Build a DIY screen out of recycled parts for cheap

  • Опубликовано:  8 месяцев назад
  • 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: 2 519

  • DIY Perks
    DIY Perks 8 месяцев назад

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

    • Zai Fuchigami
      Zai Fuchigami 8 дней назад

      now. it has 63k likes

      FAHAD COOL 27 дней назад

      +DIY Perks now. It has 61k likes

    • Stark
      Stark 1 месяц назад

      No, THANK YOU DUDE! I had one broken laptop already torn apart and got a simple control board and dude PLAYING PS3 ON A SUPER SLIM SCREEN LIKE WTFFFF I AM IN LOVE THANKS FOR THIS VIDEO! <3 I just wish and have not figure how to make the language of the control board into english or something a bit more understandable than chinese |:

    • Benjamin Wilson
      Benjamin Wilson 1 месяц назад

      @Tomislav Ricov
      I don't know if my charger was somewhat defective but it was 12V-1.5A and the power diode light up once after going out.
      So I bought a modular power supply thinking 1.5A was too much (it gives 1.5, 3, 6, 9 and 12V I think, at max 1A) and works like a charm.

      So I'm kinda surprised that 2A works, but hey, if it ain't broke don't fix it.

    • Dominus Slavus
      Dominus Slavus 2 месяца назад

      Benjamin Wilson thanks for the reply, im using a charger i have from a huawei wifi board. It has 2A, its doing ok so far.
      The funny thing is a have a universal adapter with various heads but when i plug them in, norhing. I can vene choose voltage and polarity.

  • Najeeb Sarwar
    Najeeb Sarwar 7 часов назад

    I have a dead touchscreen laptop, will the touch feature work?

  • John 316
    John 316 23 часа назад

    I will probably actually do this with a couple of dead laptops. Nice video!

  • Isaac Newton
    Isaac Newton 1 день назад

    hola! es posible para un monitor 4k con conexión USB 3.0? De ser posible, deseo contactarme con ud para hacer una solicitud de 2 monitores! De antemano, gracias por su tiempo! saludos cordiales!

  • bob keys
    bob keys 2 дня назад

    Excellent stuff

  • InfiniteKing_ 21
    InfiniteKing_ 21 2 дня назад

    If it was touch screen that would be even more amazing

  • rahul kamble
    rahul kamble 3 дня назад

    i have a computer moniter....can i use it for making this....plz reply???

  • Hans Harry Félix
    Hans Harry Félix 3 дня назад

    Very smart...

  • Link to Insanity
    Link to Insanity 3 дня назад

    Nice idea, where's the on switch?

    (I assume in all seriousness that it powers on itself)

  • Steven Velazquez
    Steven Velazquez 3 дня назад

    Is there a way to power this with batteries?

  • StepNewSky INC.
    StepNewSky INC. 4 дня назад

    Is that works on PC ?

  • Aakash Kumar
    Aakash Kumar 4 дня назад

    Hi diy perks... can u make vdo on diy camera gimble ...(budget)...will help a lot

  • Nicolas LIENART
    Nicolas LIENART 4 дня назад

    Is that a problem if I use my 6 amperes power adaptor with a voltage regulator to power the controller board ?

  • Bethany Francia
    Bethany Francia 4 дня назад

    DIY glass or wood digital alarm clock with LED light . Or some sort of screen to display the time

  • TrentTYY
    TrentTYY 4 дня назад

    How thick were your cable sleeves and how did you manage to fit them in with the connector?

  • Toasted French fires
    Toasted French fires 4 дня назад

    why can't u just get the control board out of the PC/laptop

    • Felipe Felix
      Felipe Felix 2 дня назад

      because it is solded into the motherboard.

  • Clinton W Salvato
    Clinton W Salvato 4 дня назад

    I wonder if you could use the same concept and make a portable TV for a device like a streaming stick. That way you can not only have the streaming stick on the go, but a display as well I would think a couple of pizo speakers, or even just a sound output for headphones or speakers would be possible Either way, great video.

  • Joshua Murigi
    Joshua Murigi 5 дней назад

    thanks alot Perks can i get your email i have some series of questions

  • Brian Joseph Arivara
    Brian Joseph Arivara 5 дней назад

    Hi! can you recycle an old dead tablet screen as secondary display?

  • Charlie Moyes
    Charlie Moyes 5 дней назад

    Your soo smart

  • Thrifty Ramen
    Thrifty Ramen 6 дней назад

    The usefulness of this build is the portability not necessarily the cost. also, you could buy a 12 volt battery pack from amazon for as little as 8$, and then you don't have to worry about running down the battery of your laptop as much.

