Build a DIY screen out of recycled parts for cheap

  • Опубликовано:  Год 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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    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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Комментарии: 2 735

  • DIY Perks
    DIY Perks  Год назад +982

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

    • Alexander Blake
      Alexander Blake 14 дней назад

      I'm watching this on a laptop with a second monitor connected. Coincidence?

    • HarryXD
      HarryXD 18 дней назад

      DIY Perks That's the same model of laptop that I'm watching this video on!

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      Men gqi hannan and yi and yuyan Qian huang Месяц назад

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    • Thomas McCauley
      Thomas McCauley Месяц назад

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    • Mark Seppelfrick
      Mark Seppelfrick Месяц назад +1

      Love your channel very interesting videos.......really creative

  • Mimyato
    Mimyato 16 часов назад

    I'll give it a try!

    (Dad says no)

  • Zalk Tech
    Zalk Tech День назад

    This would be absolutely amazing for LAN parties.
    Forget hauling my clunky TN monitor, its time to step it up!

  • Aditya Kumar
    Aditya Kumar День назад

    Can you give it away

  • mujjuman
    mujjuman День назад

    wow this is crazy

  • Josiah Somani
    Josiah Somani 3 дня назад

    Done and built! Just one question. How do you change the language? (it's currently in Mandarin Chinese.)

  • Chandan Behera
    Chandan Behera 4 дня назад

    can you please help to find out which control board should i use for HSD140PHW1 model

  • Ayaz Atif
    Ayaz Atif 5 дней назад

    Best channel on youtube!

  • Luiz Matias
    Luiz Matias 5 дней назад

    We should have projects like this in schools in every country since reuse is even more important than recycle. We need to learn how reusing stuff and projects like this are so good for earth.

  • Mare M
    Mare M 5 дней назад

    What is name of usb device on 7:06 . "Power extender"
     search did not give me anything. Thaks

  • MuteTuber
    MuteTuber 6 дней назад


  • Mazgid
    Mazgid 6 дней назад

    I wish you to live happy . Thank you

  • Shaza Aizat Lagg
    Shaza Aizat Lagg 6 дней назад

    You sound like a guy on a new thing trailer...who agree?

  • Suh Dude
    Suh Dude 6 дней назад +1

    Could I just use this as a normal monitor? (Even tho I am using this for my laptop) what I mean is like using it as a pc monitor

  • SchmauSy.Official
    SchmauSy.Official 7 дней назад

    Can i make TV screen to touch mode like a Tablet ?

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  • Curi0
    Curi0 11 дней назад

    The part where you bent the monitor was so cringe

  • Brandon Gallacher
    Brandon Gallacher 11 дней назад

    Dude i love this channel

  • Ender Gopo
    Ender Gopo 11 дней назад

    i ould do one but i only have 12 years old, but i like your content so you get a new sub! :D

  • Kermit Renwick
    Kermit Renwick 13 дней назад

    I just finished my first prototype template ( I'm gonna build 5 of these) exactly as the video described. I made lots of notes along the way as to when and where mods might be good. Change or design different stand brackets/hinges support method. The ones that came in my laptop is only a hinge with no arms. So have to improvise. Gonna add this to the WIFI TV conversion, (see DIY PERKS video list). Made the first out of cardboard and the final out of poster board. Will complete the final MDF production model this week. Would love to share results with you as well.

  • Muchael Silcox
    Muchael Silcox 13 дней назад

    had old laptop it died i broke the screen then i found this video woops!

  • Dsg PhoEniX
    Dsg PhoEniX 14 дней назад

    i wan't to make monitor like that from my old laptop but i cant :D

  • Bills BuildAll
    Bills BuildAll 14 дней назад

    ?? I have a dead ( needs parts ) Dell inspiron 1545 , the screen and whatever its hooked up to work great still , could I use the controll board from the laptop ? If not what control board would I look for ? Also I only had VGA external hookup on the outside casing plug for external hookup to another monitor . Thanks

  • serhan akdeniz
    serhan akdeniz 15 дней назад

    Hi my friend, I have a similar project in my mind that I only need my old monitor working its back light but I couldn't find any useful info about the Voltage I need, which pin is + which one is - etc. Can you help me?

