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    Lightbulb MP3 Install

    Hello all!
    I started looking into an MP3 car player a short while ago and realized that I have alot of the makings under my nose.
    • Tecra 8000 laptop with a 10gig hd
    • x10 Mouse Remote
    • Pioneer reciever (takes in Changer cable)
    • 80gig hard drive mounted in a mobile rack
    After realizing what I have, I impulsively began reading and buying and for less than $50 on ebay
    • DC-DC Power Adapter (for car or air)
    • docking station
    • pioneer p-bus cable
    • *free* data international 4x40 LCD display


    I realized that I wanted to display the winamp info using win2k because with my laptop I could just go on standby for days at a time. I also thought I could do a color LCD display, but they are so expensive.

    As soon as I began thinking about this project I came up with some great ideas.
    • I took apart my laptop to see how the *extremely thin* keyboard was wired in and to see how the LCD display was wired in..
      why?
      Well, how about just rewiring the 14.1 display and mounting it? and same with the ultra thin keyboard?
    • I also got the 4x40 display and figured that I can mount it in the dash, in empty spot underneath my radio.
    I downloaded some software (max10) to work with the mouse remote, and I tested it and it works nicely. And the Rodeo it is gong in is big, so there are lots of places to put stuff.

    I quckly began to see a concern because power to most standard LCD displays seem to have pretty in-depth wiring, and I don't know how to wire mine exactly, and I am not ver familiar with circuit boards (my circuit boards class is next semester).

    Most of the LCD displays discussed are wired into PC and my laptop will be removed everyday (hence a reason for the docking station). So other people can control the voltage with their PC's power.

    I noticed that on the eio website there are some cheap attachments that can help the wiring process. Unfortunately, my ignorance of power, circuit boards, etc. makes this information useless to me.

    My questions to you, is
    • I need to find a way to convert my LCD's power to work in my car. I believe, according to the schematics:
      (excluding backlight)
      4.5-5.5 volts
      .60mA
      (backlight)
      8 reverse voltage?
      Forward Current 515mA

      The way I see it, the display will use the printer port for power, but the backlight needs current from elsewhere with the two pots controlling contrast and brightness.
    • Will my power converter (DC-DC 15V-12V car) work? Will I have a problem with noise?
    • Can I simply extend the cords for my laptop's LCD and Keyboard and mount them in my car?
    • Does anyone have any strong advice for my project?


    I admit my ignorance from the start, so it may be neccesary for me to understand the basics of electricity that I don't know. Please help me to understand your response with the understanding that I don't know different aspects of electricity does (current, impedence, etc.)

    Thank you for any and all help.
    Isuzu Rodeo
    [list=a][*]Toshiba Tecra 8000[*]Docking Station[*]Pioneer Controller cable (modified)[*]maX10 mouse remote (x10)[*]Data International 4x40 LCD[*]laptop power converter[*]Mobile Bay w/80gig harddrive[/list=a]
    http://www.vigils.net/users/christopher

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    Wow..

    Lots of questions..
    Tip: Read (all) old messages, and I think you can find an answer to 95% of your questions... They all have been covered before..

    The way I see it, the display will use the printer port for power, but the backlight needs current from elsewhere with the two pots controlling contrast and brightness.
    Nope... the parallel-port of your pc does not supply 5v. You have to get this somewhere else.. (like gameport, keyboard, or just directly from the computers' psu)

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    Cool

    hmmm where have i seen this exact post. i strongly suggest u go look at some of my pics and study it. That might help
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    Charles Enwesi were are these pics that you keep talking about. I look at your sig and the only things that I can see is your cobra software. I see nothing about your install.

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    one thing you might want to note is that Win2k wont allow exclusive access to the LPT port, so the 4x20 LCD will probably NOT work under Windows 2000.

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    Originally posted by fbwr75215:
    <STRONG>Charles Enwesi were are these pics that you keep talking about. I look at your sig and the only things that I can see is your cobra software. I see nothing about your install.</STRONG>
    Theyre on his FTP site, check there
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