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old computer monitor? Answered

I have an old computer monitor but I don't know what to do with it. What are some neat things that you can do with a computer monitor

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I want to purchase a lcd monitor. What can I do with my crt monitor it is in working condition

I have a samtel crt monitor it is in working condition. I want to buy a lcd monitor. What can  I do with the old monitor

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wireless monitor

Hi all, I'm in for my first topic: i'll get a new pc soon, and I wanted do install a 2nd monitor, not far away from my bed, so it would be easy to watch films. The pc would stand in the same room. Is there an easy way to connect an (old) tv, or a monitor (wireless) to your pc? Thnx Arnout PS, I'm from Belgium, so sorry for my English ;)

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Old laptop screen to digital signage?

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?

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Old LCD Backlight...What to do...

I have a typical CCFL-lit LCD backlight that I tore out of an ancient, dying laptop with an ancient, dying screen. The backlight is roughly 25.5cm x 19 cm (9 7/8" x 7 1/2") and about .5cm (1/4") thick. When around 18VDC is applied to the inverter, the whole rectangle lights up with a perfectly even, white, light. I've been trying to come up with something cool to do with it. So far, these ideas have included: -With a piece of protective plastic, a small lightbox for tracing or viewing negatives/slides -Mounted over a desk for a really cool lamp -Illuminated sign Does anyone have any brilliant ideas for what to build with this? A project worthy of the geekiness or the materials?

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how to turn an old laptop screen into a monitor ?

Many old laptops were left useless because of newer PC brought or maybe cant boot up and cant reinstall the newer systems, but the screens are still working fine and in good condition. How to make use of the screen for use as a monitor or as a second monitor for another PC?

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Old laptop avle to be turned to a monitor?

Is it possible to turn a laptop into another monitor?If so please share, and tell if you can use two monitors at the same time, one being a box and another being the laptop?also is it possible to slide stuff over to it and make more space?(does that make sense?)example in pic.... http://www.microsoft.com/library/media/1033/windowsxp/images/using/setup/hwandprograms/67360-dual-monitor-setup.jpg Batchers Unite

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How i can use the monitor of my old printer? Answered

I disassembled my old hp printer and I got this monitor. you think it is usable in any way?

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monitor and tv-tuner

Is there a way to connect an old 21 inch monitor with 5 rgb+hv bnc connectors and an external tv-tuner to watch television with?

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Combine Old laptop Screen to Broken Monitor

I need help connecting a screen from a broken laptop to a broken screen monitor. please contact me aantonovardakis@gmail.com thanks in regard

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What is the best use for an old CRT monitor? Answered

It's lying around. I don't have enough room on my desk to use it as a second monitor. It'd be cool to have it doing some sort of visualization or lighting effect. Is the tube useful for anything? I'm game for it all. Thanks!

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Old laptop LCD screen as a monitor?

Hey guys, im wondering if it is possible to use my old LCD screen from my laptop as a stand-alone monitor? if so how? help will be greatly received! Thanks -SamoJT

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An old surveillance set-up

At the moment, I am in possession of a really old, monochromatic surveillance monitor and camera. Both the camera and monitor have their own microphones and speakers (low quality), with the camera speaker being the louder one. The monitor has multiple inputs for audio and video (red/yellow/white). The set-up itself is not very large, the monitor is smaller than an overhead project by a 25% or more. Now my question is what do with it?

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an old lcd screen?

Hello i have from an old machine an lcd monitor (S-8209D) 64x128 pixels can i do anything with this or not? and if i can some ideas???? thanks?

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CRT monitor for sale

I have an old looking CRT its like the ones seen in the early TV's. I would like to get rid of it; I tested it and it works. Any one who makes a resonable offer can have it. Sorry no pictures yet!

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Old laptop Project

I have an old laptop I've recently taken apart and i was wondering... How can i convert the HDD to a portable storage device? and How can i convert the LCD screen to a monitor or a normal TV?

Topic by Haiomaster343    |  last reply


projector from old rear projection computer monitor?

Is it possible? because what i want to do is hook up my laptop to a old computer monitor and have it project the image onto my wall thanks fidgety2

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External smartphone Monitor using old laptop LCD display.

