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Electronics laptop screen to ordinary pc?

Discussion in 'Modding' started by kastman, 6 Sep 2003.

  1. kastman

    kastman What's a Dremel?

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    Yes as the topic. Can a laptop screen be converted to work with a ordinary computer?.. I have a ibm thinkpad that is kind of broken but the screen works great so can i get it to work with my ordinary pc?.. *wishes*

    // Kastman out.
     
  2. Guest-2808

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    Yawn, here we go again. The simple answer is no. The more complex answer is yes, but it would cost so much that you might as well just buy an LCD monitor.

    The only thing laptop screens are useful for is for spares and for the backlights, which are usually EL or a CCFL and glass sheet.

    This should be made into a sticky. Seems to get asked at least once a month.

    MoJo
     
  3. yodasarmpit

    yodasarmpit Modder

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    What AmiMoJo said, dont even think about it.

    And yes make this a sticky please.
     
  4. NuTech

    NuTech Minimodder

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    Hehe...this question gets asked like once a fortnight.

    I swear, If someone figured out a way to make an affordable generic adaptor, they'd become a millionaire overnight.
     
  5. JazzXP

    JazzXP Eh! Steve

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    bee2643 What's a Dremel?

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  7. kastman

    kastman What's a Dremel?

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    ok sorry guys dident see that.. thx anyway
     
  8. hk

    hk Powered By Duracell

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    Can I just say that you can do it.... but if you need to ask how to do it you shouldnt try doing it....

    I recovered an old laptop (didnt work) but managed to hook the screen up to my pc (its going on my media pc in my car now).

    These guys are right, it is a tricky job, and you need to be friendly with whoever made the screen in the first place, if I didnt have help from the manufacturers / tech sheets and the like i wouldnt have been able to do it.
     
  9. OrbDemon

    OrbDemon What's a Dremel?

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    Maybe you could write an article about how you managed it? :)
     
  10. Atomic

    Atomic Gerwaff

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    No point, it's specific to THAT screen and ONLY THAT screen. Unless you could find exactly the same one it'd be useless.
     
  11. hk

    hk Powered By Duracell

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    ^^ What he said.
     
  12. mod-ern man

    mod-ern man What's a Dremel?

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    HK, even so, I still wish you would share your success, even if it is only for one particular model, that's the B-T way!
     
  13. Splynncryth

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    What about a DSP approach? I'm not certian how fast it would need to be, but resolution resampling should be a piece of cake, and color changing should be simple too. If I knew a little more about vga video signals, I'd give it a shot myself.
     
  14. hk

    hk Powered By Duracell

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    Hmm... ok, well a generic guide;

    1. Phone up the manufacturer and get the tech spec/data sheets for it. By manufacturer, I mean the guys that built the screen, not the laptop.

    2. Work out how to connect the ribbon connector to a VGA connection (or DVI conneciton if you wish). You can do this using the info in the data sheet.

    3. Get hold of a power regulator (I forget the name of the actual thing I mean, the things you get with cold cathode kits sometimes), hook it up and that should power the thing.

    4. Build the cable, hook it up, bobs your mothers brothers son.

    Step 2 needs some electronics knowledge.
    Step 4 needs skill and patience.
     

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