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using laptop screen for monitor?

Tue Jan 05, 2016 11:54 am

Today a friend was throwing out a laptop and asked if I could remove the HDD and put his pictures on a DVD and then I could keep it and the laptop as well. As the motherboard is cactus I was wondering if I could utilise the screen for my RP2 B+. If so what is needed to make it work? I had thoughts of also utilising the keyboard and making it into raspberry ptop :D Is this feasible or just forget it? Oh its a HP Pavillion
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Re: using laptop screen for monitor?

Tue Jan 05, 2016 12:02 pm

probably not
however there are hdmi to lcd driver kits that may work on the screen - you need to find out exactly what the display driver is
post links, screen shots make and model of the laptop etc
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Re: using laptop screen for monitor?

Tue Jan 05, 2016 12:56 pm

Similar to the enquiry about a tablet. Seems to me you would be better off getting the laptop back into working order (doesn't have to be running Windows) and using that to access the RPi 'remotely'.

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Re: using laptop screen for monitor?

Tue Jan 05, 2016 3:39 pm

pete49 wrote:Today a friend was throwing out a laptop and asked if I could remove the HDD and put his pictures on a DVD and then I could keep it and the laptop as well. As the motherboard is cactus I was wondering if I could utilise the screen for my RP2 B+. If so what is needed to make it work? I had thoughts of also utilising the keyboard and making it into raspberry ptop :D Is this feasible or just forget it? Oh its a HP Pavillion
Pete

The answer is it IS possible. But you need a little luck. I've done it with a gorgeous 15" Dell laptop screen. The way to go is...

* find the TFT part number
* google "driver board for TFT_part_number"
* pay about $30-50 for a driver board on ebay or AliExpress
* wait a couple of weeks
* fit it all together and see if it works

There seem to be companies in China that do this as a service. I lucked out. Mine arrived within about 9 days and was very straightforward apart from the menus being in Chinese by default. I had to use google translate to work out the Chinese pictogram for "language" and thus navigate the menus to change it to English.

Apart from that I now have a gorgeous 15.4" full HD monitor I'm using in my workshop/studio for video and Pi work. It cost me about $30. I'll be doing a "how-to" video in the near future as I have two more to do. :lol:
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Re: using laptop screen for monitor?

Thu Jan 07, 2016 12:45 am

Thanks for the replies all. The laptop would need a new motherboard and I have enough laptops now without rebuilding an old model though I may think about it . Alex thanks for your thoughts I will go with that and see if I can get it to work for me. Age related eyes make it better for me screen wise
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