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    Question Looking for Display 4x40 or LCD?

    I just finished building my mp3car players. In the past I had tried wiring my own 4x40 LCD, wow that was a mess. In response I bought a LCD off of Zip, later to find out it was a bad LCD, and Zip didn't have anymore (nothing against Zip, his products are still the best). I want to get something worth while, but don't really have the cash. I'm running a P166MMX with onboard I believe 2mb video. I was wondering if there was a LCD that would work just for winamp that is pre-wired ot that accepts VGA input. I want to keep under $100 for TFT LCD and under $50 for 4x40. If anyone have an idea or suggestion please reply. Kinda lost on where to purchase one, and what to get.

    Thanks
    Squeeky

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    I doubt you will be able to find an LCD that accepts VGA and is less than $100. And there are no character LCD's I know of that accept VGA -- VGA is meant for truely graphic displays; using it with a character display doesn't make sense.

    To make your life easier with the 40x4 LCD, you can get serial versions that just connect to the serial port of the PC. You don't have to mess with connecting all those wires to the parallel port, which can be a real pain if you're not used to that sort of work! There are plugins for WinAmp to drive these serial LCD's. I'm sure if you search the posts on this site you will find links.

    Another possiblity which I have myself considered, is using a monochrome graphical display. These are typically 240x64 pixels and are about the same size as a 40x4, only with software you can control all the pixels -- you aren't limited to 40x4 characters. That way you could display graphics such as icons, buttons, VU meters, etc. You may need to have someone write a custom plugin for these types of displays, however.
    Jason Johnson
    Yorba Linda, California
    http://www.m2pc.com

    MPC Phase IV - *** PENDING ***

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