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    Laptop LCD - VGA

    Hi guys,

    Ok i know its not possable to plug a laptop screen directly into vga!!

    But what im having trouble with is understanding exactly what i need to purchase to be able to plug the laptop screen into a vga source.

    This isnt actualy for the carputter but its for another project im working on.

    From what i understand its some kind of controller that I need.

    Where would i be able to get one which would work for me? Is there anywhere that i could gte what i need online sent to me (im in the UK)

    The screen I have is 12.1" TFT Screen For IBM 560e Laptop.

    Cheers for all the help so far guys!!!

    Chris

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    you'd need a controller and also an inverter for that to work. The controller takes the vga input and sends it to the lcd and the inverter powers the backlights and the lcd and such.
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    Originally posted by hijinks21
    you'd need a controller and also an inverter for that to work. The controller takes the vga input and sends it to the lcd and the inverter powers the backlights and the lcd and such.
    Oh ok, well atleast i now know what to get!

    So will a controller work with any laptop lcd screen or do i have to get a very specific one for my screen?

    Do you know n e where online I can buy this stuff? There is an electronics store in UK called maplins (sorry if you already know that if you live in UK) but I doubt they would sell that.

    Cheers

    Chris

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    controllers will only work with certain lcds. That will run you around $250. Also it isn't a plug and play deal, most of the time you have to make all of the wiring to go from the controller to the lcd.
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    OUCH!!!!

    $250!! - Hmm i may aswell have spent that on a computer flatscreen and rip that apart.

    Oh well

    Is there any other way of getting it to work? - guess not but thought would ask.

    Cheers for the help

    Chris

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    You need to find a datasheet for your lcd screen. You can't just look up IBM 560e and hope to get it, take the screen out and see who makes it and what model it is. That way you can see how the pin wiring is set up. From there, you need to find a compatible controller (can be pricey) and then do the wiring...etc...
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    hay if I were you i wouldn't bother. if the lap top is still any good sell it to some n00b kid who lives down the street and buy a proper lcd screen

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    lol.

    Thing is it was an ebay purchase. I dident think the controller would be expensive (its just the screen) so looks like im stuck with it .

    But from what has been said dont think there is n e way im gonna be able to use it.

    Basicly this project im doing envolves an OHP (Overhead projector) type loads of schools have. And an lcd screen (no front or back) - you can get special 'ohp lcd panals' like that but they only go up to 640X480 and i would like higher resoloution.

    So apparently others have taken appart flat screens etc, i thought the laptop screen would be ok. But looks to be to much hastle and money.

    Ahh welll

    N e one after an IBM 560E Laptop screen??? - lol

    Cheers

    Chris

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    You could always re-ebay it.

    If you time it right, you could even possibly get your money back, or at least some of it.
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