IBM NetVista Monitor

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We have three IBM NetVista systems that no longer function. However, we believe that the flat panel monitors, if seperated from the rest of the system, can still function. Is it possible to recover these monitors and use them as monitors for working computers. Thank you for your time.

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It’s possible but not likely easy or practicle. It depends on how the flat panel monitor was interfaced to the computer. You may find it easier to sell those screens as parts to some part who is buying them. Check the internet for those who are buying old laptops with working screens, etc. You may be able to sell them through that channel.

It would otherwise take a technician time to test the interface. The cost of that time would likely be more than the value of this stuff used. I share your desire to not want to junk a part that still works. Best of luck finding a place for those flat screens. Pity you could just add a tuner and turn them into TV sets!

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  • Monsterdog
    I don't see why the monitors will not work on other computers. I had two Netvistas and when we decommissoned them, I unplugged the monitors and connected them to other computers without any problem.
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  • Lerandell
    The netvista he has is an all in one type pc with a flat panel LCD. The parts inside look more like a laptop than a desktop. I agree with the first responder. It would be a very challenging project to get the LCD to be stand alone. More than likely the VGA controller is on-board the factory mother board. If so you would have to find a compatible controller and figure out a way to interface it to the screen. By the time you spent the money to do that you could have the Netvista repaired or go buy a stand alone LCD monitor.
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  • Problemsolver
    If the Netvista you are referring to were "thin clients" you should check out Igel technologies, they sell a replacement Flash that brings the units up to date.
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