  Hi there, I am currently working on a project on reverse engineering. I wish to attempt at somehow using an old laptop lcd, as an external display for my smartphone. As an amateur electrician and computer programmer I would love it if someone could direct me and tell me which goals I have to accomplish to make that happen. I understand that the signals coming out of an lcd display are different then on a cell phone so I had found a control board that will transpose the signal into a VGA signal which can then be directed to a computer. But is there a way to send the signal to a usb port for a smartphone to plug into. Granted a program, software and drivers for the monitor ets would need to be created but that aside, could something like that be possible? Please indulge me. Thanks for your time.

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I have an old swan neck mac monitor, Does anyone out there would now how to make it into a monitor for a PC?

 the monitor is from a G5 swan neck iMac and the screen is working although the rest of it is not. all wires are still connected to it.  Can it be made into a monitor for an old pc? Many Thanks  Firecane

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I have several old laptops and want to use them as monitors, how easily can this be done? Answered

I do PC Repair, so I have several old (2002 to present vintage) semi-working PCs to salvage from but I have no experience in hacking circuitry, I am a diagnose and replace kind of guy.

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Old LCD Monitor converted to a light panel - how do I keep it lit?

I picked up an Acer LCD monitor that has a fault in the panel. I've stripped the panel off and want to use the remaining LED-lit screen and diffusers as an illumination panel. The panel turns on fine, but when the control board senses that there is no video source attached, it shuts the backlight down. Is there a way of 'spoofing' an input (it has VGA and HDMI ports) so that the control board thinks a monitor is connected and keeps the backlight on?

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Computer monitor help!

The story is my 6 month old computer monitor is playing up and I need advice on what to do. The ploblem arised about a week ago and has persisted til today.  When I turn the computer monitor on, instead of the usual flash of the Acer logo it repeats 18 times!  This number remains constant and is bloody irritating.  Also when the computer is on it periodically flashes no signal (when there clearly is a signal) for about a minute and then refreshes the monitor and repeats.  Even whilst I am writing this it is there. What should I do? replace the screen or something else? HELP!?

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Can I use my old laptop as a second monitor without a Graphics card?

I have an old Toshiba A60. used it for a few years then bought an Acer 8920g with a 512mb graphics card about a year ago. I got bored and wanted to experiment with the old laptop. I read this instructable https://www.instructables.com/id/Laptop-Converted-to-2nd-Monitor/ however i ran into a few problems.Well the first one is i sold the hard drive from the laptop, that isn't really a problem as the instructions doesn't require a laptop with a hard drive, however this does rule out many other uses for the old laptop. The major problem is that i'm 99.9% sure the graphics card has become damaged. The rest of the laptop is still in working order it manages to boot an ubuntu live-cd. My question is can i create something similar to that in the instructable, perhaps by powering everything from my new laptop graphics wise. I don't mind tearing apart the laptop, infact i would prefer to create a new case for it.

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Using a USB monitor as a standalone monitor for webcam?

So...can this be done? I have a Mimo USB monitor that I'd like to connect to a webcam (sans computer) to use as a viewing monitor. Basically the camera will be used for tele/micro/macro purposes and the image would be sent directly to the monitor. An example would be to attach the camera to a microscope and then use the monitor to view the image, rather than peering into the viewfinder. All this would be battery-powered so that it's usable anywhere. However, I don't have a the slightest clue how to bypass the whole computer thing, as I can't find any info on how the USB monitor works. The Mimo is actually a touchscreen with a builtin video card, so it should be capable of some cool hacking. I have an old usb webcam available, as well as a tiny spycam with RCA out. Questions: Can the USB camera or RCA camera be connected to the Mimo without the use of a computer? Has anyone seen this done before? Anyone have any links/suggestions/experience with this idea?

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Just picked up an old Apple monitor. I don't use Apple anything, so what can I do with it?

Found this in my local Fred Meyer parking lot.  No one was around to claim it (this was close to closing hour), so I picked it up, knowing I could do something with it, but now not sure what.  I can recycle it, and if I do, I'll be removing the enamel-coated wire around the tube, but I wanted to see if anyone here has other ideas

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how can i convert a laptop monitor to lcd monitor?

