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Rig a broken laptops screen to be a desktops moniter?

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Well I move around a lot and my desktop always accompanys me. I was wondering is it possible to take a dell studio laptop lcd screen and use it as a moniter? If I could somehow keep the power and the hdmi outlet connected to it. The screen is hanging onto the board my small pieces of platic and wires the hard drive is out and the kayboard is destroyed? Anybody think it will work?
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In short, No

In long and technically:

It COULD be done, from a computer engineering standpoint, it is REALLY hard to do.

You would have to keep power to the LCD (hopefully without powering the rest of the laptop) Depending on the voltages involved, the power from the battery/power adapter is converted on the motherboard.

The same complexity is involved with HDMI. You would have to completely reconfigure that circuit to act as an input. So bypassing the graphics chipset would be necessary.

Which brings me to problem three. It depends on what type of interface the LCD inverter is. On older laptops, it was VGA. More recently it is a DVI variant.

So you would need something to convert the HDMI signal into a DVI signal.

I did something like this.... Once. I had to map out the motherboard and inverter circuits (usually you will never find the schematics to a laptop) and cut the traces leading to the defunct computer components but leave the ones coming from the power conversion area into the LCD inverter. Mine was a darn sight easier to do though because the external VGA connection was in line with the internal one, and both fed straight into the inverter.
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Im just gonna destroy this thing
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