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Connect old Retina screen to a desktop PC

I have an old Macbook PRO A1398 2015 Retina Display. It is detached from the laptop base.

The laptop base is destroyed but the display is in great condition. Is it possible to connect the Retina display to a desktop computer (my iMac) via HDMI or Thunderbolt or some other type of connection?

I assume I'd have to do some creative wiring and supply power to the screen to get this working. Have you ever seen this or come across anything like this?

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Blake Perdue since you are only having the display part you would be missing the power part as well as the video/timing board. The only way to possibly getting this accomplished might be with the help of a universal LCD driver board. For that you would need to know the make and model of your panel. This is very important. Without that information, there is no way to proceed.

One of the model LCD's used in a MBP A1398 MC975 and MC976 is a LP154WT1 (SJ) (A1) LCD which is an LG display. That would be the number to use to find a universal controller board at places like ebay.com or alibaba.com. Not an easy task but definitely worthwhile if you can find a controller for it.

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You need a custom interface board, which may cost more than a good display. I've seen some people selling these custom job boards but I can't find them now.

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I feel this is not good utilization of your resources. This is because this display is in high demand and valuable asset.

MacBook Pro 15" Retina (Mid 2015) Display Assembly

Yes I can tell you how to turn it into a monitor, I did one last week and I'm in the process of writing a guide on how to do it. But this conversion is not wise due to the value of that display. That a win-win. I get a display which I can't find, you get a monitor and you don't have to sink any more money into ti.

Here's why from my question on Meta last week:


MacBook Pro 15" Retina (Mid 2015) Display Assembly Imagem


MacBook Pro 15" Retina (Mid 2015) Display Assembly


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I hear you. However, I really like the screen and it's the perfect size for a second monitor that I only want to use to display Slack app on during my workday. I have a 24" low-res screen now and it's simply too big. A 15" or 13" screen would be perfect, so I figured I could use my working Macbook screen ... if I only knew how :)

Would love a link to your guide when you get it completed!


How about I build you a 15" and trade you out for the Retina (which I don't know if it is able to be set up as an external.) That's a win-win your get a 15" display at no additional cost and I get a display that had to find. See the question I posted on Meta just last week: https://meta.ifixit.com/Answers/View/995...


Here's my answer with part of how I built an iMac 24"two weeks ago:

Turn old MacBook Air A1466 into external monitor, build


I appreciate the links and the offer, but I want a 15" Retina screen :)

And I also need to confirm it works 100%.


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