  • Manosspan1
    Manosspan1 6 дней назад

    Hey , Is it possible to do this with a tablet screen and get power from a USB?

  • Semih Semiz
    Semih Semiz 6 дней назад


  • FascinatingFlounder
    FascinatingFlounder 7 дней назад

    If i had the equipment I'd so do this. Such a cool video great job!

  • PR TechGuy
    PR TechGuy 7 дней назад

    Love all the stuff you conjure up...

  • George Panayotidis
    George Panayotidis 7 дней назад

    Wouldn't it be better to have the board with the buttons on the front of the screen for better acsess?

  • Phalgun Krishna
    Phalgun Krishna 8 дней назад

    I need a Controller board for my lcd screen(LM190WX1 TL K1) from dell all in one which i am not able to find in ebay, can any one suggest me where can i get the board

  • Vencel J
    Vencel J 9 дней назад

    does it also work with TN displays?

  • Ahmed Abd_elghaffar
    Ahmed Abd_elghaffar 10 дней назад

    can i connect ps4 to it

    THE RED TELECASTER 10 дней назад

    nice work

  • Daniel Ruiz Rojas
    Daniel Ruiz Rojas 10 дней назад

    Hello DIY Perks . Good tutorial. but when I use the monitor the control board suddenly reboot . How can I fix it?

  • marcynano
    marcynano 10 дней назад

    can you use it as a main monitor for a pc

  • Jake Alexander Bryant
    Jake Alexander Bryant 11 дней назад


  • Carlos Ibarraran
    Carlos Ibarraran 11 дней назад

    Hi! I saw this video and I got inspired. I get they screen of a Samsung Galaxy Pro, but I can't find the model. Does someone knows the model si that I can buy the control board?

  • John Schlicker
    John Schlicker 11 дней назад

    Pretty awesome tutorial. One thing I would change is to use painter's tape instead of masking tape.

  • meessen marvin
    meessen marvin 11 дней назад

    Hello Sir!
    Can i also do this with tv Displays like this One?
    Thank you !

  • Adam Stock
    Adam Stock 12 дней назад

    So what you are saying is for just 60/100 pounds worth of parts and several hours of your time in labour you can have an item that functions worse than a second hand screen you could pickup for free on freecycle ? .... um .... wow ?

  • michael Atkinson
    michael Atkinson 12 дней назад

    Okay...... what if it was for laptop usage, how would I then change this to run from the power of my PC??

  • Luis Pupo
    Luis Pupo 12 дней назад

    What do the buttons on the button board do?

  • An x Style
    An x Style 12 дней назад

    Thanks for uploading this video,now I can finally reuse my broken monitor

  • Arda Berat Sönmez
    Arda Berat Sönmez 13 дней назад

    How can we power this with usb?

  • Gera Sanz
    Gera Sanz 13 дней назад

    i find this project amazing! im gonna try for sure, just i dont understand too much about electricity, connectors and stuff like that, hope i dont burn my house to the ground! wish me luck

    XD LMAO 14 дней назад

    Ok so i know that this video is 7 months old but i just want to point out one thing. You can actually buy a docking station for laptops that are connected to a screen. Good video btw

  • hellochriis
    hellochriis 14 дней назад

    Is there a step-by-step guide available for the rest of us?

  • CynicalSheep
    CynicalSheep 15 дней назад

    If only I'd known you could do this with an old laptop screen before I threw away the two that I had.

  • TwentyEightySeven
    TwentyEightySeven 16 дней назад

    Buying those control board's off eBay costs more than buying an LCD monitor from a charity shop for $10 and you don't have to go through all the hassle. Trust me, I have been thinking about this for ages but it makes no sense as used monitors are everywhere now for dirt cheap much like how CRT's became worthless.

  • Timothy McCune
    Timothy McCune 16 дней назад

    Great video. Ive seen other vids on how to re-use an old laptop screen but your cosmetic tips are fantastic! Thank you. I already have the screen out, control board ordered. Gonna take 11 days from china. ARG! I cant wait to build it. THANKS AGAIN.

  • Virality
    Virality 16 дней назад


  • Dayton Richard
    Dayton Richard 18 дней назад

    Where would I find the proper 12 volt power adapter for the controller board? Could I theoretically use the laptop charger?

  • UnExploit
    UnExploit 18 дней назад

    so if i had a 55 inch screen would this work?

  • Juan Carlos Paine
    Juan Carlos Paine 18 дней назад

    Hello my friend.
    There is any chance to do the same whit a touchscreen monitor? I'm an entrepreneur who need to show pictures to his clients, but i don't have USD500 or more to buy a touchscreen laptop. Regards from Chile.

