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 • 2 948

  • DIY Perks
    DIY Perks  Год назад +1081

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

    • Suresh S
      Suresh S 6 дней назад

      DIY Perks can u help me idk which control to buy my laptop screen model number is LTN141W1-L09..and im from india. It would be eazy if u suggest me which one to buy online in you know in indian wedsites

    • Henry Mejia
      Henry Mejia 15 дней назад

      Dear DIY Perks
      I have watch all your videos and I absolutely love them,
      I have a project in mind i just don't want to mess it up,
      It would help me greatly if you could answer some of my questions.
      maybe even make a video on it.
      have you ever seen the "BUILD YOUR OWN 3 screen laptop" video by JerryRigEverything?
      where a version of project Valerie by Razor is constructed by using hinges.
      lets say you built two your DIY screens from old laptops, like the one in this video
      p.s. great video
      anyway would there be a way to create a version of
      a 3 screen laptop by using your recycled screens?
      Also, would there be a way to make the DIY screens USB compatible, instead of HDMI?
      like the ones in the "BUILD YOUR OWN 3 screen Laptop" video
      last question do you think there is a way to connect both the DIY screens and the main laptop to the same power source, like you did in this video?
      perhaps 2 voltage step down boards.
      thank you sir keep making videos

    • Captain Black
      Captain Black 2 месяца назад

      Tellica Te Kira o7?

    • Tellica Te Kira
      Tellica Te Kira 2 месяца назад

      DIY Perks i7

    • I phone Youtube
      I phone Youtube 2 месяца назад

      DIY Perks would i be able to use this on my computer or game console too?

  • James Garlick
    James Garlick 7 часов назад

    How can you set it up for multiple hdmi inputs?

  • Jala Brummer
    Jala Brummer День назад

    so you are telling me i can fix my computer for just 20$... BEST DEAL ON THE MARKET

  • bradleypariah
    bradleypariah День назад

    1:32 A lot of people probably thought nothing of that. That was a cool trick.

  • Redwanur Bhuiyan
    Redwanur Bhuiyan День назад

    Real creativity and beauty

  • GamingGods
    GamingGods 2 дня назад

    My controller board heats up is there any way to fix this

  • Chris H
    Chris H 3 дня назад

    Love your voice and how clearly you speak. Videos like this really gives you the confidence to DIY rather than just throwing tech away that you could upcycle at a lower cost than buying something brand new.

  • Alan Milinović
    Alan Milinović 3 дня назад

    Where di you get those arm hinge?

  • fun channel
    fun channel 4 дня назад

    awesome i need this bro can u gift me plzzz

  • Rehan Baig Baig
    Rehan Baig Baig 4 дня назад

    Hi, can you please help
    How to switch between two inputs
    1 cctv & 2 Hdmi I just can't keep plugging out the connection every time

  • Vitor Casadei
    Vitor Casadei 6 дней назад

    Hi, any idea of how I can find the parts described for a Macbook air 2013( screen?

  • Alan Milinović
    Alan Milinović 6 дней назад

    Why are not all parts listed with links in video description???

  • Alan Milinović
    Alan Milinović 6 дней назад

    Is it possible to also reuse speakers from old laptop and use them with controller? Idea is to have sound out of the hdmi cable.

  • What you Looking at?
    What you Looking at? 7 дней назад

    Atleast he is not an Indian tech support scammer

  • Dharmraj Bhalerao
    Dharmraj Bhalerao 8 дней назад

    In india it is better to buy control board than buy a seçond hànd laptop

  • Andrius Kamarauskas
    Andrius Kamarauskas 8 дней назад

    i ordered same board for my project and it worked fine, just audio in (AUX) didn't. Did you tested all ports?

  • Tom
    Tom 10 дней назад

    I have the same laptop

  • Thắng Trần
    Thắng Trần 10 дней назад

    need this xD

  • AB Va
    AB Va 10 дней назад

    Does the version matter ? my model nummer goes XXXXXXX V6 , does the version matter? because i cant find any controller boards with the "v6" notified

  • Boaz bee
    Boaz bee 12 дней назад

    Gays buy it on banggood it only cost 1500 in Indian rupees

  • Wow Wow
    Wow Wow 14 дней назад

    Awesome dude!

  • Zpoo SebZos
    Zpoo SebZos 14 дней назад

    I can't seem to find a controller for this screen 04W1655 and 04W1653 (Lenovo ThinkPad Edge E320, E325)
    It would be much appreciated if someone could help me out!
    Thank you!

