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Modding IDEA: 1.6" Color LCD Printer display (25 Bucks!) For your case

Discussion in 'Modding' started by Mace, 4 Apr 2004.

  1. Mace

    Mace Ohh, it stings.

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    Heh, I recently stumbled upon this:
    http://newegg.com/app/viewProductDesc.asp?description=28-999-601&depa=0
    It's a 1.6" COLOR LCD screen, for epson printers, and it is only 25 dollars (free shipping) :eek:

    I don't think it'd be too hard to mod it, for some of you electricians out there... I'm not skilled enough myself.. plus I don't have 25 dollars, I just thought that this would be a good buy for some of you guys out there looking for a cheap color LCD!

    Edit: Anyways: If anyone actually does this, post here!
     
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  2. Twitch

    Twitch What's a Dremel?

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    lol, its 80 on the epson sight...someone had to have messed up, i suggest ordering it soon incase its newegg. What you gonna do with a screen that small?
     
  3. Mace

    Mace Ohh, it stings.

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    Heh, after searching the next cheapest one I found (On pricegrabber) was 55 bucks... Man if I had 25 dollars I'd buy this NOW >.<

    But yes, you're somewhat right... it is pretty small... but I think if you could find a program that scrolls multiple lines of text it'd be worth it... or maybe you could just use it as a digital-badge :p
     
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  4. lizard.boy

    lizard.boy What's a Dremel?

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    find some way to make a slideshow? preivew pics on a compact flash card ( :p )

    I GOT IT! make a prgram that has an eyeball spinning around and mount the lcd inside the case facing the window :lol: :dremel:
     
  5. Nexxo

    Nexxo * Prefab Sprout – The King of Rock 'n' Roll

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    All those ideas are pretty cool, but what bothers me is: how do you interface it to your graphics card? What type does it use? S-video, VGA or (most likely) something proprietary to the printer that simply won't talk to a graphics card?
     
  6. Twitch

    Twitch What's a Dremel?

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    true, but it might be like the psone screens and has a controller card built in, i doubt it though. Eitherway, if you buy it and don't want it anymore, you could prob. sell it for 30+ online, considering most sell it for a lot more then $25.
     
  7. Mister_Tad

    Mister_Tad Will work for nuts Super Moderator

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    i have one of the printers that it connects to and it looks like an s-vid connector
    who knows if it will work with tv-out though :confused:
     
  8. tm36usa

    tm36usa What's a Dremel?

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    How many pins are we talking about. I have seen S-vid like connecters with 15 pins. How many pins does this thing have?
     
  9. Mister_Tad

    Mister_Tad Will work for nuts Super Moderator

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    looks like a vivo connector sort of thing
    /counts...


    11 pins
     
  10. Evilhue

    Evilhue What's a Dremel?

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    hmm, that looks very interesting. I just e-mailed Epson to try to get a datasheet for either the printer or the LCD. With that it would probably be possible to hack the connector into something usable. If it's possible to get an s-video or (even better) a VGA, the $25 would be a ridiculously cheap price for that LCD.
     
  11. Frogbutt

    Frogbutt What's a Dremel?

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    Heres some quick pics of the inerads. high res so 56k probably will hate me. If anyone finds any info on the controller share the wealth.

    http://frogbutt.crashhd.com/LCD/IMG_0546.JPG
    http://frogbutt.crashhd.com/LCD/IMG_0547.JPG
    http://frogbutt.crashhd.com/LCD/IMG_0551.JPG
    http://frogbutt.crashhd.com/LCD/IMG_0549.JPG
    above the HCMk-C2x there is a backwards LR (r) dont know what company it stands for though
    http://frogbutt.crashhd.com/LCD/IMG_0550.JPG
    http://frogbutt.crashhd.com/LCD/IMG_0553.JPG
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    http://frogbutt.crashhd.com/LCD/IMG_0556.JPG
    http://frogbutt.crashhd.com/LCD/IMG_0557.JPG
    10 wires (black,white,grey,purple,green,yellow,orange,red,brown,black)

    heres the LR logo http://frogbutt.crashhd.com/LCD/IMG_0558.JPG
     
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  12. JavaDog

    JavaDog What's a Dremel?

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    I dunno...that kinda looks like a Mini-Din Serial Connection...

    FrogButt: Do you have the printer too? Could you probe the connections with a meter while it's hooked up?
     
  13. Evilhue

    Evilhue What's a Dremel?

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    Epson didn't want to send me back a datasheet. They just keep telling me to look at support.epson.com which is of course completely unhelpful
     
  14. Evilhue

    Evilhue What's a Dremel?

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    Sorry for the double post but, just thought of something else...

    A serial port is 9 pin. Do you guys think it's possible that it just uses a standard serial connector? You might be able to hack off that DIN-type connector and take it from what also looked to be a nine wire header in this pic:

    http://frogbutt.crashhd.com/LCD/IMG_0557.JPG

    You could use this to get the right correlation between serial port connection and the LCD. Maybe then you could just use some serial LCD software to control it?

    Speculation because I don't have one, or I'd try it. Of course, if I'm wrong and someone tries this I take no responsibility for a blown port/motherboard/LCD.
     
  15. ArmyAnt

    ArmyAnt What's a Dremel?

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    What happened? I read this... Looks interesting, and there was a price drop, now its just 18 bucks.
     
  16. ConKbot of Doom

    ConKbot of Doom What's a Dremel?

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    Remember zap wizards old avatar before the Agent Smith one, that would be interesting to have.
     
  17. nosmo

    nosmo What's a Dremel?

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    How about you ripping it out of your printer and trying it out.
    Then let us all know how to work it :D
     
  18. infernis

    infernis What's a Dremel?

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    Post CLEAR pictures of all the ICs on the circuit board. The connector doesn't tell much about what type of signal the LCD is supposed to take. Until we know what ICs are involved, I wouldn't suggest buying this LCD out of blind hope.
     
  19. Eddiie

    Eddiie What's a Dremel?

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    Lcd

    Any news on this??
     
  20. robotguy9000

    robotguy9000 What's a Dremel?

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    wow.. its down to 17... im going to buy it if anyone finds a pinout sheet for it...

    im asking around :dremel:
     

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