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Subject: Re: Hardware/LCD changes
From: Justin (jaf60_at_it.canterbury.ac.nz)
Date: 2002-11-29


(regarding putting larger LCD screen on the rockbox)

>It is certainly possible, but how will you fit it?

That's the easy bit :-)
I actually have several reasons for wanting this.
One is that with Rockbox, the archos makes a useful platform for
portable, but not pocket, sound. Eg, mount it inside a larger,
shock-absorbant box, with a large screen, buttons wired to controls on
the box, larger battery pack, output jacks, etc, and you have a
rock-solid durable portable player that you can connect to the local
sound system, wherever you are, leave it on a desk, and operate it
easily at desk-level. (Eg, when dancing at many studios in the same
week).

Another reason is that I've started a pocket case-modification
(actually, case-replacement) that is extensive enough that it's not much
more hassle to put in a larger screen - I'll be adding new buttons
anyway, so they can be shifted to accomodate a larger screen.

It would also be useful for converting a recorder into a car stereo.

The first example can obviously be met by other devices availible, but
the recorder+rockbox is a well understood and powerful combination. And
more to the point, I'm already familiar with it, so there is no learning
curve :-)

>Justin wrote:
> I'd like to modify the recorder to have a bigger LCD screen, but the
> screen it has seems to be a real oddball, so I doubt I'll find anything
> that I can simply swap-out the existing one with. Does anyone have any
> thoughts on the best way to do this?
> Can the firmware be tailored to run a different screen? (If anyone who
> knows more about the LCD-driving side of things is interested in this
> kind of modification, I have no qualms buying them larger screens to
> attempt to get working)
>
> Any ideas?
>
>

/Linus



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