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First time putting LCD Help needed

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First time putting LCD Help needed

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Post by chachi420 » 27 May 2014 14:50

Hello everyone,
I have a NAS setup and running great. I now wish to put one LCD to top it off and make the NAS perfect! Only problem is that I have never ever played around with LCDs and I wish to get some help from here. I am currently looking at this LCD since it has the USB connection I believe.
http://www.sainsmart.com/arduino-compat ... ga-r3.html
Will this LCD be fine? Am I going to have to do anything else or just hook it up? Also, if this LCD will work and I just have to hook up, where do I get that cable to do so? If this is not the correct LCD, would you mind finding me a compatible LCD from that store (http://www.sainsmart.com) ? Thank you for all the help!

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Post by b0ssman » 27 May 2014 15:22

the lcd needs to be supported by lcdproc
http://lcdproc.omnipotent.net/hardware.php3
there is not enough information on that site to determine this.

best: send them an email and ask about lcdproc compatability.
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Post by crowi » 27 May 2014 15:38

better take one from Crystalfontz, these are supported by LCDproc
http://www.crystalfontz.com/
the one you selected is for Arduino and Raspberry Pi to connect via GPIO
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Post by chachi420 » 27 May 2014 22:44

crowi wrote:better take one from Crystalfontz, these are supported by LCDproc
http://www.crystalfontz.com/
the one you selected is for Arduino and Raspberry Pi to connect via GPIO
Thank you for the quick reply. Well, alright I am ready to get one from crystalfontz but can you please help me pick a good and actually a cheap lcd please? I really prefer the USB version but I don't mind soldering either but if you show me one which needs soldering, will you please tell me how exactly to solder what part to what wire and stuff? I read a lot about the parallel port but apparently the new computers don't even have that port so how do I deal with that problem? Thank you again for all the help.

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Post by crowi » 28 May 2014 09:55

you please help me pick a good and actually a cheap lcd please?
sorry, no, choose one which fits your style and budget. If you want to solder, take one to solder, I would prefer a USB version.
If you don't have a parallel port, then you shouldn't choose one with parallel port :roll:
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Post by chachi420 » 29 May 2014 20:29

crowi wrote:
you please help me pick a good and actually a cheap lcd please?
sorry, no, choose one which fits your style and budget. If you want to solder, take one to solder, I would prefer a USB version.
If you don't have a parallel port, then you shouldn't choose one with parallel port :roll:
Wait, so you're just saying you won't help me? Sorry im not trying to sound rude but i really wanna ask you if you're trying to make me learn by myself or something here. I really never worked with LCDs before and I would love to experiment around and learn but this thing costs around $40-$50 and I can't spend that without knowing what to do with it. So please guide me into choosing the LCD. I am ready to follow the steps and do what I have to do from my side. Thank you!

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Post by crowi » 29 May 2014 22:46

Wait, so you're just saying you won't help me?
No I am just saying I can't help you here.
I was playing with LCDs a bit when setting up my first HTPCs, but I found that is (at least for me) a useless gadget without added value.

The Crystalfontz have the best reputation and are supported by LCDproc.

So if you want to play with it, buy one which is supported and which you like to have:
http://lcdproc.omnipotent.net/hardware.php3

And then just follow the LCDproc users guide to set it up:
http://lcdproc.sourceforge.net/docs/cur ... ontz-howto

Or just use google or youtube to get step-bystep (video)guides (there are many).

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