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This is a question we hear a lot: “I have a spare LCD panel; what else do I need to make a monitor?”

This Chinese eBay seller has the cheapest out-of-the-box solution I’ve seen: If your LCD panel is in the list, send ‘em $33 and they’ll send you a controller board to drive it. If it’s not in the list, send them a message, first, and they may be able to help you out, anyway. Here’s one success story that caught our attention. [Thanks, Matt Mets!]

Sean Michael Ragan

I am descended from 5,000 generations of tool-using primates. Also, I went to college and stuff. I write for MAKE, serve as Technical Editor for MAKE magazine, and develop original DIY content for Make: Projects.


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  1. Scott Rocca says:

    In theory, couldn’t you combine this with some plexiglass, IR LED’s and some multi touch software to create a tablet for drawing on?

    It could make for an interesting open source alternative to some of the more expensive tablets.

  2. Scott Rocca says:

    In theory, couldn’t you combine this with some plexiglass, IR LED’s and some multi touch software to create a tablet for drawing on?

    It could make for an interesting open source alternative to some of the more expensive tablets.

    1. Pat Kleespies says:

      Yup, though pressure sensitivity would be interesting to work out. If you’re willing to drop the “big bucks,” the same seller has some mid-priced touch overlays.

    2. Pat Kleespies says:

      Yup, though pressure sensitivity would be interesting to work out. If you’re willing to drop the “big bucks,” the same seller has some mid-priced touch overlays.

    3. Pat Kleespies says:

      Yup, though pressure sensitivity would be interesting to work out. If you’re willing to drop the “big bucks,” the same seller has some mid-priced touch overlays.

    4. Popular plexi + IR LED’s setup requires lot of free space behind the glass, for a webcam, and has no place for LCD screen (a projector is used instead).

    5. Popular plexi + IR LED’s setup requires lot of free space behind the glass, for a webcam, and has no place for LCD screen (a projector is used instead).

  3. Joshua Dolan says:

    If only some of these chinese electronics producers would produce a solid cheap scan-doubling module for retro computing. I really want to hook my Amiga 500 up to my 25in LCD . . . or any cheap modern monitor for that matter.

  4. Anonymous says:

    dang, id love to put some lcd’s i got laying around to good use, but i cant use ebay :(

  5. Anonymous says:

    dang, id love to put some lcd’s i got laying around to good use, but i cant use ebay :(

  6. Anonymous says:

    dang, id love to put some lcd’s i got laying around to good use, but i cant use ebay :(

  7. Jeff Ballard says:

    Ive used this same exact product to give my reprap/makerbot clone a dedicated screen, works great, been using it for about 6 months though.

  8. Taemoor Khan says:

    apple has just filed a case against this peasant for ‘bringing back life to a glowing rectangular object that looks like something they make’.

  9. Taemoor Khan says:

    apple has just filed a case against this peasant for ‘bringing back life to a glowing rectangular object that looks like something they make’.

  10. Taemoor Khan says:

    apple has just filed a case against this peasant for ‘bringing back life to a glowing rectangular object that looks like something they make’.

  11. William LeVan says:

    EarthLCD.com has controllers too.  They cost more but it is another solution.

  12. William LeVan says:

    EarthLCD.com has controllers too.  They cost more but it is another solution.

  13. Kaspar Bumke says:

    Will this work with the Pixel Qi screens?