  • KangaPoo Pradjan
    KangaPoo Pradjan 15 дней назад

    Another great vid - hint though - for a better smoother flatter finish when using the wrap users might want to use a small roller and make sure the surface is dust/debris free & all holes deburred as you can see the slight imperfections on some of his projects and many others as well.
    Another use of dead laptop/old monitor screens is a remote screen - I installed a remote screen in the bathroom wall unit door & a 19" monitor inset into a stainless steel plate wrapped around a kitchen unit door & rigged up to a laptop motherboard on the back of a kitchen unit door in my house years ago,
    You would also have to install remote, video signal & power supply cabling but there are many sites to show how easy it is to do,

  • VlP3RIA
    VlP3RIA 16 дней назад

    Anyone has any ideas about the support system? My dead laptop doesnt have any hinges

  • Ashfaq Mohamed
    Ashfaq Mohamed 16 дней назад

    hi ..I am thinking of using a laptop screen to make a digital picture can I do that?

  • heriberto abreu
    heriberto abreu 23 дня назад

    Hi i have this monitor model QD14XL07 REV:03
    From my old broken laptop and i was wandering if you can tell me how i know if the monitor still working before i buy the board controller i hope you can help me and thanks

  • Conner Morrow
    Conner Morrow 24 дня назад


  • anand warude
    anand warude 24 дня назад

    Awesome vdo. Looks so professional. Would you have by any chance the details of all parts used and drawing or cut outs of mdf..

  • Aaron Dinsdale
    Aaron Dinsdale 25 дней назад

    I'm currently working on my own project based of this. The screen I salvaged has a power inverter lead on the bottom of the screen which connects to an additional part that came with my control board. I was just wondering how come this one doesn't seem to require this? Does it depend on the model or did this screen have one build in?

  • Ricardo Leite
    Ricardo Leite 26 дней назад

    It will be a good complement to my GPD Pocket

  • Vertio
    Vertio 26 дней назад

    Hey dude! I have a old Dell Inspiron 1545 that I want to turn into a desktop for basic studying, and have my gaming rig somewhere else. Now, I wonder: Do I really need the control board if i'm gonna be using the laptops display with the laptop itself, but separated? Also is that even possible? Thanks in advance.

  • terryss95
    terryss95 26 дней назад

    Can you do this way also 144hz, 120hz monitors?

  • Thought Frankly
    Thought Frankly 26 дней назад

    Is the LCD Inverter Board same as the control board?

  • tony stark
    tony stark 27 дней назад

    Can you make a video for smart mirror

  • John Crypto
    John Crypto 27 дней назад

    Wood would really make this fancy. great video

    SEMWAL MANISH 28 дней назад

    Cool old stuff can I use now thanks friend.👌👌👌👌👌👌👌

  • Steven Trail
    Steven Trail 28 дней назад

    I'm wondering if the screen would work if you hooked it up to the electronics of a cell phone

  • Alex Estrada
    Alex Estrada 29 дней назад

    Has anyone done this or can tell me if this would power up running off usb from a ps3 or ps4

  • Menachem Jacobson
    Menachem Jacobson 29 дней назад

    Can I take a control board from the laptop

  • Ars Smns
    Ars Smns 29 дней назад

    I wish i can give this amazing project many 1M SUBSCIBED,.. Nice

  • Sochet SOM
    Sochet SOM Месяц назад

    Can I just power it with powerbank with output 5V-1A or 5V-2.1A to make it portable?

  • andrei2126
    andrei2126 Месяц назад

    Hi Matt, i have a little question, is it possible to connect more than one extra screen/matrix to the laptop with this system of LCD board controllers? TKS)

  • Lacosta
    Lacosta Месяц назад

    Can anyone help me? i have a LG Flatron 19 inch screen (model: LM190E03-TLB1) and the board was dead. i searched for the control board for this specific model and i can't find any. the closest thing o could found were control boards with the LM190E03 designation, but not the TLB1 designation. I don't want to order something that doesn't work, so can anyone help me please?

  • AlienFridge
    AlienFridge Месяц назад

    Can i use this as a monitor say for a game console

  • Sovanreach Chea
    Sovanreach Chea Месяц назад

    +DIY Perks: Hi bro, thanks for the video. I need your help regarding the casing. Now, I have connected everything, my monitor and controller board, but I don't know how to make a good insulation case so that I don't have to worry about electric shock. I saw that you are able to make it so nice and comfortable. Anyway, my laptop screen is 14 inch and controller board is around your size. I need your advice , please help.

  • RobinHood9184
    RobinHood9184 Месяц назад

    Very interesting

  • Bruno Popin
    Bruno Popin Месяц назад

    Hello, thanks for this very nice video ☺️ does anybody knows if it exists alimented by usb-c ?

  • FreeToBe
    FreeToBe Месяц назад

    Are monitor controller boards somewhat universal? I have an ASUS K50 IJ with a decent screen for these mods.

  • Ursu lea
    Ursu lea Месяц назад

    Hey i need a display exactly like this please ///liml to buy ?

