My screen broke on my toshiba notebook. i wan to plug into my tv
Question by shulk 8 years ago | last reply 8 years ago
Hello instructors, I'm currently playing with Rasberry pis, and I just started a new project. I found information showing how to re-use the screen of a dead laptop via a controler board you can find on eBay. I'm planning to integrate all this in a suitcase to create a mobile retro gaming console. It should be easy to add a simple 220V plug to power all this. But I was just thinking it could also be nice to be able to use this on battery as I also have many laptop batteries @home. Rasberry power input is about 5V 3A Audio amp input is from 1.8V to 12V Screen controller board is 12V 4A Here is what I want to do : > When plugged : Add a circuit to charge the battery via a 220V input. That circuit should also convert the 220V to the power needed for the Pi, the audio amp and the screen. > Unplugged : Add a circuit to convert the battery output to the power needed for the Pi, the audio amp and the screen. I have no idea where and what to search for. Should I reuse the laptop power unit ? Any help would be highly appreciated. Please excuse my English mistakes. This is not my mother tongue. Thx. B²
Question by bbielecki 2 years ago | last reply 2 years ago
Hi everybody. I've salvaged the LCD screen from an old laptop (an ASUS F3J). I wanna try to convert it into a lightbox (something like this http://www.x2jiggy.com/blog/2013/4/29/faulty-lcd-monitor-lightbox.html ). My biggest problem is: I only have the screen and the inverter (so if I'm lucky I only have to power the inverter to light up the backlight of the screen) but I don't know the voltage needed by the inverter or where I have to solder the power plug. I've found a tutorial http://www.technibble.com/forums/showthread.php?t=38262 but my inverter seem to miss the ground-vled-ledon-pwn copper pad for testing. Here is an image of my inverter http://img.alibaba.com/img/pb/337/805/232/1261898841289_hz_myalibaba_web7_9448.jpg . Does anybody know how I can reuse my inverter for powering on the backligh of the LCD screen? Can I bypass the inverter powering directly the screen? If possible I wanna avoid to buy or DIY a backlight tester https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vhEGW46uCVc because I only need to light up one screen, I really don't need a full functional LCD screen tester kit. Thanks in advance ^_^ PS: sorry for the bad english
Topic by FabrizioT 5 years ago | last reply 3 years ago
Question by peturg 10 years ago | last reply 10 years ago
Is it possible to convert an internal laptop keyboard to an external usb one? If so how would I do it. Thanks
Question by DELETED_MakerNinja 3 years ago | last reply 5 months ago
How does a Floppy Disk Converter work? Heres my problem. I have recently bought a laptop which has Windows Vista. I have an old desktop computer with Windows 98SE. I have no floppy disk drive on the laptop. I want to save the material on the floppy disks onto a USB memory stick. I bought a USB that works for Windows 98SE only to find that you need to download drivers for it from the Internet before it will work. So I plugged my Broadband connection (which is from Vodafone) into the desktop computer to get an Internet connection only to find that the Internet is too new a version for Windows 98SE to read so therefore I cant download the drivers. Also I thought I could save to CD and then put the CD into the laptop to save them to the hard disk but the desktop only has a CD-ROM whereas the laptop has CD-RW. So that wont work either. So I was wondering if a Floppy Disk Converter would be the answer to my problem. Like do you just insert a floppy and a USB into the Floppy Disk Converter and transfer the files. Do you need to connect it to a computer. Sorry for rambling on but I have so many questions about it and I really want to know before I go out and buy one only to find that it is also useless to me. Thanks
Hi I had the greates luck finding an old laptop screen in a dumpster at school (they're currently changing computers, dumping the old ones). When I got home I also found a Video to VGA converter, which made me think - can I somehow connect these two into a working screen for let's say an old nintendo? Either that or I go back to find a compatible motherboard and videocard and rewire it somehow - but it most rather not. So, any ideas for how to make it work as a screen? :) Fact: - IBM 12,1" TFT screen branded M360 - Konig Video to VGA converter Sorry for the bad images, Ipads camera kina sucks :)
Topic by Maxteria 6 years ago | last reply 6 years ago
Does anybody know how a laptop keyboard connects to the laptop? I'm having some trouble finding out. Also, more importantly, is there a way to convert this connection to USB or PS/2? I'm thinking about an awesome keyboard mod... so any help is greatly appreciated.
