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!
    eBay affiliate link for the control board; add the model number as shown in the video:
    US buyers:
    UK buyers:
    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: 2 813

  • DIY Perks
    DIY Perks  Год назад +1030

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

  • Aswin Prabakar
    Aswin Prabakar 6 часов назад

    how to connect 4 laptop screens into 1

  • Jonas Offersen
    Jonas Offersen 20 часов назад

    I have an old laptop with a touch screen... Is it possible to make a screen that I can connect to either a smartphone or a pc depending on current need? ^^

  • Aswin Prabakar
    Aswin Prabakar День назад

    hi diy perks can you do 4 laptop screens into 1 screen

  • Das Getto Pikachu
    Das Getto Pikachu День назад

    do you need a control board or are there ribbon to hdmi cables existing?

  • DjOod MeD
    DjOod MeD День назад

    i wanna ask if i can buy spare parts (the cable between the screen and the screen monitor controler ) cuz my screen is dead but not the controler in the mean time i've got another screen of another dead pc but not the same port
    i dont know if u can see what i mean but plz help me in a way or another :p

  • Emmanuel Evance
    Emmanuel Evance 2 дня назад

    Hello DIY perks
    First and for most you have inspired me the most to start working on DIY projects.
    My first project will be this one (Build a DIY screen out of recycled parts). I have already order the control board,
    and its working perfectly (Will soon start to work on housing). However i have a slightly minor request.
    I think it will be cool if i can combine 4 screen into one so that i can have a gigantic screen
    How would you go about it making the process cheap and easier

  • BlackEliteStudio
    BlackEliteStudio 4 дня назад

    I just discovered your channel, and I love the content. Well done sir!

  • Vanteru Hema
    Vanteru Hema 4 дня назад

    i really liked it. will the same thing applicable to LED monitors?

  • Shoe Knight
    Shoe Knight 5 дней назад

    Does it have a hdmi slot?

  • Snake Plissken
    Snake Plissken 5 дней назад

    You just earned a new subscriber.

  • Tomás
    Tomás 6 дней назад

    Hello, can this be done with any screen? Even tablet screens? Those are usually the ones with highest DPI but are there any available controllers for those, generally?

  • Captain Nemo
    Captain Nemo 6 дней назад

    hey matt........... you are awesome

  • Enrique Peña
    Enrique Peña 6 дней назад

    What sized cable sheathing did you use for the wires?

    APHRODITEEEEEE 6 дней назад


  • Philippe Nathanael
    Philippe Nathanael 7 дней назад

    Does this apply to old smartphone displays too?

    • Philippe Nathanael
      Philippe Nathanael 4 дня назад

      Johnny Finlayson Alright thanks, it's kinda hard searching the control board for phone screens, but it's achievable...

    • Johnny Finlayson
      Johnny Finlayson 4 дня назад

      Philippe Nathanael it should work you just might need an adapter. After getting the smartphone screen check how many pins it is. It may be compatible but you may need an adapter, the adapter is most likely needed to get enough extra pins to fit in the input connection board.

  • cgtalk !
    cgtalk ! 7 дней назад

    Im confused on the power part. Whete do i get the splitter thing to power it? And why not get 12v from the usb insteadm

  • MTRX 2010
    MTRX 2010 8 дней назад


  • Daniel Cote
    Daniel Cote 8 дней назад

    Hey Matt! I love this project and am hoping you could help. I actually have a laptop panel that has touch. I am having a tough time finding a LVDS controller with touch for 15.6" screen sizes.
    My wife and I own a photo booth company and are building a second unit and would love to incorporate our touch panel!
    Hope you can help - have a great weekend!

  • Rezonite
    Rezonite 8 дней назад

    My good man, this video deserves a like. You should thank youtubes recommendations. I would have never seen this video.

  • Aditya sri ram
    Aditya sri ram 9 дней назад

    Hello I can't find my display model number

  • Alejandro Vargas
    Alejandro Vargas 9 дней назад

    If I use a Wacom screen, will I have the touchscreen capabilities?

