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Convert a Dell Laptop Lcd monitor into something useful.

Posted on 2004-08-27
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Hi,

I noticed that this question was asked before; however I wanted to see if there was any "new" news regarding this situation.

My laptop has finally crumbled however the LCD screen is still in working order.  The Laptop is a Dell Inspiron 3500 and I removed the LCD panel from the notebook.  I have a ribbon cable attached to the panel.

Does anyone know of any schematics or tinkering possibilities in doing something with this LCD monitor?  I am looking to interface it with anything whether it's analog or digital.


Thanks!
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As far as I know, nothing new has developed, except that prices of LCD tvs have come down.  You need a dedicated controller for the screen, which in a laptop is usually integrated in the motherboard.
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by:eepdawg
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put it on ebay
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by:scbb
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I know...  I know…  I figured either a HAM or some Engineer figured out an ingenious way to reuse these LCD monitors.
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by:woodendude
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Hang onto it, shouldn't be long and someone will have come up with something.
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by:woodendude
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Oh wait! You said it's from a Dell...toss it!!! joking.
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by:Valadas2
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1-Get a Dell laptop on ebay with deffective screen
2-Install your screen on that laptop
3-Get a pcmcia video capture card
4-Get a VCR with tuner or a Satellite receiver and connect it to your capture card
5-Find a way to install all this on the wall

There you go, you have an LCD TV in your dinning room!!! :)
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by:gecko_au2003
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why dont you get a cam corder and figure out some way of connecting the cam corder to the LCD screen and you will have your own digital mirror lol. j/k nah I am not sure, prolly selling it on ebay would be the best thing. At least make some money.
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by:scbb
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Thank you everyone for your suggestions. Callandor gets the points for answering the question.  Eeepdawg, your are totally correct on putting it on ebay.
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