Modding Noritake GU126x32F-K612A4 graphic VFD

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  1. Cheese

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    Latest LCDC files - see LCDC's download page - Note: Support for this display in LCDC is unofficial, I wouldn't advise you buy a copy of lcdc for this display

    Fantastic little win32 app for making icons for your Itron display :: here :: - Big thanks to kane for this! - thread on this :: here ::

    Plugin to allow you to display a winamp 2 (and maybe 3) graphic equaliser using LCDC :: here :: - Thanks to Nick.

    Excel icon maker :: here :: - - Thanks to Mischa and James Pan.

    Great quick start installation guide for this display in LCDC written by Kane (cheers mate!) :: here :: - Version 2.07 now available! (right click and 'save target as' the link, left clicking might not work!)

    PDF file for the display :: here ::

    PDF file for the cable :: here ::




    LCDC Screens written by others:

    (to install these into your current LCDC setup; Unzip somewhere, go to the screen builder in LCDC and add a new screen, click on the import button and browse to the screen file you just unzipped, save your changes, now make a new event and import the event in the same way.)

    - Wired news screen with Wired icon by Mischa - :: here ::
    - BBC news screen by slartiB - :: here :: - Nice installation guide in this zip :)
    - Canna leaf alternative startup event by TAG - :: here ::
    - AMD specific CPU info screen by me - :: here ::
    - INTEL specific CPU info screen by me - :: here ::
    - nVidia alternative startup event by TAG - :: here ::
    - Alternative mail screen by me - :: here ::
    - Seti screen by Oh_No - :: here ::
    - HDD info screen (for those of you with many hdd's) by PPC - :: here ::
    - Set of Quake3 screens by PPC - :: here ::
    - Alternative Clock/date screen (with a nice calendar icon) by Lordgoata - :: here ::
    - Noritake logo by Lordgoata - :: here ::
    - FIA F1 RSS News (from Eurosport) screen by Lordgoata - :: here ::
    - CNN news screen by Oh_No - :: here ::
    - Network up/down screen (w/ BTOpenWorld logo) by Lordgoata - :: here ::
    - Update to Lordgoata's alternative Clock/date screen by PPC - :: here :: - the icon in the calendar now shows the right date, you need the TIM plugin installed. May not work on all displays.
    - mIRC screen by PPC - :: here :: - Needs the mIRC plugin!
    - Animated HDD screen by TAG - :: here ::
    - Damn fantastic animated network screen by TAG - :: here :: Download this NOW!
    - Two nice stock ticker screens by Paul Smith - :: here ::
    - Seti screen by Enak - :: here ::
    - Dragon screen by me - :: here :: - good example of the smratdraw algorithm doing its job ;)
    - Calvin OC Geoff - :: here :: - you'll need this plugin too.

    If you've made a nice screen (or icon) you want to share; export both your event and the screen you're drawing it on (the more complete the screen file the better), zip both up (with a note saying 'I did this... Hi mum!!'), call the zip something relevant and email it to me (cheese@bit-tech.net). Also let me know if you mind me incorperating your work into the example file (with a thanks to you put in the example file's readme). Please try to use unique screen/event names in LCDC for your work.




    Where to buy?

    Itron advise that the VFD kit KGU126X32F-K612A4 (display, cables and blue filter) at the introductory price has ended on 1st September 2002. Until further notice the price will be £78 Ea. (Inc. VAT and delivery). Please contact Itron direct at sales@noritake-itron.com to confirm price availability and payment methods.

    N.B. :: This price is inclusive of surface mail carriage. Duty may be payable outside the UK

    Itron are now able to accept credit card payments (from anywhere).

    Email sales@noritake-itron.com with your order :)'



    Having some problems?

    Resetting the module to its original state may solve them (the displays eeprom may have been jumbled by bad timing/incorrect baud rates etc.). To reset the display you need to connect pins 5 and 6 on connector 2 together on power on (as detailed in the bottom right hand corner of the first page of the manual).

    To do this, a small piece of paperclip is our friend.

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    Now turn the display off. Loop paperclip through pins 5 and 6 on connector 2 on the display.

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    Now when you power up you'll see a test message and your displays EEPROM will have been reset to factory default.

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    Now power down and remove the paperclip before powering up again :)


    Having problems with LCDC stoping sending data to VFD after a length of time?, then TAG's adventure should see you clear...

    'Got my display today and LCDC worked perfectly until i plugged VFD in ... Once VFD connected, LCDC would hang, stop sending data to VFD @ the Big Temp screen :eeek:
    Talked to Cheese about it and he came up with an easy solution :idea:


    1. Plug Soldering Iron in
    2. Take the hood off your serial plug
    3. Unsolder pins 4 & 8 (Green & White)

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    4. Solder them together (twist together if you don't have a soldering iron) making sure it doesnt touch any connection in the plug (better use heatshrink or insulating tape)

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    5. Put the hood back on plug
    6. Reconnect the VFD and Voila !!! :D



    Some poor quality movies: (apologies, my camera will only let movie lengths be the size of the image buffer, so 7s on high quality (which isn't great) and 30s on low),

    Low quality vid :: here :: (shows the closing screen, the intro, 4 of the lcdc screens and some transistions, note the fps is lower than some of the strobing and the refresh rate of the display causes a weird effect on recording) - Approx 500kb

    Med quality vid :: here :: (shows the power on screen, the intro, and one lcdc screen, note the fps is lower than some of the strobing and the refresh rate of the display causes a weird effect on recording) - Approx 500kb

    High quality vid :: here :: (shows the intro) - Approx 200kb

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    Pic with 3 different filters,

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    Nice eh? ;)

    r.
     
