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Subject: RE: LCD mod?

RE: LCD mod?

From: Fred Maxwell <>
Date: Sun, 21 Sep 2003 21:24:22 -0400

Oops. Hit <send> instead of <plain text> last time. Sorry folks.

It's not just the soldering. As we all know, there's no spare space in the

But there still might be an option: How about using a Palm or Handspring
device with the Archos interfaced through the serial port? A 160x160
gray-scale display would let you display album covers (from ID3 tags) and
every piece of music one could imagine from the ID3 tags and MP3 info. It
could also function as a means of editing config files, wps files,
playlists, text files, etc. and act as a remote control. That could be a
neat way to get a great display that doesn't require a machine shop, $500
worth of SMT soldering station tools, and a hundred hours of work.

  Fred Maxwell
-----Original Message-----
From: [] On
Behalf Of Bio Hazard
Sent: September 21, 2003 8:24 PM
Subject: Re: LCD mod?

Archos Jukebox: $200
GameBoy Color: $50
All that soldering to get that color screen in that tiny box: Priceless

although i have to admit having a better screen in the JBR would be nice,
itd be way too much work...

----- Original Message -----
From: "Fred Maxwell" <>
To: <>
Sent: Sunday, September 21, 2003 4:01 PM
Subject: RE: LCD mod?

> It's an interesting suggestion, but ultimately impractical. There is not
> sufficient room in the case for the larger LCD. The skills and tools
> to splice it in electronically (e.g., SMT soldering) mean that few people
> could do that part of the mod. I don't know of a source for such displays
> other than buying TI calculators and stripping them.
> I don't want to be a heretic, but you would probably be a lot better off
> buying an Apple iPod.  It's got the better display, has a much slicker
> package, plays MP3, AAC, WAV, MP3 VBR, Audible(6),and AIFF formats, and is
> probably less than the cost of an Archos Jukebox plus a graphing TI
> calculator.  In fact, I'd bet that you could earn enough to buy a brand
> iPod with fewer hours of work than it would take to graft a TI display
> an Archos Jukebox.
> Regards,
>   Fred Maxwell
> -----Original Message-----
> From: [] On
> Behalf Of Minuk Choi
> Sent: September 21, 2003 6:03 PM
> To:
> Subject: Re: LCD mod?
> Hmm... the reason why I even brought this issue up was that the extra
> features like games and reading text is hard on the default LCD.   For
> viewing ease, I thought maybe something can be done to either increase the
> width of the screen(for viewing text), or allow shades of black.
> -Mark
> ----- Original Message ----- 
> To: 
> Sent: Sunday, September 21, 2003 5:36 PM
> Subject: Re: LCD mod?
> Just for the info:
> The TI83 (and also 89,82...) only have a black and white screen. Grayscale
> colors are obtained by blinking pixel at a high rate... But I don't think
> our JBR and FMR are powerful enough to do such a thing...
> Minuk Choi <> wrote:
> Hey guys,
>     I'm not too savvy on the hardware... but I was just wondering... the
> Archos FMR has a 1 bit screen(each pixel can be on or off).  Is it
> to say, replace the LCD screen with one from a graphing calculator(TI-83
> something) which can support grayscale display?  I mean, the display will
> remain as it is... but then some applications can be written specifically
> assign a gray scale color value to a pixel.  
>     Of course, this is assuming that the assignment of values of the
> on the screen is done from the software end and can be extended, and not
> hardware wise in which case... it wouldn't work... I think
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