Time: Weekend+ Complexity: Difficult
1. STRIP THE LCD PANEL
1a. Remove the plastic enclosure. In your fury to
rid the panel of the original consumer packaging,
remain tender, like you are kissing kittens on a
summer morning. I gained access with screwdrivers
and putty knives, but every monitor is different.
Be slow and deliberate.
NOTE: Every LCD panel is slightly different, but the basic
components and structure are similar across brands.
1b. Remove the controls and RF shield. To gain
access to the LCD glass, remove the whole back
half of the monitor. Be careful while disconnecting
the monitor controls and power button, as you will
have to relocate them so that they’re still functional.
1c. Remove the backlight and LCD screen. With
the monitor cable disconnected, the backlight/LCD
falls away in a single piece. Whenever I do a project
like this, I use as much of the chassis as possible to
take advantage of the original engineering. The bulk
of the monitor controls will remain in the original RF
shielding as a single component.
Photography by Mister Jalopy
1d. Fold down the panel daughter board. Remove
fasteners and fold down the monitor control board
to allow the backlight to be removed.