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Old 07-23-2005, 02:16 AM   #1 (permalink)
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I've got this computer given to me from a guy I know because he didn't want to do anything with it. He couldn't get any OS to install on it. I took it apart, hooked up motherboard, power, and cd-rom and installed Linspire (4.5.499) with no problems.

Anyway, I plan on putting this rig in my Jeep (I'll make a modified case). I am going to use it as a 2nd (more interactive) media hub (I've got a music/dvd player with screens). I want this PC to control a set of LED's to display custom messages on the back of my truck (that's the cool part).

Now, to my questions : I know next to nothing about doing my own circuitry (circuitboard designs/resistors/anode,cathode/power/ground). The led display I plan on making will be 5 x 20 (or so).

What type of LEDs (and or other hardware) would I need to make this circuit?
How can I connect this display to my computer?
How would I be able to control it? (I don't have a problem with coding - just not sure what programs I would need)

I guess that's about the end of it. I posted this in hardware because this requires a lot of hardware... and ... well - didn't see a better place to post. Thanks for all replies.

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Old 07-23-2005, 02:23 PM   #3 (permalink)
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Yeah, that is pretty cool. That kind of goes around the whole "using my computer" thing, though. I really want to build this all myself. I'm just lost at which direction to take.
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Old 07-23-2005, 03:57 PM   #4 (permalink)
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These even come with their own PC software for controlling, quite expensive although.

I've seen some that connect to a PC via the serial port, so they can even be controlled from HyperTerminal!

But seriously, I'd go for buying an LCD panel pre-made than trying to make your own! Probably be able to find some instructions on the Internet somewhere, doubt it will be easy though.

Good luck to ya!
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Old 07-23-2005, 05:01 PM   #5 (permalink)
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thank you - if i get something going, I will post pics
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