Build a DIY screen out of recycled parts for cheap

  • Опубликовано: 20 окт 2016
  • 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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Комментарии • 3 207

  • DIY Perks
    DIY Perks  Год назад +1146

    Holy moley - it's only been up a few hours and we're nearly at 3k likes! Thanks guys!

    • Super Zombie
      Super Zombie 5 дней назад

      DIY Perks can I 3d print an enclosure for the laptop screen and the circuitry?

    • Artjoms Pugacovs
      Artjoms Pugacovs 2 месяца назад

      Thats cause you used 2 million tags

    • Harvard Ford
      Harvard Ford 2 месяца назад

      DIY Perks such seamless sponsor transition. Love it lol

    • KonohagakureYondaime
      KonohagakureYondaime 2 месяца назад

      DIY Perks i have a laptop that works fine except for a broken heat sink and basically no battery so it needs to be plugged in. It is a 17 inch hp envy. Is there a video you can make turning an oldish working laptop into a standing desktop with the screen incorporated into it.

    • wolfs king
      wolfs king 3 месяца назад


  • Mike Hills
    Mike Hills Минуту назад

    Wow, amazing build. Nice work

  • subas giri
    subas giri 10 минут назад

    Love it ....

    ITS DANK 9 часов назад

    Square space the best way to make a pro looking porn site

  • JanTube
    JanTube 15 часов назад

    Hey DIY Perks, can you show us how to power it via USB-C like the Asus MB169C+?

  • JanTube
    JanTube 16 часов назад

    I can't find such a laptop to recycle the screen from for a low budget on German eBay. The market is overpriced. Do you have a tip for me?

  • Javier Aldrete
    Javier Aldrete День назад

    So i can connect my ps4 to it?

    • Voyager
      Voyager 20 часов назад +1

      Depends on the board, the board your looking for has to have a HDMI input otherwise you'll need an adapter.

  • SquiddyToons
    SquiddyToons День назад

    I have a lenovo ideapad 100s and i dont know what control board to get. if you could give me a link on where to buy it.

    • Voyager
      Voyager 20 часов назад

      Have you taken out the screen yet? If so it should have the part number on the back of it. Then just type this "Part Number control board"

  • Reece Wharf
    Reece Wharf День назад +1

    I bet you could make a great all in one if you strap a raspberry pi to the back

  • JanTube
    JanTube День назад

    Can you make it battery powered?

  • chl7837
    chl7837 День назад

    Is it possible powering display with laptop, if I connect them with Usb dc/dc voltage converter cable??
    I want to connect display to the laptop and directly power it. so that I don't have to carry power adapters.
    they're so damn heavy, it's like i'm carrying bricks! Ugh!! If anyone knows, please let me know!!

  • MakeYouCry
    MakeYouCry День назад

    Not as beautiful as yours but thanks for the tips :)

  • Brick Monkey o3
    Brick Monkey o3 2 дня назад

    How much ampere does the monitor need with controller board?

    • Voyager
      Voyager День назад

      No prob!

    • Brick Monkey o3
      Brick Monkey o3 День назад

      Voyager thanks for the answer you helped me!

    • Voyager
      Voyager 2 дня назад +1

      Did you check the product page? In my case it was 3 ampere.

  • Google Birds
    Google Birds 4 дня назад

    wow that video reached more than 5000 views.

  • DreiGradNord
    DreiGradNord 4 дня назад

    thank you thaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaat much !! :)

  • Flowxing
    Flowxing 6 дней назад

    id rather use a thin aluminium sheet or acryl as MDF is very soft and reacts with humidity. I didnt know that you could just buy seperate controllers for monitor panels though!

  • Zreddx
    Zreddx 7 дней назад

    Looks like a Cintiq 16Hd

  • Christian De Paz
    Christian De Paz 7 дней назад

    with this old video you got my suscription

  • Stefan Andor
    Stefan Andor 8 дней назад

    I want to build this but i can't find anywhere the cable extender. Can somebody help me?

  • Juan Flores
    Juan Flores 8 дней назад

    Cool men!

  • Adilsu!!! :-P
    Adilsu!!! :-P 9 дней назад

    Hey master, can you help me i have a ltn154x3-l0d display, what power supply did i use?

  • Immortal SoFar
    Immortal SoFar 10 дней назад

    I've got an aversion to direct soldering. $8 will get you a set of simple, standard 2.54mm plugs from ebay ( Also not too keen on gluing things together like that (what if you want to re-use it later?). Maybe come up with a screw-mounting solution?

