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    old question new twist

    i know that LCD's from laptops are not able to recieve a VGA signal without an expensive controller. And i know it would be a better idea to get a smaller screen. However the other day i bought an old laptop off my friend for $6. It is an AMS tech travelpro. OLD pentium. It has a RCA Video Input on the back (only reason i bought it really.)

    The laptop no longer works, but I figured 6 bucks wasn't much to lose. And was wondering... since the laptop has a built in RCA video input.... is there a way to utilize that and the screen for an input display (being as there is some kind of controller obviously in there already), and if anyone knew how to exactly.

    It won't boot, but i know the screen works.

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    Are you sure its not an RCA video output.

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    this is how it looks...

    crude...

    ---------------------------------------------------------------------
    Video kb/m ______________________________________
    In | | power
    (o) (: |______________________________________| (O)
    ---------------------------------------------------------------------


    clearly states video input

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    ok that drawing didn't come out right.. but yes it's labled Video In

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    Plug in an vid signal and power up the laptop.... see what happens.
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    Yes, you should search... and Yes, It has been covered before!

    Read the FAQ!

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    it tries to boot the computer .. but all the guts are ripped out.. so it won't boot... i was mainly wondering if there is a way to directly tie in the vid input to the LCD display since it already has analog/digital converter in it.

    i'm sure there is a way...just not sure how to do it.

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    what is the model number?

    I am doubtful that an old Pentium laptop would have video in? What would you do with it on a Pentium? Seems like that laptop would not have the supporting hardware to capture the video, or edit it. The specs for the 2030cx are like 4MB memory, Pentium MMX CPU, etc...

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    all i can say is it does... i'm looking at it right now... model number is not printed on the computer itself.. just says AMS Tech Travelpro...

    numbers on the chips are...

    holy ****.. a mitsubishi symbol lol... on the mitsu chip it says... 013 6480 / m38802m2 (c) pheonix

    that is right below the video in plug.. best i can figure it's part of the controller.

    if not, here's another chip number... ns9706dge4


    and MAXIM max213ecai 9705

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    Yes, it is extremely unlikely that it actually connects directly to the monitor in any way. It would be like having a video capture card in a desktop computer; just because it gives the computer the ability to take video input and display it (while it's running), it doesn't mean it will work if you rip out the rest of the computer components, because it's not a direct hardware link.
    But don't take it from me! here's a quote from a real, live newbie:
    Quote Originally Posted by Viscouse
    I am learning buttloads just by searching on this forum. I've learned 2 big things so far: 1-it's been done before, and 2-if it hasn't, there is a way to do it.
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