Modding a character LCD?

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    RObErT_RaTh

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    I recently bought a 16x4 Backlit Character LCD off eBay for $15AU and plan to mod it to my computer via the parallel port. I'm curious if anyone else here has attempted this mod and has any tips or pointers for me. Cheers.
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    Thanks dude and don't worry, I have searched a lot of guides that tell me the basics but I was wandering if there are any hidden surprises instore for me.
    And no it didn't come from DSE originally. It's a 16x4 and DSE sell 16x2 and they cost a fortune for what they are :( I do know that it runs off the HD44780 controller so it will be compatible atleast.
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    Let us know...

    ...how this mod proceeds. I have a Matrix Orbital 4-line LCD with the USB interface in my printer-to-computer mod. I haven't done much with the software that controls it (LCDC, look here: http://www.pcstats.com/articleview.cfm?articleid=1560&page=2 , other than modify a few display items. I know it could do a lot more, but I don't have time to mess with it when there's a new motorcycle telling me to ride it every weekend.... :bike:
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    bigal, link doesn't work.
    And does either of those programs allow you to make your own custom characters??? ie pixel for pixel within the square of a normal character?
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    i fixed it.
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    Thankyou :)
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    It worked for me. I wonder what was wrong? I never make mistakes, you know... :creep: :fluff:
    You can edit lots of stuff. I did some work with it, then set it aside for more exciting hardware projects. You should do some searching on it using the Internet to see what other's think about the software. There is a Matrix Orbital forums site too. I think I registered there last year. It might be in Canada. Don't leave our forums though. This is the best place to hang out. :eek:
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    LCDC costs money so I don't think I'll be getting it anytime soon. I'm after a free program that will do the trick cos I'm cheap ;)
    And don't worry, I won't be leaving the forums in a hurry :)
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    LCD Smartie is the best, i believe it is better then LCDC, and whats better it is FREE!!!!!, in LCD Smartie u can have the Winamp Specutum Analzer from winamp, all the newest winamp version are supported...
    Some other things are Performance Graphs using Enviomental Varibles(CPU Usage is one).
    MBM is supported... but theres no specific Profile for the K8N so i was pissed, but ended up using a simalair which worked :D
    There are Things like these for Linux and other, u can even make them urself using the Matrix Orbitial Manual and Com Port or Parlell Signals... if u didn't know the USB versions sit on Com Port anyways :p
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    Well, I've fallen in love with LCD Smartie :p Quickest, easiest, and soooooooo many features :D
    RObErT_RaTh, Aug 29, 2005
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    You were seduced....

    She's cute, but can she cook? :dance:
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    yes, she cooks raw steak in 15 minutes (medium rare) and makes Sausages in about 1 minute!!!! such a good cook she is :p
    its great, check the website for the plugins :D
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    And she's not bad in the bedroom either ;)
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    I think she cooks sausage, not eat it....
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    Ahhhahahahha lol :p
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    now i have one question... why is lcd smartie a she???
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    I'm not about to fall in love with a guy ;)
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    now that... is a very very very valid point!
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