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August 30, 2008

iPod LCD Hack

at 5:30 am. Filed under Complex Hacks, Electronic Hacks


If you need a display for your next project you could probably use one from a defective Apple iPod however after looking at the iPod LCD Hack details I think purchasing a display that has a simple interface may be the ticket in this case.

"Looking for a small, cheap LCD for a possibly large-scale project, I decided that the 2.5" QVGA TFT in the Ipod Video may be worth a look, as cheap clones of it are available from Hong Kong via Ebay.. Not finding any info on this unit on the net, I decided to investigate myself, & bought a faulty ipod on Ebay to dissect. The hard disk was dead, but I could get it into service test mode, which was all I needed to fiddle with the display to see how it was driven. This display should be drivable from most microcontrollers ( *I’ve not yet verfied that it can do 3.3v I/O. If not, you’ll need alot of resistors, or a level shifter), however the 16 bit data bus will need rather alot of I/O pins. If you’re running from something like a NXP LPC2xxx ARM processor, this may not be a big deal, and you may want the speed of the 16 bit bus."



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5 Responses to “iPod LCD Hack”

  1. mrmeval Says:

    FFC to round wire

    Unfortunately I don’t know availability. What I normally do is find a cable that has a solderable area after it’s inserted in to the connector and solder wire to that. The other is to desolder the connector and solder a standard surface mount header to the pads.

  2. bob Says:

    I can’t read half the text of this article since the “springwidget” on the sidebar to the right is covering the article’s text and cannot be closed.

    It only displays correctly if your horizontal resolution is greater than 1024 pixels… any narrower than that and the ugly useless widget makes your content unreadable. This is a horrible design mistake.

  3. bob Says:

    Resubmitting my comment since it didn’t seem to work the first time…

    I can’t read this article, half the text is obscured by the “spring widget” in the column to the right… At screen resolutions below 1024 horizontal pixels, the right column overlaps the main content, normally with a z-index of -1, however the annoying and useless “spring widget” is always on top and cannot be closed or removed, rendering the content of the page unreadable.

    Terrible design.

  4. Alan Parekh Says:

    Hi Bob,

    Thanks for the feedback. I will take a look at that issue. The page wasn’t designed for 800X600 but I will see what I can do to make it more friendly.

  5. GEARFUSE » Labor Day Linkage Says:

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