Monitor mod (lots of pics)

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  1. shadowlord

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    Hello all !!

    after seeing some monitor mods on the net i thought about doing this to my old 17" LG as well...

    here's the stock lg monitor:
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    first disassembling

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    lcd-panel:
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    since i wanted to obtain a machine like look, i will remove all plasic parts and replace them clear plexi. for this i needed to think about a new way of joining the panel with the base together.

    i drilled some holes in the back piece of the panel, so that i could join it together with the stock mounting mechanism. they where originaly hold together by the plastic frame.

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    the paper template has the same size as the plexi panel that will go infront of the panel.
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    plexi panel and base arrived...
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    mounting parts...
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    tapping the base plate...
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    base plate with mountig plate and test led.
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    lightning test...
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  2. shadowlord

    shadowlord 2[H]4U

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    for joining the face plexi plate with the lcd.panel i needed some parts to mount it on the side of the lcd-panel.
    i used some 10mm round aluminium material which i drilled and tapped on a manual lathe
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    which will hold the plexi plate like this...
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    now i have the problem where to mount the monitor controls, since i wanted the mod-monitor to look clean i decided to mount them at the back of the lcd-panel back-cage.
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    to make this work i had to solder the connections from the controls on the backside of the pcb.
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    holes drilled...
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    bent and drilled some mounts...
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    it fits...
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    then i searched some nice cableing for the led lighning, soldered the leds and heatshrinked them.
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    to make life easier i installed a switch for the led lighning.
    i started cutting a rectangular hole...
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    switch and leds test fitted together...
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    with the electronics installed:
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    monitor test fitted togheter...
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    it works !.!.!.!.!.!
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  3. shadowlord

    shadowlord 2[H]4U

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    i wasn't very satisfied with the connector for the led lighning.
    the led lighning will be fed by a wall wart.
    i bought a rca connector and mounted it on the cage...
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    time to start the sanding...

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    parts primed...
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    parts painted flat black...
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    i installed litte "feet" thingies on the base plate...
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    screwing together the mounting mechanism...
    screws are stainless steel ;)
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    electronics installed...
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    power connnector for the led lighning
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    leds installed....
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    before ...
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    ..and after cable management...
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    time to remove the stickers on the lcd.panels back...
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    with a little help of wd40
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    panel installed...
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    i polished the spacers that will be visible on the face plate...

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    cleaned the panel...
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    and installed the faceplate...
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  5. gjvrieze

    gjvrieze [H]ard|Gawd

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    Very nice work, plus a very cool mod!!!
     
  6. matrix563

    matrix563 [H]ard as it Gets

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    wow pretty neat :D

    how does the monitor feel with using the plexi? is it still as clear as it was before to look at it?
     
  7. astrojunke

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    wow thats cool as hell, nice job. I like the white led with the Plexiglas looks neat
     
  8. digital_exhaust

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    Really nice work man... that is very cool...
     
  9. FadedSpark

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    hate to do it man, but you have to remove the pic with the WD 40 can... much nipple in that picture :p if a mod sees it theyll do it for you, but heres a proactive warning :p

    The mod is great though :D (so is the nipple... :p )
     
  10. nodle

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    Nice work sir!
     
  11. shadowlord

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    thanks for all the kind words !!

    @matrix: the montior looks now like one of those glossy laptop screens, it's more like an eyecatcher than a screen for everyday work.(since it's my reserve monitor i think i will use it for lan's or maybe i will be able to find a nice place for it)

    @0mega: thx for the warning, nipple is now blurred.
     
  12. Darkmp40

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    Holy hell dude that shit is amazing!!:eek::eek:
     
  13. Nightcast

    Nightcast [H]ere for the Blow!

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    That looks really good man. Would it be a easy switch if you ever wanted to change colors?
     
  14. slipperyskip

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    Very very nice. Excellent work.
     
