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I do not want to use a functional laptop as a display.

I have a brand new replacement screen for a laptop that I would like to mod into my desktop computer case. I want to connect it to the computer just like any other external display (ie: dvi cable into the video card)

My disconnect is at the conversion from the ribbon cable to dvi/vga/hdmi.

A full howto would be excellent but I'm really just hoping for search terms to lead me to a howto.

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The only thing that I've found so far to do this is this LCD Controller board. Here's also a youtube video that shows how it works

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More specifically, what you want is to be able to convert the LVDS signal coming from the display into a DVI (or in the case of this particular controller, VGA) signal. There are a number of products that claim to do this. –  user55325 Jul 17 '12 at 4:06
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@user55325 - You have the flow of information backwards. The display requires the LVDS signal. The DVI or VGA signal (from the PC) has to be converted to LVDS. The PC outputs video to the display. The only info that the display sends is its EDID response. –  sawdust Jul 17 '12 at 7:56
    
You're right, of course. :P –  user55325 Jul 17 '12 at 18:17

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