I would like to add touch support to my 17 inch monitor (the computer runs Ubuntu).

A quick DuckDuckGo shows some interesting results: http://cgi.ebay.com/17-inch-USB-Panel-Kit-Set-Add-Touch-Screen-Function-/160626649602?pt=Computer_Monitors&hash=item2566182a02

I am a total newbie in electronics and drivers, so here are my questions:

Does the installation of such a panel depends on:

  • the display manufacturer?
  • the operational system used in the computer and the presence of drivers for this kind of touch panel?

Is it difficult to DIY this enhancement overall?

Are those panels reliable?


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  • \$\begingroup\$ As for reliability, it's a giant resistor. It's unlikely to fail. What could fail though are the bonding wires to the panel which would be next to impossible to repair. \$\endgroup\$ – Thomas O Aug 1 '11 at 18:18

The touch screen you link to is a resistive one, which isn't suitable for multitouch, so you get a single set of coordinates when pressed. It seems to have a USB interface. I presume it will come with a driver to install on your computer, or you might use it as a common HID (Human Interface Device). Either way it will work like a mouse or graphical tablet.

  • \$\begingroup\$ Yep. These show up as a drawing tablet, basically. It will work like a mouse with absolute positioning. Where you touch is where it will click. \$\endgroup\$ – Connor Wolf Aug 1 '11 at 22:37
  • \$\begingroup\$ That is ok with me, I don't need multitouch. I was really concerned if it will work in Linux. \$\endgroup\$ – skanatek Aug 2 '11 at 8:07
  • \$\begingroup\$ @user5218 - Linux shouldn't be a problem. Drivers which come with non-standard HIDs (i.e. mouse nor keyboard) usually are for Windows/Mac/Linux. \$\endgroup\$ – stevenvh Aug 2 '11 at 8:49

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