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Hi guys, not 100% if this is the right section but here goes...

My 17inch alienware laptop died recently. I have pulled the hdds out, which I am using in the build I am currently working on. It has a pretty decent, if aging, 17 inch 1080p display. Is anyone familiar with pulling a laptop screen off and using it as a monitor?

I am unemployed for at least the next month until I graduate, so funds are tight.
    
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First you have to remove the monitor, which can be pretty easy (6-12 screws to undo usually) and there are guides on the web for practically all laptops. Then you need to connect the monitor; laptop monitor connectors are usually LVDS (low voltage display... something) on a DVI or VGA exit - for this you may need an adapter. There's a pretty thorough guide (I just found out about) HERE on how to achieve what you're planning.

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Thanks, those links have gotten me started.
I have the panel apart, and there appears to be a 21 line connection as well as a 2 line connection that came off of a pcb. The pcb also went to a webcam, which I have no desire to mess around with getting to work, so hopefully I can figure out a way to power it without needing the pcb attached.

http://www.fortune3.com/notebooksrus...050G00002.html

This is one of the connections actually going into the monitor.
Edited by Secretninja - 4/11/11 at 5:02am
    
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Appears that this is doable, but more expensive than just buying a monitor. Oh well.
    
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