i know this has been posted about 53256254 times before but i haven't seen anyone ask my specific question. of course, i have here an lcd from a laptop. compaq armada 7400, to be (somewhat) precice. it's a 13.3 inch hitachi tx34d65vc1caa and the only webpage i found about it other than someone trying to sell one ($300US ?!?) the only post i found about it was on a dutch modding site. the person was pointing to hitachi's pdfs but saying that his lcd wasn't listed. about 3 posts down someone posted info on a samsung lcd. well it turns out that one of the sites trying to sell the hitachi lcd that i have says the samsung listed in the dutch thread was compatable with the one i have. so i have a rough pinout of the lcd. it uses lvds. big suprise there, so the method discussed here: http://forums.bit-tech.net/showthread.php?t=51818 won't work. (incidentally that dutch site i found googling is the same one linked in there) i didn't want to be defeated. i'm not gonna shell out $100+ for a controller card. so i started plugging in random chip numbers from the motherboard on the laptop and it turns out that one of them scores a near direct hit on the TI website. the hit i got was a newer generation chip than the one i have, but further searching within the TI website gave me this http://focus.ti.com/lit/ds/symlink/sn75lvds84.pdf so now i have a pinout for the controller chip as well as for my screen. i'm sure it's probably not worth it in the long run to try to take the (ohmygoshtiny) smt 45 some odd pin chip off the motherboard and wire it myself, but assuming i was able to and got it hooked up to the lcd correctly, and had the video inputs ready to accept signal, where would i go from there? page 11 of the above pdf shows a rough schematic of how to hook up the controller chip, but it has 3 or 4 inputs for each color. IIRC vga out only has one output for each color, so i know i'm not going to go off the back of the video card directly. but would i be able to go off the vesa header on my voodoo3 as in the above thread here on bit-tech? ultimately i'd rather not spend any money on this, other than maybe a pcb etching kit and a finer tip for my soldering iron. but with the information i've found i'm starting to think it might be possible to make my own controller with a normal video card and have myself a nice (even if only 16 color ) little display for what will eventually be my media pc (mythtv emerging now in gentoo on it). anyone care to point me in the general direction i need to go?