  15. Randominal

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    .One of the cleanest mods ive seen here
    its beautiful :eek:
    Ive always maintaied that white leds always look the most stylish and now you have proved this
     
  16. k427

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    very nice job! did you follow a guide of any kind or did you just figure it out as you went? i have an extra 19'' lying around and wouldnt mind havening it look like that. :p
     
  17. Trendy

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    Very nice job! I love it! :D
     
  18. l3ender

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    Nice work! Looks very clean and well done.
     
  19. LostStorm

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    ;) Ok now all you need to do is write down step by step instructions(for your fellow members).
    :cool: Great mod, definetely a work of art
     
  20. lillimon04

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    WOW!!!
    can u make me one?!
     
  21. SippieCup

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    damn... i would love this + touchscreen... Oo holy hell i cant wait to do nthis to my 15inch screen when i get back from college. what did you use to tap the holes in the pexi, my drill likes to melt the plexi whenever i use it
     
  22. only1brian

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    Nice work and great log.
     
  23. CopyCat

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    He just used an hand tap, from what I can see in the photos. You can used a drill, just mind the speed...you'll have to go really slowly.
     
  24. shadowlord

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    thanks again for the nice replies,

    @ Sippiecup: first i drilled a small guide hole and then with the right drill bit for the thread, drill speed was about 650 rpm. then i used the die. for the led holes i used a 5mm drill bit which is originaly made for drilling in wood (works great on plexi) speed was about 650rpm again.
    drilling with moderate speed and maybe some cooling with water or drill coolant will help.

    @Loststorm: it would be difficult writing a guide since every monitor model look different when disassembled. let me know what step you were interested in and i will look if i could help.

    @k427: i saw a very similar mod on the net and started modding on my old monitor, so i figured it out on the way, although i knew how i wanted it to look like in the end.

    @Randominal: white led's ftw!!
     
  25. cman19_99

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    Very well done. been lurking here for 4 years and this would have to be the best monitor mod yet. grats.
     
  26. Ockie

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    Clean and well laid out. Nice job.
     
  27. Shadowspawn

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    To be honest, until you painted it, I had my doubts. It was looking somewhat ghetto to me. Now that you have painted it and with that night shot with the plexi lit up with white LEDs you have won me over. Very sharp and well done.

    Have you had any issue with the plexi attracting dust and other particles?
     
  28. renovoCS

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    very nice mod, not too many monitor mods out there, my hat is off to you
     
  29. Hauki

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    As Shadowspawn above, I was disappointed right up until I scrolled to the end & saw the shots of it painted black with the white LEDs.
    Gorgeous.
     
  30. ShiningHolden

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    That is just, to me, VERY amazing.

    I love the black, and then the white LED.

    It's just, awesome!

    Very nice work. I wish there was a how-to tutorial on how-to gain skills like that and create projects so amazing.

    10/10!
     
  31. Gen.Ben

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    I was also having the exact same feelings until I saw the painted product.

    Great work!

    Would you be willing to make these and sell them? Or would it not be worth the trouble? I know a lot of people would defiantly make it worth your while.
     
  32. SC385

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    sweet monitor. I want one now but I dont have the balls to do that to my vx2025wm.
     
  33. SarverSystems

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    Do the LEDs mess with the image quality though? Such as glare, or whitish tint to whats being displayed?
     
  34. LostStorm

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    Shadowlord

    Thanks for reply about step by step instructions and offering to help if you can. But right now I about as brave as unarmed man in a gunfight. But once again great mod, if you any more projects please post them.
     
  35. SarverSystems

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    Any comments on this?
     
  36. jmroberts70

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    Gratz I love that really thick plexi bottom, looks like it has enough mass to hold everything in the right pisition. Like others had said i was worried untill you painted the thing, but after the paint I could see it wous going to look good in the end.
     
  38. theducks

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    Hmm did you ponder powering the LED's off the main power supply for the LCD? I'm sure it puts out the right voltage somewhere :)
     
  39. rsgunter

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    I showed my buddy this and to quote:

    "That makes all other monitors look like an accident."

    I couldn't agree more.
     
  40. Adidas4275

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    looks great... working w/ acrylic is hard... this would go well with that crazy case mod that had the acrylic wc system...