by Steven B. Combs, Ph.D. tags:
In a previous Clockwork Pi DevTerm assembly video, I my LCD panel was broken and I had to hack the panel in order to get it working; however, Clockwork was quick to send out a replacement and during a 2022-05-01 livestream, I replaced my hacked up LCD screen with the new one.
The video below is a 27 minute edit of the longer one hour and thirteen minutes livestream.
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Title: I unbox, assemble and demo the Clockwork Pi DevTerm A06. See how it went.
In this video, I replace the DevTerm LCD panel and demonstrate the VirtualT emulator.
None as of 2022-05-22.
After I install the replacement LCD panel, I compare the DevTerm to a TRS-80 Model 100. I don’t show how to install the software (a later video), but I demonstrate the VirtualT TRS-80 Model 100 emulator optimized for the DevTerm.
The emulator has a few quirks, but it’s good! More on this emulator in the future.
Below are the links I mention in this blog post and companion video.
There are various models of the DevTerm. The model sent to me by Clockwork was the A06 that includes:
The A06 model includes plenty of ports:
It’s a fun and capable gadget if you can get past the 65% keyboard.
Below is an image of the crushed/split ribbon cable. I did not show this in the video.
Thanks again to Clockwork for immediately shipping a replacement. While waiting, I grabbed my ohm meter, an X-Acto knife, wire, and soldering iron and got to work.
With the tip of the knife, I lightly scratched the plastic from the ribbon cable to expose the conductive material underneath. I used the ohmmeter to test across the ribbon cable to the connector on the LED driver board. Once I had enough of the ribbon cable exposed to make a consistent circuit, I soldered a small wire to the ribbon cable and then to the LED driver board. I connected it to the DevTerm, turned it on, and after about 10 seconds, the display LEDs turned on.
As I mention during the video, I have even more content I want to produce for the DevTerm that includes:
What ideas do you have or what do you want to see? Drop a comment below and let me know.
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