  • herguttentag9000
    herguttentag9000 10 дней назад

    hello, i am planning on doing this project myself! now im a bit confused on what kind of power cable i need to charge the screen externally. can i just use my laptop charger? its output is 20V 4.5 amps. or do i need a special kind of cable to charge the screen control board? if someone could help me that would be great!

    • Voyager
      Voyager 2 дня назад

      Woah, that probably would fry the board. All you have to do is check the control board product page, and check the power adapter needed. USUALLY it''s a 12V 4A DC adapter, but on my monitor i had to purchase a 12V 3A DC adapter.

  • el loco gato
    el loco gato 11 дней назад


  • RetroMochi
    RetroMochi 11 дней назад

    I can see wobble around the screen when you pan the camera. AKA, poor after effects motion tracking! Fake screen image!

    DJ XTRACT 12 дней назад

    would it not be cheaper after all cost of materials to buy a second hand screen?

  • Dr Ali
    Dr Ali 13 дней назад

    Help me with controller board of my dead laptop Dell n5010.

  • Dr Ali
    Dr Ali 13 дней назад

    How do you do that 0.17 seconds?

  • Arkaprava Adhikari
    Arkaprava Adhikari 17 дней назад

    Wonderful..... subscribing

  • GerArt13
    GerArt13 18 дней назад

    Wow impressive work very cool and useful idea! I have a laptop that doesn't turn on, I have to do this :^)

  • Eltan
    Eltan 19 дней назад

    what is the model of the thinkpad in the video?

  • Stephan Niznik
    Stephan Niznik 19 дней назад

    Could you do an updated guide except for a gaming monitor (one that is 120hz?) I can't seem to find the right control board for a gaming monitor. Thanks!

  • Evert van Ingen
    Evert van Ingen 19 дней назад

    Your Controller board is really dusty or is it just me

    • Reece Wharf
      Reece Wharf 18 часов назад

      Evert van Ingen it's just you

  • Leong Zheng Long
    Leong Zheng Long 21 день назад

    Does the LCD Controller Board have to be the same model as the LCD screen?

  • Toni Benzino
    Toni Benzino 22 дня назад

    Hello I cannot find that mini power extender is it HDMI or USB?, basically where did you find it ?

  • Custom PC Builds UK
    Custom PC Builds UK 23 дня назад

    Thanks, was wondering about this.

  • Duo Smuggler
    Duo Smuggler 24 дня назад +1

    Can this LCD use for pc

  • Sreejit Chandrabhanu
    Sreejit Chandrabhanu 24 дня назад

    Im trying to buy one of the board but cant make payment online. on ebay Model No: LP156WH4 (TL) (Q2) can any one help me?

  • Rebecca Craanen
    Rebecca Craanen 25 дней назад

    Is it possible to do this with an old Dell Inspiron 1 screen? I want a larger display than a second laptop screen.

  • Andrej Z
    Andrej Z 25 дней назад

    This is awesome!

  • Magnus Frederiksen
    Magnus Frederiksen 27 дней назад

    What to search for if I want to buy a new panel, which I can use for this? I want to make one for a project and cant find a decent laptop to use

  • Built it My way
    Built it My way 27 дней назад

    For my onitor what do I do

  • Built it My way
    Built it My way 27 дней назад

    There is no controller board

  • Sunday Afonja
    Sunday Afonja 27 дней назад

    hi, what size PCB Standoff pillar did you use on this project ? both male & female

  • md humaid
    md humaid 28 дней назад

    The cost in INR is 6k and we can literally get the monitor for the same cost

  • shaun nigel
    shaun nigel 28 дней назад

    Can it be set to operate independently using a flash drive to watch movies or something

  • Norman Name
    Norman Name 29 дней назад

    Hi Mr. Perks :-)
    Thank you for this great tutorial on how to reuse an old screen!
    As many others, I'm planning to do a similar project but not with the hinges from the laptop but with a vesa mount.
    How would you manage this in your current frame design? I'm uncertain if it's a good idea to use countersunk-head screws as you did an screw them onto some standoffs on the back of the frame for the vesa mount.
    Do you or does someone else have ideas or an opinion about my suggestion?
    Thanks :-)

    SONATH Месяц назад


  • frank noah
    frank noah Месяц назад

    I am going to make an external gpu for my laptop and you need a secondary screen so I am leaving it in the case and using the laptop as a case for the external gpu

  • Suci Sastro
    Suci Sastro Месяц назад

    Hello there, do you have video on replacing head for seagate external hard disk drive?