  • Jayden Chacos
    Jayden Chacos Месяц назад

    can you use a mac screen?

    • Rehan Baig Baig
      Rehan Baig Baig 4 дня назад

      Can I add a mouse to this portable moniter

    • Jayden Chacos
      Jayden Chacos Месяц назад

      and use it with a macbook pro

  • the people
    the people Месяц назад

    hey this is cool !!!

  • Yousef Mohammadi Darestani
    Yousef Mohammadi Darestani Месяц назад

    I just found this channel a few days ago. After watching the first video I subscribed right away. I think this is the best channel on RUclip or any other video sharing platform.

  • Klaevin
    Klaevin Месяц назад

    so, I have two panels that are the exact same. I ordered the driver. for some reason, when I hook up everything, neither panel works. anyone know why?
    my computer recognizes the driver
    the panel back light turns on

  • Nimesh Rughani
    Nimesh Rughani Месяц назад


  • DoesNotComputeYT
    DoesNotComputeYT Месяц назад

    How many hz/ what response time is this?

  • Chris
    Chris Месяц назад

    I'm fishing for ideas and this one is pretty cool. Although, I would change one thing about it. I would leave enough room below the bottom of the screen to drill enough holes for the buttons and then use some kind of button extension to press them from the front. Otherwise...I like this project.

  • Rickvian Aldi
    Rickvian Aldi Месяц назад

    can someone just craft it and sell it?

  • Locus
    Locus Месяц назад

    thanks for teaching me how to build monitors lol.

  • Antti Kautto
    Antti Kautto Месяц назад

    Hi! Is it possible to make the led window light project out of the type of display used in this video? I have a bunch of these ones with the circuit board outside the frame and there are no familiar labels on the pads. Also I have a couple displays with a separate wire (with a jumper type plastic plug) for probably powering it up since there is no usual flat ribbon cable anywere. And many thanks Matt for your work!

  • Mahender Rana
    Mahender Rana Месяц назад

    looks absolutely amazing.

  • kundan thakur
    kundan thakur Месяц назад

    Can we add WiFi to this monitor use with mobile or laptop???
    Please share

    • Hemanth Reddy
      Hemanth Reddy Месяц назад

      there's another video on that on his channel, go see it

  • Kimsea Chea
    Kimsea Chea Месяц назад

    I want to do one but I don't have a spare laptop. Can I do this with my Dead Galaxy Note 10.1? It has a screen tho.

  • Davio Bustamonte
    Davio Bustamonte Месяц назад

    Great video.
    Do you recommend any type of small, portable battery that can power a LG LP156WH1(12V, 3A) and perhaps a Rasperry Pi(5V, 2A), as well? If not, just the screen. I don't know much about electricity.

  • Ted Chong
    Ted Chong Месяц назад

    What do you do with the inverter that came with the board?

    CDFGAMING Месяц назад

    Hey my old screen has a mother board of its own but on the out side and Idk what to do with it

  • Seans Chans
    Seans Chans Месяц назад

    Man i wish i was old anof to jave a job

  • Christian Otero
    Christian Otero Месяц назад

    what are the dimensions of the PCB standoffs and the screws that you used?

  • Zane Cullen
    Zane Cullen Месяц назад

    Hey what if you want to use this as you main pc and not an extra one? like to edit on etc? is that possible?

  • Free Saxon
    Free Saxon Месяц назад

    Nice build

  • Itnecap
    Itnecap Месяц назад

    Love the British accent, RUclip it's full of Yankees :(

  • Itnecap
    Itnecap Месяц назад


  • Che L
    Che L Месяц назад

    Hi Perks, want to say this is an awesome project and I'm actually going to give it a go. Is there a way I can PM you for some advice please?

    AQAVAR Месяц назад

    Hi, nice stuff. Thanks.

  • Katashi Jaime
    Katashi Jaime Месяц назад

    Will any 12 volt adapter be able to power most 1080p / 720p monitor? I dont want to destroy the monitor board in the process.

  • Ashhar Hasan
    Ashhar Hasan Месяц назад

    1.9 Million view shows how important a "Portable Display" is for almost everyone, But you can make it even more "Productive" by adding "Touch Screen" on it, and Everyone gonna love it. So, Go for it, we are waiting...
    :Ps : I Forget to say "Please" :D

  • Chetan Gondalia
    Chetan Gondalia Месяц назад


  • mikkel meinike
    mikkel meinike Месяц назад

    This is ended a super cool project. So nicely looking. So inspiring. Thanks for that.

  • Jack Searle
    Jack Searle Месяц назад

    I would DIY this but I break laptop screens and tear ribbons all the time

    ALL TIKE PRO Месяц назад


  • Floris Bos
    Floris Bos Месяц назад

    I have a LTN173KT03 screen but I can't find a controller board for it what can I do??

