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Old Smartphone LCD as Head Mounted Display? Answered

I've got an old HTC EVO 4G, otherwise known as the PC36100.  I'm attempting to create a 1 to 1 display to connect directly to my computer for a cheap Head Mounted Disply.  I've attempted to use various wireless RDPs.  However, the lag while attempting to do ANYTHING is horrible.  So I attempted to find an app that would connect directly to the phone via USB.  I found two.  Neither of which I feel comfortable dropping money on with such poor reviews and trials that don't work.

So finally, I decided why not just use the LCD directly.  No messing with the hardware limitations of the phone at all.  So I took the phone apart.  I got right down to the LCD itself and found that it has a 17-pin input.  But, I don't really know much about it beyond that.  I can tell you that the cable reads:

Career 06
94V-0 <->2

I even have a picture of it.  I think it's attached.  If not, I'll fix that.

Essentially what I want to know is, what do I need to make it be a fully working LCD monitor for my computer.  I know I'll need a module to convert the signal from what it is now to HDMI or VGA whatever the case may be.  I also know I need power to the screen.  But, beyond that, I don't know where to look.  I've tried looking up the cable information, but I'm not getting great results.  Any help in the matter, would be greatly appreciated.  Thank you.

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Downunder35m (author)2015-02-18

The problem with those screens is that you will have a hard time finding a driver board for it.

Some phones offer to be used as a monitor but only through a connected HDMI cable and as you noticed there can be some lagging.

Monitors for CCTV systems usuall come with RCA input only and most have a low resolution.

However, some car reversing systems and security monitors offer HD quality and HDMI or DVI inputs.

It might be easier, although more costly, to use a dedicated monitor for the job.

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