  • khaledb77
    khaledb77 19 дней назад

    simple and genius

  • Tejas Sonawane
    Tejas Sonawane 19 дней назад

    this is really amazing

  • corry higgs
    corry higgs 21 день назад

    Can I power this through a USB? I know you do something with USB but it is unclear to me.

  • Crack The All in1 YouTube Channel
    Crack The All in1 YouTube Channel 21 день назад

    great job.
    how to buy these components in india

  • How to basic
    How to basic 21 день назад

    Sir I would throw the laptop in the trash and get a few $100 android tablet with keyboard to have 2 computers to run all the business software and entertainment at once which are far better to Carrie around being able to use solar charger and if wanna use old website not upgraded for Linux you can use view proprietary windows garbage website on puffin software but I recommend the amazon or eBay software as it will save you a lot of time but I understand windows users can't be happy until they waste all the ram.

  • Joni Subroto
    Joni Subroto 21 день назад

    So I can combine that monitor with raspberry pi and I can get a portable computer?

  • BooLife
    BooLife 22 дня назад

    A 12v AC power adapter will work if you do not want to power the monitor directly from your laptop.

  • HUN MR.Sticky
    HUN MR.Sticky 23 дня назад

    so i can make a flat screen built into a wall like this?

  • Wizdomtrek
    Wizdomtrek 23 дня назад

    Bloody GENIUS, thank you!

  • Jarosław Świerczewski
    Jarosław Świerczewski 23 дня назад

    It has to be LED matrix - for LCD you also need the backlight.

  • Chapzer
    Chapzer 25 дней назад

    I think my display also has 2 power plugs along with a display type port. the prescribed board does not have the ports, is this ok?

  • le' nikt
    le' nikt 25 дней назад

    I've salvaged a 9 inch chinese tablet screen but no matter how hard I try I cannot find its model. Any suggestions in finding it?

  • microcz
    microcz 25 дней назад

    Great video

  • Diego Venegas
    Diego Venegas 26 дней назад

    Help me, please. I can't find the kit for my screen, it's a Samsung model LTN145AT01.

  • Greg Allison
    Greg Allison 26 дней назад

    I have been wanting to build a DIY All in one PC so I could choose my preferred motherboard etc. I have not been able to find a thin enough All in One bare bones PC yet but this video definitely inspires me. My son wants a really supercharged laptop and I believe this design allows for the addition of a motherboard in a way similar to your addition of the control board--same for the RAM, SSD etc. and so I could then just add a portable keyboard and have a laptop. If I can add touchscreen too then even better. I hope you make what I describe here too. Thanks!

  • danijel124
    danijel124 27 дней назад

    As a hobbyist maker with quite some experience I have to say you did a nice job :) The finished item is like you bought it. I have added vynil wrap to my stuff :) thanks man

  • Christian Cedeno
    Christian Cedeno 27 дней назад

    What kind of Lenovo laptop is that?

  • Christian Cedeno
    Christian Cedeno 27 дней назад

    Great video :D Very helpful and creative :) I hope to be able to do this DIY project some day as well :D

  • Denver Dias
    Denver Dias 27 дней назад

    your work is so neat!! 😍😍

  • Marcos Palmeira
    Marcos Palmeira 27 дней назад

    What power supply you exactly using and where you got it... cause im trying a similar poject with a Chimei N154I3-L03 1280x800 CCFL and seller says it uses a 12v and 4A!!!!! power supply and dunno where i can get one... any help?

  • Justin Gaylord
    Justin Gaylord 27 дней назад

    Any idea how hardy these screens are? I'm considering using the four mounting holes on my screen's frame to mount to a sheet of acrylic, but I'd be curious to know if that might have deleterious effects in the long run.

  • Spuds
    Spuds 28 дней назад

    nice build... I am going to consider it.

  • Lewis Ho
    Lewis Ho 28 дней назад

    Could this project work with a touch screen laptop?

  • Jason Fraser
    Jason Fraser 28 дней назад


  • Mohammad Bilal
    Mohammad Bilal 28 дней назад

    I have actually a number of screens detached from the laptop which I got from a junkyard.But I'm not sure whether they are working or not.Any body can give me an idea?

  • Bernard Soumi
    Bernard Soumi 29 дней назад

    Hey man
    It's really awesome idea but I've broken my laptop's lcd taking it out 😁😁😁 I was so excited 😂😂😂
    So does the same method works on normal pc monitor if I take the lcd panel and bought the proper kit for it??? 😁😁😁

  • baguette baguette never forget
    baguette baguette never forget 29 дней назад

    can you do this with a touch screen monitor and make it touch screen?

