Build a DIY screen out of recycled parts for cheap

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Laptop users generally have to just put up with having a single main screen, but thanks to upcycling we can build a DIY portable secondary screen for laptops using recycled parts to keep the cost as low as $25! It not only performs really well, but it looks incredibly unique - it's a piece of solid industrial tech this one! Once you use two screens you can never go back!

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If your screen isn't listed, most sellers of the control boards allow you to contact them directly and they will program a control board for your specific screen at no extra cost. Just send them the model number and you should be good to go.

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Author DIY Perks ( ago)
Holy moley - it's only been up a few hours and we're nearly at 3k likes! Thanks guys!

Author bounto442 ( ago)
Hello I was wondering if you ever tried a touch led screen diy monitor

Author Seabass363 ( ago)
The screen of my old laptop does not give me a response when I power it on? Can I test the screen after dismantling the laptop; if so how? Any help would be appreciated, I really would like to try this out.

Author PalmLP ( ago)
Guys I need your opinion. I want to use this idea to "build" an ultra thin secondary monitor. My plan is to buy a cheap monitor, srewing it up and dividing the casing and the electronics. Then, I expand all cables leading to the LCD screen and hide the plugs below the table. Then I use something like the carbon to build nice but thin enclosure. What do you think?

Author Aaron Darren ( ago)
hey DIY Perks in your video i notice a statue with blue leds good job on the video

Author LouisianaBurns ( ago)
Could i use the monitor to run my ps4 on?

Good work .

Author Over L0ad OSRS ( ago)
What power adapter can you use with the controller board?? i found a seller but it doesnt come with one

Author Joel Simpspn ( ago)
is there a way to power the lcd with a male usb that plugs into the computer and thats all?

Author rahdut 01 ( ago)

Author Ultimate Nerd ( ago)
Can you use this for a pc?

Author icekohl ( ago)
WTF is a HATCHE D monitor?

Author feroconas conas ( ago)
quit a battery is not difícil put a battery in this make a video to give us a ideia of a portable batterie to the screen

Author feroconas conas ( ago)
I like that Mai next project is a smart TV

Author Borkix ( ago)
It's lovely to see such creativity on youtube, nowadays it's full of empty and useless people

Author Dennis de Ruiter ( ago)
Amazing!! i want it!!! :oD

Author Frederic Martin ( ago)
Just finished mine and it works fantastic + looks great. Thanks for the fun to build and the pride to have succeeded to get it to work.
When are you going to build a drone ? I am sure I am not the only one to be very interested.

Author George Baker ( ago)
hey hey, make sure you drill the mdf before attaching the screen, otherwise you may have problems. ps great vid

Author Lennroy Nugent ( ago)
How do you know what type of extender you need to use for the step down board and screen to power your monitor ?

Author Nicolás Martin Landoni Mendez ( ago)
Question, what if I want to do the same but with a high refresh panel ? I was browsing ebay without luck to find a panel and compatible controller board. Any tips ?

Author joe green ( ago)
Amazing video

Author gauthier bouche ( ago)
When I connect my screen to the Controller board. The system goes on, screen flashes white and goes back off. Keeps doing that. If I just test the board without screen it works fine. What am I doing wrong? I use 12v and 600mA does the current mater?

Author Sharan 2008 ( ago)
Moc pěkné videa a hlavně dobrý n ápad, děkuji, ahoj Mirek.

Author Frankie Nicholson ( ago)
Can some one tell me what power cable is needed to power the controlle board

Author Attarsanah Resources ( ago)
Hi everyone. I want to make an AIO PC with my old laptop screen attached to a PC case. I'll cut a window on the side panel of the PC case for the screen. The question is, can i use the PC's PSU to power the LCD controller board? I'm thinking to cut one molex connector from the PSU and solder the wire to the LCD controller board. It will supply 12v but i'm not sure about the current. Any suggestion?

Author RITH Pisey ( ago)

Author kaseplase12 ( ago)
could you use usb instead of hdmi

Author NeverTaIk ( ago)
hello there, can you use a 12v ac adapter for it? I need some help

Author Ricky Divjakovski ( ago)
why not simply recycle the old laptop battery and make it portable? thats all you need plus a 12v voltage regulator.. that you have already included..

Author Hobo Shoe ( ago)
Could I steal an LCD screen from an android tablet?

Author Mars Rover ( ago)
what about the backlight for the lcd? does the lvds board have a inverter builtin? should've given it a mention ...

