the laptop that I have is a IBM Thinkpad that is broken but the monitor till works.
If you are of the tinkering type, as I assume pretty much all of us are here, I would recommend looking into the link below for a driver/power kit, direct from japan...http://translate.google.com/translate?js=n&prev=_t&hl=en&ie=UTF-8&layout=2&eotf=1&sl=auto&tl=en&u=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.aitendo.co.jp%2Fproduct%2F1463It translates from japanese to english, and is close enough to get the idea of what is going on. I'd love to hear your results!
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You can use it as a display but you will need to get decoder for it. As for laptops decoder is onboard. So now its just a screen.
Sorry, You can't use the screen for anything on it's own without a special controller, as this would be integrated into the motherboard with all the other components.
The cost to obtain a controller would be more than the cost of a ready made usable LCD unit.
I suggest you could maybe look for the same model laptop on ebay for cheap with a broken screen and swap it over, Or just put the screen on ebay or craiglist as someone else may have a broken screen and looking for one.
whats wrong with the thinkpad...hard drive crash, os crash/failure...etc..