  • CoogiMane1996
    CoogiMane1996 Месяц назад

    Will this work for flat screen TV that's won't turn on. Trying to salvage the display.

  • Hari J
    Hari J Месяц назад

    Can I use my scrap TV screen 32inch

  • Oaltakrouri
    Oaltakrouri Месяц назад

    Just finished mine, but I unfortunately was using clamps when gluing it down with epoxy and accidentally ended up cracking the screen making the whole project useless.

  • TheMorsix
    TheMorsix Месяц назад

    Hello Matt. Can you tell me where can I buy an extension cable like yours?

  • April Cluess
    April Cluess Месяц назад

    Can you plug a USB into this instead of your laptop, in order to play a video?

  • Miguel Pérez Salcedo
    Miguel Pérez Salcedo Месяц назад

    Oh my GOD, this is fantastic, interesante, me suscribo, thanks for make this videos.

  • Shadow
    Shadow Месяц назад

    Are you using music from that Home Depot commercial?

  • Rinay Debbarma
    Rinay Debbarma Месяц назад

    Nice video da I'm gonna use ur method

  • WupWup
    WupWup Месяц назад

    Fuck I really want to build a couple of theese. Got multiple broken laptops but too expensive with import taxes on the control boards...

  • Jacob Brown
    Jacob Brown Месяц назад

    What kind of laptop do you have

  • Konrad Schneider
    Konrad Schneider Месяц назад

    For some reason, this video triggered the “Hey Siri” function on my iPad at around 3:15...

  • essam f.
    essam f. Месяц назад

    I've 2 laptops, one with broken screen but functioning well and the other is not functioning but with working screen. I want to use the working screen in stead of the other. What parts I'll need.

    FRAG aLOT Месяц назад

    DPI is n't getting much higher since it's a 1080p monitor.. unless the screen is 2 inches big.

  • Christian Siefen
    Christian Siefen Месяц назад

    his voice reminds me of the narrator from the Stanley Parable... Sort of

  • Sas Asa
    Sas Asa Месяц назад

    can some people tell me, how he is able to use batteries to power it up, like 12V 2-3A with 10* AA batteries without destroying the board?
    How many 18650 batteries should i use, in order to do the same?
    kind regards,

  • Michael yawson mensah
    Michael yawson mensah Месяц назад

    I love this video. Will give it a try and see how things turn out.

  • Fresh Away
    Fresh Away Месяц назад

    Instead of connecting to a laptop, can you connect it to adesktop tower?

  • Brandon Manusov
    Brandon Manusov Месяц назад

    Can you post a link for the power supply, or power it off one cord with the video output?

    • Yaseen Sayyed
      Yaseen Sayyed Месяц назад

      Brandon Manusov
      what is the bit & channel of the LVDS cable he has used? do you have any clue.please help

  • Yaseen Sayyed
    Yaseen Sayyed Месяц назад

    what bit is the lvds cable?

  • Neil Davis
    Neil Davis Месяц назад

    I can Make a video on how to make an pc out of an Android

  • Smith Black
    Smith Black Месяц назад

    This is awesome :D i had no idea you can find control boards for laptop lcd panels. Thank you DIY Perks !

    • Smith Black
      Smith Black Месяц назад

      no worries. have fun with the build :D

    • Yaseen Sayyed
      Yaseen Sayyed Месяц назад +1

      Smith Black hey it's 6 bit 2 channel lvds cable I got it from doing some Google searches, thanks for responding though .

    • Smith Black
      Smith Black Месяц назад

      it looks like an 8bit 2ch cable, but i'm not sure ... did you check your lcd serial code to see what type you need ??

    • Yaseen Sayyed
      Yaseen Sayyed Месяц назад

      what is the bit & channel of the LVDS cable he has used? do you have any clue.please help

  • Exquisite
    Exquisite Месяц назад

    Is there any place where I can go to find the hinges that he used because I have almost all of the parts for mine except for the hinges. Just wondering where I can buy them or maybe what they are called besides laptop hinges ro help guide me so I can buy them.

  • Yosmer Valdez
    Yosmer Valdez Месяц назад

    good morning, i have 1 lcd from tv and i have 4 cables on screen to power supply, the model is v216b1-L02, can i make your proyect with this monitor lcd

  • daniel parra
    daniel parra Месяц назад

    Good work,men,this is a amazing desing,I never think can be possible,sorry for my bad Inglish, have a nice day,and thanks

  • Yaseen Sayyed
    Yaseen Sayyed Месяц назад

    where is the invertor board?