Topic by bomberman3 10 years ago | last reply 10 years ago
. I was wondering if anyone knows a supplier for a FFC converter/adapter so I can replace a viao laptop LCD with an HP one I have on hand? I'm trying to use on hand parts to build a diy lcd projector, and thee vaio lcd has serious issues that reduce it's usable screen real estate, IE, dead pixels, lines running top to bottom... The HP just has a broken backlight, but it's motherboard is trashed.
Question by JCO72 9 years ago
My laptop is a Dell Latitude CPi and is INCREDIBLY old. It was made for Windows NT / 9x systems. The laptop itself no longer powers on for some reason, but the LCD might be useable. Instead of getting a new LCD for $100 or replacing the cracked screen on my acer laptop for $600+, I'm wondering if it's possible to convert the screen into either an LCD screen, a Cintiq-esqe tablet display (where there's probably a USB and monitor cable) or, if it can be used on an acer 5520 laptop (the screen is cracked and using it on the same monitor I need for my PC isn't the easiest thing).
Question by anthonyloprimo 9 years ago | last reply 8 years ago
I have an old laptop samsung s600 i want to convert it to become lcd monitor for dvd. how can i convert it?
Question by capacitor 9 years ago | last reply 9 years ago
Hello humans. Here's the dealie. I have and older vaio laptop. The keyboard is going bad and the hard drive is also being foolish. In any case I don't want/use/need it anymore, but I would like to harvest the monitor and use it as a secondary for my other computer. I cant kind much on the subject. I pretty much need to know what to do to allow me to plug it into another computer and work. alrighty. thats all, thanks humans. -Bjorn
Topic by greenlocomotive 11 years ago | last reply 11 years ago
I am curious if anyone here has made an car power inverter out of an old laptop battery. I am so sure with some modifications that it could be done. I know that the components are in the right place but not the right order. If it's possible I would love some direction. how about some other ideas for the old plugs. i have several i used to do computer repairs and occasionally i get an old laptop someone thrashed to pieces and have left overs i would love to have a use for the plugs.
Topic by SQUiGGLLii 10 years ago
A while ago, I dropped my laptop and shattered the screen. Because it was less expensive to just buy an external monitor, I removed the entire upper half of my laptop and am using the external monitor. The problem is that this leads to a really clunky setup since I have to connect all of my wires to the laptop base which I'm using as a keyboard. My idea is to instead connect all of the cables to a hub I'd build into my desk, and that hub would transmit the signal wirelessly to wireless converter dongles in my laptop's USB ports. Any ideas on how to make this work? Is it even possible? I couldn't find any female Bluetooth adapters. Any advice would be appreciated
Question by jj1always 11 months ago
It has 9-12V at 2.5A max input, what kind of dc to dc step up converter do I need? I will use it from my raspberry pi's USB to the converter into the monitor http://www.amazon.com/RCA-DRC69705-7-Inch-Screen-Mobile/dp/B002RCDKVK
Question by nerd7473 5 years ago | last reply 5 years ago
Preface/Background: I am fairly new to DIY tech projects. I have built two HTPCs, but I doubt that really counts. It does, however, give me a basic idea of how all of the components go together. I'm not terribly savvy when it comes to specs of computer components. I have an '08 Macbook that has just been gathering dust since I upgraded ~1 year ago. Recently, my side job as a freelancer (graphic design & video) has been picking up. My new machine is pretty powerful, but the time it takes to get my laptop setup with all of my peripherals is starting to get old. There are also times when I crave some extra speed & I often have to stop working in the middle of a project to clear up disk space or set up an external drive. I remembered seeing a project where Mosburn converted his macbook into a Mac Mini on Gizmodo a few years ago, which got me excited. It was written in 2008, and may be a little dated. I'm looking to do a similar project, but I'm not really looking for size/design. I'm looking for POWER! The Macbook in question is version 4,1. As I said, looks aren't a big issue for me (nor size). I now have an extra room in my house and it is going to be set up as an office. Everything still works on the laptop, although the battery no longer holds a charge. I initially planned to sell it, but with the dead battery and some cosmetic damage, I could only get about $200 for it. I think this project would be more valuable