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Modding Invert LCD

Discussion in 'Modding' started by Asphix, 22 Aug 2002.

  1. Asphix

    Asphix What's a Dremel?

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    Hey, I posted a while ago about this, but i cant find the thread.. i think it goes back further than the posts that are archived. Anyway.. before i was just thinking about it.. now i want to do it. I want to invert my LK-204-25-PC. I have the polarized film now.. all i need to do is go ahead and do it. If anyone has links to a detailed.. step by step how-to on how to do this, I would appreciate it. If you dont have any links and would like to type it out for me, that would be great. I found this online:

    http://translate.google.com/transla...odding+invert+LCD&hl=en&lr=&ie=UTF-8&oe=UTF-8

    go to "how to" on the side and then click the "inverted LCD" link.. for some reason i coudlnt copy and paste the direct link.. it would only link to the main page.. sorry!

    but its in a different language and translated by www.google.com so the grammar is all messed up and hard to understand. If anyone has a different site or anything i would appreciate it.

    Thanks,
    Asphix
     
  2. eddie_dane

    eddie_dane Used to mod pc's now I mod houses

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  3. Deviate

    Deviate What's a Dremel?

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    Oh my! I made Eddie's quote list! WOOHOO! :blush:

    Sorry i don't have anything to add...just had to say that. :D
     
  4. eddie_dane

    eddie_dane Used to mod pc's now I mod houses

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    hehe... they way you had to translate ASCII ass cracked me up and had to add it. You should feel honored. It replaced the longest standing one I had from Fly "The first thing a field technician does is sniff the keyboard"... lol

    *cough* back on topic :D
     
  5. Asphix

    Asphix What's a Dremel?

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    is there anything more detailed than that? i read that review and it doesnt give much info on inverting the display.. like what i should watch out for.. if i pull too hard on the old polarized stuff on the LCD will it hurt it or something.. i kind of got out of this translated link that there will be adhesive on the LDC after i peel it off.. so i should use rubbing alcohol or something to clean off the adhesive before putting the new polarized film on.. etc...?
     
  6. eddie_dane

    eddie_dane Used to mod pc's now I mod houses

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    hoping Cheese, Henry, Linear, or Macro will wander in... Those are the guys that are the experts
     
  7. vyrotek

    vyrotek What's a Dremel?

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    You sure you want to invert your LK-204-25-PC?
    I have that LCD, and have seen it Inverted... I think it looks much cooler just leaving it ;) But a tutorial on this lcd would be nice... I was thinking about doing a half/half thing on mine. Have it normal on top and inverted on bottom, this would look sweet with the Winamp Plugin and all.
     
  8. Asphix

    Asphix What's a Dremel?

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    Yeah.. im sure i want to invert it. I think it looks a hell of a lot cooler inverted than regular.. a lot more of that blueish color. The only thing that would suck on the half an half thing is when you have the clock up in big letters (which i use often). But yes.. anyone have links to a tutorial of sorts or anything yet? or can someone give me pointers on what to watch out for and such? thanks!
     
  9. linear

    linear Minimodder

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    OK, here's the deal...

    This voids your warranty. So make sure you want it bad enough.

    The metal bezel that holds the LCD onto the board needs to be removed. To do this, get needlenose pliers between the boards and twists the metal clips so that they are aligned with the slots in the board. There are six or eight of them, and they all need to be in line with their slots. Then the metal bezel can be removed (and polished, painted, etc.).

    Take note of the orientation of the LCD glass! It makes contact with the PCB by means of a couple of flexible contact strips at the top and bottom edge, but once you remove it, you may not be able to determine the correct orientation. Maybe some masking tape on one end would help.

    The polarizing film needs to be removed. It adheres pretty tightly to the LCD glass. You'll need to get a sharp blade under one corner to start it. Once it's started, pull it off by applying a very steady pressure in a plane parallel to the LCD glass--if you pull perpendicular to the LCD glass, you'll quite possibly break the LCD. While you're pulling, try hard not to disturb the contact strips at the top and bottom edges--you don't want these to come off.

    Then take your polarizing film (the new stuff you're using for a replacement) and place it up against the LCD glass. Rotate it until you see the minimum light reflected from the LCD glass (i.e. it gets darkest). That's the correct orientation for the polarizer if you want your LCD inverted.

    Then cut your piece to size, cut it to fit inside the metal bezel since you can't adhere it to the LCD. Replace the LCD glass on the board, making sure the orientation is correct and that there's no crud between the board and contact strip. Replace the cover and twist the tabs back into place.

    Et voilà.

    [​IMG]
     
  10. Asphix

    Asphix What's a Dremel?

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    AWESOME.. thanks.. thats what i was looking for.. do i want to use rubbing alcohol to clean off the adhesive thats left on the LCD from the old polarized strip or just to clean it before applying the new polarized film?
     
  11. linear

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    I got a pretty clean peel--just a little left on the corner I started from. But yeah, alcohol should work ok as I recall. I think I used a razor blade.
     
  12. Asphix

    Asphix What's a Dremel?

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    Sweeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeet! I just inverted my display about 2 hours ago!!! it wasnt hard at all.. but what i read was right.. taking the damn thing apart was the hardest part of the whole thing! I had to go out and buy special plyers cause none of mine would fit in there to twist the tabs.. but i REALLY like the result! it looks much better in my opinion! Anyway, along with it i did the stealth mod to my cd-roms.. I took the bay covers and put some double sided tape on em so it looks like there arent cd drives there but when you hit the lower right corner of the cover.. voula!! theres a cd rom drive!! :-D these were my frist attempts at modding and my first time using a dremel.. so im a bit excited that they tured out perfect!

    Anyway, now to start messing with LED's and such.. and gradually get into more sophisticated mods... thanks for the help.. ill post pictures sometime in the next couple days in the case gallery or somethin!

    Later
    Asphix
     
  13. vyrotek

    vyrotek What's a Dremel?

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    Good Job, cant wait to see the pics
     
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  15. Asphix

    Asphix What's a Dremel?

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    That thing does look really cool! :eeek: :eeek: and thats exacitaly what my LK-204-25-PC looks like now.. i love it.. its a nice dark blue.. now i gotta get some ultra bright blue LED's and a blue cold cathode and figure out what else i want to do to my case.. when ig et the money i want to put a watercooler in it.. but that will be a while.. and i will probably upgrade to a full tower before i do that.
     

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