Just to explain why I posted this here; The imac uses LVDS and an inverter to power its monitor.
The imac in question is a very late 2006 model, 24", 2.16 ghz.
So the imac died about three weeks ago, dead logic board. It was three months out of warranty, so naturally, I tore it apart and bought a PC. (just have to say, best decision ever)
Managed to salvage the hard drive easily enough, and I can let go of pretty much everything else in there. But, the 24" monitor deserves to be fought for. I would really like to get off the 16" loaner I have right now.
Monitor: LG Philips LM240WU2. It has two inputs: one coming from the inverter, and another coming from an LVDS output on the imac logic board.
After listening to strangers on the internet, I have concluded that:
It will need a power source and an inverter,
a DVI to LVDS converter, which seem to be nonexistent.
There will be lot of splicing wire and tinkering, the iMac's monitor's cables are very... unique.
It also seems that a standalone monitor needs some sort of motherboard-ish thing in order to turn on and off, and do other stuff, I think, I am actually still very much a noob at computers.
So I definitely have nowhere near the skills to pull this off.
But I would much rather break it and learn something then just trash it immediately.
I have the wiring diagrams for the monitor. So if someone could point me in the right direction of obtaining a good inverter for my purpose, or the whereabouts of a DVI to LVDS converter, that would be an awesome welcome to the community.
I'm pretty sure I need to just bite the bullet and get a new monitor, but ill never throw this old one away, so solutions will always be appreciated.