I see, I've also being searching and have found the same as you. At this point I don't know if it's much worth it or I should be better off trying to sell both panels online and getting some money for a monitor.

Also, I'll see if I can do something with a Arduino board or something, because now that I have the panels I feel I'm wasting them if I don't put some use to them.
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post #8 of 9
I did this to my laptop. It works great, I use it mostly to watch movies on while I play a game on the main screen and browse the web on the other.

http://www.overclock.net/t/1396487/converting-a-laptop-screen-into-a-desktop-monitor-project/0_100
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Thank you, I'll take a look!
I like turtles ^^
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I like turtles ^^
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