MatrixOrbital BLK202A-WB-BK LCD
Installation of the unit was extremely simple! Without looking at the directions for the hardware installation, I was able to screw the Bay insert/LCD into the 5.25? bay of my chassis and then plug in the power cable from the LCD to the power supply molex connector. Next, I took the RS-232 cable and plugged that into the rear of the LCD. After I finished tucking the access cable under my motherboard, I simply screwed the rear PCI plate into the chassis. Lastly, I plugged the serial cable from my COM1 port into the PCI plate which I previously installed. Seems simple enough right?!
One major option included with this LCD is the ability to hook up GPO. What?s a GPO? Don?t worry, if this terminology is a bit confusing ? I was in the exact same position as you when I first received the product. Anyways, GPO stands for GENERAL PUPOSE OUTPUTS. Basically, the LCD has SIX sets of low voltage (+5v) pins on the rear which can be hooked up to six different devices; everything from a simple LED to fans, cold cathodes and more (using a high voltage mod. More information available here: LCDForums). So now you are asking me what the big deal is. I can do that with a molex connector. Sure you can, but can you (with a simple custom circuit) control fans to run at different voltages according to Motherboard Monitor 5 temperatures? Can you set an LED to light up when you have a new E-mail with a molex? Although this all sounds great, it can be tricky to configure the software for this unit!
The last thing that truly makes this LCD great is the 7-key keypad located on the front of the bay insert. Again, these buttons will not be able to work without configuring the software for the unit, but when done correctly can control a NUMBER of things from checking your E-mail to switching Winamp 2 or 3 tracks and even to rebooting the computer! The way this keypad functions is: Matrix Orbital assigned each button a number, as if it were a keyboard. When a button is pressed, it triggers a ?letter? to the system which in turn reacts with the software to complete an event which you have configured. I have listed the letter/key relationships below to make it easier for you to configure your LCD next (this can also be found in the manual/instruction CD)
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