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Posted in Articles on 03/5/2023

Picture of Internal PC Display

You might have seen pictures of Gaming PC around the web with fancy internal screens inside, the cool videos are often so eye-catching they're hard to miss! In this article we’ll be covering some of the ins-and-outs of getting these mini internal monitors displaying cool videos, slideshows and helpful system stats.

For our build in this article we're using a small internal display running at 1200(h) x 1920(w) resolution. It's just a regular display but small enough to fit the space, connecting via HDMI and powered by a USB Type-A connector which we've routed to the rear IO. 

Starting things off, let's get our mini internal monitor displaying some cool videos. There is a bunch of neat options around for this, popular movie player VLC can be used for example, but an even easier way is by using LIVE WALLPAPER software, so we’ll use X Live Wallpaper APP which is available from the Microsoft store for free. 

With this app installed you can then upload your own  .MP4 video using the tool, and it will become a wallpaper that will auto-play in loop. The software can be setup to auto-run too, so it's great for those wanting to set-and-forget.

Jumping in a quick guide about how to set things up, the first step is super important – you need to select your internal screen! 
 
To do this click the ‘screen’ button up top, the icon looks like a little monitor and is to the right hand side of the top menu in the X Live Wallpaper APP

Picture of X Live Wallpaper Select Your Display button
You’ll see little numbers pop up on the top left of each connected display, and once you’ve selected your internal screen (in our case this is identified by a 1), you can then click Add wallpaper on the left menu in the X Live Wallpaper APP.
Picture of X Live Wallpaper browse for video
Clicking that 'Add Wallpaper' button on the left menu in the X Live Wallpaper APP bring up new options. Select ‘browse’ to navigate your PC folders to find your desired .MP4 video, for our example I’ll use this ZERO TWO DANCE that’s so popular online.
Picture of selecting a video in X Live Wallpaper
Once your video is selected, a new menu will pop up allowing you to name your Live X Wallpaper
Picture of naming a video in X Live Wallpaper
Simply fill in the details as needed, then click OK and your video wallpaper will begin playing on the internal display.

That same APP can be used for photos too, so making slideshows is quick and easy, but how about system stats? This is a little bit more involved but the result is useful system information at a glance so well worth the time spent.

For our example I’ll be using popular tool AIDA64, which is available to download via www.aida64.com/downloads

There are paid versions and free versions, so we’ll be using the free trial version named AIDA EXTREME for our example below.

Picture of AIDA64 Download options
Clicking the download button will take you to another screen, with many options to download, it’s important to watch out for pop up ads/traps that appear on this page, they often look like download buttons for the software but they are not, the software download button is a little bit below these.
Picture of AIDA64 Download options
As shown above, the first button that says download isn't the AIDA64 software, the correct download link is below.

Clicking the link will download aida64extreme688.exe (that 688 is the version number, depending on when you read this there might be a new version), by default this will go to your downloads folder, double click to install and follow the prompts.

Picture of AIDA64 Installation
Installing AIDA64 just takes a few seconds, simply double click to run and follow the prompts.
Picture of AIDA64 Installed
Once installed the AIDA64 trail begins, giving us 30 days to play test the various settings.

Now that we've installed the AIDA64 software, it's time to customise our settings and choose what system stats we're wanting to display. This is a little complicated the first few times but once you've got your template, adding more is very easy. After all the information is loaded we'll spend some time customising the colours so it looks cool it, but for now let's just use text. 

Picture of X Live Wallpaper browse for video
Step #1: Click 'Preferences' in the menu top left.
Picture of remotesensor display setup and activation inside AIDA644
In the preferences menu, Step #1 is to go down the left side and click ‘LCD’, this will show many options. Step #2, in the new box that appeared to the right, select the ‘RemoteSensor’ option. Step #3 Just below that, type in a preview resolution box ‘1200 x 1920’. Step #4 Click ‘Enable RemoteSensor LCD Support’ button just below.
Picture of X Live Wallpaper Select Your Display button
Once you've clicked that ‘Enable RemoteSensor LCD Support’ button a new option will appear in the left menu, just below ‘LCD’, named ‘LCD Items’, clicking that will make a new empty box will appear to the right, this is your fully customisable space but it’s totally empty to start with, clicking the little ‘NEW’ (#2) button on the bottom right will open a menu to choose your elements/specifications.

There are so many options, so it's best to use the search box to find what you want stats for, as below I choose GPU temperature, GPU utilization, CPU temperature, CPU utilization and RAM utilization in my example. Use the little D-PAD to arrange the elements on your screen space, double clicking an element in the menu will allow you to customise fonts. Once you are finished, click apply. This will create a website URL we can use to show the stats on our display!

AIDA64 sensor setup for digital display
At first it's best add the system stats you want as just text.
Customised AIDA64 sensor setup for digital display
Once you're happy with the info, adjust the colours/formatting to suit!
Now, with AIDA64 running, re-open the X Live Wallpaper App and choose ‘ADD WALLPAPER’ (remember to select your screen!) This time, just under the ‘browse’ button we used previously, we’re going to enter a URL 'http://127.0.0.1', then clicking the little arrow to the right to confirm.

And we're all set! The trail version is limiting, but you get the idea, and if you dive into the AIDA64 forums there are also many cool templates that users have made already, or you can download the assets for our example here and have a play. Have some fun and see what you can do, it’s a fully functional mini monitor after all!

Picture of GGPC with internal digital display showing AIDA64 info
With the internal display now configured to show internal stats we can get back to gaming!