  • Alessio Acquista
    Alessio Acquista 15 дней назад

    Hi man and very good job.
    Just a question: at the end of this video you show how to use the laptop power adapter. To do this, you use a step-down converter. This converter seems to be the same I found over the net, but all the models I found work with power up to 2A and I think that also your converter too works in this way. Anyway, the models I found need a cooler to work properly with 3A but you didn't use it. Why? Isn't it necessary or your converter is different than the ones I saw and it can work as well with 3A?

  • Vishnu v s
    Vishnu v s 16 дней назад

    can i buy the controller in india

  • Caner Erdoğan
    Caner Erdoğan 16 дней назад

    cool stuff Matt! cheers

  • ligy playz
    ligy playz 16 дней назад

    can you use the speaker concept from your tv screen on this?

  • Edward Jones
    Edward Jones 16 дней назад

    Can't you use the old screen as it is?

  • themine702
    themine702 18 дней назад

    that lower part of the screen is so ugly and usless, plus you could of made an aluminium support

  • gleaner dave
    gleaner dave 18 дней назад

    Great job Matt.

  • Bruno Cruz
    Bruno Cruz 19 дней назад

    Can you do a video like this but turning the monitor into a digital photo frame please? I think it would be a cool idea. I want to do that with my dead laptop!

  • Şafak
    Şafak 19 дней назад

    Can you share your desktop wallpaper? It's so nice sir!

  • killian croft
    killian croft 19 дней назад

    Eny laptops I come across that have good screens ill do this

  • Trưởng Nguyễn
    Trưởng Nguyễn 20 дней назад

    not related but you ask the hdmi LCD controller quality is good?

  • Tuffers Taylor
    Tuffers Taylor 20 дней назад

    How could I add sound to this.
    I won't to make a portable screen to use with a console.

  • Dylan 'Robin' Harwood
    Dylan 'Robin' Harwood 21 день назад

    I've got 2 old laptops, might make them into secondary monitors! Hope I can find some DisplayPort screen adapters

  • Ean S
    Ean S 21 день назад

    i"ve an old laptop screen whch comes with it inverter and im using other control board (MT682--B). How to connect it ? It does't come with power supply jack. Anyone know?

  • GameOX TV
    GameOX TV 22 дня назад

    WOW, simply wow

  • Roman Simonyan
    Roman Simonyan 23 дня назад

    Hi. Can you please check if it supports 30Hz?

  • Mohd Akhtar
    Mohd Akhtar 25 дней назад

    Superb 👏

  • Snuffy Seal
    Snuffy Seal 25 дней назад


  • anioconn1
    anioconn1 25 дней назад

    i was wondering if you knew if it were possible to do something like this with a display salvaged from a tv ?

  • Crazy Keeda
    Crazy Keeda 25 дней назад

    I have old dell vostro screen which support VM8G LCD Cable assy
    Can u give the link or website or which control board to be used ?

  • mohd.fateh akhrass
    mohd.fateh akhrass 26 дней назад

    hi thank u for this project i need to ask u a quation i have a broken laptop but still dont know if the lcd panel works or not how to check it before buying a control board .....u feel me ?!! thanks again

  • Maisonier
    Maisonier 26 дней назад


  • Mauricio Suarez
    Mauricio Suarez 26 дней назад

    Macgyver you around?

  • krisat Tech
    krisat Tech 27 дней назад

    Can you give me the list of screws that are needed plz

  • Tony Perez
    Tony Perez 27 дней назад

    Awesome Job. Thanks for sharing. God bless.

  • Romnick Glodoviza
    Romnick Glodoviza 27 дней назад

    Man... this guys an innovator...

