Vizio E471VLE 47” LCD tear down (no ffc issue)
Posted: 11 September 2012 11:05 PM   [ Ignore ]
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For those looking for a good 47” LCD TV for your project.......

I did a tear down of a Vizio E471VLE LCD TV tonight with my wife. We bought it on Ebay for under $400.
No FFC issue. The FFC cables are about 3 feet long. They are connected by ZIF connectors which are ridiculously easy to open and close. Apply light pressure to one side then the other and they pop open. The key is in the name.
ZIF: Zero Insertion Force.

A big thank you to Zion64 for taking the first plunge on a Vizio E470VLE.

Let me know if you have any questions.

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Posted: 04 October 2012 12:22 AM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 1 ]
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Hey Mental!

Thanks for the post and the pictures! After seeing this, I definitely want to give the project a go myself. Any chance you can talk a bit more about what your plans are (eg what materials you’ll be purchasing) so I can start planning to purchase accordingly? Thanks!!

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Posted: 04 October 2012 02:44 PM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 2 ]
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I’m going with the light box within a box design. I just finished my light box (which I made out of MDF board) and am in the process of soldering my white back light LEDs together and putting them in place. I have not decided yet on the kind of wood I want to use for the outer box or where I will get it. I may just use nice wood flooring on top of plywood....not sure yet. For LCD DSI you’ll want to use 4 layers to your “screen”. Top to bottom, you’ll want protective acrylic, endlighten acrylic, LCD panel and then the support acrylic. You may choose to put a diffuser between the support acrylic and LCD, but that is personal preference. The endlighten acrylic needs IR leds secured around it’s edges to produce the IR light for the cameras. I went with 5 meters of 850nm SMD5050 IR LEDs for the endlighten and 5 meters of white SMD5050 LEDs for my back light. I am using 2 PS3 cams with Peau CS mounts and 1.7 Theia lenses in Peau acrylic boxes. You’ll need a computer (or just the parts depending on your design). The carpentry materials will be different on how you build your box. Everyone does theirs differently. I really like I(make)tuchmyslf setup, and loosely based my table layout on his. However, they are not the same. One example is I created a false bottom on my table and have the PC components underneath (2 cams allowed for the extra space) where he has his around the sides. There is not right or wrong design, only designs that work and designs that do not work. Mine is still in progress, but once it is done I will put up pics of everything.

By the time I am all done, it might have been slightly cheaper to go with a IR touch frame, but I wouldn’t have as many touch points and I would not get all the DIY fun/experience. The bigger the screen, the more expensive everything gets. you’ll need bigger sheets of acrylic, more LEDs and you’ll need to build a bigger box (i.e. more materials which equals more $). Shop around......and do it often. I wasn’t planing on buying power tools to build my table, but now I own a jigsaw and sander, lol. Look everywhere for your parts. I’ve used Peau Productions, Amazon, Newegg, Ebay, a local acrylic shop (TAP Plastics), Home Depot, Sears, Acrylite-shop.com (for endlighten and protective acrylic) and a few other smaller websites for my materials and parts and I am not done yet.

The best recommendation I have is do a lot of searching and reading on these forums before you buy anything. Even after planning everything out, I will still go slightly over budget.

If you have any other ?’s, feel free to ask.

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Posted: 15 October 2012 09:40 AM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 3 ]
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A little more to your question.....Since I am not done yet, I don’t have all of my specs for you.

I am not sure on glass or MR acyrlic for my protective layer. MR acrylic has a little more friction with your fingers when you slide them around and the glass needs to be low iron glass (Starphire is one brand of low iron glass) which costs more.
I bought a LED push button to turn the computer on and I am using a smart power strip that allows me to turn on most of the other electronics when my PC turns on and off. I am using a Logitech Harmony Link (wi-fi to IR) to turn my TV on and off with my Apple/Android devices. I am going to use a Griffin knob to control my volume (mostly for looks though). I am using the TV speakers for sound. I bought a 350W LED power supply to control the power for my fans and all my LEDs.

If you have any other questions, let me know or PM me.

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Posted: 05 November 2012 09:06 PM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 4 ]
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hi Mental Atrofie,

Hope you are doing well. Can you post more pictures about the process. I am still a little bit confused. I would like to make a 47’’ LCD TV by myself too. Thank you very much.

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Posted: 07 November 2012 12:04 AM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 5 ]
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Sorry CC, but those are the only pictures of the tear down that I took.

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Posted: 07 November 2012 03:14 AM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 6 ]
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smile thanks anyway. I think i should search more information about this task.

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