Laptop LCD Panel Skeleton Frame

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Laptop LCD Panel Skeleton Frame by sketchpunk Feb 5, 2016


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I had a dead laptop that I took apart a year ago, saved the screen in hopes of doing this project. Finally had time and a good design in my head, so here is a skeleton frame to Frankenstein yourself some kind of display rig.

The idea is to use off the shelf 1/4 inch nuts, bolts, rods and couplers along with special clamp pieces I made to fit perfectly on the specific panel I had. Once all tighten up, the frame feels great to hold in my hand.

The next step was to create panels that I can attach to the frame to hold all the circuit boards I need to make this panel come to life. So using the clamp parts I already designed, I make little panels that can be put on any side of the frame and also attach itself to the panel to keep it from moving around. I didn't bother to put holes in the models, i opted for the cheap quick way of just making the right shape then using a drill to put the holes where I need them to mount the boards to it.

Whatever panel you have, just search around ebay for lcd panel controller boards and content any of the top sellers with info about your panel and they'll tell you if they have something that will work. Worked for me !

After I had it all setup, I had a working LCD panel that I can connect to HDMI. Since I have a spare Chromecast I decided to make this panel at least into a streaming screen I can control from my phone. So I found on amazon a 12v to 5v converter to power the device, plus I got a new 12v power supply that came with a splitter so I can route power to the controller board and the converter board. Don't worry, the whole rig does not consume more then 2 amps the the supply I have is for 5amps :)

Quick trip to radio shack to get a 5.5mm power socket, lil soldering and walla, the converter can now be connect to the power supply.

Since the controller board had support for two 1watt sound speakers, i got some off amazon to add sound to the lcd rig which gets its sound through the HDMI port from the chromecast.

So that's the whole thing in a nut shell. I might make some adjustable legs down the line so I can put it on a table but right now its mounted on my pegboard.

I posted the stl and the freecad files if you need to adjust the sizes of things in the event you want to create a simpler rig from a spare LCD panel you may laying around... Unless I'm the only weirdo who had such a thing just laying around, which makes this pointless :)

Side note, with the 5v power supply you can do more then just power chromecast, you can run raspberry pi or any other device that can spit out video to the panel. Sky's the limit, hence why I make a skeleton, gives people the freedom to change things over time.

Either way, Happy Making.

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I love how my screen literally looks the same as yours. Velcro and tape holding everything together on the back

nice, any make pictures?

I haven't made your build, but I'm pretty sure we went to the same place for the driver module for the LCD.

I'm curious what you used yours for. Just a nice little TV with HDMI?

I'm trying to set up a RPi to do old games on mine.

i have a chromecast hooked up in the back, so i can stream online videos like youtube and netflix. I also use it as spare monitor when i need to fix my RPi when i cant ssh into it. wished i had a few more panels, i would love to make an 8 inch size for fun.

How are you powering the chromecast and the monitor from the same source? I'm interested in doing that, and it appears that you have found a solution. Power supplies isn't my strong suit.

I wrote this big whole explanation then thought this would be easier if I can show you and talk. So i push everything to the side off my work bench, threw everything I need to explain and went to work with my phone. Its a spur of the moment and I really stink at talking but I hope this helps. Enjoy.

You have been incredibly helpful! Left you a like and a sub on Youtube!

Hi!, great job!, how do you hold to the wall?

its on a peg board. Probably hard to tell but there is two rods shooting out from it that it sits on and leaning against the wall. Bottom left of the monitor, you should see something blueish.

Cool! It has a steam punk vibe but without the brass. I think you have moved into Neuvo-steam-punk. What controller board did you plug in the chromecast or was that from the laptop?

hatchbox does make a bronze color filament, might consider getting some for use on some of these things. lately i've given up on making full frames all out of plastic, instead make parts that allow me to use screws, bolts, rods, etc to create modular skeletons for things. not professional looking but does help speed up prototyping. (my printer is slow).

controller board is new, not from the laptop. usually you cant reuse laptop boards because they dont work alone. buying a new board allows the panel to become a simple stand alone monitor/tv.

there are sellers on ebay that have controller boards with several different options, like for myself i wanted hdmi, sound and support for 1080p. once i found the board i wanted, i msg them the model of the panel i have. they'll tell you if they have firmware available to load up on the board and if they have the right inverter board to go along with it. if they say they can support it, you just buy the board with a note to seller withe the model number so they know that firmware to load and inverter to include.

after that its just two wires to the panel, power to the board and your in business.