  • The Gaming Titan
    The Gaming Titan 9 дней назад

    What AC/DC adaptor would I use?

  • Ivan Nightingale
    Ivan Nightingale 10 дней назад

    I'm basically computer illiterate. I can't even put a call on hold. But thanks to your awesome presentation I believe I could successfully take on this project. Thanks.

  • Zee Dev
    Zee Dev 11 дней назад

    how can i get the power converter? or voltage step down board?

  • Jan Rost
    Jan Rost 11 дней назад

    does this also work with an old Thunderbolt Display? :)

  • Rob van der Wolff
    Rob van der Wolff 11 дней назад

    If I get myself an USB to 12v 2.1 DC Booster cable, does this project work as an portable workstation that gets its power from my laptop? Link of the cable

  • David Simpson
    David Simpson 11 дней назад

    this dude is such a G!

  • John
    John 12 дней назад

    Would I be able to use this with this

    MERA VIDEOS 12 дней назад

    How to add a second monitor to your Imac

  • Jesse Ramroop
    Jesse Ramroop 13 дней назад

    dude i subbed're amazing and very creative...i just wished i saw this before ...i had a dead laptop with a good screen and threw it away just a few weeks ago

  • Bernard Ellefsen
    Bernard Ellefsen 14 дней назад

    I have the LP156WH1 display, and he has the LP156WH4 or something. Does anyone know the difference? Is mine aso ips?

  • AC Drama
    AC Drama 15 дней назад

    Doe's this work on another way without buying the control board ?
    Please Reply Quick i need that m8..

  • Errr...What?
    Errr...What? 15 дней назад

    You're a god! Wow.

  • Jex M
    Jex M 15 дней назад

    Amazing. Just 1 question: How to adjust the brightness and contrast of the portable display?

  • Ebenezar Gracious
    Ebenezar Gracious 16 дней назад

    Hello-what is the name of the sound track of this video. I have heard it elsewhere and like it but do not know it’s details. The video has inspired me to reuse my old laptop screen and am working on it to set it up. Many thanks !! Hope you continue the good work

  • Rabies Babies
    Rabies Babies 18 дней назад

    I can't believe this guy.. He said Black is negative.. What a racist. 7:25

  • David Chlopecki
    David Chlopecki 18 дней назад

    Thank you for this video I have 4 broken laptop monitors laying around and have been trying for years (i was trying to make my LG VX9400 phone into a table before smart phones became popular) to figure out how to do this. I never thought of just ordering a control board. My toolbox pc will now be able to be constructed.

  • Eduardo Camargo
    Eduardo Camargo 19 дней назад

    Qual o cabo extensor usado?

  • Alex Gray
    Alex Gray 19 дней назад


    NZR NAZR 20 дней назад

    pliss make tutorial like this...for 4k lcd

  • az1310
    az1310 20 дней назад

    can this be powered with 5V USB step module cable with dc plug?

  • aepfelchen 1
    aepfelchen 1 21 день назад

    Could you use the monitor with a pc as well?

  • Tony Myrén
    Tony Myrén 21 день назад

    Thank you so much for this. I´m a gadgetfreak who tend to save or buy scrap gadgets. And this together with some of your other videos have given me a new idea for a project. You are really informative and this is certainly my new favorite DIY channel. Keep up the good work and greetings from Norway.

  • Steven Hatfield
    Steven Hatfield 23 дня назад

    I'm building a new gaming desktop for my wife. She loves her laptop and a good gaming laptop is way more expensive then the same in a desktop. So, I have been looking for a portable 15.6" monitor. They are nice and all. But this looks MUCH cooler! I'm going to order the parts for a 17.3" LCD and do the same thing you did. The only thing different that I will do is putting the hinges on the front and screwing them to the keyboard. It will fold down to about the same size as her current laptop. She plays World of Warcraft and the next expansion will be too powerful for her laptop. She will have a few wires coming out the sides, but it will be a lot lighter then her current laptop and a much better viewing experience. Thank you so much for the idea!

