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Here is an interesting one. What I wanted was a portable system that was inexpesive to build, and easily upgradable. I used desktop components and built them into a portable case. The power supply is a standard desktop unit, which will be supplemented by a battery/inverter system for power when none is available. The problem is that I have been unable to locate a portable display for this system. The only FPD's I have found are far to large (I need something in the range of 8x10 inch). I did find a LCD which would fit perfectly, but it costs nearly 1,000 bucks. To expensive. I have been toying with the idea of using a display from a laptop, but, I am unsure of how I would have to modify it to work with a standard (3d) graphics card (PCI). I am out of my area of knowlege with this, and have been unable to locate a similar project anywhere. Can you assist? If you can help, I will greatly appreciate it, as I would like to see this project finished. Its a great system, I am using it now (with a Dell 17" monitor, its not exactly portable at 30 lbs). I am however not a regular computer builder, so if you can help, please use laymans terms. Thank you.

Kheir.

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This question was answered on April 4, 2003. Much of the information contained herein may have changed since posting.

I would not use any resources from a labtop.

Go online and enter in search "computershop", it will give a couple of catagories and site for accessaries for computers.

It is very possible that you may find a FPD compatable to your custom computer.

Giving your description and details to your unit, your may find a FDP that wiill fit into your unit.

Best advice is to look under discontined products, there you will find inexpensive accessaries.

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Posted by David of Katharine Gibbs School - New York on April 4, 2003