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 Post subject: I want to turn my laptop screen into a monitor.
PostPosted: Wed Jun 18, 2008 3:53 pm 
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I have an old laptop and I want to use the screen as another monitor. It still works fine. I was just wondering if this was possible and how to do it. Any help would be most appreciated.
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The short and simple answer is no. However a google of "Use Laptop as monitor" will bring up a few results. Problem is there is no practical or easy way to do it.

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Reloadron wrote:
The short and simple answer is no. However a google of "Use Laptop as monitor" will bring up a few results. Problem is there is no practical or easy way to do it.

Ron

That's not true. The digital to analog converter for the monitor is build into the laptop motherboard, unlike being build into the monitor itself on a desktop monitor. You'll also need a power converter. The final answer is, yes you can, but it will be increasingly difficult to find a compatible DAC and a power supply.


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and not to mention expensive. I looked in to this a while back and the digital/analog converter prices made cheaper to buy a new monitor...


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whelderwheels613 wrote:
Reloadron wrote:
The short and simple answer is no. However a google of "Use Laptop as monitor" will bring up a few results. Problem is there is no practical or easy way to do it.

Ron

That's not true. The digital to analog converter for the monitor is build into the laptop motherboard, unlike being build into the monitor itself on a desktop monitor. You'll also need a power converter. The final answer is, yes you can, but it will be increasingly difficult to find a compatible DAC and a power supply.


Yes, that is true. I said the short and simple answer is no. I went on to say there was no practical or easy way to do it. I never said it was impossible. I suggested a Goole phrase to try for starters.

For someone who wants to spend the time and money yes, it can be done.

http://www.instructables.com/id/Laptop- ... d-Monitor/

Considering the cost of a flat panel monitor today I sure don't see this as practical. More like doing it as a novelty.

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Check this out.


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Check this out.


That might be a viable solution. I never got to the price but... Also it is a software solution so no hacking away at hardware.

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Reloadron wrote:
mag wrote:
Check this out.


That might be a viable solution. I never got to the price but... Also it is a software solution so no hacking away at hardware.

Ron

Free trial, $29.95 to buy (on the homepage :wink: ).


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cool idea but it does necessitate a working laptop. as apposed to only haviing a working laptop screen...


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