I want to build a raspberry pi photo frame. I understand that I can pick up a fairly cheap laptop LCD screen, but I'm confused about how to connect the raspberry pi and the screen.

I've seen LCD controller boards on ebay, which seem to be what I need, but I have no idea what type of LCD controller or type of LCD screen I need and how these interface with the pi.

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There is an instructables which might be helpful for you here providing you have a working laptop. However it seems like that is not the case, something like this is what you'd probably need. These Controller boards can convert the ribbon on laptop panels to more "universal" interfaces such as VGA, HDMI and DVI.

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