I have an old laptop samsung s600 i want to convert it to become lcd monitor for dvd. how can i convert it?

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Changing old touch screen desktop into desktop monitor

So I have this seriously old touch screen desktop from FEC. I've been browsing around and found how to turn laptop LCD screens into monitors using controller boards, finding them by looking up the model number of the screen. I could probably use find the monitor stuff by myself, but when it comes to the touch screen interface, I'm clueless on what to look for. These are the pictures that I took of the boards and model numbers, and I'm assuming I would need something to either connect to the middle board, or something to replace it. I'm willing to take on the task, I just don't know entirely where to go from here as this is the first time I've really dug deep into something like this. The model number and barcodes are from the back of the monitor. At the end of the think white wire there are a ton of connections that go the the old motherboard of the computer. Is there anyone that might be able to give me a hand on what to find? Number on the large center board:............................RG9000PB0880   V1.0                              Below the number there is another number: 0821 Number for the small connector on the far right:.....RG9000PB0260 There's USB1 and AUDIO1 connectors on the large board in the center, and I'm assuming the long board at the bottom is power. mini-update: Could it also be possible to change the touch screen controller, run it into my computer via USB, and then find a controller for the LCD screen?

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computer monitor flyback transformer? Answered

Is it possible to take a flyback transformer from an old computer monitor and use dc current instead of using an ac source to increase power

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how to make a monitor from mobile screen?

Hello I want to convert my old (dead) mobile's screen to receive video signal from AV cable of parking camera in my car! any ideas how to do it, tuts, advices would be appreciated. thanks

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how to make home made lcd monitor from old labtop (pentium 1) LCD ?

I have old laptop with Pentium 1 (fujitsu fmv-biblo, model: FMV5120NU2/W, CD:16V, 40W.) but i can not use it any more, coz it not work nicely any more.. one day my uncle give me a PC computer (PENTIUM 3) without monitor.. i thing, if i can make home made monitor from the old labtop, it will be great.. we can use wood frame for the body, just like digital photo frame.. but its only monitor for PC. thx for help...

Question by redwine68    |  last reply


laptop lcd hack help?

Hi, is it possible to make a lcd monitor from old laptop screen that is powered by usb connected to your new laptop?

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Less then 2 yr old flat screen - has died....I believe...

My 17" Gateway flatscreen went blank this morning while I was at meeting. My wife claims she didn't do anything.....that it was blank when she saw it. It was not in sleep mode, nor was a screen saver on. I noticed the "power button" which is normally green (power up, with computer signal) or amber (powered up w/out signal), would not come on. I attempted to see if any of the adjustments on the side might have been bumped, no effect. I tested to make sure there was power from the surge protector (switched power outlets after a shut down) to no avail. After my 4th reboot, I subbed in my old monster sized 17" CRT tube monitor, and it works fine. Resolution is different, but it works.....but that pushed the monitor about 2 feet closer to my nose then I would like (it is about 10 inches from my face. )Did I miss anything as far as testing the monitor before replacing it? I personally think the PSU in the monitor went on the fritz, but I am open to suggestions. EDIT: The old CRT is now back ni it's storage area, and the newest LCD screen is up and running.

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why does my monitor go strange nearly everytime i visit instructables? it stays like it until i shut my computer down!

Often when i visit i get a strange screen . look at the pics they are screen prints! also the old uploader never finished loading! the new uploader said 413 the request was rejected because its size (11797603) exceeds the configured maximum (10485760) i try jpeg will that work?

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Laptop LCD to LCD monitor?

Has anybody been successful at pulling this off. I need some information on how I can accomplish this. I have an old laptop that I would like to be able to use the monitor from to make a CarPC. I just can't figure out how to cable it and provide power.

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Mount a Dell ST2420L Flat-Panel Monitor on 2405FPW Base?

Hi Everybody.  I just bought a Dell ST2420L flat-panel monitor to replace my old 2405FPW.  It's a better monitor, but its base is terrible.  The old monitor's base could be raised and lowered by several inches, the screen could be rotated 90 degrees, and it tilted farther.  The new base isn't adjustable vertically, won't rotate, and tilts only a few degrees.  I was hoping I could mount the new monitor on the old base, but the mounting hardware is all different.  The attached pictures show (1) the 2405's base with mounting bracket removed, (2) the 2405's mounting bracket, which bolts onto the base, (3) the place on the back of the monitor into which the mounting bracket slots, and (4) how the ST2420L connects to its stand (I'd rather not take mine apart to photograph, but I'll do it if anybody who wants to help needs to see the hardware more clearly). I wonder if anybody has successfully adapted the base of a 2405FPW to mount an ST2420L or similar, recent monitor, or anything similar?  Or would be interested in taking on the project?  Thanks for any help or ideas. Regards, Jim Crutchfield Long Island City, NY

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Where's the ground on a computer monitor?

I'm building a lifter. I'm using an old monitor for a power source. I'm hooking a wire from the 25kV output (that plugs into the monitor tube) but I want to know where the best place is on my monitor board to hook up the ground wire. There seems to be a number of grounds on the board, but I want to be certain; I don't want to smack up the monitor if it can be avoided. Thanks in advance.

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Is there a way to convert an old laptop LCD screen into a useable monitor or even tv?

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?

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I have an tiny monochrme CRT Monitor thing from a really old camcorder, can it be used for some interesting projects?

Its a 5 cm long CRT monitor, im guessing a native resolution of 640x480, its got four connecting wires at the very end, its a pretty cool looking piece, i read somewhere this guy ran xp through it, so i was wondering if it could be used for something like that, a hud of some sort probably. any clues?

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Samsung monitor strange behavior?

I have a samsung S27A350H 27" 1080p TN Monitor which for a long time has worked just fine, permanently plugged into the HDMI of my old desktop. However I now have a better laptop which replaced the desktop, but I find that the monitor occasionally will not display a picture when plugged into my computer. I have nvidia display output settings set to output 1920*1080, 60p, with full (not limited) 8 bit colorspace. I do not know the settings of the HDMI output. I find that if I close my laptop lid, W10 goes into either a sleep or hibernate mode, and stops providing a signal to the monitor. If I wake windows again, the monitor will not display anything. Windows appears to detect the monitor fine and extend my desktop as it should when this monitor is detected. However the monitor appears to bounce between looking for a "digital" and "analog" source (HDMI and VGA respectively) Unplugging and replugging the HDMI connector has no effect. Windows detects the monitor fine, monitor does not. Changing the output resolution, frame rate, and colorspace does not appear to change this behavior. The monitor requires a deep power-cycle. Powering it off for several minutes (supposedly to allow charge to bleed away from internal capacitors.) usually (but not always) temporarily fixes the issue. The length of time needing to be unplugged seems to vary between seconds and days. When the monitor enters this nonfunctional state, no HDMI signal is detected. (tested by replacing my computer HDMI source with a raspberry pi. I did not go so far as to adjust the HDMI output settings of the Pi by editing the config file, but the settings were previously changed to optimize the picture quality with this particular monitor in the past anyway. This monitor appears to have a simalar issue with the VGA adaptor. However fixing it is generally a matter of unplugging the VGA and plugging it back in again, or opening up the display settings on W10. Online sources appear to suggest that a firmware bug in the monitor is the culprit, and the only way to fix the monitor is to connect the monitor via VGA and use the samsung firmware tool for this monitor to update / reflash the firmware,the explanation being that a bug in the firmware causes it to overwrite parts of itself, corrupting itself as a result. However the executable provided by Samsung immediately crashes after a successful installation of it and the driver when clicking to reflash the firmware in the software. I found no information regarding the error message that appears. (note my current and only laptop does not have a VGA output. Not sure if this is the reason it crashes, the error message does not give much detail. ---- When I first received this (supposedly broken) monitor from my uncle for free, I found that it was under the warranty period and the problem at the time was that it would not display VGA or HDMI signals. Samsung offered to repair the monitor under it's warranty, and since, it has worked fine, being connected to my main computer permanently.  I suspect the problem then is the same one manifesting now.

