Who wants a free LCD version 2.0

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  1. Caffeine

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    So work was scrapping a quantity of 16x2 backlit character LCD's. I nabbed a pile of them because I hate seeing perfectly good components thrown in the bin.

    Since I have way more than I need, I'm happy to give the rest away so people can make good use of them.

    They're Powertip PC1602-K character LCD's. Datasheet is here

    They use a KS0066U controller, which is HD44780 compatible, so there's thousands of examples for interfacing them to everything on the net.

    They're physically a very small display, suitable for displaying very small text :D

    They have a 16 pin FFC connector on them.

    Here's some crap pics, for size comparison that's a AA battery...

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    If you want a couple, send me an email at FreeLCD@tpg.com.au . I'll reply with my postal address.

    Send a stamped, self addressed Size 0 padded envelope to my address (inside another envelope) Postage of $1.50 has so far proved adequate for most areas. Put a note in the envelope saying how many LCD's you want, otherwise I have to go trying to match postal addresses / real names with emails, which has proved problematic. Check with your post office if you're somewhere remote.

    http://www.auspost.com.au/GAC_Image_Metafile/0,,2257,00.jpg

    If you just want LCD's, I'll whack them in the envelope and post them back.

    Additional stuff:

    If you want a breakout board, to interface to your LCD, you can purchase one through BatchPCB, via this link...

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    You can then purchase an FFC cable : http://au.farnell.com/jsp/Cable/Rib...splayProduct.jsp?sku=1079972&_requestid=43405

    and connector : http://au.farnell.com/jsp/search/productdetail.jsp?sku=9786147

    A couple of notes:

    Yes, I have permission from work to take them.

    No I didn't pay for them, so I'm not selling them, I'm giving them away.

    They are brand new.

    No I won't give you tech support for them, they're provided as is, with no warranty or guarantee.

    There's no catch, I'd rather see them put to good use than binned, and if it lowers the cost of entry for someone to discover enbedded programming or electronics then that's cool.

    I don't want this to turn out like the free stuff thread where people were grabbing stuff (like microchip samples etc) with no intention of using it. Don't abuse it basically.

    I'll give preference to people who either frequent this forum, so I'll know they use them, or reply with an indication that they have got a use for them, even if it's something simple, or for learning.

    There's plenty to go around, but I won't send any one person more than 3 without a good reason.
     
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  2. Dorz

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    i got the boards made at batchpcb. they are the same size as the lcd pcb :p
     
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    Caffeine

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    Ahh makes sense :)
     
  4. EraSa

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    Good man, I'm certainly interested in 5 to tinker with :)

    Email on the way :thumbup:

    Cheers.
     
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    Count me in for 10 sets please(cables+connectors).
     
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    No probs :)
     
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    inderested in 5 Email sent
     
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    Caffeine

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    PM or email?

    no PM received!
     
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    Hey Caffine, sent off my envelope today (finally), though the missus sent it for me, and despite telling her to include a few additional stamps, she had insisted that she sent as many as she thought were required. As a result, when the envelope turns up at your house, and it does not have enough stamps to get back to me, let me know, and Ill DD you some funds!

    Sorry for the trouble and the long time it's taken me to send them to you!
     
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    No probs. Do you want breakout boards / FFC's?
     
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    Not needed. Thanks though :) Let me know if there are any issues. The envelope has my OCAU and real name on it.
     
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    what sorta stuff do people use these for?
     
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    im using them to display hdd capacities on my file server.

    others use them to display all sorts of pc stats, temps, sizes, general things. other make scrolling comments.

    just search the forums for lcd info, will show a hell of alot of things ppl have used them for.

    cheers
     
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    ah cool. 2 little questions..

    1. how do we know you're not doing anything naughty with our address?
    2. as you said we are allowed 5, can a mobo support 5? (they connect to the mobo i am assuming)
     
  16. Glock

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    Depends how you do it - most people use a parralell port (so no). But I think you can connect one up with USB? (Bit more advanced though).
     
  17. Renza

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    would love a couple to display stats on my pc.

    how much would it cost to get it to interface it to pc? (how much for the controller, basically)
     
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    Very tempted
     
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    im thinking of putting one as a display in my mini itx download box to show hdd levels
     
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    To connect to a PC, just buy an IDC DSUB26 male connector (parallel port connector basically) from jaycar and a length of 25 core IDC cable

    Wire up the pins as described in this post by Goth

    then use LCD smartie to talk to it.
     

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