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How can I repurpose an old laptop monitor?


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#1 RevGAM

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Posted 14 August 2016 - 07:10 AM

I have a couple of old laptops that are more expensive to repair than to replace.  I was wondering if there is a way I could disconnect the screens from them and repurpose them to use with my current laptops as external monitors.  Is there anyone who could explain how to do this?

 

The one  is a really old Dell, but the other is an HP Pavilion from about 2010.  It sure would be nice to use the latter with my HP Mini.

 

Note that I'm in Indonesia, in a town that doesn't have anything like Radio Shack, so it may be slightly challenging. ;)

Similarly, is it possible to repurpose a laptop's keyboard or other parts (aside from the HDD)?

 

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Posted 14 August 2016 - 12:04 PM

The display doesn't have a input connection like a monitor.  A display also lacks the electronics needed to process the signal.  I don't see any simple way to use a display as an exterior monitor.


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Posted 14 August 2016 - 01:37 PM

Ok, so is there a complicated way? :)


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Posted 14 August 2016 - 04:26 PM

Ok, so is there a complicated way? :)

 

Not really.  You'd be better off trying to get the laptops working better again.



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Posted 14 August 2016 - 07:31 PM

Each mfgr has their own way of displaying elements.  Some have interface modules mounted with the display and backlight, others have a smaller board mounted above the main board or as part of the main board itself.  No real way to take advantage of the spares, however you local service center might have a need for them as spare parts for other units they are working on.



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Posted 14 August 2016 - 08:58 PM

 

Ok, so is there a complicated way? :)

 

Not really.  You'd be better off trying to get the laptops working better again.

 

The Dell was destroyed by my wife, who put it on the carrier on the motorcycle without any protection, so I took it apart.  The HP Pavilion encountered some major damage that put the cost of repairing it at over $200, which is more than an unemployed guy with a wife going through chemo can afford.

 

Each mfgr has their own way of displaying elements.  Some have interface modules mounted with the display and backlight, others have a smaller board mounted above the main board or as part of the main board itself.  No real way to take advantage of the spares, however you local service center might have a need for them as spare parts for other units they are working on.

That makes sense.  Too bad....The display on this HP Mini is annoyingly small.


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Posted 15 August 2016 - 10:26 AM

Ok, so is there a complicated way? :)

There probably is, but you would need a working knowledge of electronics and access to the needed components.  There are circuit boards out there which you could use to make this work.  But you could purchase a LCD monitor for the price it would cost for these components.


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Posted 20 August 2016 - 05:00 AM

 

Ok, so is there a complicated way? :)

There probably is, but you would need a working knowledge of electronics and access to the needed components.  There are circuit boards out there which you could use to make this work.  But you could purchase a LCD monitor for the price it would cost for these components.

 

And there it is - the fact that useful electronics are useless to someone like me. :(  Thanks anyways!


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