Build a DIY screen out of recycled parts for cheap

  • Published on Oct 20, 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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  • DIY Perks
    DIY Perks  Year ago +1068

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

  • andrei2126
    andrei2126 16 hours ago

    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 Day ago

    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 4 days ago

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

  • Sovanreach Chea
    Sovanreach Chea 5 days ago

    +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 5 days ago

    Very interesting

  • Bruno Popin
    Bruno Popin 6 days ago

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

  • FreeToBe
    FreeToBe 7 days ago

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

  • Ursu lea
    Ursu lea 7 days ago

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

  • Jayden Chacos
    Jayden Chacos 8 days ago

    can you use a mac screen?

  • the people
    the people 9 days ago

    hey this is cool !!!

  • Yousef Mohammadi Darestani

    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 TVclip or any other video sharing platform.

  • Klaevin
    Klaevin 9 days ago

    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 9 days ago


  • DoesNotComputeYT
    DoesNotComputeYT 10 days ago

    How many hz/ what response time is this?

  • Chris
    Chris 11 days ago

    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 12 days ago

    can someone just craft it and sell it?

  • Locus
    Locus 12 days ago

    thanks for teaching me how to build monitors lol.

  • Antti Kautto
    Antti Kautto 13 days ago

    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 13 days ago

    looks absolutely amazing.

  • kundan thakur
    kundan thakur 13 days ago

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

    • Hemanth Reddy
      Hemanth Reddy 11 days ago

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

  • Kimsea Chea
    Kimsea Chea 14 days ago

    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 14 days ago

    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 16 days ago

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

    CDFGAMING 16 days ago

    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 16 days ago

    Man i wish i was old anof to jave a job

  • Christian Otero
    Christian Otero 16 days ago

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

  • Zane Cullen
    Zane Cullen 17 days ago

    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 17 days ago

    Nice build

  • Itnecap
    Itnecap 18 days ago

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

  • Itnecap
    Itnecap 18 days ago


  • Che L
    Che L 18 days ago

    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?

    FREAD 18 days ago

    Hi, nice stuff. Thanks.

  • Katashi Jaime
    Katashi Jaime 18 days ago

    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 19 days ago

    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 19 days ago


  • mikkel meinike
    mikkel meinike 24 days ago

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

  • Jack Searle
    Jack Searle 24 days ago

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

    ALL TIKE PRO 24 days ago


  • Floris Bos
    Floris Bos 26 days ago

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

  • Lorenzo Antonio Quiroz González

    Omg, i love this!!! <3

  • Sreerag Valsan
    Sreerag Valsan 27 days ago


  • Sreerag Valsan
    Sreerag Valsan 28 days ago


  • Sreerag Valsan
    Sreerag Valsan 28 days ago


  • Sreerag Valsan
    Sreerag Valsan 28 days ago

    which is the laptop that you are using

  • Sreerag Valsan
    Sreerag Valsan 28 days ago

    which is the laptop that you are using

  • Alphaxxon HD
    Alphaxxon HD 29 days ago

    Nice video

  • Trih End
    Trih End 29 days ago

    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 Month ago

    It's damn awesome maannnn

  • Rexxy MC
    Rexxy MC Month ago

    Is it easy

  • Timo
    Timo Month ago

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

  • North Glitcher
    North Glitcher Month ago +1

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

    • North Glitcher
      North Glitcher Month ago

      it wouldn't charge so i gave it some

    • Timo
      Timo Month ago

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

  • michaelreqd
    michaelreqd Month ago +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 Month ago

    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 Month ago

    хуйни какойто дядя наделал

  • YuinYee Chew
    YuinYee Chew Month ago +1

    Can i get control board from my old laptop?

  • fredamaster
    fredamaster Month ago +1

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

  • Curios Boyee
    Curios Boyee Month ago +1

    Can I reuse a faulty screen

    • Timo
      Timo Month ago

      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 Month ago

    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 Month ago

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

  • Niels Henriksen
    Niels Henriksen Month ago +1

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

    • Timo
      Timo Month ago

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

    • Quadk0pter XD
      Quadk0pter XD Month ago

      mmm i dont know man pretty sure those screens are proprietary

  • Curios Boyee
    Curios Boyee Month ago +1

    Can this be used as a ps4 monitor??

    • Quadk0pter XD
      Quadk0pter XD Month ago +1

      Yeah of course! Wow that is a great idea!

  • Wayne Wippert
    Wayne Wippert Month ago

    Could I add a keyboard to the monitor

  • Gerald
    Gerald Month ago


  • Robert Coulthard
    Robert Coulthard Month ago +1

    Thank you very much, I've ordered my control board. I was going to throw the screen out, but I will now have a spare screen.

