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Is it possible to use a working monitor from a broken laptop as a display for a project?

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Wence (author)2010-06-02

 It's been over a year since the last post, but I felt a need to add that you can indeed do it - you simply need a controller kit. Search on eBay for an LCD controller kit and you can find one for around $50 or so. They're frequently used in the DIY Cintiq community...

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CameronSS (author)2009-03-26

No. You need to have some sort of controller, which is usually built into the laptop's motherboard. While it is possible to build/buy your own controller for the LCD, it is generally cheaper to just buy a new LCD monitor.

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bwallen (author)CameronSS2009-03-28

Thanks for the info guys. I was really hoping to do something cool with the monitor, but it looks now like I'll sell it on ebay

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caitlinsdad (author)CameronSS2009-03-26

It also seems the controller logic is not open source and is usually proprietary to the manufacturer as a trade secret or something.

They should really put this question as a sticky in the FAQs since is seems to keep popping up in Answers and burning questions all the time. Or just make a contest out of it.

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caitlinsdad (author)CameronSS2009-03-26

Maybe flame-out questions. They sputter to a halt...

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