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    I have two old cell phones that I'm thinking of using the LCD from

    to use as just a text based mp3 player reader display thingy.

    Like standard $50 MP3 players show - title, artist, etc.

    is it possible? can i pull off the LCD and somehow convert it to maybe USB so that my computer can output WINAMP info (or some other mp3 software info)?

    I don't have the funds for a $20-$900etc LCD screen so I'm going to try and go with what I have, if it's somewhat easy.

    I have a few spare computers and computer parts lying around so I shouldnt' have to spend any money on cables etc. I think i even have a soldering iron floating around somewhere.

    the one phone is a Nextel I30sx and the other is 1997 Ericson(sp) something or other.

    thanks in advance. I'm a noob to this whole scene so please bear with me.

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    now that i think about it, i wonder if i could use the entire cell phone. use the numberpad to browse the mp3 listings.

    =-o

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    I would imagine that it's next to impposable to do that. I mean realistically. If I were you, I'd consider a $100 text-only LCD, some even have buttons. There is alot of good software to interface them with winamp. I know you're strapped for cash (arn't we all ) but it may be worth saving for. Plus they look badass.

    http://www.crystalfontz.com/ ----> USB LCD with buttons
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    Just thinking off the top of my head with no experience in this matter at all, but ...


    If you can find a USB cable for your phone, you might be able to control many capabilities through the USB port. If so, then you should be able to rip the phone apart, seperate/lengthen/remove parts to fit your needs. Just a quick idea if you haven't thought about it yet.
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    Quote Originally Posted by EBFoxbat
    I would imagine that it's next to impposable to do that. I mean realistically. If I were you, I'd consider a $100 text-only LCD, some even have buttons. There is alot of good software to interface them with winamp. I know you're strapped for cash (arn't we all ) but it may be worth saving for. Plus they look badass.

    http://www.crystalfontz.com/ ----> USB LCD with buttons
    ahhhh

    yea that's what i was thinking of when i got the idea to do that to the phone screen.

    hmm. I think it would be really cool to gut the inside of the phone and just use the keypad somehow, and the screen. a cell phone mp3 player.



    i'll keep my eye on those text only screens though. that might be the easy way to go. Thanks!

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    I was thinking of doing the same thing. Replacement phone screens can be picked up cheap off ebay, or use what you've already got.

    Inerfacing info here:

    http://users.skynet.be/bk317494/index.htm
    http://sandiding.tripod.com/Bertys.html

    Fergal

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    http://www.lcdinfo.com/

    It supports Nokia LCD's from 3300 and 51/6100 series phones I beleive.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Fergal
    I was thinking of doing the same thing. Replacement phone screens can be picked up cheap off ebay, or use what you've already got.

    Inerfacing info here:

    http://users.skynet.be/bk317494/index.htm
    http://sandiding.tripod.com/Bertys.html

    Fergal
    bertys.html looks like it might have my ericcson on it. I'll pick up the phone when i go home for lunch and see what model it is. THANKS!

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