So, my laptop got old and suddenly stop working. But the LCD was still OK, so, why not make an second monitor of it? Lot of people will tell you it is impossible, but it is not! You just need the right parts (:

Refer to this YouTube video for further information: How to turn any laptop screen into a monitor

Important note: I'm just showing you guys what I did and how I did it. If you try it, something goes wrong or you didn't liked the result, I have nothing to do with it. But you're all smart guys, you already know this (:

Step 1: Take the LCD panel off!

OK, so you have your old laptop and you don't mind remove the warranty seal, taking off all the screws... Look at the front panel, there may be some pieces of plastic covering some of the screws. I really can't go through disassembling it because it may be different for each type of laptop. BUT, keep in mind that you have to be very CAREFUL! Just some simple tips from the top of my head:

1) Remove the battery;
2) Don't touch the circuit with your hand or with the tools: you can manipulate this parts grabbing them by the sides;
3) Be sure that you are not "electric charged": statics can damage your LCD panel and other components that you may want to use;
4) Remember: there is always an hidden screw, so double check that you remove them all;

There also some parts that you still can use, like the Hard Drive! You can use it as a External HD for backup. But you need some hardware that interfaces the HD and the USB. Mine is a SATA/USB interface, hopefully I'll make another Instructable for this.

Now, you can look behind of your LCD panel and see the MODEL NUMBER! You will need this number so you can buy the correct CONTROLLER BOARD. This piece of hardware does all the magic, and turn you useless LCD panel into a real monitor!

---- UPDATE: Dealing with Statics (Credits: TCSC4 and Tazmjm69)

1) Use a anti-static mat and/or an anti-static wrist strap;
2) Use your PC cabinet: have it perched on your work bench and keep touching the grounded metal case every few seconds or even lean on it as you work.

