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LCD Swappems

Hello creative tech people, This is my first post so I hope I got it in the right section, and I did a lot of research before creating this post.

I've been researching this for a bit, and I've gotten a sudden fascination with LCDs (mostly of the full color display variety) and I've been planning on making  custom tablet style PCs based on old laptops just for fun and experimentation but in my planning I hit a bit of a snag in regards to the screen. Since much to my dismay they weren't swappable and relied on a controller intertwined in the motherboard. There's also the inverter which I'm not sure how relevant it is to the project,

This is a real issue for me because I wanted to use a variety of screens from big ones to tiny ones from smartphones or mp3 players. I was wondering three things:
1. Can you make a monitor connect to a different motherboard through the magic of soldering?

2. (if #1 is a yes) will the controller handle the different signal or does each one have a different driver format and all that aggravating frippery?

3. Would taking apart a standard vga flat screen monitor and using that instead of a laptop screen avoid the issue altogether? Or would it bring up new problems?

Using a VGA monitor AND its electronics would be the way to go.
1.) No.
2.) Therefor No

Steve
Lucern7 (author)  steveastrouk2 years ago
Okay, I'm trying do create some tablet style devices, so I'd have to figure out how to get the electronics from the display and the computer use the same battery. That can wait a bit though thanks for letting me know though.