  • Fatih Özcelik
    Fatih Özcelik 24 дня назад

    Where I can buy a FHD 1920x1080 Display in Austria 🇦🇹?
    I like to build this 👍😀

  • felix wendoh
    felix wendoh 24 дня назад

    can an Iron box do the same trick as of the drier?

  • lycanchimera
    lycanchimera 26 дней назад

    NICE .. VERY NICE !!! LUV IT! thanks. I wonder if you have an affiliate link for Asian/ASEAN Ebay buyers?

  • Slushy Boii
    Slushy Boii 26 дней назад

    How do you turn it on though

  • Nedzad Necko
    Nedzad Necko 27 дней назад

    what an elegancy in your work.

  • David Santa Maria
    David Santa Maria 27 дней назад

    Can you make this with a touch screen laptop screen?

  • Blair Cox
    Blair Cox 28 дней назад

    By the time you're done, cost more than buying a monitor on sale. This works ONLY if you already have most of this stuff.

  • Para D
    Para D 28 дней назад

    @Matt, would it have bad effects on the notebook battery as it draws power from the same power supply?

  • luiz sauber
    luiz sauber 29 дней назад

    great job

  • CraCobbleScience
    CraCobbleScience Месяц назад +2

    Hey i need help! Where can i find a screen? I dont have an old laptop!

    • jacques-andré Sidney
      jacques-andré Sidney 2 дня назад

      CraCobbleScience .

    • Ze Baus
      Ze Baus 22 дня назад

      Oh wait you already gave it lol!

    • Ze Baus
      Ze Baus 22 дня назад

      Can you give the link for the control board of:

    • Aathish Sivasubrahmanian
      Aathish Sivasubrahmanian 22 дня назад

      Scroll down on some of these links.

      Note That You can use literally any computer screen for this project. Here's one:
      And The control Board for it:
      If you don't like these, you can just search up "Laptop Screen" click used, and find tons of them.

    • Ze Baus
      Ze Baus 23 дня назад +1

      Please tell me too! I need help. Please send link!

  • Super Joshua Gaming
    Super Joshua Gaming Месяц назад

    I Have A Old Kindle Tablet, What Should I Do With It?

  • Woke
    Woke Месяц назад

    I remember this guy commenting on my other channel when he only had 300 subs

  • GifCo
    GifCo Месяц назад

    When did you make this. Pretty much every laptop in the last 5 years has HDMI out and before that pretty much any laptop had VGA.... and NOW they have thunderbolt 3 which allows for 3 monitors. Your statement of "Laptop users generally have to just put up with having a single main screen" is ridiculous.
    Edit: ok so apparently you are just talking about the fact that laptops come with one screen.... what the hell, this is just as good for desktop or a laptop....

  • Six SixSeven
    Six SixSeven Месяц назад

    How to take your touchscreen laptop and make your screen a laptop/single operator?

  • Francisco Medianero
    Francisco Medianero Месяц назад

    Does this work with a old broken mac book pro 15’ ( the motherboard is destroyed but the screen ist intact )

  • J P
    J P Месяц назад

    Or just buy a cheap second screen? They cost nothing

  • Dheeraj Mitra
    Dheeraj Mitra Месяц назад

    Excellent DIY project. Thanks for this educational video mate!

  • Navanshu Rastogi
    Navanshu Rastogi Месяц назад

    In tears, want to do this

  • Native7i
    Native7i Месяц назад

    nice thought

  • Brian Antoine
    Brian Antoine Месяц назад

    Just watched this, you asked about different colored wraps for the display. I did something like this a couple of years ago and found that several of the recycled displays I had were pretty close matches for picture frames. So nice wood frame the depth of the frame helped hide the modules on the back and I had something I could hang on the wall or use as a desktop display. For the wall mount, just use a second frame the same size and glue them back to back. That left more than enough room for the modules, or even a RaspPi/WiFi board so that you ended up with a smart picture frame on the wall, that just happened to be a computer if you knew where the wireless keyboard was kept. :)
    Just got pointed at your 500W LED video today, subscribed, enjoying your channel!

