Before I start, I want to stress that if you try to duplicate this effort, you will be working around parts that use lethal voltages. Never
attempt to work inside electrical appliances with the power connected, and always make sure that you work in a safe way with patience and care. Aside from you being electrocuted, poor workmanship can cause fires and other manner of personal and property damage. You are proceeding at your own risk, so minimize it whenever possible.
Here we go:
The LCD panel was purchased a while back and I kept tripping over it. Finally time to do something about it. This post may have a bit of a tutorial look to it, but what good is following a project if you can't learn something from it, so who cares
Here's what it looked like before the screwdriver attack, except mine was black:
I picked it up during one of the K-Mart clearance sales for $220 including tax. It's a 23" HD-Ready LCD panel. VGA, Component, S-video, Composite inputs. Native res: 1366x768.
The 15-pin VGA connector was the important one for me. The size seems to be a good tradeoff in price, width and height of the top "mini-display"
Here's where I started:
Taking a panel apart is not difficult, but you have to always
keep in mind that they are delicate! Make sure that you don't put the face onto anything that might put pressure on the glass. They break and then you can junk them
Usually the first thing you have to do is remove the base. Not hard in this case, 4-screws and it was off. Then just start looking for the rest of the screws, usually indicated by a little arrow. Remove all of these. The case is usually still snapped together by built-in plastic lips. Stick a thumbnail a little way into the crack and slide. It should pop. If not, you may have missed a screw. Look for it and then try again.
All of this was already done before taking the above photo.
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