Okay, to start this off I posted earlier in the General about a LCD that I purchased for $20.00 USD and I received it today by Fed Ex. So now I'm working on it to be used on the Industrial Case project. It will be able to be used by any computer because it will plug into the printer port. The software that is used are several, such as a WinAmp plugin, Smartie, and others. Here are a couple of pics of the LCD in question.
I have been doing research on the web for wiring diagrams and such and found many sites to use for the information needed for this project. Depending on what type of LCD you purchase determines which type of hookup you can use. There are serial connections as well as USB but in this case it's a character LCD and I will be using the printer port. So my first item was to get a printer cable which I had in a junk box. Cut the end that plugs into the printer off. I then stripped the wire casing back about 4 inches making sure not to cut into the wires inside. Once I had all of the wires exposed I stripped each wire back about an quarter of an inch for the next step. The next step is to find out which wire goes to each pin in the connector. All 25 of them. So this required a multi-meter, pencil (to write with) and a copy of the pin out. I found the pin out online and printed it out.
Once I had the pin out then it was time to start with the multi-meter and trace each wire. This is time consuming along with a neck ache. I wrote the color of each wire to match with the printed pinout. Then when this was finished I then used the wiring diagram to match the wire and pin to the connection on the LCD and then labeled it for soldering later.
This is the diagram that I'm using to label my wires.
This is as far as I have gotten at this time and now the neck is telling me to quit and takes my meds. So until next time I hope this is informative to ya and remember all comments and ideas are welcomed. Happy Modding to ya. :idea: