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Netbook LCD screen?

Posted: Wed May 16, 2012 2:28 am
by Ampix0
Ok well, I want to make a teleprompter but I for some odd reason can not get ANYTHING to install on this netbook of mine. I think the Hard drive might be bad, im not sure. Tried a billion linux distros, XP, and android.

So, is anyone aware of some way to use the LCD screen on the Rpi. I am not an electrical genius, and don't know it it could be adapted

Re: Netbook LCD screen?

Posted: Wed May 16, 2012 7:06 am
by 0rphu
First you'll need to find out the exact make and type of the lcd panel. If you're lucky, it is supported by a Chinese controller board you can get on ebay. http://stores.ebay.com/njytouch?_trksid=p4340.l2568

Re: Netbook LCD screen?

Posted: Wed May 16, 2012 10:31 pm
by gritz
The pragmatic approach might be to troubleshoot the netbook a little further. Does the POST run at power up? Screen light up? Have you set the right "boot from" options in the BIOS? Does it boot using a "live" CD / usb stick image? If you're using an external CD drive bear in mind that they are power hungry and will likely need the USB "Y" lead that plugs into two USB ports on the netbook (one for power + data, t'other for power only). This is important because an optical drive may appear to work perfectly in normal usage via a single USB lead, but when using it to install an OS there is far less tolerance to data errors caused by undervolts...

The netbook's manufacturer should have a service manual available for download on their website - these are priceless for finding that last hidden screw that's holding it together / lifting the keyboard out without tearing the ribbon cable, etc...

The hard drive can be tested as a secondary on another PC (watch for viruses if it's from an unknown source...)

Netbook motherboards are highly integrated, but a non-booty DOA condition can be troubleshot to a certain extent by disconnecting non - essential periperals, like wifi / bluetooth / sound modules, etc.

If something's broke then the same thing has almost certainly happened to someone else, so google your heart out. Maybe there's an "owner's club" forum.

Parts can be cheap as chips on ebay, but do your research - display x may require motherboard y. Watch those part numbers - the service manual will help here. If (for instance) you know that your screen is good and you find a 'book on ebay with a broken screen for cheap then email the seller to ask 'em the serial / service tag so you can cross-check compatibility.

It may sound a bit daunting, but it will be easier than trying to interface your display to the Pi, supplying power to the interface, Pi and screen, enclosing it all and whatnot.

Fixing stuff can be very satisfying (and I guess it flexes the same learning, logic and patience muscles as programming). Good luck!

Re: Netbook LCD screen?

Posted: Thu May 17, 2012 3:02 am
by Ampix0
gritz wrote:The pragmatic approach might be to troubleshoot the netbook a little further. Does the POST run at power up? Screen light up? Have you set the right "boot from" options in the BIOS? Does it boot using a "live" CD / usb stick image? If you're using an external CD drive bear in mind that they are power hungry and will likely need the USB "Y" lead that plugs into two USB ports on the netbook (one for power + data, t'other for power only). This is important because an optical drive may appear to work perfectly in normal usage via a single USB lead, but when using it to install an OS there is far less tolerance to data errors caused by undervolts...

The netbook's manufacturer should have a service manual available for download on their website - these are priceless for finding that last hidden screw that's holding it together / lifting the keyboard out without tearing the ribbon cable, etc...

The hard drive can be tested as a secondary on another PC (watch for viruses if it's from an unknown source...)

Netbook motherboards are highly integrated, but a non-booty DOA condition can be troubleshot to a certain extent by disconnecting non - essential periperals, like wifi / bluetooth / sound modules, etc.

If something's broke then the same thing has almost certainly happened to someone else, so google your heart out. Maybe there's an "owner's club" forum.

Parts can be cheap as chips on ebay, but do your research - display x may require motherboard y. Watch those part numbers - the service manual will help here. If (for instance) you know that your screen is good and you find a 'book on ebay with a broken screen for cheap then email the seller to ask 'em the serial / service tag so you can cross-check compatibility.

It may sound a bit daunting, but it will be easier than trying to interface your display to the Pi, supplying power to the interface, Pi and screen, enclosing it all and whatnot.

Fixing stuff can be very satisfying (and I guess it flexes the same learning, logic and patience muscles as programming). Good luck!
Legacy support is on and I can run any linux in live mode.I just popped out the Hard drive and placed in my old Xbox hard drive and the same thing. Install ubuntu and halfway through the installer it crashes. (though i never make it past the "Choose your picture" screen because the window is too large for the screen and i cant hit continue. Ill try hitting tab and enter and see if i can get it lol..

Re: Netbook LCD screen?

Posted: Thu May 17, 2012 4:47 am
by bald_pig
Are you sure it's not the disk?

If I recall correctly, the ubuntu live cd has a self test, did you run it and make sure it's fine?

Re: Netbook LCD screen?

Posted: Fri May 18, 2012 2:56 am
by Ampix0
It's a netbook.. XD im using a USB. there are no drives on netbooks.