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12.5" LCD?

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Not sure if this is the right section for this, but here's my problem:
I have several vintage computers that i would like to punk into modern day computers. Unfortunately, The screens for these old computers are usually around 12.5", which has proven to be very difficult to find in regular VGA. If i am to keep the original frame to the screen (most of these computers I have are sort of "all in one" machines), i would have to either find a reasonably priced 12.5" screen, find a piece of software that would allow me to re-size the display of a screen that just happens to fit into the casing, or (the worst option/most difficult for me) make a new frame to accommodate a larger screen. The problem with the last option is that I would have to make this new frame look convincingly old - as if it was an original part to the computer.

Here is the computer case I would like to use, hereafter "Unit 1":

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The monitor's housing measures exactly 12 3/4" Wide x 10 2/16" Tall.
The monitor's frame ID measures exactly 10 1/4" Wide x 7 3/4 Tall.

Here is another unit I can use, hereafter "Unit 2".

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Its monitor frame ID measures exactly 9 3/4" Wide x 6 3/4" Tall.

Though this unit isn’t very interesting, it has the benefit of a larger face area free of obstructions within which I can place a larger screen. This of course, would only be useful if I can find a way to resize the display through software or the monitor's hardwired, firmware features (OSD). Upon further research regarding software that allows the user to change display geometry, I discovered what is referred to as "Display Data Channel Command Interface" (DDC/CI). Apparently, not all screens (or graphics cards?) are DDC/CI capable.
This would be a good time for me to mention that I have also explored the option of putting a laptop (which I have several of, but only about 4 which are decent enough for such efforts) inside the case instead of a custom built PC. The one and only laptop I have whose 15” screen will fit inside Unit 1’s monitor housing is not DDC/CI capable. However, I do not know if this completely removes the possibility of changing the display’s geometry via software.

Any ideas?
Edited by techiemoore - 4/15/14 at 6:07pm
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There is a 12,2" Galaxy tablet available. Usually, it's possible to find replacement displays for the more popular tablets like iPads and Nexus tablets on Ebay. Maybe you should look for replacement displays for the Galaxy Tab I mentioned? I remember a guy who managed to make a ultra high DPI display using Nexus 7 displays and Eyefinity so they can be used with PCs for sure. I think you'll simply need an adapter/controller board, also available on Ebay.
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