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Old 5th January 2003, 11:07 AM   #1
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I've got the idea of removing the LCD-screen of an old laptop (although keeping it connected to the actual computer), lengthen the cable and put it on top of an amp I've built, so one could see winamp while choosing songs etc. The actual laptop would then be placed ( or hidden) a couple of meters of away.

But it's not a very not good laptop ( only got about a gig of free diskspace for mp3). So, maybe there is some kind of way of connecting the laptop to my PC?? so it displays the PC screen, without having to remove the LCD completely and build a controller-card etc.

Any alternative suggestions etc. are very welcome!!

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Old 5th January 2003, 02:44 PM   #2
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I've got the idea of removing the LCD-screen of an old laptop (although keeping it connected to the actual computer),
I strongly advise against physically removing it from the laptop unless it was designed for that like some very expensive Siemens-Nixdorf laptops were.
The reason I'm saying this is simple that the flat cable type connection is easily damaged from flexure.

There a few things you can do in hardware:

Have a graphics card with dual monitor support such as the later Matrox pci cards installed in your pc.
The software allows you to decide what is visible on either screen.
I don't think this is what you had in mind though.


You can work via a network (you'll need the hardware) and with a programme (freeware) such as VNC you can control the laptop from the pc and vice versa over TCP/IP as if you were working on it directly and switch between the two.
I use this to control servers over the network and find this to do a very good job.

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But it's not a very not good laptop ( only got about a gig of free diskspace for mp3). So, maybe there is some kind of way of connecting the laptop to my PC?? so it displays the PC screen, without having to remove the LCD completely and build a controller-card etc.
If you just need to transfer downloaded files from one to the other you can do that with Norton Commander or Laplink using a nulmodem/laplink cable via the printer or serial ports (it is a bit harder to configure and slowish).
Some versions of these packages support USB as well but compatibilty can be an issue.
Either way there is no need to remove the LCD panel at all.

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