How can I use my old laptop’s display as a secondary monitor?

G. Calamita October 30, 2011

I would like to add the display of my old broken laptop to my new notebook as secondary monitor, and I would like it to be able to receive power from my new notebook while functioning. Can I do this?


  1. M.S. Smith
    October 31, 2011 at 6:04 pm

    Something to keep in mind when considering this is that Lenovo and Toshiba both offer 14" portable monitors for $199 or less. As was stated in the other question that FIDELIS linked to, you may end up paying about that much just for the parts needed to proper convert your old laptop's display. It's a fun project...but not very practical. 

    October 31, 2011 at 8:05 am

    Hello, there was a question not long ago that ask for something a little bit similar.  Mind you, only a little bit.  In the previous question, somebody was asking if they could use a laptop lcd as a desktop monitor.  To accomplish what you want, you will need to buy/get some extra stuff.  Go to the following link and check the answer under the name FIDELIS.  click on the first link to read what it says.  If that sounds like you want, go to the second link and then you decide if you want to go ahead with it or not. 


    Mind you, you have to be careful in checking that the hardware shown on the second link is
    compatible with your monitor.  If it is compatible, you connect all the
    cables and everything and test it to see if it works.  If it does work, the only thing left to do, would be to extend or set up dual monitors by using the utility included with windows.  If you get to this stage, here is a link that can help you: