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Can you convert a Laptop LCD into a regular tv monitor? Answered

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



8 years ago

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...


It 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!


Answer 7 years ago

No experience with them, but this ebay seller (link to completed item): http://www.ebay.com/itm/Compatible-R-RM5251-LCD-Controller-Board-Kit-DVI-/270802804706#ht_10015wt_1163
sells the guts of what you will need to do the job.
Took me a while to find this. Good thing I had it starred in Google Reader.


10 years ago

Short answer is no. Long answer is, it's possible, but there just isn't much demand for this for anyone to build a solution. Even if it were a desktop monitor (for which you can buy a tuner), it'd be prohibitively expensive. If you can figure out how to power the screen, and if you can match the paths on it's ribbon cable to the pins on an SVGA cable, then you might get it to work... but that requires some hardware know-how beyond what I'd expect of anyone who doesn't work in a lab. In the end, your best solution is to sell the dead laptop to someone who has a broken screen and use that money to help purchase a tv.

You would need to find a LCD driver board($$$) that is compatible with you screen. to do that you need to figure out who actually manufactured the LCD by either googling it or by taking apart the laptop and looking for a part number or if your lucky an OEM sticker on the LCD panel, then search on line for the actual screen manufacturers details on the screen. Then start looking for a compatible driver board, preferably with the correct inputs. Now I will purpose a Better, greener, cheaper solution, start going to your local recycling center or transfer station regularly, I have picked up 6 LCD monitors from mine in the last 2 years, not to mention working laptops. Make friends with the staff see what the policy is on removing items from the dumpsters. If your in your towns recycling center make sure the staff know it(ask if you need a town sticker for your plate), if your not don't bring the subject up and park far away from the attendants booth. Once you have procured a monitor bring it home, and plug it in see if it works, first test it without any inputs connected if your lucky you may see "no video source detected" then try it with a a video source. If you never see the screen change at all while doing the test get a bright light, and shine it on the screen and inspect to see if you can see your video source if so the inverter board or back light in the monitor is probably shot. Luckily for you, you already have a replacement inverter board and back light from your laptop. Of the screens I have picked up from my recycling center three have had bad bad inverter boards, one had a shattered screen, and one just needed a new VGA plug soldered on, and the other needed a new wall wart. 5 of the 6 have been LCD computer monitors and only one had a tuner, and component, composite inputs it had a bad back light and got mounted to a overhead projector to create a 1080i projector for the price of mounting hard ware, and a new bulb for a dumpstered overhead projector. If your a college student(or can look the part) check the campus dumpsters every now and then and one will show up sooner or later.