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    Question VFD display

    I am just starting out in with this whole car mp3 thing, but it seems to me that the VFD displays from Matrix Orbital would be easier to setup than an LCD. Am I completely off my rocker?

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    Depends on what you know how to do. and what you want to do with them. The VFD's look nice (from what I can tell) and should setup just as easy as the LCD's from matrix orbital. I have a matrix orbital LCD display and have never tried yet to setup any of the other LCD displays (just to let you know where I come from) with the matrix orbital displays you just have to give them power (err I forget if it is +12 or +5 but you just have to modify a floppy power connector a little bit IIRC) or you can give it on I think pin 9(pin number could be wrong check the manual) of the serial port also? and hook it up to your serial port and get a plugin for winamp from the site http://www.matrixorbital.com/applications.htm and you are good to go (now other can tell you how easy thjeir parralell port setup was for them.

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    For the HD44780 lcd's, it's a bit harder. Same as above, but about 2-3 hours of soldering before you can hook it up. The HD44780's are cheaper than a MO lcd, and MUCH cheaper than a VFD.

    Little more work to save some money

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    see, I like the look of a VFD, but you're right, I don't have much money, so where can I find one of these HD44780 displays?

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    If you buy a $10 peice of plastic, you can inverse a lcd like I did, and it looks just like a vfd. (well, but green instead of blue)

    http://mp3box.2y.net/photos/inverseplaying01.jpg

    www.eio.com sells the lcd's for $20, and
    timeline sells them for $15. Timeline hasn't responded to any of my e-mails about other stuff, though, so I'd pay the extra money from eio to make sure you get it.

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    I used some stuff from timeline, yeah, they suck at responding, but they ship product.

    they require Ground +5 and -5
    ( at least the ones I put together did)

    I have pics of both on my site

    VFD - http://www.hjnetworks.com/car/lcd.htm

    LCD - http://www.hjnetworks.com/car/v2/charlcd/
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    http://www.hjnetworks.com/car

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    heh, that's wiring's almost as messy as mine

    http://mp3box.2y.net/photos/wiremess2.jpg

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    well if you just like the looks of the VFD then look at the http://www.noritake-elec.com/uversion.htm ones since they are compatable with the regular (non matrix orbital) lcds I belive best prices I saw on them are at http://www.digikey.com/MKT/New983/Noritake/Vacu.html but I did not look that hard for prices anyway so these would be more work than the Matrix orbital but they are still VFD's so they might be better.

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    Here's a link to the <a href="http://www.digikey.com/scripts/US/DKSUS.dll?KeywordSearch&Keywords=286-1008-ND">20x4</a> and the <a href="http://www.digikey.com/scripts/US/DKSUS.dll?KeywordSearch&Keywords=286-1009-ND">40x2</a> VFD displays at Digi-Key.

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