Can you use a laptop as a monitor? Let’s be clear. It can be very useful, in many activities, to extend the desktop of our COMPUTER on another monitor ensuring greater productivity, not only in the professional field.
Even GAMERS can benefit from the extension on one or more monitors. In addition to gaming on multiple screens, while the main monitor is running a game, in the second we could keep under control, various temperature limits, clock cpu and gpu, use of memory, and so on.
So, if you have a broken laptop but the screen is still working, and the question “can you use a laptop as a monitor” arise. The answer is yes. With a very simple adapter we are able to convert a LCD of a laptop into a monitor with different types of inputs.
What you need
There are many adapters online ranging from 15 up to about 30 dollars that can meet all needs. As an example we will show you how recover a 15.4″ monitor. The material needed is simple:
The screen, of course.
The adapter, with only the VGA port as a connection but surfing you can find different types (with HDMI, and with input for the antenna).
A 12V power supply that provides between 5 and 6 A.
A VGA cable (or another cable if you have chosen the one with more interfaces).
Now let’s see how to do
1. We have to choose the adapter according to the interface with which the monitor was connected to the laptop and the serial number of our monitor. The package contains:
a. A new LVDS connector.
b. A very practical and functional controller.
c. An inverter for power supply (only for LCDs for LEDs not needed).
d. A control board that contains the connector and power supply.
2. Once we have the adapter, we turn the monitor over and disconnect the flat connector we see on the back. We take great care not to damage or tear it because it is often covered with tape and is very delicate.
3. We disconnect the board that worked as an inverter in the old laptop. Always being careful not to pull too much as they are all very thin and fragile connectors.
4. Once you have disconnected all the cables, you’re done. We connect the new LVDS cable from the monitor to the control board and the inverter cable on the new inverter in the box. You cannot go wrong with the verses as all joints are required.
5. Connect the power supply to the power socket, control board and the VGA cable. Now you have your own monitor. For aesthetic and functional reasons you can build a frame around it, you can make it with a simple aluminum profile.