Author Samuele Rini ( ago)
oh well... this is seriously awesome! thanks

Author Yannick Van Zetten ( ago)
hello DIY perks, I have a screen with multiple numbers on it, could you help me out? I have pictures of them.

Author G Music ( ago)
so basically I can make 5 of these and connect it to my PC which I'm gonna be building with my team and it does support hdmi right? cuz I'm connecting 2 HDMI's, 2 VGA's and a DVI

oh and can I power the monitors from the PC itself since the current power supply has a power output port just above the input port

Author Malte Boe ( ago)
Hej Can you make A reuse of an old laptop keyboard ??

Author Ryan Flynn ( ago)
So, I'm a little confused. I've opened up an old tv and an old computer monitor but both of them seem to be completely different from the laptop monitor you used. Both of my monitors seem to be backlit by an array of LEDs which makes me wonder if this project is only possible with an LED screen instead of an LCD (I know nothing about this sort of stuff so I could be completely wrong). Also I had trouble finding control boards for either of my panels, one didn't even have a model number and the other has a very strange setup. I really like this idea and really wanna try making it myself but I seem to be stumped on the part where to get a control board, any help would be greatly appreciated!

Author Android iOS Windows Tech ( ago)
Awesome you ve fantastic

Author Mako Senju ( ago)
only for laptops? what about desktop? is it compatible? sorry noob question mate.

Author Martyn Rosenburg ( ago)
Lame. They don't make those boards for like 90% of laptop screens.

Author Gregg Hernandez ( ago)
Hello, recent subscriber here. Such cool stuff you do! Do you have a link for the cable sheathing? I have a dead PC which I am dying to try this one. I want to use my monitor with my Raspberry Pi! Thanks.

Author 23kerplunk ( ago)
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Author 23kerplunk ( ago)
which website you used to buy the parts

Author fadetounforgiven ( ago)
Hummm... if you ever create a second channel, you should seriously consider calling it "DIY eperkxy".

Author мяMαcкσ ( ago)
Both Being female [ 3:43 ] XDDDDD

Author Lovepreet Singh ( ago)
i have benq lcd which has interface problem ,,,,,can i use its lcd panel in any way

Author Marcelo Gomez ( ago)
Hellow! DIY Perks, please. Whats is de Voltage of the device what i can see on 2:09 in this video?!.

I have tew some devices, but i DAMAGE a one but no have a power adapter. I believe 12v

Sorry for my bad english, If you want traslate this of spanish:

Hola, Cual es el voltage del dispositivo que se ve en el minuto 2:09 de este video?.
Yo tengo dos dispositivos iguales, pero no tengo el adaptador de power. Lamentablemente dañe "queme" uno al colocarle un adaptador de 12v.


Author Mahesh Chandra ( ago)
I would pay 100$ for this gadget!!

Author Subway Hacker ( ago)
Damm now I regret chucking my old 17 inch laptop out

Author Sum 1 ( ago)
Can I do this to one of my old pc monitors, it works great but I don't use often and wonder if I could make it into a portable tv sort of thing

Author Vøid! Humektänt ( ago)
This is D Ø P E ! m8! ;)

Author Martin Kent ( ago)
Wait so what is the resolution of the screen?

Author Col. Angus ( ago)
For the same $20 you can just get a used 22 inch widescreen on Craigslist. Done.

Author LellePrinter82 ( ago)
If I took the control board out from a cracked pc-monitor, I could use it for this purpose if the connectors is correct.

Author TheGreenWondr ( ago)
Does anyone know if this can be used as a desktop monitor? Someone please answer I must know.

Author Let's Play It From The Beginning ( ago)
Hey Mat, great work and cool idea. I will go for it for sure

Author Felix Sutanto Putra ( ago)
do you make a blog version of this video? since the last part was to complicated

Author MD. Shefaur Rahman Shakil ( ago)
don't the laptops have those controllers with the monitor?

Author Ryan Haney ( ago)
Hey, quick question- I'm going to use this as a side monitor for my desktop- can i power the screen with a usb that plugs into my motherboard? if so, would i have to solder the voltage regulator in between the usb plug and the screen? if i cannot do this, how would i power the screen if i want to use it as a desktop monitor?

Author aomanes99 ( ago)
I'm confused does the power adapter come with the control board or do you use the one from the laptop?