to me than that. Project Goals: -Use as much of my existing laptop as possible (the whole buffalo) -Use a case that allows upgrades (more memory, more drives) -Increase memory (current: 4 | desired:16+) -Increase disk space (current: 80gb | desired: 2tb+) -At least 1 Solid State I know the Mac OS is pretty picky when it comes to components, so the initial question is: Will the system accept my desired spec upgrades? I know that I have to use compatible brands, I just want to make sure there isn't some sort of "maximum" hard coded. Will I be able to use both Solid State and Disk drives? I would like to get a smaller Solid State as a primary, and a couple of large disk drives for storage and scratching. I may get a dock so I can quickly switch drives that are strictly storage, but for now I just want a couple TBs inside. Also, would you suggest using the existing power cable? Or would it be benificial to swap in a new power supply? I'm not sure how intensive that might be, but I'm guessing a few more drives will require it. I think it is safe to assume that I will need to use some advanced DIY techniques, as far as my experience goes. As I stated before, I've built a few PCs before, but these were all fairly simple. Connecting components to the motherboard were as easy as plugging them in. I've done a (very) small amount of soldering before on other DIYs, but they were all done on fairly big parts and precision was not an issue. If soldering might be needed, I will need some help with this as well. I am hoping there are some guides out there to help me understand what goes where on my particular motherboard. I'm also a little worried that I may have to do some cutting (as done in the project linked above). Hopefully the fact that I don't need a small case, I won't have to deal with that. I plan on buying a high res screen to use with this machine, but I'm not sure what I plan to do with the existing LCD yet. I'm not sure how much I might be able to sell it for, or how much it might cost to buy a stand to mount it with. It is a pretty nice screen, but it's long before the time of the Retina display, so it may not be worth messing with. If anyone has any suggestions for what approach to take, or a link to an existing guide, please share them below. Another fear I have is that the variations in MacBook models may make finding an applicable and useful guide more difficult. Another note: Cost isn't really an issue. I hope to first accomplish this project using mostly the materials at hand - worrying about upgrading my specs later. If this is possible, the only expenses should be a new case, a few cables, and possibly a new power supply. I'd like to preemptively thank anyone who might offer help. I've been wanting to make a move to tech DIY for years and this project seems to be a great starting point. I hope this leads to many more and that I can soon be a helpful contributor here as well.
Question by MrCarder 5 years ago | last reply 5 years ago
I am looking for help[ on a posible project. I have a Toshiba laptop that I love. I have a Palm Portable keyboard from an old Palm VIIx that died years ago. I am now wondering if there is any way to convert the Palm keyboard for use with my laptop. Does anyone out there have any ideas?Thanks,Stoff
Topic by Stoff 9 years ago | last reply 4 years ago
Hello, I have a few broken laptops with good screen amd i was wondering if something like http://images.pugetsystems.com/images/pic_disp.php?id=19510 can be made using these https://www.instructables.com/id/Old-laptop-screen-into-Monitor/ Thanks Regards
Question by ziyaad.mahamoodally 4 years ago | last reply 4 years ago
Hey, I just tore apart an old HP Pavilion zd7000 for the speakers (nicest laptop, nay, compact speakers I have set ears upon) and was wondering how I'd go about hooking them up as an external speaker (3.5mm input) with the option of either battery or wall power. I suppose I'd need the input voltage, a variable resistor for volume, and a switch for power. I'd also need to change the red/black and blue/black wires into an 3.5mm female audio jack (red is left channel, blue is right, and black are ground). Of course, it can't be as simple as that... help me out, please! I apologize for poor photo quality. All I have is this iPod, and the camera's not quite the best in the world. The big black panel is attached to the right channel for resonation reasons, I believe, and the small tube (not seen) on the left is for bass boosting. Update: I've tried hooking them directly to a 3.5mm jack, as user Re-Design suggested (thanks!), but there's a lot of clipping, and it drains my iPod's battery like crazy, so an amp is a must. Would the amplifier out of some old PC speakers work?
