laptop display as monitor?

vibe

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I noticed a few vendors on ebay sell laptop replacement displays for $70-$80 that are 1920x1200 17 inches.

How hard would it be to make one of these take a dvi or hdmi input?

Oh very slick, you can buy a $30-$40 controller board for them http://www.dailymartstore.com/images/170400/3.jpg

(some come with dvi)

Nice. I think I am going to try to do this as I am not happy with any currently selling monitors for my aux portrait displays.

There is even a vendor selling a 1920x1200 TEN INCH display with controller for $150
http://i.ebayimg.com/t//00/s/NzMwWDk4MA==/z/JhUAAOxyfuZR3QbL/$T2eC16J,!zoE9s5nd0hVBR3QbK0tVg~~60_59.JPG

Ha, how is this for DIY
http://i.ebayimg.com/t//00/s/ODE3WDQ4OA==/$%28KGrHqV,!hcF!cvJpr8yBQVtgmRPVg~~60_59.JPG

awesome
 
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Mr.Pixel

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DrinkTea is I think working with others to build a high-PPI display (see original thread here), and they should be in the prototype stage now. Most likely they are using a roughly 12" display with higher density than the one you linked, so you might consider contacting him and indicating that you'd like to support efforts like this.
 

Nenu

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The quality will likely not be very good with a cheap controller and probably wont support HDCP.
Also consider that a cheap panel might not be very good either.
You must make sure that the controller definitely supports the exact panel you are using.

What are you doing with such small displays, making a projector?
 

vibe

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No I need a low power, always on portrait monitor for status displays and monitoring.

Currently using a 21.5" (22") but I am not crazy about it.

They make an 18.4" led 1920x1080 laptop display and a 17" 1920x1200 from what I can find.

They are 16.2x9.1 inches and 14.4x9 inches in size which is very nice.

Don't need hdcp. I would like 1200 horizontal but I am worried the ppi is actually going to be too high.
 

Nenu

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Yeah, you arent going to care much about colour accuracy etc.
If you can fit the info you want to display into less res, go for a lower resolution panel or get a larger panel if you have room for it.

btw an LED display refers to the backlight, it wont come with the panel when buying only the panel.

You do want LED backlighting as you can reduce power by dimming the LEDs.
Turning down the brightness on a tube/fluorescent backlight wont reduce power use.
 

vibe

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Parts finally arrived today, hoping to get it working this weekend. More than a bit of DIY involved.

Need to make a power adapter.

Found a 17 inch Dell laptop panel with RGB LED (instead of wled) and a supplier in China with a controller than can supposedly run it.

I either threw away $75 in parts or I have something very interesting with great potential.

This panel is an amazing size, super lightweight.

Hopefully will be perfect for landscape use at 1920x1200 .
 

DrinkTea

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I am also curious to know how this turns out. If there is demand for lower ppi small displays we will consider making those as well.
 
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