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Is it possible to turn an old laptop screen into a TV?

Asked by lilikoi (10079points) August 26th, 2010

I have an old Sager. The LCD was fully functional when the motherboard fried. The laptop originally had a built in TV tuner card, S-video ports, basically everything. I think I once hooked up a GameCube to the computer and played Mario on my laptop.

I managed to detach the screen from the rest of the business. There are like 50 vermicelli-esque wires coming out of the screen and feeding into a plastic 100-million-pin port thingy (technical term) that originally connected to a receptor port thingy on the motherboard.

It seems like I should be able to solder an identical receptor thingy to a new board and some kind of power source and some kind of input and at least make it into a ‘second desktop monitor’.

All of the ‘instructable’ type stuff I can find on the internet for these kinds of projects require a functional motherboard. Is there anything I can upcycle this screen into?

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jerv's avatar

Without a functional motherboard and associated graphics chip, there isn’t much that can be done unless you have the skills and equipment to make your own chips.

Nullo's avatar

Possible, but beyond your, my, or even (possibly) @jerv‘s skillz, and definitely more trouble than it’s worth.
On the other hand, it’s been projected that we’ll run out of certain of the elements present in your LCD monitor by 2017. You could recycle yours and move that date back by a microscopic fragment of a minute.

jerv's avatar

@Nullo I don’t have the skills or equipment, and even if I did, the time/effort required is worth more to me than the cost of the 27” flat-screen TV I’ve been eyeballing for the last week.

lilikoi's avatar

I did find this, which looks promising, if it is compatible.

lilikoi's avatar

I should add that from what I’ve read so far it does sound like a huge undertaking if you were to do it totally by yourself. And I do hand off all unusable or unwanted electronics that come my way to e-waste recyclers, and cross my fingers that it actually gets recycled. And I would love to have a 27” flat panel TV replace my like 10” flat screen CRT!

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