LCD Monitor Backlight projects

Has anyone found a way to power the backlights from an LCD monitor? We have a bunch of monitors at work that are dead and I'm pulling parts from (the plexy-glass is a very nice score). I'm getting a few of the mini backlighting tubes, along with the power supplys, but can't seem to trick the power supply to come on. I thought of a few good projects but can't figure out just how to get the tubes lit (without blowing them up <snicker>).

...anyone out there have any input? (sorry for the pun)

Scott