Question by orangesrhyme 8 years ago | last reply 8 years ago
I recently salvaged a dvd drive from a broken laptop. I was wondering what I would have to do/ buy to convert it to an external usb one. Here are some pics of the plug in part and the specs. PS(I do not want to buy one of those kits.)
Question by DELETED_MakerNinja 3 years ago | last reply 3 years ago
Hey guys :) On November 22nd I had a bike accident in which I got my left hand caught in my front disc rotor and I lost my ring finger, pinky and top middle finger. I've had my middle finger and pinky reattached, but my pinky is permanently pinned so im getting it off anyways... Basically i'm an extremely avid biker riding trials, dh, freeride and slopestyle, My other passion is my computers and newly arduino and robotics. Im new to arduino though and do not have enough experience to take on this project (Plus the amount of morphine i'm on doesnt help either :P ) Since I have no effective ring or pinky finger I cannot do my excessive gaming on my laptop (As any 16yr old...), For christmas I got a Razer Nostromo allowing me to game again but not very portable as I use and am getting a gaming laptop (Celvo P170EM) The laptop has 2 hdd bays, so I was thinking about using a PSP joystick in the left alt key space. How could I go about connecting it to the motherboard or internal USB? To act as either analog or digital joystick? Would this be able to convert into all games as a form of W,S,A,D keys or Arrow Keys? How expensive would it be? And what are the chances someone can make this for me and I can simply install it and solder it to the inside usb legs? Im not sure of how hard it is to build this into the 2.5" hdd bay, I'd prefer not to take up the whole bay and if even be able to keep whatever the minimal chip and wires in a space in the case. I know this is a lot to ask considering I cant do it myself and I do not have the laptop to say where good spaces are. But I would appreciate any and all help or ideas, thanks :)
Topic by aldovisini 6 years ago | last reply 6 years ago
Http://www.computinghistory.org.uk/det/4932/CF-41-Personal-Computer/ i would like to convert it to a pdf reader but i want it to be like kindel reader to make it easy to hold with one hand and it have os of win 95 :D
Question by gogohero 7 years ago | last reply 7 years ago
I bought a netbook last night on an impulse. So i didn't realize it didn't have a disc drive. I do have an old laptop drive, images below i hope, that i'd like to use. So i was hoping maybe someone knew of a converter or some way to make it work as an external drive as mentioned before. Any help is welcome. Even if it's someone saying i can't.
Topic by cfoster17 6 years ago | last reply 6 years ago
Hello, I am trying to connect the LCD from a Toshiba 4020 to a raspberry pi but i cannot find the pinouts of the video connector, and I cant find anything online about this laptop, does anybody know how to convert this connector to HDMI or would i need a converter?
Topic by daniel12354 2 years ago | last reply 2 years ago
I'm trying to make a Portable Raspberry with an old laptop screen. My doubt is if I should rearrange the battery to deliver ~5V to the raspberry and use a boost converter (XL6009E1) to deliver ~9V to the LCD driver, or if I should make the battery pack deliver between 9 and 12V, and power the LCD driver directly, and use the boost converter to step down the voltage to the raspberry. Thanks Guys ;)
Question by Tribalus 2 years ago | last reply 2 years ago
I have some old Laptops, one I would like to make the LCD work for a screen that reads my instant messages so as not to have to constantly minimize or affect while in game (yes I am a Gamer) I could run dual monitors but then that creates other issue. Thank-you in advance
I have a dead newer laptop with a perfect 15.4" widescreen that would be a great second monitor. I just don't know if its possible to convert it over to a stand alone. Even HDMI would work I have the converter cables and what not.
