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    Separating LCD & Laptop -- still using laptop for source

    I have a laptop that I want to install into my Explorer, to play DVDs, mp3s, etc. What I want to do is remove the screen, add some type of extension cable, and mount it elsewhere. Is this practical?

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    I don't think that is very practical. Taking the screen off has proven to be a difficult task...and you have to get longer cable and ribbon...the cables and ribbons aren't cheap if you can even find them.

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    Originally posted by AcuraTLFan
    I don't think that is very practical. Taking the screen off has proven to be a difficult task...and you have to get longer cable and ribbon...the cables and ribbons aren't cheap if you can even find them.
    AcuraTLFan is correct, search for laptop lcd for details, tons of info is available.

    BTW we get this question atleast once a week.
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    Originally posted by TruckinMP3
    AcuraTLFan is correct, search for laptop lcd for details, tons of info is available.

    BTW we get this question atleast once a week.
    I'll admit that I'm new here, but I did not find any info on this in the forums. Most of the requests are to use a laptop screen as a regular monitor screen -- this isn't what I want to do.

    I want to keep the laptop working exactly as it was before, but be able to mount the screen 4 or 5 feet away.

    Blue

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    That's simply not going to happen. The video signal that drives a LCD screen isn't strong enough to travel more than the few inches it's already going.

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    Hey guys, I did this once.

    I extended it about 5 or 6 feet. worked fine.

    A few caveats:

    1) I did this on an old laptop, I didnt want to go ripping into some expensive machine to test a theory. It was greyscale, will having a color lcd change the chance of success... .I dont know... if the extension cable is bad, then there may be bleed over or distortion of the picture.

    2) I dont know what sort of video cable you have... a lot is going to depend on that, if its a flat "cable" with what looks like wires in a film (like some of those lcd connectors), then your out of luck, cant extend that.. but if its like 15 small wires bundled together in a single cord... you got a good shot at doing this... just
    a) be willing to scrap the laptop if it doesnt work
    or
    b) buy a extra cable from ebay
    Cut the original lcd cable, and splice in 2 small connectors to either end.. I used a vga port connector (can get it at frys) to the computer end, and the lcd end of the wire, then you can try cables of different lengths easily, by buying different length ready-made vga cables.

    Since there is no standard spec for power to these cables, I assume its going to be hit or miss, like it will work with some, but you will get distortion on others.. but... its not like the resistance is going to be that immence over just a few feet of high quality wire.

    For my 2 cents, I also throughly reccomend using a razor blade to pressure-open those delicate plastic snap together parts.
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    detach tha screen from th bottom half, andmount it to th bottom, like a tablet, and mount the whole thing like that
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    exactly what i'm planning to do
    mount the laptop somewhere in the car.
    and run the usb and screen to the passanger seat.

    I was thinking about using a UTCP(internet) kabel hopefully they have enough lose wires.
    and then see how that works.

    the benifit i see, is that you dont need to buy a new screen and you dont have to worry about powering the screen.

    then again, i have been advised to just get a new screen and vga connect it.

    guess i'm just gonna have to try.

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    also found this, might come in handy
    http://www.lcds4less.com/PDF/Laptop-...structions.pdf

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    Extending Laptop Screen Cables

    also a great post

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