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#526 RupanIII OFFLINE  

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Posted Thu Dec 4, 2014 7:58 PM

I just at stumbled onto this thread and was wondering if this lcd replacement kit is, or was ever produced?
I have a Lynx 2 that I re-discovered, and would love to breath new life into it.

 

I'm a newbie by most standards to this forum, but I've lurked Amiga forums for years (my login is 16 years old on Amibay, lol). 

 

If you see the top, created by Candle, he's an ACE, really a dependable fella. 

He is now a family man with a second child i believe, and his productivity on indie projects has been reduced some. He finished some things that are useful to quite a many more people first. Sadly,  that seemed to be August and he has been quiet. 

I personally would just like to hear he's doing well even if he's not going to resume this. 

I would ask that if he's killed it he release the files etc for qualified people to finish (i'm not quite that person, i program but am just now dabbling in the idea of learning hardware description language and eproms). 

 

It was working, very well, and a few beta went out, but, we are at a standstill currently. 

 

Mr Candle, can you light it up here for Christmas maybe?

Just hoping, 

 

Cheers, 

JW>



#527 Drowning Fish OFFLINE  

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Posted Fri Dec 5, 2014 6:54 AM

Thanks for the heads up. I really hope this happens some day!

#528 Guitari OFFLINE  

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Posted Fri Dec 5, 2014 4:15 PM

I love the look of this mod. All that circuitry goes inside? I will still purchase furrtek's mod and perhaps this too for VGA to pc monitor connection.

#529 McWill OFFLINE  

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Posted Fri Dec 5, 2014 6:28 PM

I love the look of this mod. All that circuitry goes inside? I will still purchase furrtek's mod and perhaps this too for VGA to pc monitor connection.

Thanks. Yes, all inside your LYNX-II. For this mod you must remove the old LCD and just install the new one. It tooks round about 30 to 60 minutes, depending on your soldering experience. But it is not too difficult.



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Posted Sat Dec 6, 2014 6:54 AM

Mr McWill your project looks very promising, it's nice to have 3 options for VGA out. I, like most of us here would love to see a video of your mod running. In the 95 euro price do you include the LCD replacement screen or we have to buy it extra? If it is extra could you post more info about it? Thanks!

#531 Shawn Jefferson OFFLINE  

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Posted Sat Dec 6, 2014 1:10 PM

 

It was working, very well, and a few beta went out, but, we are at a standstill currently. 

 

Mr Candle, can you light it up here for Christmas maybe?

Just hoping, 

 

 

I don't believe anybody received anything from Candle on this project yet.  Has anyone?  I paid in August 2013 for a prototype/first run version, as I think did some other folks in the Lynx forum.



#532 McWill OFFLINE  

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Posted Sat Dec 6, 2014 1:50 PM

Mr McWill your project looks very promising, it's nice to have 3 options for VGA out. I, like most of us here would love to see a video of your mod running. In the 95 euro price do you include the LCD replacement screen or we have to buy it extra? If it is extra could you post more info about it? Thanks!

Thank you. The price includes ALL, the board with 3.5" LCD replacement, VGA connector with screws an the instructions. There are no extra costs except the shipping (depending on the country) !
At present I make a video. I guess it'll running today or tomorrow on YouTube.
BTW production has started and I hope deliveries may begin within 2 or 3 weeks. :grin:



#533 jimmy OFFLINE  

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Posted Sat Dec 6, 2014 3:27 PM

Thank you. The price includes ALL, the board with 3.5" LCD replacement, VGA connector with screws an the instructions. There are no extra costs except the shipping (depending on the country) !
At present I make a video. I guess it'll running today or tomorrow on YouTube.
BTW production has started and I hope deliveries may begin within 2 or 3 weeks. :grin:

 How can i order one?



#534 RupanIII OFFLINE  

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Posted Sat Dec 6, 2014 5:33 PM

Any video of this working yet? 



#535 McWill OFFLINE  

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Posted Sun Dec 7, 2014 12:33 PM

Any video of this working yet? 

Here's my video on YouTube.



Sorry for the bad quality, but this my first video.



#536 McWill OFFLINE  

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Posted Sun Dec 7, 2014 12:41 PM

 How can i order one?

Please send me a PM or send me a email to the new address: ###   order-lynx-lcd[at]online[dot]de  ### (special email only for ordering the new mod)

Important: Just tell me your Address. Payment via paypal or bankaccount.
 



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Posted Sun Dec 7, 2014 2:57 PM

I asked this question on the other thread, but I'll throw it here too. Would it be possible to purchase Lynx units from you with the mod already installed? If not, is there anyone in the U.S. that would be willing to do this install?

#538 Radfoo OFFLINE  

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Posted Sun Dec 7, 2014 3:00 PM

maybe should start a new thread for McWills mod as its kind of a new subject compared to the other 2?