  • Khulud Anshori
    Khulud Anshori 28 дней назад

    check on 6:29 . he's look like peter parker 😂😂

  • wheredidileavemycell
    wheredidileavemycell 28 дней назад

    HOLY SMOKES IT WORKED!!! Backstory: I work as an IT Project Manager/Process Analyst and I was recently tasked with updating my company's AP department. I need two screens to effectively do my job and I didnt want to lug around a monitor to do so when I work off-site

    I used an broken Asus EEE laptop screen & the control board was 27 bucks on amazon with 2 day shipping. I am literally using it to type this comment. I just need to build the housing. Word of caution: Be careful where you set the uncovered control board. It was plugged in and when I held it against the back of the screen, the foil backing sparked up.

    Thanks for this tutorial!!!

  • Epic PC
    Epic PC 28 дней назад

    Hey !! I need that exact lcd bezel and backplate ^^ Do you still have it? Need one for s55-a527 and can't find it anywhere.

  • Andreas michaelides
    Andreas michaelides 29 дней назад

    Hey, since i had a broken laptop (with a cooked graphics chip) i went on and tried it..i ordered a controller board and..when i turn on the thing, well it shows a very badly distorted image of which i'd like to send you the pictures, so you maybe could help me? I genuinely think that it's a broken controller board..but before sending the controller board back i would try to solve it (or just know if the screen's broken).

  • Aldo Villegas Guzman
    Aldo Villegas Guzman 29 дней назад

    Is there a way to use the built in camera that comes with the laptop to salcage it with the screen??

  • Fateuser
    Fateuser Месяц назад

    This is truly beautiful!

  • Spider-Flash Sky Dragon
    Spider-Flash Sky Dragon Месяц назад

    I'm intrested in doing this but there's no way I can find the correct laptop charger extension. Can you send me a link to the same one you got. That will be a great help. Thanks

  • MassacreAtTiffany
    MassacreAtTiffany Месяц назад

    This is brilliant :)

  • senthurrasan sinthusan
    senthurrasan sinthusan Месяц назад

    Can you name the types of the screws you used to build this screen ?

  • rere439
    rere439 Месяц назад

    do this thing need a driver?

  • mrslenkone
    mrslenkone Месяц назад

    Amazing work!

  • Matejko White black White2x Sesoiu
    Matejko White black White2x Sesoiu Месяц назад

    So will Oled Qled computer monitors ever exist.only thing that is cheap right now are and look good and clear for good price we only have Amoled some kind of Oled for Smartphone screens and ips screen probably look good because of the sizes and shape of device but retina display and gorilla glass are not internal parts of monitors and Computer science is now more related to marketing and branding if you undestand it more deeply.

  • Alex Berland
    Alex Berland Месяц назад

    is it possible to do this with a touch screen and have the touch screen function?

  • hamed sharafi
    hamed sharafi Месяц назад

    good job mac :)

  • Rihan
    Rihan Месяц назад

    Got a touchscreen monitor here. Does controllers exist which provides touch as well?

  • Andy Skib
    Andy Skib Месяц назад

    Hi, I was wondering if something like this would be possible to use with something like a microsoft surface pro screen? it has an digitizer with makes it great for drawing. Ofcourse it seem like its controlers dont have hmdi outputs. Do all ussual screens have controlers with optional hdmi outputs like your here?

  • edvan Sousa
    edvan Sousa Месяц назад

    parabéns pelas belas dicas

  • Brayden Lim
    Brayden Lim Месяц назад

    if you want to hook it up to a vesa stand?

  • spectre inc
    spectre inc Месяц назад

    You also can power the screen By usb if you want to know how just ask

  • Elexie Munyeneh
    Elexie Munyeneh Месяц назад

    Connect a pi 3 and you have a tablet

  • Xanoq
    Xanoq Месяц назад

    Hello, i was so inspired by this tutorial that i wanted to do this myself but sadly i do not have an old laptop but i do have a old tablet.
    So ive took the tablet apart so i only have the screen and the battery.
    But i now have the problem that there already is some kind of control circuit and a paper like multi wire running as input of the screen.
    Now i was wondering if u know how to turn a tablet screen into a monitor just like how je did here ?