Question by jeoncs 10 years ago | last reply 6 years ago
Hi. I just ordered this, http://www.amazon.co.uk/IB-864-Front-Panel-Reader-Multiport/dp/B004FLEFVU/ref=sr_1_13?ie=UTF8&qid;=1366146730&sr;=8-13&keywords;=icy+box , to connect to a psu I have running on it's own, and with the hope of connecting it to the USB port of my laptop and using it as a USB/Card reader extension kind of thing. Now, rather foolishly I didn't think about how I would connect it to my laptop. I know for sure I can connect it to the PSU with the Molex connector, but how could I connect it to my laptop? This is the connection info it has: USB 3.0 - EXTERNAL to the mainboard or USB 3.0 PCI-X extension card via USB 3.0 cable USB 2.0 hub and card reader: INTERNAL to the mainboard via USB 2.0 cable eSATA: INTERNAL to the mainboard via sata cable Audio: Internal to the mainboard via Audio cable Power: Internal to the system power supply via Big-4Pin Molex Sorry if I'm being stupid, but what concerns me is how it says internal and external, I dont really know what it means, like, is an internal USB 2.0 cable different to an external one, and how could i connect it to a standard USB port? Sorry for the long winded probably really confusing post, basically I just want to know how I can connect this to my laptop's USB port to be able to connect USB devices and use USB sticks and read memory cards lol Really sorry for the bad post, but thanks a lottttt to anyone who can help!!
Topic by DomHawthorn 6 years ago | last reply 6 years ago
Ok, so if we've looked at the pinouts of the expresscard 34/54 slot and the mini pcie slot, we know that: -they both use USB 2.0 -they both use PCIe -they both run on similar voltages so i tried my luck and wired up a mini pcie slot in place of the expresscard slot in my laptop. ive got all the pins wired correctly and all the grounds are grounded, but my wireless adapter card is not recognized. first off, skip all of the "why bother adding a wireless card when you've already got one?" and "this is just a stupid idea" remarks, thats not what im asking. the miniPCI wireless card ive currently got works, but the bandwidth is really limited because its an older technology than mini PCIe. but back to the question at hand. why isnt my mini PCIe card recognized? i have a feeling that it might be the "CP USB" pin on the expresscard slot, which, on the pinout sheet is labeled as "card inserted", but i have no clue what i do with that pin to tell the computer to check for a card. does anyone have any ideas? expresscard pinout: http://www.interfacebus.com/Design_Connector_ExpressCard_Bus.html mini PCIe pinout: http://pinoutsguide.com/Slots/mini_pcie_pinout.shtml any help would be greatly appreciated.
Question by zack247 6 years ago | last reply 6 years ago
I've been browsing around the site and see plenty about converting old whole laptops into picture frames but I'm hoping to make a digital sign to play video and such and am, so far, unable to figure out how to change the projects to work for my purposes. I have an old laptop monitor that is no longer attached to its original unit due to manufacturing defect and I hope to convert it to a digital sign for the front window of the student union office at my college. I thought it best to ask here before trying to convince the electrical engineering class. xD Thoughts? Insights? Links to instructables that might assist?
Topic by harvengure 7 years ago | last reply 7 years ago
I just recently got a free laptop from a friend who's dad didn't need anymore, and it dosn't have a power cord to charge the battery. I'm dieing to turn it on and see if it works so if anyone knows who to convert a 9v dc adapter to 18.5 if it's even possible.
Topic by CowGuy 12 years ago | last reply 12 years ago
My girlfriend has had a few requests to have the photos she takes (Currently edits everything herself and sends to users via dropbox) in a cd format. Now, she claims that the file sizes are too large for a cd to hold, but there has to be a way to do this. I was thinking loading everything onto a SD card or putting a few images onto 1 cd. Is there any software that would hold approximately 10-25 pictures and not be a lesser quality product than what she is currently doing? (She really needs the product she hands over to be good-great quality, she only takes customers via referals.) She has professional camera equipment, a samsung galaxy s 5 and a laptop to edit. If you needs specifications & inventory. Thank you kindly, Tom
Question by TomM5 4 years ago | last reply 4 years ago
My old Dell Inspiron 7000 laptop's monitor stopped working. I figured out that it's not the LCD itself, it's the connector on the motherboard of the laptop. So I took the LCD off and kept the bottom half to hook into a VGA monitor and use like a regular computer. BUT: I got to thinking- could I somehow convert the LCD to have a VGA hookup and then just plug it into the VGA port on the laptop somehow or would it be so expensive and complex that it isn't worth it?