  • itzD4nny Gamez
    itzD4nny Gamez Месяц назад

    How would u add a battery to this

  • Patrick Mann
    Patrick Mann Месяц назад

    Excellent video, Matt. I've always wanted more screen real estate but never knew a safe (and correct) way of accomplishing it. Well done, and thanks!

  • Ben White
    Ben White Месяц назад

    Dude well done, in life would not have thought of doing this, but how everything turned out beautifully

  • Denis Mulvihill
    Denis Mulvihill Месяц назад

    I have the control board, LCD panel and power adapter. When I connect it to my desktop and turn on the screen lights up but nothing displays, anyone know whats up? I have tried the HDMI, DVI and VGA ports with the same result

  • Hatred 『Їм Tїяёd』
    Hatred 『Їм Tїяёd』 Месяц назад

    How about an lcd tv screen ? Can I make second monitor using this board?

  • Goldlion973
    Goldlion973 Месяц назад

    You'd want a touchscreen tho, huh? Looking to give this a try. Surely the component would be in the old laptop though?

  • Yaniv Knobel
    Yaniv Knobel Месяц назад

    I know it's a long shot because this video is kindda old- but i'll give it a shot.
    I've been looking everywhere for a LP140QH1 control board (Lenovo x1 YOGA)- to make me another screen but I can't seem to find one.
    Could you help??? :)

  • Mina wu
    Mina wu Месяц назад

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    MNY-Patentcatalog Месяц назад


  • Vegard Fjeldberg
    Vegard Fjeldberg Месяц назад

    I tried to find a control board for packard bell easynote b3236, but I got no results on ebay. Can I find the control board in another way?

  • Kemal Murt
    Kemal Murt Месяц назад

    This is what i was looking for.. many thanks..

  • Torjus HT
    Torjus HT Месяц назад

    I want this + the soundbar from the smart tv video. Most laptops got crappy speakers so it would make the whole experience so much better.

  • Filip Wojnarowski
    Filip Wojnarowski Месяц назад

    Can I use it as my viewfinder or previewed screen with my dslr?

  • Nipun kaveendra pamudith
    Nipun kaveendra pamudith Месяц назад

    can it use with all lcd laptop monitors....?

  • Jessamaine Tangoan
    Jessamaine Tangoan Месяц назад

    wow this guy can create everything

  • 0M6Gaming
    0M6Gaming Месяц назад

    i have a dead pc that has 15,6 inches that is over 4 years and when I watched this video, it is really awesome and I wanna try it. thanks for showing this!

  • Techno Sajid
    Techno Sajid Месяц назад

    very good video

  • HardCor3 Gaming
    HardCor3 Gaming Месяц назад +1

    can i use dead tablet screen

  • Mimyato
    Mimyato Месяц назад

    I'll give it a try!
    (Dad says no)

  • Zalk Tech
    Zalk Tech Месяц 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 Месяц назад

    Can you give it away

  • mujjuman
    mujjuman Месяц назад

    wow this is crazy

  • Josiah Somani
    Josiah Somani Месяц назад

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

  • Chandan Behera
    Chandan Behera Месяц назад

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

  • Ayaz Atif
    Ayaz Atif Месяц назад

    Best channel on youtube!

  • Luiz Matias
    Luiz Matias Месяц 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 Месяц назад

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

    • M Helsen
      M Helsen Месяц назад

      just google USB extender

  • MuteTuber
    MuteTuber Месяц назад


  • Mazgid
    Mazgid Месяц назад

    I wish you to live happy . Thank you

  • Shaza Aizat Lagg
    Shaza Aizat Lagg Месяц назад

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

  • Suh Dude
    Suh Dude Месяц 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

    • Alejandro Vargas
      Alejandro Vargas 9 дней назад

      Suh Dude Of course! Just use an HDMI/VGA/Whatever cable to connect your screen to your desktop!

  • SchmauSy.Official
    SchmauSy.Official Месяц назад

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

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  • Curi0
    Curi0 2 месяца назад

    The part where you bent the monitor was so cringe

  • Brandon Gallacher
    Brandon Gallacher 2 месяца назад

    Dude i love this channel