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Arduino and a Character LCD

kalshagar - Arduino and a Character LCD

Summary


Arduino works fine with Character LCD (the classic 16 char x 2 lines). It can even use the 4 bits library, to save some pins (you end up needing 6 at minimum). However that library or at least the version I had was old (2006) and had some painful limitations. It's fixed in this version. Feel free to use, GPL free.

If you find it useful, it's good. If I've wasted 1/2 hour on a historical version, that's it for me. Comments welcome.
Edit : LiquidCrystal is much better, should have used it from start ...
lcd2arduinoATmega328.png
An exemple on how to plug it. Count 7 pins for driving it (4 bits data + E + CS + Backlight)

Fixings

Based on the version of LCD4Bit v0.1 16/Oct/2006 neillzero http://www.arduino.cc/playground/Code/LCD4BitLibrary http:abstractplain.net
  • Pins must be contiguous : fixed !
  • You can't specify the pins easily (must recompile the library itself) : now you can override it easily with lcd.overrideLCDPins(int pPins[], int pRS, int pRW, int pEnable)
  • Annoying warning during build : fixed (added the missing parenthesis)

Download and install

Replace the version of Lib4bit you have with this one in the \arduino-0015\hardware\libraries\LCD4Bit directory. That's all. Maybe drop the lib4bit.o and rebuild, in case. Enjoy.
LCD4Bit.zip

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