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Michael Bowyer
2004-09-24, 11:36
I had a go at this, and its really pretty easy!

First, construct a parallel printer-port/display cable.
I chopped the Centronics end off an old printer cable, and buzzed it
out, the male 25way end will plug into the PC printer port. For the
display end, I chopped an old disk drive plug, and soldered to it. A
regulated +5 vdc supply (important!) goes to display pin 2, jumper
display pins 1,3,&5 together, this is GND. A blob of silicon keeps it
all stable.

25way Display Use
--------- --------- -----
25 1 Gnd
2 +5vdc
3 Contrast (gnd this for max contrast)
16 4 Register Select
5 Read/Write (we only write, so gnd this too)
1 6 Enable
2 7 D0
3 8 D1
4 9 D2
5 10 D3
6 11 D4
7 12 D5
8 13 D6
9 14 D7

The display data sheet can be found here:
http://noritake2.download.reliablenetworks.net/CU40025SCPB-U1J.pdf

Then find some software. For windows systems, I found and installed,
port95nt.exe and lcdcenter03.zip. In no time my old display was showing
all kinds of interesting stuff! Google lists lots of other similar
programs, but I haven't tried any of them.

Good luck!

seanadams
2004-09-24, 16:03
Got a photo?


On Sep 24, 2004, at 11:36 AM, Michael Bowyer wrote:

> I had a go at this, and its really pretty easy!
>
> First, construct a parallel printer-port/display cable.
> I chopped the Centronics end off an old printer cable, and buzzed it
> out, the male 25way end will plug into the PC printer port. For the
> display end, I chopped an old disk drive plug, and soldered to it. A
> regulated +5 vdc supply (important!) goes to display pin 2, jumper
> display pins 1,3,&5 together, this is GND. A blob of silicon keeps it
> all stable.
>
> 25way Display Use
> --------- --------- -----
> 25 1 Gnd
> 2 +5vdc
> 3 Contrast (gnd this for max contrast)
> 16 4 Register Select
> 5 Read/Write (we only write, so gnd this too)
> 1 6 Enable
> 2 7 D0
> 3 8 D1
> 4 9 D2
> 5 10 D3
> 6 11 D4
> 7 12 D5
> 8 13 D6
> 9 14 D7
>
> The display data sheet can be found here:
> http://noritake2.download.reliablenetworks.net/CU40025SCPB-U1J.pdf
>
> Then find some software. For windows systems, I found and installed,
> port95nt.exe and lcdcenter03.zip. In no time my old display was
> showing all kinds of interesting stuff! Google lists lots of other
> similar programs, but I haven't tried any of them.
>
> Good luck!
>
>

BigHam
2004-09-24, 17:22
This software also works with noritake U-series VFD's... for windows users.
http://backupteam.gamepoint.net/smartie/

The VFD photos on this site are actually my shots of VFD's I used to
own, which I submitted to the author awhile back (since he had no
shots of anyone using VFD's).




On Fri, 24 Sep 2004 20:36:28 +0200, Michael Bowyer <mbowyer (AT) mac (DOT) com> wrote:
> I had a go at this, and its really pretty easy!
>
> First, construct a parallel printer-port/display cable.
> I chopped the Centronics end off an old printer cable, and buzzed it
> out, the male 25way end will plug into the PC printer port. For the
> display end, I chopped an old disk drive plug, and soldered to it. A
> regulated +5 vdc supply (important!) goes to display pin 2, jumper
> display pins 1,3,&5 together, this is GND. A blob of silicon keeps it
> all stable.
>
> 25way Display Use
> --------- --------- -----
> 25 1 Gnd
> 2 +5vdc
> 3 Contrast (gnd this for max contrast)
> 16 4 Register Select
> 5 Read/Write (we only write, so gnd this too)
> 1 6 Enable
> 2 7 D0
> 3 8 D1
> 4 9 D2
> 5 10 D3
> 6 11 D4
> 7 12 D5
> 8 13 D6
> 9 14 D7
>
> The display data sheet can be found here:
> http://noritake2.download.reliablenetworks.net/CU40025SCPB-U1J.pdf
>
> Then find some software. For windows systems, I found and installed,
> port95nt.exe and lcdcenter03.zip. In no time my old display was showing
> all kinds of interesting stuff! Google lists lots of other similar
> programs, but I haven't tried any of them.
>
> Good luck!
>
>