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  1. #1
    Todd Fields
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    To Keep the Old Display, or Not to Keep the Old Display. Thatis the Question.

    I just ordered the new display. It was kind of on a
    whim so I sure hope it's worth it.

    As you know the "August special," which I hope is
    better than the September or October specials, is
    that you can send the old display back in for $20.

    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.

    Would the nice folks at Slim Devices be willing to say
    what kind of failure rate they've had on the old
    display? I'm assuming it will cost me much more than
    $20 if I need to replace it on my SLIMP3 in the
    future.

    Also, is there any kind of warranty on the new
    display?

    Anyway, just wondering what everyone's thoughts were
    on sending the thing back for the rebate.



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    To Keep the Old Display,or Not to Keep the Old Display. That is the Question.

    Quoting Todd Fields <jtfields91 (AT) yahoo (DOT) com>:

    > I just ordered the new display. It was kind of on a
    > whim so I sure hope it's worth it.


    I have been lucky enough to have one already. its VERY worth it. for the new
    fonts alone! The larger second line makes it readable in two lines from across
    the room. I just has more polish to it. simple character modules are a bit
    past now.

    >
    > Anyway, just wondering what everyone's thoughts were
    > on sending the thing back for the rebate.


    personally, I would. Hopefully they are recycling them, so they will have a
    good home instead of sitting on a shelf collecting dust, waiting to be
    discarded next time you move house. Great things, but not nice for disposal.
    18 months, however, and they will have to be gone. no lead allowed after
    mid-2006

    -kdf

  3. #3
    Robert Zimmerman
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    To Keep the Old Display, or Not to Keep the OldDisplay. That is the Question.

    I am going to order one as well. Question - I have all my equipment
    behind cabinets using a Niles Intellicontrol remote system. Is it
    possible, as long as I have to open the thing up to change the
    display, to lengthen the cable and install the display outside the SB
    into the cabinet itself to be visible from the room without opening
    the equipment cabinet? If so, any specifics on the cable to use?

    Thanks and keep up the good work, the product is amazing!!!


    >I just ordered the new display. It was kind of on a
    >whim so I sure hope it's worth it.
    >
    >As you know the "August special," which I hope is
    >better than the September or October specials, is
    >that you can send the old display back in for $20.
    >
    >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.
    >
    >Would the nice folks at Slim Devices be willing to say
    >what kind of failure rate they've had on the old
    >display? I'm assuming it will cost me much more than
    >$20 if I need to replace it on my SLIMP3 in the
    >future.
    >
    >Also, is there any kind of warranty on the new
    >display?
    >
    >Anyway, just wondering what everyone's thoughts were
    >on sending the thing back for the rebate.
    >
    >
    >
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  4. #4
    Jack Coates
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    Clip the Pins? was --> To Keep the Old Display,or Not toKeep the Old Display. Thatis the Question.

    > So, I have seen this question asked twice now and I don't think anyone has
    > answered it...
    >
    > Is it necessary to clip the two leads on the board, or can they just be
    > left
    > "as is"?
    >
    > Thanks guys!
    >
    > ~chris
    >


    I don't know, but it seems highly unlikely that they'd suggest it if it
    wasn't necessary.
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    Gadfly, Former Founder Slim Devices dean's Avatar
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    To Keep the Old Display, or Not to Keep the Old Display.That is the Question.

    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.

    > Would the nice folks at Slim Devices be willing to say
    > what kind of failure rate they've had on the old
    > display?

    Very low. The only replacements I know of were due to the player
    meeting with some physical misfortune, like dropping it down the
    stairs.

    > I'm assuming it will cost me much more than
    > $20 if I need to replace it on my SLIMP3 in the
    > future.

    Yes. Our replacement cost for the VFD has been $90+ shipping.

    > Also, is there any kind of warranty on the new
    > display?

    Yes. Our standard 30-day money back/1 year warrantee.

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    Gadfly, Former Founder Slim Devices dean's Avatar
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    To Keep the Old Display, or Not to Keep the Old Display.That is the Question.

    On Aug 6, 2004, at 5:39 AM, Robert Zimmerman wrote:

    > I am going to order one as well. Question - I have all my equipment
    > behind cabinets using a Niles Intellicontrol remote system. Is it
    > possible, as long as I have to open the thing up to change the
    > display, to lengthen the cable and install the display outside the SB
    > into the cabinet itself to be visible from the room without opening
    > the equipment cabinet? If so, any specifics on the cable to use?

