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.

can I use the laptop motherboard instead of the controller board?
<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!
The question is not whether or not this can be done. The real question is whether or not its even worth doing. <br> <br>$50 for the board and the PS plus the time it takes to do this <br>$70 (or less) for a brand new monitor that's bigger and looks more appealing? Just one example, http://www.walmart.com/ip/Hannspree-HL161ABB/20742291.
<p>Show me where I can find a 15.6&quot; 1920x1200 monitor that I can easily pack along on trips to make my crummy little work notebook with its 12.5&quot; 1366x768 screen usable for 20 terminal sessions for getting some emergency work done in the middle of the night. </p><p>Use cases like those don't have many (if any) comparable off-the-shelf solutions. And I just happen to have an old, free Dell Latitude D800 with that screen, so this would be an ideal recycling of that gorgeous screen. At home I do use regular external monitors as you suggest, but traveling (although not flying of course) is a different situation.</p>
<p>Comment was from 7 months ago, I no longer care. :)</p>
Yes, you are right. If you want a monitor, you should probably buy a nice new one. It's a lot better, it's a real product. But the way I see it was: &quot;Ok, have two options here: I can throw away this broken laptop or I can make something useful of it&quot;. And I actually had fun doing it and I kinda fell proud when I show people what I've done, because, I know, it was just a broken laptop and now it's a very ugly second monitor and a backup hard drive.
I'm sorry, I should have stated that you did a good job because you did. Also, your instructable is well written.
Thank you (: I actually do think you raised a good point. We need to take in consideration the cost and the complexity of the project. And this project is out of scope for a big amount of application. <br> <br>If only we could make this using only e-waste, then we could start talking about recycling, about a real application. That'd be is my final goal. But, I'm afraid that is a long way from here : /
Whats frustrating is how difficult it use to utilize the built in display driver. They are all unique so that over complicates things.
3rd option, sell the screen on ebay and use the money to buy a montior <br> <br>that said, laptop panels have very tiny bezels this sort of thing would be great for a display wall
If you wanted to take a case and turn it into a portable Xbox station with included display, would you rather buy a new monitor and void the warranty parting it out for your case, or use an existing screen you have already out of warranty where you only need the controller (which is cheaper than the new monitor). <br> <br>In that scenario, I'd say it probably is worth doing.
Rather buy a used monitor.
Some people don't understand &quot;The thrill of the hunt&quot; or the amount of learning that can go into this. So, there is no question &quot;if it's worth it to do it or not&quot;. That question is completely invalid about the purpose of this whole site.
You're missing my point. The author of this posts said &quot;Lot of people will tell you it is impossible, but it is not!&quot;. That's not accurate. What's accurate is that a lot of people will tell you its not worth the effort. I was explaining why its not.
Some moths ago, they actually told me that it was impossible : / <br>I was in some kind of e-waste recycling plant and asked if they could do it, but they said that they couldn't. <br>If only we could make this project using only the parts of the notebook we disassembled instead of buying the board, then it would be really interesting.
Actually, I think it was a good point. As an engineer, you do have to worry about the cost of your project. The point is: the amount of money that I need to spend justifies what I want to do? In my point of view, $50 worth to give a new functionality to something that was broken. But, in fact, you can't say this project is a solution for a person who needs a display.
Surely the main point about &quot;instructables&quot; is doing things for the fun of it. There are so many projects here you could aim the same comment at.
Wasn't aimed at the inscructable. Was aimed at the comment about being told its impossible.
I think the real advantage of going this way is if you wanted to embed the screen into something. Getting the controller board might be better than disassembling an old monitor? I always wanted to do this to make a large custom photo/art display that I could frame and hang on the wall. Get an android stick or pi and load some gallery program on it.
Hey, that's a great idea! <br>I know that Raspberry Pi use an SD card as memory, so you can put some huge amount of images!
Can you power this monitor with a battery?
So sorry I took this long to reply! Haven't see your comment until now! So, I believe it is possible to use some kind of battery that matches the board specification. If you're using this board, should be 12V and 4A (: Hope it helps!
<p>Boa noite, muito legal o tutorial, vi que voc&ecirc; &eacute; Brasileiro, ser&aacute; que daria pra fazer com uma tela de 17,3&quot; de um note da HP?</p>

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