Author Valentin Vasiliyev ( ago)
pretty impressive, deserve more than a Like

Author Dennis Setiadi ( ago)
I have a spare unused pc monitor, since it is hideous and takes a lot of space, can i use the guts of my monitor to make one of this?

Author Farhan Afandi ( ago)
What controller monitors used when using two screens?

Author mian fazle razik ( ago)
Man you've put a lot of effort in this thing

Author GforceTurtle ( ago)
I don't found the control board for my screen of my laptop.
can you help me found the control board?

Author voltz15 ( ago)
This starting to make me wonder if anyone can do a 60in 4k screen with a project like this?

Of course I don't think the manufactures would ever allow us to do this.

Author Wingstar ( ago)
Personally, i would use a shoebox.

In this project can I adjust the brightness and contrast?

Author Adrian Love ( ago)
Awesome job! I would go for a slightly different approach if I were to create a screen out -
I'd create a wall mounted version with storage shelves on the left and right sides and a central recess for housing a monitor.
The central facade could still be used as storage / vanity display for 'stuff', but would be shallower than the L/R storage. :)

Thanks for the inspiration!

Author Xiefux ( ago)
But you can just use a regular monitor with a laptop. Whats the point of this video?

Author HASSAN HaKMI ( ago)
Great video, just like Great Scotts

Author Prince Brown ( ago)
Could i just used a board that has USB type C, to power the monitor and send data to it?

Author ReKd flame ( ago)
hi everyone please can you guys watch my vids and if you like it pls consider subscribing

Author Yung Benji ( ago)
couldn't you use one these as a TV

Author BabaRocky ( ago)
That's sick! Great job bud.

Author Ivan Dimitrov ( ago)
Or you can check some thrift store for and old 22' monitor i got mine for 15$ ... Lel it's cheaper than putting money into and old laptop.. + You can get money for that laptop, instead of breaking it.. That's just my opinion, good tutorial anyway.

Author DrButterscotch49 ( ago)
this reminds me of those old "How It's Made" episodes complete voice

Author Super Broz ( ago)
can you sell me one of those

Author Nicolai Larsen ( ago)
Can someone explain what it is he's using for gluing the screen to the wood?

Author Harlis Viikmäe ( ago)
I used real carbo fiber!

Author Blumac5 ( ago)
4:48 with some more DABS

Author Blumac5 ( ago)
I turned my old HP computer into a foldable laptop and I got a touchscreen bar and now it's a touch screen all in one! And then I gave it to my friend that can't afford to buy a computer

Author Brecht Schatteman ( ago)
Hey DIY perks, how about making adding touchscreen? It would be a big win for me since I am used to a surface pro, but I would want a bigger screen than 12" to work on. Thanks!

Author Krafted Adventurer™ ( ago)
Hey there DIY Perks! I have a dead laptop with a touch screen monitor, would the steps here work just fine?

Author Andari Voom ( ago)
holy fuck... your screen is soo piss yellow it have gave me cancer

Author Hichem Naami ( ago)
Very nice and clean work ! Well done

Author Ejuice ( ago)
LOL Razer did this and someone stole it!

Author Vishal Jangid ( ago)
can i use touchscreen ?

Author MWorks08 ( ago)
Hello man, I"ve actually studied your video and am about to build the monitor, yet, my screen is from a Toshiba M400 touchscreen (which worked with a pen), do you think I could make it work somehow ? Really appreciate your videos, you rock!...

Author asian stallion ( ago)
Nice to put a face to the voice! 🙂

Author PillowySheepy ( ago)
6:03 there's a smily face

Author Mathias Wiehrdt ( ago)
This is cheaper than all of the 1080p HD monitors out on the market because mine costed 140 bucks and I only get 2 HDMI's and one VGA with no sound output

Author Alisamar Husain ( ago)
You sir, are amazing.

Author nick bodz ( ago)
I have made one but it turns off after about 2 minutes even when I am using it as a second screen. is there any way to fix it

Author Decoy ( ago)
hech dee monitor

Author Muhammad Rafiuddin ( ago)
what a beautiful thing i see today.. nice share..

Author miggy 123 ( ago)
will this work on universal control boards?

Author MrChair77 ( ago)
My friend gave me their MacBook so I took it apart and now I have the screen and some unfamiliar cables, how do I use a MacBook screen

Author nedaxel ( ago)
Can I power it from a portable power bank?

Author Saiko Path ( ago)

Author Chris Phann ( ago)
Can you do this with desktop monitor as well?

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