  2. GreatOldOne

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    Details, Damn You!:D

    EDIT - D'oh - Just seen the latest news on the front page...:blush:
     
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  3. hydrogen18

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    swEEt! I want one!!! I want one now!!!! Having the GPO's available for changing from I to O modes instantly is super nice considering even a BasicStamp cant do that....
     
  4. linear

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    Oh, nice one. You really put it through its paces as well.

    Did I read between the lines that you may be working on some software?
     
  5. Kevo

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    Nice! Me wants!!
     
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    I want, I want!

    but I can't have - Boo!:sigh: ;)
     
  7. Adam

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    Neeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeed to get me one of those.
     
  8. CrOaKeR

    CrOaKeR Host warrior 4, Vengence!

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    This vfd comes just in time, as I am considering buying a second lcd/vfd. Well done bit, u never cease to amaze me :D
     
  9. Kevin

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    how muchdoes it cost?
    cuz i WANT IT
     
  10. Cheese

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    Kev - I think it retails at around £50 though I'm still waiting for confirmation of the exact price (see the review, page 5).

    Linnie-winnie - Yep probably, I'm not in any rush - still working on making the display look as nice as possible in existing software :) I'm pretty happy with how it bahaves in LCDC.

    Expect the picture in the first post (above) to change every once in a while showing different things I've made the display do (and probably a different colour each time too - I've got about 20 different filters here ;)).

    Cheers,

    r.
     
  11. Jamie

    Jamie ex-Bit-Tech code junkie

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    Just want you to clarafy something rob, what software was used to display those winamp details in the above pic?

    Sorry if u have answered this already .. :rolleyes:
     
  12. Cheese

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    Heh :) All LCDC atm...

    r.
     
  13. DrPsycho

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    Where?

    I've checked out the Noritake site but i can't seem to find the same model number as you're reviewing, could it be they sent you a preview model and the real one isn't actually out yet or have i just missed it?
     
  14. Cheese

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    The ending to the model number refers to the version of firmware on the display, so I'm not surprised you can't find the exact model number on the site. For ordering there's no need to find it on the site you can't buy online from Noritake (I don't think), you'll have to email their sales department and arrangement payment that way.

    Cheers,

    r.

    p.s. look for a model number like GU126X32F-K6xxxx - the numbers in place of the xxxx's are just the firmware version, which hasn't changed drastically in the last revision (though you should be able to order the same version or later than the one I used).

    p.p.s. GU126x32F-K612A3 is the same display as the one I reviewed with a firmware version one roll back and is on the website.
     
  15. AmiMoJo

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    Sorry CheeseMan, beat you too it :)

    I have had an ITron VFD for a while now. It's the same
    display as yours, but with a parallel interface instead
    of a serial one (it has clocked serial too, but not RS232).
    The only difference it the controller chip. You get the
    full 128x32 pixels, the serial models ATMEL µproc ran out
    of memory so can only support 126. The parallel interface
    is also faster and supports refresh notification, so you
    can do some amazing animation with it :)

    I am using it under AmigaOS. Wrote my own software, and a
    plug-in for AmigaAMP. Full screen animation on boot up,
    parallax scrolling, CD player etc. You get 32Mb bandwidth
    to the display, and full control over everything, so anything
    is possible. Don't know about Windoze software though, and
    it's a bit more expensive (£79.55 vs. about £58 for the
    serial version) because it has to be imported from Japan.

    VFDs do rock :)
     
  16. Cheese

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    Welcome to the boards :D

    Hehe... didn't think I was the first for one second, Noritake have been making these displays for a fair while :)

    I've seen a // version running and it is mighty impressive, but as you say there's no pc software (certainly not for what we want to use it for) and connection is messy (max parallel cable length recommended is 100mm without adding buffers isn't it?). The serial version is perfect for anyone to add to their pc and use and that was the point of the review I guess :)

    Cheers,

    Rob.
     
  17. arcturus

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    So if we wanted to put in an order we'd email the closest sales department? Their website was rather confusing, will they take single orders, it seems set up for people making things that will be brought to market with it.
     
  18. Cheese

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    Yep noritake do take single orders (I'm pretty sure) - either that or they'll direct you to a reseller in your country.

    Rob.
     
  19. DrPsycho

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    Legacy free MB's

    MMMmmhz, how about those new legacy-free mb's, is it still possible to hook up an LCD or this VFD to them? cause they dont come with serial or paralel ports, right?
     
  20. AmiMoJo

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    Noritake Itron do sell to the public. Email their sales
    department for your area (UK, US, Europe...) and ask. Their
    UK department has a list of what stock they have too, handy.

    Payment has to be via band transfer or cheque. I got my
    display on a Saturday, three days after posting the cheque.
    They quoted me a price inclusive of shipping but not VAT.
    Also, check what options you want, for example they told
    me I would need a female power adaptor (free!) so I asked
    for one... although you could easily get the part from
    Maplins.

    The one thing they don't do is display filters. I can post
    a list of some places that do sell them, but I have not
    had any experience with them. I'm going to try and find
    an alternative that is easily available... shame Maplins
    only do red.
     
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