View Full Version : To Keep the Old Display, or Not to Keep the OldDisplay.That is the Question.

2004-08-06, 12:20
Sean was confirming that it would be possible to replace a failed display on
the Slimp3 with the old 2 line VFD display from the users squeezebox. User
wants to know if he takes the VFD off of the squeezebox and upgrades it, can
he use the old squeezebox VFD on his slimp3.

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[mailto:discuss-bounces (AT) lists (DOT) slimdevices.com] On Behalf Of Mark C. Langston
Sent: Friday, August 06, 2004 1:03 PM
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Subject: [slim] To Keep the Old Display, or Not to Keep the Old
Display.That is the Question.

On Fri, Aug 06, 2004 at 09:27:15AM -0700, dean blackketter wrote:
> On Aug 5, 2004, at 10:06 PM, Todd Fields wrote:
> >I own one Squeezebox (which is what this display is
> >for) and one SLIMP3. Obviously if the new display goes out I can't
> >put the old one back in because the instructions have you clip a
> >couple of connectors (is this really necessary?). However, should
> >the display go out on my SLIMP3 I'm assuming I could use this one to
> >replace it.
> Yes, you should be able to. (Replacing it may require a special
> firmware upgrade to the SLIMP3, as we also shipped SLIMP3s with a
> version of the VFD display that used a different character set.

Really? When I was over there yesterday talking with Sean (nice to finally
meet you, by the way, Dean and Sean!), I asked him that same question, and
he said it wouldn't be possible because of the differences in the two
devices. If I understood Sean correctly, the new graphics display has to
have a bigger pipe (and possibly different connection?) between the main
board and the display board, and the old SliMP3's can't accomodate this.

Of course, I'd enjoy being wrong. The new displays are excellent, having
seen them in action.

Mark C. Langston GOSSiP Project Sr. Unix SysAdmin
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