Monitor Dissection

I’m using a 20″ Dell Ultrasharp 2001FP screen for the MAME cabinet.  In a 4:3 orientation it’s roughly the same size as a 24″ wide-screen.  It’s not quite the same as using a 29″ CRT but at around $80 on eBay it’ll have to do.  Besides, so many of these old games had much smaller screens anyways.  Although I’m sure Dragon’s lair would look better on a larger screen.

One great thing about this monitor is the latching power button.  I can push it on and know that the switch will always be in the on position and not have to think about manually turning it on or off.  I don’t know if this is the case or not with the newer dell monitors with momentary switches.  I should test this out.

The untouched monitor
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Not only do we have to take all of the plastic off, but the stand needs to be disassembled as well.  The mount on the stand will give us a nice surface to bolt to and the quick release mechanism will still be intact.

4 screws on the back need to be removed
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You’d think by looking at it that you just pry the back off, but it’s the exact opposite.  The front gets pried off using a wide flathead screwdriver. If for some reason you want to reuse the plastic, you may want to be careful here. I put nice little dents in all over with the flathead.
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And the back pops right off
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Be careful that you don’t lose this button. You’ll need it later.
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I’ve decided to keep the controls from the screen in case the monitor needs to be adjusted later.  They’ll be dangling inside the cabinet.
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It’s held to the monitor by a small harness and 16 pin header.
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The back plastic panel now has to be trimmed to handle the mount.  Without the plastic in place the mount is extremely loose. 4 screws go back in and don’t forget the release button.
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I removed the mount from the stand so i could later drop some lags in it for easier mounting.
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When all is said and done, we’ve got a nice lcd screen with no bezel and a rear mount that can be easily attached to a 2×4 cross-piece.
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Happy Building!


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