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how can I hook-up an old black and white monitor to a video jack?

I have an old IBM black and white monitor, is there a way I can hook up a video jack to it so that it can display video signals from places like a vcr? if so, how?!!?

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320x240 tft screen as computer's monitor?

So, I'm running low on cash but I was thinking about how to make a portable gaming console. I can get old computer for as low as 5$, which solve the problem with emulation. The question is: Can I use 240x320 screen as monitor? All I want is playing MAME, NES, SNES, Gameboy and GBA games on that computer. I have a few of those tft availlable with me right now. Getting an old CRT to plug in is cheap but it's heavy. And if it's not possible, is there any other cheap altenative? I'm apologize for my bad English, I don't come from an English-speaking country. Any help will be welcome

Question by Mad Fox    |  last reply


How can I convert an old laptop monitor to work like a (logitec-G15) display?

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

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how can i make a laptop lcd into a stand alone desktop monitor?

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

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Connect an Xbox 360 (the old one) to a laptop's monitor?

How Can I connect an xbox 360 so that I can play it using my laptop's monitor? The laptop is a toshiba tablet with what seems like no video in connectors. I would like to take an old xbox and make it so it will run with my laptop instead of having to run on a seperate tv. Is this possible?

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Convert old LCD monitor to digital photo frame

I have a Dell 15" LCD monitor I'm not using anymore. I'm thinking maybe I could make a nice wall mountable picture frame. I have a Digital Decor Photo Viewer with HD component YPbPr & standard composite video outputs. The LCD only has VGA. Is this doable? I'd like to make a nice wood housing to put the screen in and to conceal the photo viewer, like an all-in-one unit. Is there a way to get the video from viewer to LCD that won't break the bank? Thanks.

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Can I use an old computer as a security monitor? Answered

I am building a security system and I have an old Dell running windows 98 and with an Intel Pentium 3 processor and I was wondering if there was any way to configure it to send emails, text messages, etc. when the security system was tripped? The system will have an output port for each sector that will go high when there is an alarm in that sector. I was wondering if there was any way of writing some king of program to have the security system connected to the computer in such a way that each output on the security system would be connected to an input on the computer and when a specififc sector was tripped, it the computer would register that pin, and send a corresponding message for the sector? ( for example: the living room security output is connected to input one on the computer, the kitchen, input two, etc. when there is an alarm in the living room, input one goes high (or low, that could also be used) and the computer registers that input one has changed and sends a living room alarm message)? Thanks!

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Is there an easy way to convert a composite or SVHS signal to use a lcd tv as a tv monitor?

Basically i want to use an old LCD monitor as a tv... the monitor only has DVI and RGB in the form of a 15 pin HD sub D connector. (like 90% of the computer monitors out there)...  I know that there are expensive "upsync" converters but I want to be cheap...ah hmm frugal... I was wondering if anyone has discovered a cheap way to hack it.

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How can I extend this inner wire? Answered

I was wondering if there was a way I could extend this inner wire in an old monitor I am taking apart. I need to extend the length so I can modify the layout of the components inside.  Thanks :)

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Elevator type platform for heavy, CRT monitor

I have to sit sometimes and stand sometimes to use my desktop computer. I use an old, heavy, jumbo-sized CRT type monitor which has a space-saving stand on its top for my printer. Currently, when I stand, I raise the mouse on a box and elevate the keyboard on a piece of foam and I peer downward to look at the monitor. This is not always a good way to see everything on the monitor.  What kind of simple elevating/lowering platform could be constructed so that the monitor can be raised to be level with my head when I stand and lowered when I sit in front of it? I suppose some electrically powered or non-electrical hand-cranked platform would be fine. Remember: both the motor, hardware and platform have to be able to lift, lower, and support a heavy CRT monitor which has a plastic platform holding a printer above the monitor. [Due to severe space limitatons where I live in my ultra-tiny apartment, I can't really use a shelf to hold up the monitor when I stand, and besides, it would be a pain in the neck to frequently lift/lower and set in place the monitor on either the shelf or on the desktop.] Thanks

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