Mac LCD

Information for using small character LCDs such as the HD44780 with Mac OS X, LCDproc and Growl. And other Apple and Mac USB stuff.

Saturday, March 14, 2009

iMon 0x0038 Icon

I wrote some code to get LCDproc working on Mac OS X with the iMon LCD 0x0038. I am currently trying to get the remote to work with it as well.

I should have a compiled binary to release soon.

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Thursday, March 5, 2009

LCDproc Compiler script

I have had a lot of requests for an Intel compile of LCDproc. Here is a compile script you can use to compile it yourself. You will need to have the Apple Developer Tools installed. Then run the install.command script and it will:

  1. download LCDproc
  2. download libusb, if not installed already
  3. set up any necessary environment variables
  4. configure, compile and install LCDproc
  5. run LCDproc with the default LCDd configuration
  6. open the LCDd.conf file so you can edit the configuration if you want
  7. open the LCDd StartupItem installer to allow you to run LCDd at start up

You may need to enter your password when prompted.

In the end you will have a fully-featured LCDproc compiled with all of the USB drivers enabled. You will need to edit the LCDd.conf file to suit your display. If you have to specify a device in the LCDd.conf file,be sure to use the cu.usbserial device, not the tty.usbserial device.

Unfortunately, because this is a default install, some drivers such as imon will not work properly without other Mac OS X specific patches.

Many USB displays will work with minor configuration file changes, including the Mac OS X USB LCD Kit.

Download the latest version now.

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Monday, March 2, 2009

LCDproc iMon driver

iMon 0x0036 Icon

Working with a user on InsanelyMac, I was able to get LCDproc working with an iMon VFD product id 0x0036.  I am working with another user to get it working with an iMon LCD product id 0x0038, and I will hopefully have a download available soon.

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