  • saber master
    saber master 1 месяц назад

    this is look like would be my next diy for my laptop 2nd screen

  • Big Bang Ideas
    Big Bang Ideas 1 месяц назад

    can I use it to my science project

  • PaulMichaelAngelo Cabanting
    PaulMichaelAngelo Cabanting 1 месяц назад

    Can Someone Give me a Controler board :(

  • Ron Hunter
    Ron Hunter 1 месяц назад

    I have an old monitor out of an acer and i can't figure out which number is the correct one to get the control board wires?

  • Rama Andika
    Rama Andika 1 месяц назад

    can i use it without set the voltage? i want to use it in my computer

  • Brandon Maruszczak 45
    Brandon Maruszczak 45 1 месяц назад

    cool man nice job

  • Vicente Zavala
    Vicente Zavala 1 месяц назад


  • Pablo Prats Mira
    Pablo Prats Mira 1 месяц назад

    I have a question...
    I have been researching the possibility of powering the screen through a USB cable connected to the laptop itself. I have the board and that same voltage regulator. The vendor said that the screen needs 12V at 4A. And a USB can give 5V at 0.5A or 1.5A (depending if it is 2.0 or 3.0).

    And the voltage regulator has this power characteristics:
    -4A switching current performance boost (BOOST) module.
    -Wide input voltage 5 ~ 32V
    -Wide output voltage 5V ~ 35V

    So the question is: Could I get a USB cable, take the male end, connect it to the Regulator in imput, then connect to output the power cable round end 2.1mm to connect to the power for my board?
    THank you!

  • nathan pin
    nathan pin 1 месяц назад

    Hello DIY Perks could you add more videos please.
    Because I really like them

  • Yiğit Dağhan
    Yiğit Dağhan 1 месяц назад

    Dont buy 500 bucks screen without HDMI, make one of them for 45$.

  • Noor Karzon
    Noor Karzon 1 месяц назад

    I have a question!! Is it possible by any mean to have multiple screens like this "say 2 or 3 screens" and connect them together to act as one screen? I'm seriously looking for something like this and I can't find it somewhere! And I trust you as you sound/look/act professional yet your tutorials seems easy to understand & follow. THANK YOU!!

    • Noor Karzon
      Noor Karzon 1 месяц назад

      Wow thanks for the fast reply!! Unfortunately I'm having an iMac 2016 for now. But I'm building a table where it contain all my photography/videography systems including the computer. Now I just wanna if an iMac would be able to do connect with these 3 horizontal screens that I'm planning to build or a PC would be the only solution to that!! Thank you again for the awesome contents and reply!!

    • DIY Perks
      DIY Perks 1 месяц назад

      +Noor Karzon If you have a fairly modern graphics card you could always use display spanning. Should work fine for what you want.

  • Demitri Esades
    Demitri Esades 1 месяц назад

    how would you connect this to raspberry pi?

  • Itz Banana
    Itz Banana 1 месяц назад

    a DIY phone?

  • Colin Brammer
    Colin Brammer 1 месяц назад

    i only have a laptop PC and I have a two screen setup - one 24inch monitor connected via HDMI and a 28inch TV, which was free from my brother-in-law when he upgraded, connected via the VGA connection. The big problem with this is that the HDMI and the VGA connections are so very close to each other. The screw in connection for the VGA makes the connection too wide to sit side-by-side with the HDMI connection so I just hacksawed the offending screw connection off the VGA connector to allow it to be used for the TV. Not a very pretty job but effective in allowing me to use two large screens with my laptop. The other even more annoying part is having to open the laptop to turn it on every time I use it because it sits under the TV which is supported by a monitor stand/shelf to help me claim as much desktop space as I can. Still it works for me.

  • Layne The_Floppy_Disk
    Layne The_Floppy_Disk 1 месяц назад

    i have that same tiny screwdriver set

  • Mirai Japan John
    Mirai Japan John 1 месяц назад

    Well done Matt, great job, eh.

  • Comedy Unlimited
    Comedy Unlimited 1 месяц назад

    man.... you are awesome

  • Nate Mackey
    Nate Mackey 1 месяц назад

    Will this work with a touchscreen LCD?

  • zach atillo
    zach atillo 1 месяц назад

    ahh made a prototype, put it up on youtube (TechZ_R) !!!

  • Yousitech
    Yousitech 1 месяц назад

    I want a battery powered one that fits in the bag with my thinkpad

  • crxsks
    crxsks 1 месяц назад

    11/10, would bang

  • SsPlays
    SsPlays 1 месяц назад