Yes. My advice would be to not take apart such a nice laptop. The 14.1 screen will be way too large and as for the keyboard...its not worth the trouble. If I were you I would sell the laptop for a decent amount, put my system together from scratch. How do you plan on using the 80 gb hard drive in a laptop anyhow? Having a conventional computer will also make it a lot easier to hook up your lcd as you can grab a +5v power source right from your power supply (the red wire). Also, don't be confused. The backlight only uses one pot for controlling brightness. The other pot is used in conjunction with the hd44780 controller itself to set contrast.Does anyone have any strong advice for my project?
Of course, it is possible to extend your laptop keyboard and screen-but why rip apart such a nice notebook? It's up to you I guess. Good luck.