  • Lorenzo Antonio Quiroz González
    Lorenzo Antonio Quiroz González Месяц назад

    Omg, i love this!!!

  • Sreerag Valsan
    Sreerag Valsan Месяц назад


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    Sreerag Valsan 2 месяца назад


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  • Sreerag Valsan
    Sreerag Valsan 2 месяца назад

    which is the laptop that you are using

  • Sreerag Valsan
    Sreerag Valsan 2 месяца назад

    which is the laptop that you are using

  • Alphaxxon HD
    Alphaxxon HD 2 месяца назад

    Nice video

  • Trih End
    Trih End 2 месяца назад

    Reading these comments and I'm wondering if some of you realize that he used a laptop. Like he said I'm building a screen for a LAPTOP.
    You know..the thing you carry with to work, school..on buses, trains and stuff.
    So naturally, he would build something that you could carry around and use just as easily.
    Of course, it could be used for other displays (desktops, game consoles etc) anything HDMI compatible and you can always buy a monitor for that.
    But can you take that monitor with you...easily... anywhere all the time...for your PS3/PS4 or your tablet... at this cost?
    This project is BRILLIANT!
    You should watch the second part to this video.
    He attaches speakers and makes it rechargable.
    I thought I was impressed by this video.

  • CensoreD The Brand
    CensoreD The Brand 2 месяца назад

    It's damn awesome maannnn

  • Rexxy MC
    Rexxy MC 2 месяца назад

    Is it easy

  • Timo
    Timo 2 месяца назад

    Do you have to buy somethin else to plug the monitor into a socket?

  • North Glitcher
    North Glitcher 2 месяца назад +1

    ahh i smashed my other laptop up befor this video!!

    • North Glitcher
      North Glitcher 2 месяца назад

      it wouldn't charge so i gave it some

    • Timo
      Timo 2 месяца назад

      You can still use the damaged lapotop as a desktop pc if just the screen is broken but the rest works well

  • michaelreqd
    michaelreqd 2 месяца назад +1

    good video! Will try to use it to make a 1920 x 1080 17-inch display as an external display for my 17" MacBook Pro when traveling. Finding a full HD light-weight external display suitable for travel is a challenge: the few USB powered ones have a bad lag (since the USB port will not driven by the dedicated graphics card), and mostly exist in the 15 inch variety, and the one (literally, one model from one company) 17-inch model available is not 1920 x 1080. The only full HD travel monitor with VGA and HDMI input is again only 15 inches, and costs $350 !!! You can find an 17" LCD panel with a DVI + VGA control board for $115 on eBay (DVI VGA LCD Controller Board 17.3" N173HGE B173HW01 1920x1080 LCD Screen) - will try that one ! Its not super cheap anymore, but since there is literally no 17-inch full HD VGA/DVI monitor for sale anywhere in the world as far as I can tell, this DIY will do just fine !

  • vj Lamaskier
    vj Lamaskier 2 месяца назад

    hi I made it a bit different but the electronics the same. how can i adjust the backlight? its almost the half of what i have on any other laptop. pls help.

  • Led Rezistor
    Led Rezistor 2 месяца назад

    хуйни какойто дядя наделал

  • YuinYee Chew
    YuinYee Chew 2 месяца назад +1

    Can i get control board from my old laptop?

  • fredamaster
    fredamaster 2 месяца назад +1

    Are you connecting it with usb or HDMI I can't really tell

    • fredamaster
      fredamaster 24 дня назад

      Uriel カワハラ nvm I see it now thanks baby

    • fredamaster
      fredamaster 24 дня назад

      If you stop the video it shows that he's using a usb

    • カワハラUriel
      カワハラUriel Месяц назад

      fredamaster Hdmi, mate

  • Curios Boyee
    Curios Boyee 2 месяца назад +1

    Can I reuse a faulty screen

    • Timo
      Timo 2 месяца назад

      Well, when the screen doesn't work itself, you can't. I advise you to let your laptop be checked. If the screen itself is okay, you can use it and don't have to throw it away

  • Ben Bourlier
    Ben Bourlier 2 месяца назад

    the colors and/or resolution on my screen are totally messed up, making an unusable picture. i’ve tried messing with every possible setting, and nothing seems to help. any suggestions?

    • Timo
      Timo 2 месяца назад

      It seems to be broken or have a some other problem. Let a professional check it

  • Niels Henriksen
    Niels Henriksen 2 месяца назад +1

    My old Macbook is dead so maybe i Can use the screen

    • Timo
      Timo 2 месяца назад

      As long as you have the control board fitting to the monitor, it should be possible

    • Quadk0pter XD
      Quadk0pter XD 2 месяца назад

      mmm i dont know man pretty sure those screens are proprietary