If you want to use DVI, you can, but the wire is too big to fit through the hole for the power cord or the back cooling grate so you will need to shove it through the RAM slot on the bottom of the machine. HDMI will fit so you’re better off using that if possible.
Hardest part of disassembling this thing is getting the front white panel and monitor off. There are videos on YouTube that show you how to do it. After that it’s a matter of unscrewing literally every screw you see and removing most of the tape (but be careful not to unscrew the back stand).
Instead of cutting holes, I used the RAM slot to fit the buttons (in addition to the DVI cable). The buttons don’t seem to do anything for me though — the green light lights up but the only way to turn off my monitor is literally just to unplug the power supply. If anyone knows how to use the button panel, let me know.
This thing actually makes a great external monitor once it’s freed from the ancient components inside
Hey thanks for the guide! I didn’t even know this was possible before reading this!
Couple of links and tips that may be helpful: (Links here, tips in reply)
Adhesive PCB mounting posts: http://www.newark.com/duratool/dtrlcbsbm...
The monitor on my machine was an LG LM201W01(SL)(A3), not a Samsung model. I don’t know if the driver boards are the same but in case they’re not here’s a link for the LG: https://www.ebay.com/itm/HDMI-DVI-VGA-Au...
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