#539 Guitari OFFLINE  

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Posted Sun Dec 7, 2014 3:24 PM

1 This defo needs its own thread. IMO this and furrtek's designs are superseding Candle's.

2 I am happy to buy this mod for home installation but would like tips on how to mount the vga socket as well as general installation instructions.

3 Can this mod be combined with furrtek's? Better this than modify two units to get TV out and VGA options.

4 Is it absolutely necessary to remove those parts? Obviously the brightness wheel, yes, unless the vga socket is mounted elsewhere.

 

thanks



#540 RupanIII OFFLINE  

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Posted Sun Dec 7, 2014 10:10 PM

1 This defo needs its own thread. IMO this and furrtek's designs are superseding Candle's.

2 I am happy to buy this mod for home installation but would like tips on how to mount the vga socket as well as general installation instructions.

3 Can this mod be combined with furrtek's? Better this than modify two units to get TV out and VGA options.

4 Is it absolutely necessary to remove those parts? Obviously the brightness wheel, yes, unless the vga socket is mounted elsewhere.

 

thanks

Well, use a chisel point inside the links for your soldering ofcourse, keep some solder wick handy too. 

Have a dremel handy for the VGA, i think it's easier cutting a good square out for the whole VGA port and the fastener bolts than trying to cut out the trapezoid. Keep a rotary tool handy for making the square a better cut finish and round it's corners to increase strength. 
Options A is soldering the VGA port in with some extra handy dandy plastic of your choice (melt the plastic in behind the case and next to the plug. 
B: Hot Glue it (won't last forever, but pretty long)

c: REMOVE the vga port fastener bolts and cut only a hole big enough for the trapezoid, very precisely, then use a rotary tool or small drill bit to precisely cut the holes in the plastic and try screwing those bolts in through the holes, as well as hot gluing the end inside. I'm not totally sure of the depth on the bolts of wahtever VGA port you'll use or the rigidity of the plastic, this is off the top of my head stuff. 

 

I welcome other inputs, thanks everyone. 



#541 Guitari OFFLINE  

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Posted Mon Dec 8, 2014 1:35 AM

Thanks for that. Perhaps it is time I bought a dremel and a glue gun. Ok with soldering but should probably practice cutting plastic. Be useful to see photos/videos of others' cutting experiences in time.

#542 RupanIII OFFLINE  

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Posted Mon Dec 8, 2014 3:39 AM

Thanks for that. Perhaps it is time I bought a dremel and a glue gun. Ok with soldering but should probably practice cutting plastic. Be useful to see photos/videos of others' cutting experiences in time.

Cool Yes, you can also solder plastic, just need a binding plastic. Search that one on google, Very interesting. It's heat, it melts and melds. 

BUT, i haven't mastered it enough yet to send  the work i've done to someone else. 

On plastic though, remember, andy 'crack' left in it is a crack, waiting to fly off. Needs to be rounded out somehow if it happens. 
 



#543 roland p OFFLINE  

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Posted Mon Dec 8, 2014 3:47 AM

@McWill,

 

Is the video synced to the lynx's video?



#544 karri OFFLINE  

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Posted Mon Dec 8, 2014 3:50 AM

The hole needs to be big enough for the VGA connectors to make a tight connection. With black Sugru you can make a nice finish that looks and feels professional. You just need some flat tools to shape it and wait for a night to let Sugru harden.



#545 GadgetUK OFFLINE  

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Posted Mon Dec 8, 2014 5:11 AM

Here's my video on YouTube.



Sorry for the bad quality, but this my first video.


Brilliant job!

#546 McWill OFFLINE  

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Posted Mon Dec 8, 2014 6:29 AM

@McWill,

 

Is the video synced to the lynx's video?

What do you mean? Please describe it in other words.



#547 roland p OFFLINE  

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Posted Mon Dec 8, 2014 6:46 AM

What do you mean? Please describe it in other words.

Is the vertical frequency of the vga/lcd output somehow related (in-sync) to the vertical frequency of the lynx's video signal?

 

I guess that if this isn't the case, stutter or tearing could occur.



#548 McWill OFFLINE  

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Posted Mon Dec 8, 2014 7:18 AM

Is the vertical frequency of the vga/lcd output somehow related (in-sync) to the vertical frequency of the lynx's video signal?

 

I guess that if this isn't the case, stutter or tearing could occur.

No, it's not in-sync because it's not possible with the LYNX. The pixelclock from the LYNX LCD isn't always available and the Lynx has different / programmable pixelrates. You have to work with buffers and that's RAM. One RAM is reading and one RAM is writing. But the frequency of the 3.5" is very high ~70Hz and VGA ~73 Hz.



#549 sage OFFLINE  

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Posted Mon Dec 8, 2014 11:02 AM

Would be interesting to see how the highcolor slideshows look on this.

I imagine that Alpine games might have a problem with transparencies, too as they rely on the slow LCD.



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Posted Mon Dec 8, 2014 10:39 PM

Amazing. I'm getting a Lynx again!






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