Question by Funk_D 9 years ago | last reply 6 years ago
What materials do I need and how do I do it?
Question by mannetti21 9 years ago | last reply 9 years ago
I took the LCD screen out of an old Dell laptop. The connection to the lcd screen appears custom to dells. It has a connection that plugs directly into the video card in the motherboard and is thus useless. Is there any way to create (or buy) some sort of adapter so that the end could be either vga or rca and would thus be useful?
Question by gryffin13 9 years ago
How do you take a Seagate laptop sata hard drive and convert it to run in my xbox 360 ellite slim? ive already heard of hddhakr something like that but i heard it wont work on a sea gate is there any other way to do this
Question by ebayboy98 7 years ago | last reply 7 years ago
I have a HD touch screen AIO and a touch screen laptop and I want to turn the lcds into monitors, how can I add a dvi/hdmi/vga/display port to the lcd and link the touch screen too? specifics which may help Gateway ZX4300 LifeBook T4210 both computers are dead, new pc and want to get rid of these old ones but don't want to waste LCDs.
Question by Anxt Mn TchsU 4 years ago | last reply 16 days ago
Current laptop batteries are not really suitable for powering a laptop for 10-12 hours (without using multiple batteries I suppose, and then dealing with the need to recharge them) so I am wondering if there is a way to use an automotive battery and some sort of converter to plug the laptop ac power supply into in those areas, typically outside where standard 120 VAC is not available.
I have made a dc-dc converter to run my laptop of a 12V (car) battery using a lm2588 switching regulator. But my circuit isn't powerful enough. I can get a maximum of 2A out of the converter. Is there a way to boost the current to a maximum 6A?
Question by ForwardUntoDawn 6 years ago | last reply 6 years ago
Question by cxeq 10 years ago | last reply 10 years ago
Hi everyoneI have a Gigabyte Q1000C which recently fell and busted the monitor. The machine still works fine, other than the battery no longer charging. I would like to convert it into my "writing" machine (I write short stories as a hobby), almost like a typewriter with a screen.The main idea is to purchase a smaller second-hand LCD PC monitor and gutting it to fit into a custom built enclosure, I also need to be able to convert it to a direct-power sourced instrument, thereby bypassing the battery, which I have no clue how to accomplish, my electrical skills are dangerous at best.If there is anyone who could help me with the above-mentioned ideas, I'd be very grateful.The design ideas are either a retro feel, steampunk or cyberpunk vibe.
Question by FrancoisG2 5 weeks ago | last reply 5 weeks ago
My usb port on my laptop is busted, i tried to fix it but it didn't work so i am looking for something that can convert the ports that I have that still work into a usb female port! any help will be much appreciated!!!
Question by thecookiemonster 10 years ago | last reply 10 years ago
I have ano old hp mynotebook from the ancient laptop days and have disassembled it so now i have the lcd screen. i want to know how i could convert it to a stand alone desktop monitor. if give the proper guidance i will post my results on this site along with the diy monitor casing
Question by killa666enki 9 years ago | last reply 9 years ago
I have a LCD display (still intact luckily) from a Dell Latitude C600. Unfortunately the entire mother board was smashed in a (what we will call) "accident". I don't think I need to go into details about that :P I was able to save the Display by itself. The hard drive is toast as well. I don't really like the idea of just tossing the entire laptop in the trash just cause the mother board was lost. Is there anything that will allow me to hook up to a coaxial jack so I can use it just as a regular "TV" display. I know I will need power but where can I get all the required items for the transformation? Thanks for your time
I have a Nikon LS 2000 scanner I would like to use with a laptop running XP