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Old Jun 27, 2010, 06:24 PM   #1
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Turn a broken laptop into a desktop

I am a late 2006 macbook pro 17" with broken LCD screen casing. For now i used superglue to put it back together, but if the computer gets hot i think the superglue will melt and cause problems.

i have been told its impossible to find a replacement screen for this model cheap enough to make it worthy of repair.

I am thinking of turning it into a desktop by getting an external monitor. Can I remove the LCD screen entirely off the macbook pro so it's just the body, and then connect it to a new monitor? this way i can still use the keyboard/mouse, and not have to worry about the existing screen and superglue, melting.
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Old Jun 27, 2010, 06:28 PM   #2
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Maybe this guide can help you to remove the display.
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Old Jun 27, 2010, 06:37 PM   #3
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wil i run into any problems completely removing the display?

the superglue seems to be working fine, i am just nervous about the heat issue.
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Old Jun 27, 2010, 06:44 PM   #4
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Depending on how far away it is from the heat, I wouldn't worry about it at all. I don't recall having heard of super glue melting from the kind of heat a computer can throw.

I would try to find computers that are bare-bones or completely non-functional on eBay and see if you can snatch one up cheap. Sometimes the government sells computers with HDDs, RAM, CD and more missing, so you could pick up a carcass computer and put it to good use!
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Old Jun 27, 2010, 10:28 PM   #5
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I had someone give me a 17" Macbook pro from 2008 with a shattered screen. I figured I could use it as a desktop and it worked perfectly that way. I purchased an external monitor, keyboard and mouse for it. Then I bought THIS display adapter to connect the laptop to the external monitor. Then I disconnected the onboard monitor's connection to the motherboard. This allowed the laptop to recognize the external monitor as the primary one.

I had the laptop in a stand behind the monitor so it was completely out of sight. It was a great setup.
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