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Digital Picture Frames & Laptop Screens Question Answered

Hello everyone, I'm new here. I have a question for the more experienced techies here. I have an Acer Aspire 5100 laptop. Now the motherboard is toast, due to a cup of coffee indecent over the laptop. Anyways, I see many instuctables here on converting old laptops into awesome picture frames. So I figured I might as well do something with the screen and whatever parts I have salvaged. I noticed almost every project requires a motherboard. Is there a way to possibly avoid that all together?.. Basically, couldn't I just buy a cheap 7" lcd digital picture frame for $40 that would include a remote, an sd card input and or usb input and some how rewire my 15.4" widescreen lcd monitor from the laptop to work with the brains of the picture frame. Could this be done? Any idea on the wiring needed to be done, or if you might have diagrams that can help me.  Any help on this would be greatly appreciated to be honest. Thanks in advance.



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9 years ago

Not going to work. A cheap little 7" picture frame only has the hardware to drive that little 7" screen. It wouldn't be able to support anything larger. Everything needed to drive that 15.4" laptop screen is built into the main board of the laptop. So in order to use that screen as a digital picture frame the main board of the laptop will still have to be working. Unless by some miracle you can isolate the hardware on the main board that drives the display and figure out how to get a video signal to it from an exterior source. Even if you got that far and where able to connect it to a small digital frame you would just end up with a small picture on a large display.