  • The Most Lazy Gamër -_-
    The Most Lazy Gamër -_- Месяц назад

    Does it work with mackbook pro?

  • Rahul pillai
    Rahul pillai Месяц назад

    can this be used with a mac mini?

  • Keniseg
    Keniseg Месяц назад

    sorry, but body for screen turned out not very

    RDS GRAPHIX Месяц назад

    your DIYs are always too hard

  • Mike Builds
    Mike Builds Месяц назад

    Thats a hot little idea

  • Kishan C
    Kishan C Месяц назад

    Can you help me attach my tablet monitor somehow to my laptop, internally connected or externally to fully utilize the touch screen if possible or jest as an lcd screen

  • Vinh Tran
    Vinh Tran Месяц назад

    Thanks a lot. Nice diy video


    Can I reuse mobile screen ?
    Can I reuse mobile screen for arduino

  • Ralph Joram Sanvictores
    Ralph Joram Sanvictores Месяц назад

    Can i use universal lcd control board?

  • Luckycharm1668
    Luckycharm1668 Месяц назад

    Awesome video! Could you please tell me where to get those gold screws and nuts you are using? Thank you.

  • Tavo Mena
    Tavo Mena 2 месяца назад

    Would look good to add a Chromecast and place on on the kitchen, the deal will be sound :( won't be able to watch videos

  • Walker Atkinson
    Walker Atkinson 2 месяца назад

    is it possible to scrap the control bored from the laptop its self and not use original l the power a 110 volt power supply from laptop

  • Stuart Morrow
    Stuart Morrow 2 месяца назад

    > IPS automatically means exceptional colours
    >cries in T25

  • S Takhar
    S Takhar 2 месяца назад

    DIY ultra ultrawide screen using 3 laptop screens?

  • Dutchment3d
    Dutchment3d 2 месяца назад

    Im having problems with my screen , it is as if the Gamma is turned on? But it isnt. Any help??
    There is also a huge delay:(

  • Edwin Pleijsier
    Edwin Pleijsier 2 месяца назад

    Wouldn't it be great to be able to use the laptop's battery to power the screen? This way we can use the extra screen without adapter, right?

    • Edwin Pleijsier
      Edwin Pleijsier Месяц назад

      Not even, because going from 5v to 12V will make loss...

    • Mustafa Luay
      Mustafa Luay Месяц назад

      Edwin Pleijsier Ahh I missed that... but if the USB output is 3A it can work, right?

    • Edwin Pleijsier
      Edwin Pleijsier Месяц назад +1

      Cant be, going from 5v to 12v leaves 200mA and the board needs 3A, so will never work.

    • Mustafa Luay
      Mustafa Luay Месяц назад

      Edwin Pleijsier you can use a usb 5v to 12v dc power jack so you can connect it from the laptop to the screen easily

  • asrsi
    asrsi 2 месяца назад +1

    Thanks for the video. With this idea, I make a portable "Banana PI" Linux PC with an old 17" notebook screen (LP171WE2-TLA2), which I still have lying around.. :-)

  • Fast Fish
    Fast Fish 2 месяца назад

    Thank you so much me and my dad are making one
    Right now

  • Adin Benson
    Adin Benson 2 месяца назад

    if your laptop already has an HDMI port you can plug it directly into a desktop monitor

  • Alex Wielinga
    Alex Wielinga 2 месяца назад

    I broke my panel FUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUU (╯°□°)╯︵ ┻━┻ Guess I'll make the fake windows now lol

  • Gazza
    Gazza 2 месяца назад

    Absolutely brilliant idea please keep these projects coming 👊😉

  • Jonathan West
    Jonathan West 2 месяца назад

    I have a 15" laptop that overheats and is just slow and old, however I don't have any desk space and my monitor is a 32" 1440p, these DIY projects end up looking so cool though. Fun to watch.

  • Adigo T. Axel
    Adigo T. Axel 2 месяца назад


  • Kinetic Audio
    Kinetic Audio 2 месяца назад

    Oh I am so gonna give this a try!!!

  • Harvard Ford
    Harvard Ford 2 месяца назад

    I’m going to try the same build but I’ll use recycled aluminum slabs from my school’s aerospace engineer dept. for the casing
    This is gonna be heavy AF LOL