At the moment, I am having trouble finding information about the minimig output modes and ideal aspect ratio so that I can choose a screen.
It seems that the minimig only outputs via VGA and that the VGA cable can be converted into RGB component cable connections with a little modification of a VGA cable as per this advice:
VGA and Component video are essentially the same thing. If you pull
apart a VGA cable you will see that inside there is a RED, GREEN and a BLUE
whire inside. All VGA is is component with additional wires to control the monitor
from the computer. A VGA to Component adapter can easily be made simply by
splicing pins 1 and 6, 2 and 7 and 3 and 8 while shorting 4 and 5 as vsence (ground).
Each of those pairs in that order are; RED, GREEN and Blue.
Is this method correct/advisable? Any thoughts / comments?
... oh and hi
The method you found is wrong. VGA and Component are NOT pin-compatible. VGA uses RGB (red green blue) while component uses YPbPr (Y=luma (brightness) plus sync, Pb=difference between luma and blue, Pr=difference between luma and red) They are two different ways of carrying a high-quality analog signal. However, you can convert from VGA to component (I don't have a link handy).
But I fail to see why VGA out would be a problem. Usually it's easier to find monitors that have VGA inputs than those with component inputs. As far as aspect ratio goes, I would think that the minimig would use 4:3 since it's an Amiga reimplementation, and widescreen TV's were nonexistent when the Amiga was popular. Depending on the screen size you were looking for, something like this 15" monitor could work: http://cgi.ebay.com/NEC-MultiSync-1560V-Black-15-LCD-Monitor-Screen-VGA-/400184104590?pt=Computer_Monitors&hash=item5d2cd4d68e
This was just a randomly picked 15" VGA monitor from eBay, it may not be the best choice for modding into a laptop. (personally I'd think one of the older style 15" monitors with an external power brick would be nice, since you know that the monitor will work easily on DC voltage) I just picked 15" as a size, since it seems to be a fairly standard laptop size, obviously since you're making this you can make it whatever screen size you'd like. I see from the minimig Wikipedia page that it's nano-ITX-size, so you could easily pick a smaller monitor for a smaller overall laptop.