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#1 rexifelis

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Posted 05 March 2005 - 09:41 AM

i have a question here...
i cannot find much of anything online about this...
hopefully someone here can help me...

i have 3 ibm thinkpad laptops that are in various
states of being non-functional...
but their displays are in working order.

what i am wondering is could i detach the displays
and make my own flat-panel display?

i have some extra vga cables, and lots of AC
power adapters, most of them are at 12v DC
(which seems what most flat panels need if
they have external power supplies).

i also have a gateway flat-panel that the controller
card apparently shorted out... or something.
two capacitors on the board are blown, and
their guts are spread over the board...
can you get parts like that, or as i suspect,
is the damage more extensive than just
the controller board?

thanks much for your time,

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#2 HuckerJ

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Posted 05 March 2005 - 04:54 PM

I had looked into this for myself since my sister spilt water on her laptop an fried it. :thumbsup: I found that you have to buy a LCD controller card for like $200 bucks. Here's a forum topic with more information.

Edited by HuckerJ, 05 March 2005 - 04:57 PM.

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#3 rexifelis

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Posted 08 March 2005 - 04:41 PM

this is good to know...

guess i'll just put the junk laptops on
ebay and see if any body wants to buy
them for spare parts...

sounds like way more trouble than it is
worth... although some of those custom
machines in the thread you posted
here do look nice...

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Posted 08 March 2005 - 07:49 PM

You will probably make more money by taking the labtops apart and selling the parts individually, because most people dont buy a whole system just for the ram.

#5 rexifelis

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Posted 09 March 2005 - 03:33 PM

i've already stripped the laptops of harddrives and ram...
had one of them apart trying to figure out what was wrong with it...
:thumbsup:
anyhow... mebbie they will do someone some good.

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