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Turn a dead laptop into a monitor with Plexiglas stand

Picture of Turn a dead laptop into a monitor with Plexiglas stand
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A functional LCD panel (get it from a dead laptop or buy one off Ebay etc.)
2mm A3 Plexiglas ( I got mine off Ebay, 2mm might be a little bit flimsy, but should do the trick)

5mm A4 Plexiglas (again, Ebay. 5mm for a sturdy base)

A controller board (Must be the right one for your panel!! To know what panel you have, you must take the casing around your screen apart and look at the back of the panel, it should be written somewhere. I've got mine off Ebay, I used e-qstore (came within a week!!) or njytouch. Email them the number of your panel before buying it)

Nuts, bolts and washers (depending on what size the holes on the frame of your panel are, I used 8 3mm bolts for the frame and button-board and 14 4mm bolts for the brackets and for fixing the controller board and inverter on the base.)

2 metal brackets (2 basic corner brackets to attach the base and the front sheet)

An adjustable wrench or small spanners

A slotted screwdriver

Fine sandpaper

A glass cutter ( to score Plexiglas, if you want to cut it, a carpenters knife will do the trick)

Optional:

A hacksaw (I needed to cut off two metal hinges, see picture for reference)

A rotary tool (I thought I'd have to cut a lot more than I actually did, still needed it to drill the holes though)

Self-adhesive pads as feet (stops the base from getting scratched, a quid on Ebay)

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Picture of Time to bend the brackets
Picture of Positioning stuff on the sheets, to find out where to drill!
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Picture of Drill away!
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Once you've drilled the holes for the brackets, go ahead and put the Bolt and nut in. After that, take your sheet of 5mm A4 Plexiglas and position it so you know where you'll need the holes to be. I made the mistake to cut my sheet in half, because I wanted a different design, but changed my mind. Oh well.

After drilling all the holes, make sure that the front Plexiglas and the base connect properly and seem sturdy enough. If everything feels good, repeat the steps for the holes in the base for the controller board/inverter. Make sure you try it out first before drilling, you don't want to have the controllerboard to far away, so that the cable won't be long enough!

I wanted the buttons to be in the middle of the screen, so I had to come up with and idea on how to feed the cable from the controllerboard through the front sheet to the button-panel. I simply cut off a bit of the base in the middle. If you do that, use the cut-off-disc and the middle setting of your rotary tool, so your plastic won't be too hot and melt. Sand down the edges for a smooth feeling.

Picture of Time to put everything together
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Picture of Added a video and some pictures of the monitor in combination of my PS3
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That's how it looks like when you connect your PPlaystation with the monitor via the HDMI input :)
BTW: The piture just seems very bright because of the bad lighting in my room and the quality of my phone!

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