As a computer enthusiast, I love personalizing and customizing my stuff to make it look mine and perfect. To add glare to the PC case, I learned how to install an LCD screen in PC case, which I’ll be sharing in this blog.
An LCD screen adds glare and exclusive touch to the PC case. It would be right to say that an LCD screen will not only make the PC case look great but it is also a functional addition as it provides an immersive display.
How To Install LCD Screen In PC Case
As I said before, I have recently installed an LCD screen and it was an incredible experience as I’m loving this addition to my PC case. The first thing you need to choose is the LCD screen, which you need to consider based on the PC case size. Likewise, I bought a 3.5 inch LCD screen for my PC case.
My LCD screen displays data related to the system, for instance, fan speed, system usage, temperature, and more. It helps me maintain the PC inch by inch and make changes to it when needed, like when the temperature unusually rises on workload, it indicates overheating issues. To tackle overheating, I installed a new fan on my CPU.
This is just an example that shows the functionality of the LCD screen in the PC case. Well, the installation phase is also straightforward and user-friendly which is the best thing about introducing an LCD screen in the PC case.
To install the LCD screen in a PC case, you don’t need to get any extra fancy things, but still, I recommend you gather the required stuff in the first place before you begin the process to avoid any inconvenience. I installed an LCD screen on the PC case at my workstation after lining up all the needed items, and the process was super quick and smooth.
Things That You Need
1. Personal Computer
The first thing you need is a personal computer called Raspberry that is frequently available in the tech market. It is used to complete hardware projects, programming, automation, edge computing, and so forth. Now the question is which Raspberry version is suitable for this task?
As per my experience, I found the Raspberry Pi 3, Raspberry Pi 4, and Raspberry Zero W most suitable. Please avoid buying the older Raspberry versions as they lack wireless connectivity i.e., Wi-Fi.
There are multiple key benefits of Raspberry Pis i.e., it has multiple USB ports, dual-monitor support, and the ability to support high-definition 4K video at a good speed (60 Hz or more). If you’re looking for a high-speed, please get Raspberry Pi 4.
As I said earlier, another thing you need is a small LCD that connects to the Raspberry and gives you a high-definition display. You can get LCDs of different sizes i.e., 3.5 inches, 5 inches, and 7 inches.
Well, I got the 3.5-inch LCD screen for my PC case. The thing that you should make sure of when buying the LCD screen is that it gets connected to the Raspberry via HDMI cable.
3. Micro-SD Card
A microSD card is a chip that is used to expand the storage of the device. You can get it from any tech store online or from the physical market, but please make sure to get the good-quality one.
4. HDMI Cable
Lastly, you need to buy a connector or HDMI cable that connects the LCD screen to the Raspberry. I didn’t buy an HDMI cable separately and used the old one for connecting the LCD.
Installing LCD Screen To PC Case
Step 1: Download MoBro App
In the first step, you need to download the MoBro application software to Windows. Unfortunately, the MoBro app doesn’t support Linux and Mac devices right now. After installing the application, give MoBro access to the hardware data, for example, temperature, fan speed, graphic card, and more.
Now the MoBro app is all set to use. The best thing about MoBro is that when you install this standalone application, there is no need to install any other display on the computer. You can also personalize the settings like changing the network name.
Step 2: Set Up Raspberry
In the second step, you need to set up the Raspberry. To ease the effort, you can download the tool to flash the Raspberry from the web and directly run it through WinRar. After flashing the Raspberry, insert the micro-SD card into the Raspberry and connect the display using a connector or HDMI cable. Now turn the power on, and you’re done.
In case the display is not working, please check the connectivity and other settings. There is a possibility that you have made a mistake in connection, especially if you are doing it for the first time.
Step 3: Connect Raspberry
After you have set up the Raspberry perfectly, it’s time to connect it to the network i.e., Wi-Fi. Usually, the Raspberry automatically gets connected to the Wi-Fi, but in case it doesn’t connect automatically, do it manually.
When I set up the Raspberry for the first time, it didn’t connect to Wi-Fi automatically, so I tried connecting it to the mobile Hotspot. After connecting to a network, the Raspberry will display the Wi-Fi on the display. You can change the network name and password on your own. I set the network name to ModBro_Configuration and changed the password to modbro123.
Now that the Wi-Fi is all okay, it’s time to check the network to make sure it is running or not. For this, please go to the following link: http://192.168.4.1. On the webpage, you can select the Wi-Fi and enter the password. Don’t worry about security as there is no risk because this webpage is highly secured and the data you enter here will stay between you and Raspberry.
Once the connection is secure, you can see that the display will start working and show the hardware information. That’s all for installing an LCD screen to the PC case!
The Bottom Line
Installing an LCD screen to a PC case is not a tedious job to do, especially when you know how to do it correctly. In this article, I’ve explained step by step guide on how to do it, so please make sure to read it twice before you start to avoid any mistakes.