This summer, someone gave me an old laptop which had stopped working. I couldn’t figure out what was wrong, so I decided to take it apart. Hehehe…
One of the parts coming out was a 15″ TFT LCD screen. Nothing stellar – 1280×800 – but still.
It turns out that there are several ways to get such a thing going again (thank you, Google). I ended up buying a DPMI/VGA interface board on eBay, complete with high-voltage supply and cables. It worked right out of the box:
The display is not running at its native resolution here, because I couldn’t figure out how to force Win2000 to a specific screen resolution, but with Linux it did, so all is well.
I’d like to build a small & flat enclosure for this, hook it up to the Mac Mini, and hang it on the wall. Preferably with a distance sensor to control the whole thing so it only turns on when someone is standing directly in front of it. No need for a touch screen, a few buttons would be fine as home status display.
The whole combination runs off 12V, drawing 10 Watt when fully on and 0.3 W while asleep.
Yeay, reuse is fun!