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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
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
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
sending over this sample!
- Easy to install
- Simple to use software
- Sleek finish
- Serial/USB combo cable
- Contrast on the unit is not the best
- Price may be a bit high for a select few