  • Orca Brigade
    Orca Brigade Month ago +2

    Sorry to necro this. But is there a way to do this with a touchscreen salvaged from a laptop, whilst also keeping the touchscreen function in working order for use on my desktop?

  • Maxmelon
    Maxmelon Month ago

    DIY perks, can I use a normal monitor and use the motherboard from the actual Monitor itself?

  • Luv Kumar Maharana
    Luv Kumar Maharana Month ago

    Hi, I have one old Fujitsu laptop LCD display. I am not sure which control board need to buy. Please suggest me a control board with HDMI. Model number CP302761-01.

  • Akhil Anil
    Akhil Anil Month ago

    Can u guy make a video of making a camera recorder using the phone camera ?????

  • Carlos Garcia
    Carlos Garcia Month ago

    Screen like that can you also put a battery instead of using the cable?

    • fredamaster
      fredamaster Month ago

      Carlos Garcia yea he has a video on it. I think it's called diy tv

  • J Alfonso Villegas
    J Alfonso Villegas Month ago

    This is awesome, want to do a project like this.

  • Adenhertz
    Adenhertz Month ago

    Can I use the same amount of batteries for 12V 4A board?

  • Mangan1025
    Mangan1025 Month ago

    Idk where to make the wood section

  • Ob Fuscated
    Ob Fuscated Month ago

    People who say "just go out and buy a monitor" forget some of us want SUNLIGHT READABLE displays and those are expensive compared to consumer displays. Price marine monitors if you think I'm kidding. Now I'm on the lookout for a military notebook with a good display to use as a portable lapdock (I want Android because Waze doesn't exist for Windows or Linux). I'll leave the display installed and gut the case. I appreciate this video!

  • Officially Shree
    Officially Shree Month ago

    Hii.. Where can i get the hinges?

  • Robert Negro
    Robert Negro Month ago

    hello DIY Perks, im from Phil., im planning of making a portable screen just like the one you made. Just want to ask if do we need to make holes or something where air could pass through? because that's what i've noticed in almost all monitors i've seen. i'm thinking not having holes for the screen to breath or the heat to escape might just make the monitor to overheat fast. hope you could advice me if i should really provide some holes at the back of the screen. thank you so much

  • Tayang Gyati
    Tayang Gyati Month ago

    lcc111024 control board
    my screen is so old i cant find anything about it

    • Tayang Gyati
      Tayang Gyati Month ago

      Timo i hav ordered a control board from China. It is on its way. I will let u know if it works.

    • Timo
      Timo Month ago +1

      possibly the're not being produced anymore. Seems like you can't do anything about it. Sorry

  • EthanPlayzGames.
    EthanPlayzGames. Month ago

    Man I’ve bean trying to figure out how to get power from a desktop power supply to a laptop screen for a while now and I still can’t find anything on it. But your video did help me with this solution so, thanx kinda, I guess? Honestly I still need help trying to figure out how to do this

  • Aswin Prabakar
    Aswin Prabakar Month ago

    how to connect 4 laptop screens into 1

  • Jonas Offersen
    Jonas Offersen Month ago

    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 Month ago

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

  • Das Getto Pikachu
    Das Getto Pikachu Month ago

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

  • DjOod MeD
    DjOod MeD Month ago

    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 Month ago

    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 Month ago

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

  • Vanteru Hema
    Vanteru Hema Month ago

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

  • Shoe Knight
    Shoe Knight Month ago

    Does it have a hdmi slot?

    • Timo
      Timo Month ago

      Depends on your control board.

  • Snake Plissken
    Snake Plissken Month ago

    You just earned a new subscriber.

  • Tomás
    Tomás Month ago

    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 Month ago

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

  • Enrique Peña
    Enrique Peña Month ago

    What sized cable sheathing did you use for the wires?



  • Philippe Nathanael
    Philippe Nathanael Month ago

    Does this apply to old smartphone displays too?

    • Philippe Nathanael
      Philippe Nathanael Month ago

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

    • Husky
      Husky Month ago

      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 ! Month ago

    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

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    MTRX 2010 Month ago


  • Daniel Cote
    Daniel Cote Month ago

    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 Month ago

    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 Month ago

    Hello I can't find my display model number

    • Timo
      Timo Month ago

      It actually has to be on the back of your display

  • Alejandro Vargas
    Alejandro Vargas Month ago

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

    • Timo
      Timo Month ago

      Not sure about that. Possibly the touchscreen capabillities come from the motherboard or something else

  • The Gaming Titan
    The Gaming Titan Month ago

    What AC/DC adaptor would I use?

  • Ivan Nightingale
    Ivan Nightingale Month ago

    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.