The manual does not really detail too much as to how to install this. Since the power is provided by the USB port, you can probably plug it in while your system is on and get away with it. If you are unsure, power down before doing so.
As soon as the unit receives power, it displays the companies name across the 2X20 screen.
One drawback is the contrast of the unit. In later shots, you'll see a few examples of what I mean. The above picture is one of the better examples, the following shots are all set to maximum contrast on the back of the LCD.
To control the unit, plug the 9 pin connector into any free COM port. Then install the software from the CD, which should only take about 4MBs.
After installing the software, click on the setup tab and choose which COM port the LCD is connected to. I did notice I had to power cycle the LCD after doing this or the LCD would not work. The software allows for a number of different options including time display, custom text, system information as well as outputting information from MBM and WinAmp!
The LCD was hooked up to our Epox 8K7A motherboard running an AMD 1.4 @ 1.53 Tbird. Here are some sample shots:
My favorite is using the unit in conjunction with Winamp. You need to use Winamp ver.2 to output to the LCD. The shot above shows the track information as well as an equalizer above it. As mentioned before, the contrast makes it hard to see the information.
Overall, the unit is a god send for the many that are just getting into using LCDs. If you can plug in a USB mouse, you can install this device. There are no strange and exotic steps to getting this installed. The design is sleek, especially if installed in a silver aluminum case. The only downside is the weak contrast. There are red and green models of this unit which I don't believe exhibit this small downfall.
Thanks to Jab-Tech for sending over this sample!