<p>I can't seem to find a controller board for my screen's model number: LP140WHU(TP)(B2) can anyone help?</p>
<p>Can you connect it without using a controller board?</p>
<p>Yes,you can but it's very diffycult to use from a laptop(sorry for bad english)</p>
<p>Anyway to reuse the laptop keyboard too?</p>
<p>This article is kind of old. You can get a</p><p> much better deal on the controller board than the one linked in the article. <br>Just search on ebay. They start around 5 dollars.</p><p>http://www.ebay.com/sch/i.html?_from=R40&amp;_sacat=0&amp;_nkw=lvds+controller+board&amp;_sop=15</p>
<p>Seems like those $5 options are missing the power inverter, the 5-button module, and LVDS cable. So if you do follow this option, beware you still might end up paying $15+.</p>
They have everything but the inverter BUT they are not custom wired for each LCD model so you will probably have to change the wiring around. I would consider this the &quot;Expert&quot; option.<br><br>Also if you are doing this the laptop is probably broken so you could just use the LVDS cable from the laptop and jimmy rig that to work with the board. I haven't looked into whether or not it is possible to reuse the power board from the laptop itself, but I would think so. Again this would be the expert method for people that want to save some money.
<p>Hello, kiramis!<br>Thank you for your feedback! Do you mind if I add this reference to the Instructable? Give you all the credits, of course ;)</p>
<p>Sure you can include it in the instructable. </p>
i couldnt find a controller board that matches with my lcd. what should i do?
I have these codes on the back of my screen, which is the serial number and what parts do I need? I got a little confused
<p>is it at all possible to make this an HDMI connection?</p>
<p>There are custom boards that have HDMI output, you'd have to find a dealer that makes it with that ability.</p>
<p>can i do this without the motherboard, just the cables straight from the screen?</p>
<p>so something I've been trying to figure out as well, so far the answer has been &quot;no&quot;. Problem is that the screen needs to have certain components regulating power and telling it how to behave. If you somehow found a way to stick power in it and data feed without proper values it would certainly fry.</p>
<p>is it at all possible to make this an HDMI connection?</p>
<p>trying to do this with a 2008 macbook pro lcd screen... no idea what controller board i need. any ideas?</p>
can I use the laptop motherboard instead of the controller board?
<p>idk it would be cool if you could that would save a lot of money</p>
I know this is an old post, but i have hope that there is some spark left! <br>I am wondering <br>The laptop moniter displays the laptop<br>Is there a way to wire lets say a desktop <br>Into the pre existing set up to display the desk top instead of the laptop?
<p>OMGG!! top-ception! (that sounded better in my head...)</p><p>Anyways, could you clairify the question?</p>
To wire the desktop into the laptop. <br>Instead of the laptop screen showing the laptops operating system.<br>Have a desktop computer wired to the displaybin a similar way as the laptop would be?
<p>Make a monitor! :P</p>
<p>Hello everybody!<br>I couldn't see the model number of my screen. It was an old Sonny laptop. Can anyone say it to me?</p>
<p>It says right on the sticker: CLAA156WA01A</p>
<p>I have trouble with my inverter :( I dont know how to power up Im using this LVS module sorry for my english :D </p>
<p>Hello! (:<br>I would recommend taking a look into the board datasheet. As far as I can see (but I can't be precise), the red socket is for power supply input, the black pins are the data bus, they should match with your panel socket (so you should take a look at the LCD panel as well). The brown socket should be for interacting with the board firmware (brightness and contrast adjust, for instance).<br>Good hacking!</p>
<p>I used a tablet stand (found on eBay) as a stand for the new monitor.</p>
<p>Hi buddy, which stand are you using for your display in the photo you posted?</p>
I think it was (or was similar to) this one: http://www.ebay.com/itm/New-iPad-Galaxy-Portable-Foldable-Adjustable-Stand-Holder-for-6-7-10-Tablet-/190778869624?pt=LH_DefaultDomain_0&amp;hash=item2c6b4e8778<br>
I fully intend to mount an old 17in screen in a car!
<p>MUST BUY CORRECT ADAPTOR WITH 12v AND 4a OUTPUT. I just excitedly bought one for $50 CDN and the second i plugged it in it smoked up, big waste of money. Make sure you buy the adaptor even though they don't advertise it.</p>
<p>There is a couple of nice results I'm seen through the comments. I just want to say, great job, people!<br>And for the people sharing other ideas about their projects: I'm looking forward to see the results! (:</p>
<p>This is awesome! But it would be even better if someone smarter than me could find a solution that doesn't cost so much. Seems like it's $37 everywhere for what this is, wouldn't be worth it for most situations. Unless maybe it's possible to use the entire old motherboard? That'd be a totally free setup :) Not as tiny though.. but still. But way to go on doing this though! I'm not taking away from it, just wondering (hoping) that there is a way to do this on the very-cheap</p>
<p>Yes, I totally agree with you! I wish I could make a Instructable teaching to build the whole board from scratch, make it as an open source hardware and make a repository fed with different firmwares for different LCD/LED panels! We sure could make it more accessible! (:</p>
<p>can you make it battery powered?</p>
Hello! Yes, the same way the laptop itself can be battery powered, a display controller can be it as well (:<br><br>I'm not sure what kind of hardware you should be looking for, though. But since this board operates at constant voltage, you could take a look at a battery that matches the input values for the particular board you'd be using.
<p>nice DIY! congratulations. I have a question. I am not good at electonics. I found this LCD controller; http://www.ebay.com/itm/MT6820-B-5V-LCD-Monitor-Drive-Controller-Board-10-42-LVDS-Screen-Universal-IFA-/331559411398?pt=LH_DefaultDomain_0&amp;hash=item4d327b1ec6</p><p>am I looking at the right product? (let's suppose that it is suitable with my LCD). </p><p>Cheers!</p>
<p>nice DIY! congratulations. I have a question. I am not good at electonics. I found this LCD controller; http://www.ebay.com/itm/MT6820-B-5V-LCD-Monitor-Drive-Controller-Board-10-42-LVDS-Screen-Universal-IFA-/331559411398?pt=LH_DefaultDomain_0&amp;hash=item4d327b1ec6</p><p>am I looking at the right product? (let's suppose that it is suitable with my LCD). </p><p>Cheers!</p>
<p>I've been thinking about this post for a while now considering trying to make an xbox 360 &quot;laptop&quot;. I was just wondering if you had reworked the board case yet. This looks really really cool.</p>
Are you planing to make, like, a portable Xbox? That sounds great!<br>About the board case, I'm affraid to tell that I hadn't been working on this or any other project : (<br><br>Best of luck in your project! (:
Thanks. I'll probably try my hand at editing this anyhow. If I get it working, I'll be sure to come back here and get my revised one to you. Thanks again!
So does anyone know if this is possible with a tablet or phone display? I don't need the touch sensitivity, but I really need a smaller screen and would rather use my old playbook than dishing out $70 on eBay.. Can anyone help me?
<p>Hello! I believe it is possible, but you will need to find the controller board for your screen model.</p>
<p>Been doing this for years. Every time I get an old laptop that is beyond fixing up I part them out. Got 4 of these setups kicking around for various things. Here's my latest one. I use a Lenovo ThinkPad Edge E545 with the AMD A10 APU as my main machine. I have 3 monitors running on it. The internal and 2 external. Laptop display is my second screen, a large external on HDMI as my main display, and the thing in the photos as my 3rd display for keeping track of system performance and communications. (Skype, Team Speak, etc.) The laptop screen here is from one of these craptastic netbooks:</p><p><a href="http://www.amazon.com/Acer-Aspire-One-AO722-0473-11-6-Inch/dp/B005J2E2US" rel="nofollow">http://www.amazon.com/Acer-Aspire-One-AO722-0473-1...</a></p><p>Had the exact same model there in red. Screen is nice. 11.6&quot; 1366 x 768 on VGA. Board I used here cost me $28 USD and can accept DVI, HDMI, and VGA inputs. Came as a complete kit with cables and PSU. Yes the duct tape is temporary until I can make a stand for it (if I ever do...) and yes I'm a brony.</p><p>Works well enough for what I do with it. A Windows tool adds in the extra task bar on this display. (Known as Dual Monitor. Look it up if you have multiple displays in Windows 7 or higher. Not sure about OSX or Linux.)</p>
<p>Hi , can I use this screen http://olx.pl/oferta/matryca-hsd150px17-lp150x05-ltn150xb-l03-gratis-CID99-ID6Oyt3.html#8628c21eff</p>
with a screen like this and an old overhead projector, you've got yourself a nice homemade screen protector.
used this technique to make a PC in a kitchen for my wife to look up recipes :)
<p>I ordered the parts from the same vendor on Ebay. They were very helpful. There was a shipping delay due to customs in China but they sorted it out quickly and got the item to me as soon as possible. I just had time to put things together today. I used a pre-fab wooden picture frame and the foam backing for temporary install. I used the Styrofoam packing for the picture frame as stand-offs for the back board. some 3M cable management roll was used as &quot;tie-downs&quot;. That keeps the panel steady and gives those tabs something to press against. works great. I just need to make some kind of legs and it's good to go. I'll get a nice piece of plywood and mount things internally when I have time.</p>
Nice work, it's looking good!

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