I'm working on is a way to connect those ribbons to a usable plug for the desktop's output. (probably 2 usb, 1 1/8" audio jack, and 1 DVI or HDMI connection) Does anyone know of an adapter for those ribbons? (I don't have the equipment or the skills to use solder for the tiny pins on the connectors the ribbons normally use, but I'm willing to aquire both, if someone points me in the right direction and it's not too expensive) Thanks!
in case anyone stumbles across this and is intent on doing it. It's a controller for a laptop display, so it can be used as an output for another computing device. I assume I could find something similar for the keyboard and mouse (or cannibalize controllers from external keyboards/mice) but I figure that would push this project into the $100+ range, and I'd have at least 3 power cords running to the laptop, or some significant electronics work to be able to use just one. At this point, I'd rather just, as you say, give up.
Thanks for the help guys - I really appreciate the responses.