For anyone who has the same question, since no one else on tom's forums is electronically inclined enough to know the answer, here's what I was able to use to get the screen working again:
search on ebay
R.RM3251 Controller Board kit for 15.4" WXGA LCD laptop
and give those guys your screen specific information
you also need a power supply unless you already have one. It should go for 45-55 bucks depending on your screen size and resolution.
Hope this information helps someone out there