Inferno TV Text

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  1. Robin Mitchell

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  2. crutschow

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    I assume you have an old PAL analog TV that you want this for(?).
     
  3. Dodgydave

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    We dont have analogue tv anymore, its all digital in the UK, so you wont get it to recieve a signal..
     
  4. Robin Mitchell

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    Sorry, this is for a TV with composite video input. This is still commonly found on many displays, if not most

    [​IMG]
     
  5. atferrari

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    Isn't there something like that built by Don Lancaster some 30 years ago?

    I could be dead wrong, I know.
     
  6. Robin Mitchell

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    Atferrari, your absolutley right! But mine is on a single chip! The display card (all components built in), is also pin compatable with HDD44780 LCD displays (but not software compatable).
     
  7. atferrari

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    The closest I've ever been of all that was when showing text on a scope.

    Attached pictures: my first attempt and the final stable version of the software.

    Worked nicely with mutiple screens. Implemented with a PIC 18F4431 in Assembler. (The stumbling block was in fact, focusing my camera properly because the auto-stupid took the glass mask as a reference instead of the screen itself).

    I felt very well when I learnt how to kill the retrace to get those characters neat by driving the Z axis)!!
     
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  8. Robin Mitchell

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    Very nice :O
     
  9. THE_RB

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    Sounds like a cool project Mitch. :)

    Can you post a schematic and photos? I don't download people's PDFs for security reasons and your mediafire page crashes my browser.
     
  10. AnalogKid

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    I think that's going to hurt your product. Most people doing product development are very reluctant to modify code that is working. I don't know how much effort it would take to make it truly drop-in compatible, but it would be a big selling point if you can pull it off.

    Signetics, National and others made "single chip" CG's back when. Fun days.

    ak
     
  11. Robin Mitchell

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    @AnalogKid I should try!
    Come to think of it, why would it be difficult? Maybe im just lazy :D
     
  12. Robin Mitchell

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    [​IMG]

    This is a gif of what it looks like when on a TV :p
    Its not a real photo though, just a "simulation"
     
  13. THE_RB

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    How many lines and characters? Will it do graphic pixels or just text only?

    So for dumb questions but as I said before your mediafire page won't work for me so I can't see anything about your project. :(
     
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  14. Robin Mitchell

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    32 characters by 16 lines. Text only. Im currently working on a graphics project that will hopefully be sucessfull!
     
  15. MMcLaren

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    Hi Mitch,

    Nice effort and nice job on the datasheet.

    Not to detract from your excellent project, but, have you seen Geoff's ASCII Terminal project? It has a PS/2 keyboard port and video output is 18x50 PAL, 15x50 NTSC, and 24x80 or 36x80 VGA using a 32MX processor (in a 28-pin PDIP package).

    Regards, Mike

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  16. THE_RB

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    Hi Mike, do you know if kits or pre-programmed PIC is available for that?
     
  17. MMcLaren

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    I don't know. Sorry.

    It would be a perfect solution for driving one of those little inexpensive 7" or larger flat screen NTSC displays for a PIC or vintage 65C02 project.

    Let me know if you find a PCB or kit available, please?

    Regards, Mike
     
  18. THE_RB

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    Will do. Maybe one the two big Aussie suppliers will kit it. I'll post something if that happens. :)

    Or maybe Mitch will kit his? But I would much prefer the 18 lines of 50 chars compared to 16 lines of 32 chars. After the expense and work of building it I would definitely prefer more chars on screen.
     
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