old ibook screen as external display ?

Posted by: breno

old ibook screen as external display ? - 11/03/05 03:01 PM

greetings all,

i have come the top half of an old ibook clamshell and was wondering if there is any way to use this as an external display? it has two connections coming out near the hing and the airport antenna has been cut. any input on how i could achieve this would be greatly appreciated.

cheers,
breno
Posted by: destructospin

Re:old ibook screen as external display ? - 11/03/05 03:38 PM

many people have asked this question, and have all received the same answer
now, it is my time to pass the knowledge onto you
without sounding ridiculous and epic, here goes:
yes, it is possible, but you are better off buying a new display
the lcd requires and proprietary connection to the logic board
the parts involved cost hundreds of dollars
you could probably buy a good Samsung or ViewSonic 19" lcd
for half of what it would cost to buy the connection/other parts
Posted by: breno

Re:old ibook screen as external display ? - 11/03/05 03:46 PM

Thanks, i didn't realise how popular this idea was untill after i posted .... says alot for "read prior to asking" ... but thanks alot for the input.

cheers breno
Posted by: TCPMeta

Re:old ibook screen as external display ? - 11/03/05 09:03 PM

Sadly 99% of laptop LCDs can't be easily modifyed. You would have to build a display controllor, 99% of them are built into the motherboard. The ones i've came across that don't have the display controllors built in are outdated 286 ACER laptops but only push EGA in mono color and the frame rate is really bad.