I'll keep that in mind cartunes, as I just planned on ebaying it if I can't or won't use it. it kinda hinges on weather I can get a smaller lvds screen, preferably 8" 4:3 . the big question here is that since it is part of the dell laptop, even though it is lvds, obviously the bios doesn't have any selections of other screens like a normal lvds board would.
I don't know what to look for as far as compatability here...as far as how many bits this display is, & whatever other factors come into play... I was thinking of contacting an lcd supplier to see if they could shed some light here, I've worked with earthlcd.com a few years back....maybe I might have to send them the whole setup to figure it out?I do remember though that they are very expensive as I paid $300 for an lcd control board & almost another $300 for a touchscreen overlay with interface. do you have any other knowledge as far as this goes? I'm thinking I may be limited to a 16:9 for this reason, although the dell has all of the 4:3 resolutions available for even the lvds interface.
I saw that you bought that 12.1" brite panel off ebay....I was going to pick one up just for the hell of it....but haven't done so yet. If I do put this widescreen in as shown I plan on adding backlight to it....I have done this on a few other projects & as long as you have space behind the panel & aren't concerned about keeping it ultra slim like an lcd should be, it works great. instead of using cold cathodes or standard backlighting like whats in the screen you bought, I was going to back this with a hid headlamp bulb in a reflector assy, end result will kind of look like a picture tube if you can picture it, I have the space for this & you'd be surprised at how brite you can get something like this. this particular lcd will work well with this type of setup as the board on the back of the lcd is tiny enough that even if it stayed put it wouldn't block much of the backlamp, but it looks pretty easy to just hinge it back to fully uncover the rear of the screen, & the rear layer of the lcd is pretty translucent to begin with, when I run the screen out of the housing it projects enough light out of the back to light a whole room up at night, transparency works both ways....on another one I did like this I actually had to remove a rear "layer" or two to allow more light in from behind.
a hid setup should work awsome, as the color "temprature" of the lighting source is an important factor, I will use either a 4300k or 5000k bulb to provide correct lighting "color" . the only slight concern here is heat disapation, in the winter it will work as a benifit, but I may have to take cooling & airflow into consideration, especially in the summer, wouldn't want to melt a hole in the middle of the lcd, this could be an issue as true hid's run HOT, but are very efficient power wise....again this will only be suplimental lighting & at night she will run off of just the built in backlamp.
I'll post a few pictures of the rear of the screen & the interface, but I've got to shrink them first......