Can a laptop screen be used on it's own ?

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  1. HMHB

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    I have a laptop which has reached the end of it's life, so I'm going to take the hard drive out to use elsewhere. Can the screen be used to connect to anything else ?
     
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    Not without a lot of difficulty. Unlike PC monitors, a laptop screen is a dumb display panel, containing very little in the way of electronics. All the drive and interface components are in the laptop base.
     
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    -But you might be able to sell it, either in this forum (but different section) or ebay.

    Steve
     
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    I read an article where some guy 'converted' the laptop so that it booted with absolute minimum drivers etc into a powerpoint show stored on a memory card (In an adaptor in the PCMIA slot).

    He then separated the screen from the main body. The screen was then mounted in a picture frame (with a larger depth than normal, a viewing case I think...) and a cable, hidden or not, was connected back to the laptop body.

    It was then possible to have a slide show running of your favourite paintings / holiday snaps mounted in a frame on the wall / coffee table.

    Pretty cool. I was gonna do this myself with an old laptop. But I'm clinically lazy so gave up in the end.

    Google 'picture frame laptop' quite a few hits actually.
    This is one: http://www.popsci.com/popsci/how20/a4a95adebbf6a010vgnvcm1000004eecbccdrcrd.html
     
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    Some ideas there, thanks chaps :)
    Mind you, having said that:-
    The battery never holds a charge so it always has to be plugged in
    The dvd/cd drive is never detected so doesn't work
    If you place it flat on the desktop it reboots after a few minutes due to the heat so has to be propped up on something
    It only has 256MB RAM and a P3 processor and is unusable with XP
    I've used the hard drive for something else so the only thing on this laptop in reasonable working order now is the screen
     

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