  • Chamath shamal
    Chamath shamal Месяц назад

    i got screen + controler board from old monitor.but its power board dosent work .what can i use to power supply.

  • Vinh Tran
    Vinh Tran Месяц назад

    Can you change the brightness with the controller?

  • Davide Guerrieri
    Davide Guerrieri Месяц назад

    how did you connect the laptop to the screen? using which cable and how did you give the power to the screen?

  • Eyüp Can
    Eyüp Can Месяц назад +1

    Sell to me please. I need it.

  • biglevian
    biglevian Месяц назад

    Found Laptop. Motherboard was dead, so I opened it up. Bought the controller board, power adapter. Turns out what ever fried the MB killed the display, too. Or my controller board is defect. Is there a way to test what is wrong exactly. Display turns on, but only white noise. If I connect power only I get a white picture (as aspected).

  • KnightBurst Talks
    KnightBurst Talks Месяц назад

    Holey crap this is so awesome he gave me and idea to instead makeb1 makebwore than one for multi monitors and its cheap love this vid

  • Adrian Traczyk
    Adrian Traczyk Месяц назад

    v390hk1-ls6 39 control board hdmi?

    • Adrian Traczyk
      Adrian Traczyk Месяц назад

      Or this one ltn156fl02-lo1

    • Adrian Traczyk
      Adrian Traczyk Месяц назад

      Where to buy control board for this tv?

  • Nikolai Belicoff
    Nikolai Belicoff Месяц назад

    You are using a 12v as input to the control board what about the current?

  • bouchnak jihed
    bouchnak jihed Месяц назад

    could you make us water cooling system home made ?

  • Anwar Ali
    Anwar Ali Месяц назад

    Alot of people are saying its too much work. I for one salute you sir. That was freakin awesome.

  • 30 Minute Gamer
    30 Minute Gamer Месяц назад

    Great video!

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  • Rifqy nurdin
    Rifqy nurdin Месяц назад

    please make diy usb touchpad

  • John-lee Swann
    John-lee Swann Месяц назад

    Can this be used as an xbox monitor?

  • Younes Man
    Younes Man Месяц назад

    Woooooooow .. good job man.. l like the idea.. i want tow screens like this but I can't make it..😭😭

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  • 12345jjradio
    12345jjradio Месяц назад

    I can make IT yeah

  • Galaxy Snack
    Galaxy Snack Месяц назад

    It can be best with speakers

  • Joshua Walker
    Joshua Walker Месяц назад

    could this be done for your primary monitor? I have one for my pc, but isn't very good, and i don't have enough room on my desk to have 2 screens, so making one from an old laptop would be great, anyone know if the build would be different and if so what else i'd need to buy?

  • Yossi Spitz
    Yossi Spitz Месяц назад

    Hi! very nice project! thanks for the idea. could you please provide me a link to buy those pillars, standoffs and bolts you used? i got confused with the sizes and specs available out there, and it would b e nice to get yours specs which i now know they'll fit to the control board and the rest.

  • Aakarshan Maharjan
    Aakarshan Maharjan Месяц назад

    Hello I need help for my display. I have a ltd141en9b display form lenovo thinkpad t60 but i did not got any controller from ebay for that display. Please help me to identify or get the matching video controller for that display.

  • Vole Work
    Vole Work Месяц назад

    How do I know if I need HDMI or DVI? (Pretty new to building computer stuff)

    • Vole Work
      Vole Work Месяц назад

      I gotcha, thanks! :P

    • Finlay Richardson
      Finlay Richardson Месяц назад

      Vole Work they are just connectors, HDMI is more commonly used nowadays.

  • Milad Omidvaran
    Milad Omidvaran Месяц назад

    now u r my best friend bro

  • Ralph Lowe
    Ralph Lowe Месяц назад

    Very nice!!!

  • Borislav Milev
    Borislav Milev Месяц назад

    Is there a site where you can buy this ready made?

  • mistereverything
    mistereverything Месяц назад

    Can I just use this as a primary monitor not for a laptop?

  • linclmsilva
    linclmsilva Месяц назад

    Amazing. :)