VL System Lost In Space LCD Display
Installation of this unit wasn?t too bad compared to most, even though the instructions included with the L.I.S. LCD were a bit confusing. No real assembly or soldering was required, which is kind of nice. Like I mentioned on the previous page, one side of the instructions were in Korean, so I flipped it over to read installation instructions in English on the other side. There were about three sentences on hardware installation of the unit, and the rest revolved around the software aspect of the kit. The only thing that was actually helpful in the instructions was the line that says how to adjust the brightness of the LCD from the back, which we will get to a little later.
Here?s a quick glance at the cable included for installation. You will notice how one end of the cable has a simple serial port connection and USB connector while the other has the ?floppy? connector which will be plugged into the back of the LCD unit. To tell you the truth, figuring out how to hook the cable into the unit was probably the most confusing part; it took me a couple of minutes to figure out whether or not it needed both the serial and USB plugged in or just one. As I mentioned earlier, both need to be plugged in. The serial connection is the actual input/output data path from the computer to the LCD. The USB connector provides the power needed for the LCD backlighting, etc. Pay attention to this part; it's not in the instructions, and there might be a test later.
Here?s a general shot of the backside of the LCD. The white ?floppy? connector on the one end of the serial/USB cable is plugged into the unit on the bottom left side where you see the white backing. You will notice the buttons for backlight and on/off are screwed into the 5.25? faceplate on the right side and the rest is fairly self-explanatory?nothing special to look at here.
Another simple shot of the buttons for the LCD backlight and power to the display.
You will notice that this picture shows the blue box with white ?flathead? screw in the center. This is the adjustment for brightness/contrast on the LCD display. It is located right next to the main chipset driving the LCD. The stock setting was fine for me, but this a flexibility option in case you want to change it.
Here?s the last setting needed before finally installing the L.I.S. LCD into your case. This is the jumper for the backlighting color which, to be quite frank, doesn?t do anything. The instructions mention very briefly that if this is set incorrectly, your LCD will malfunction. Simply check to make sure that the jumper is on the right set of pins for the LCD you ordered. I tried playing with the jumper to see if changing it would actually change the backlight color on the LCD but obviously it doesn't. So, just scan this area briefly and confirm that the jumper is on the right set of pins.
A side view of the LCD shows the pre-drilled holes for mounting into your chassis? 5.25? bay. Very straight forward; insert the LCD into an empty 5.25? bay and screw it into the rails/drive rack. Unfortunately screws are not included so you will need to obtain those on your own. Being a computer enthusiast, finding four screws wasn?t the hardest thing I?d ever had to do.
Now, simply plug the white ?floppy? connector into the rear of the LCD. DO NOT connect a floppy power from your power supply; you will fry the LCD instantly!!! Next, unscrew an expansion slot cover, or feed the cord through any other holes in your case and plug in the serial and USB plugs into empty ports on the back of your motherboard.
Wahoo! Finally, the LCD is setup, and I?ve powered on the computer to make sure everything is working correctly. Make sure the power and backlight buttons are pushed in, or obviously, the LCD won?t power on!
Installation was fairly simple, with the most confusing part being figuring out if both the serial and USB connections need to be plugged in simultaneously for it to work. If we haven't stressed it enough yet, the answer is YES. Without both plugs connected to your motherboard, the LCD won?t function. It is a bit disappointing that it takes a USB AND serial connection. Most modern motherboards only have one serial port, which is often already in use by other things like Palmtop cradles, and so the LCD installation is impossible without spending more money. However, USB ports aren?t so much a problem with motherboards anymore; manufacturers seem to be placing upwards of 4 or even 6 USB ports on motherboards.
The only thing left to do now to get the L.I.S. to function properly is set up the software!
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