    Nope. That cable has some high speed data on it and lengthening the
    cable is definitely not recommended.

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    Founder, Slim Devices seanadams's Avatar
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    To Keep the Old Display, or Not to Keep the Old Display.That is the Question.

    > Would the nice folks at Slim Devices be willing to say
    > what kind of failure rate they've had on the old
    > display?


    These displays just don't die. They are made by a big Japanese company
    who's been cranking them out for decades (along with dinner plates -
    gotta love those asian conglomerates) so the technology and process is
    solid.

    > I'm assuming it will cost me much more than
    > $20 if I need to replace it on my SLIMP3 in the
    > future.


    Oh hell yes. Go to www.digikey.com and search for "CU4002".

    > 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?).


    The firmware supports both displays so it is possible to swap them back
    and forth.

    However, you do have to remove the old infrared sensor in order to
    install the new display, so going back to the old display would require
    soldering that cable back on. What you're clipping is not exactly a
    connector, but a flexible 3-pin ribbon cable which is soldered on both
    ends. In retrospect, a socketed connection would have probably been
    worth installing....

    Also just incidentally: the little jumper wire you see in the
    instructions is only necessary on the rev 3.0 boards, but it doesn't
    hurt to install it on either rev. The rev 3.1 boards have the signal
    routed across the 14-pin ribbon cable so no additional jumper is
    needed. The only other difference with the rev 3.1 boards is they have
    screw holes for mounting the wireless cards (at the time we did the
    first rev, we didn't know exactly which model of wireless card we'd be
    using).

    > However, should the display
    > go out on my SLIMP3 I'm assuming I could use this one
    > to replace it.


    Yes, the same 40x2 display was used in both designs.

    > Also, is there any kind of warranty on the new
    > display?


    30 days return, 1 yr parts & labor repairs, same as any hardware we
    sell.

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    Founder, Slim Devices seanadams's Avatar
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    To Keep the Old Display, or Not to Keep the Old Display.That is the Question.

    Probably not. I have extended the display just a couple inches on my
    development hardware, but if you try to go much further than that, the
    signal will degrade (it is a high data rate).

    Maybe you could do it by using a shielded cable or by using a cable
    with interleaved ground lines, like ultra-ATA hard disk cables. But you
    have to do a lot of hacking to get the connectors on there I think.

    You don't see a lot of shielded ribbon cable these days, but if you go
    to an electronics surplus store you might find something already made
    with 14-pin connectors on it. Remember the early PCs (eg Apple ][) used
    to use cables like this to go to the external disk drives... that's
    what you'd probably need.

    On Aug 6, 2004, at 5:39 AM, Robert Zimmerman wrote:

    > I am going to order one as well. Question - I have all my equipment
    > behind cabinets using a Niles Intellicontrol remote system. Is it
    > possible, as long as I have to open the thing up to change the
    > display, to lengthen the cable and install the display outside the SB
    > into the cabinet itself to be visible from the room without opening
    > the equipment cabinet? If so, any specifics on the cable to use?
    >
    > Thanks and keep up the good work, the product is amazing!!!
    >
    >
    >> I just ordered the new display. It was kind of on a
    >> whim so I sure hope it's worth it.
    >>
    >> As you know the "August special," which I hope is
    >> better than the September or October specials, is
    >> that you can send the old display back in for $20.
    >>
    >> 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.
    >>
    >> Would the nice folks at Slim Devices be willing to say
    >> what kind of failure rate they've had on the old
    >> display? I'm assuming it will cost me much more than
    >> $20 if I need to replace it on my SLIMP3 in the
    >> future.
    >>
    >> Also, is there any kind of warranty on the new
    >> display?
    >>
    >> Anyway, just wondering what everyone's thoughts were
    >> on sending the thing back for the rebate.
    >>
    >>
    >>
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  9. #9
    Mark C. Langston
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    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.

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  10. #10
    Ken Anderson
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    To Keep the Old Display,or Not to Keep the Old Display. That is the Question.

    Mark,

    They're referring to using the old 2 line Squeezebox display on the
    SliMP3.

    Ken

    On Aug 6, 2004, at 3:02 PM, Mark C. Langston wrote:

    > 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.
    >
    > --
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    > http://bitshift.org P2P Antispam http://www.seti.org
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