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[Lcdproc] FIC Spectra VFD Support [Scanned] [Spam score:8%]


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  • From: NSUTTON at bes.gloucs.sch.uk (N.Sutton)
  • Subject: [Lcdproc] FIC Spectra VFD Support [Scanned] [Spam score:8%]
  • Date: Tue, 13 Jan 2009 08:44:06 +0000

Good to know I'm not the only one after support for this display ;)
Hopefully we can find someone with the skills to put together a basic driver
to support it!

-----Original Message-----
From: Hiten Mistry [mailto:hitman at gmail.com]
Sent: 11 January 2009 08:28
To: N.Sutton
Cc: lcdproc at lists.omnipotent.net
Subject: Re: [Lcdproc] FIC Spectra VFD Support [Scanned] [Spam score:8%]

Just want to add another token of interest to this as I have a Media
PC case that uses this display also, and it also happens to run XBMC
on Linux (Kubuntu).

2009/1/9 N.Sutton <NSUTTON at bes.gloucs.sch.uk>:
> Hi all,
>
> I am currently looking at moving my XBMC install from Windows to Linux and
> have been researching getting the VFD in my FIC Spectra case working.
>
> I found some conflicting info at the MythTV website saying the FIC Spectra
> uses a DM-140GINK (I managed to find an LCDProc driver for this one) but
> that isn't the VFD fitted..
>
> The FIC Spectra uses a 7x1 Futaba TOSD-5711BB USB display and features icons
> for music,video,tv guide, record etc (handy for things like Myth, VDR etc..)
>
> I have the following info for the display - PID(0x7000) and VID(0x0547)
>
> Hex codes to drive the display;
>
>
>
> 00 8B 04 01 07 xx xx xx xx xx xx xx -> where xx are the ASCII codes of the
> seven characters to display - the display only supports Capital Letters
>
> 00 85 02 01 aa ss -> where aa is the code of the icon and ss is the state
> (00=off, 01=on)
>
> 00 85 02 02 a1 s1 a2 s2 -> a1 s1 = code and state of the first icon, a2 s2 =
> code and state of the second icon
>
> 00 85 02 nn a1 s1 a2 s2 .... an sn -> where nn is the number of icon values
> present in the buffer and then a couple of bytes for every icon to set with
> icon number in the first byte and state in the second one
>
> so here's the icon numbers list:
> 01 = VOLUME icon
> 02 to 0C = volume bars
> 0E = SHUFFLE icon
> 0F = MUTE
> 10 = PHONE
> 11 = REC
> 12 = RADIO
> 13 = DVD
> 14 = VCD
> 15 = CD
> 16 = MUSIC
> 17 = PHOTO
> 18 = TV
> 19 = cd/dvd disk icon
> 1A = 5.1 icon
> 1B = 7.1 icon
> 1E = REPEAT icon
> 1F = ALL icon
> 20 = REW
> 21 = PAUSE
> 22 = PLAY
> 23 = TIMER
> 24 and 25 = GUIDE (double led)
> 26 = HOME
> 28 = eject icon
> 29 = FWD
> 2A = KHz
> 2B = MHz
>
> so this will be the buffer to light the REC icon
> 00 85 02 01 11 01
> and this to turn off rec icon
> 00 85 02 01 11 00
>
> every sent buffer has to be filled with 00 after the command to reach 65
> bytes.
> All the numbers are in HEX notation
>
> Image of the display here;
> http://forum.team-mediaportal.com/attachments/improvement-suggestions-121/10399d1189231915-support-futaba-display-fic-spectra-htpc-100_0769.jpg
>
> Info is courtesy of AndreaVB at the Mediaportal forums..
>
>
>
> Is there any way this display could be supported under LCDProc ?
>
> I have checkedout the CVS and looked at the source for some of the drivers
> but can't make head or tail of it as I only know VB.net!
>
>
>
> Thanks!
>
> Neil
>
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