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LCD screen for your dockstar (cheap! <$5)

Posted by petergunn 
Re: LCD screen for your dockstar (cheap! <$5)
July 25, 2012 11:26PM
@tavoc

Please try this attached file.
Attachments:
open | download - fw_disp_tavoc.bin (224 KB)
tavoc
Re: LCD screen for your dockstar (cheap! <$5)
July 31, 2012 11:45AM
Thanks for your work,

but somehow I am unable to unbind my device. There is no "/sys/bus/usb/drivers/usbhid/unbind" Folder, when my Device is attached (skript hiddetach). I am using Debian wheezy.


Regards
Re: LCD screen for your dockstar (cheap! <$5)
August 01, 2012 02:41AM
Usbhid is installed?

When connecting the dpf in bootloader-mode you should get somthing like this in syslog:

kernel: [ 3771.384180] usb 1-1.6: new full-speed USB device number 5 using ehci_hcd
mtp-probe: checking bus 1, device 5: "/sys/devices/pci0000:00/0000:00:1a.0/usb1/1-1/1-1.6"
mtp-probe: bus: 1, device: 5 was not an MTP device
kernel: [ 3781.467766] generic-usb 0003:1908:3318.0006: timeout initializing reports
kernel: [ 3781.468066] generic-usb 0003:1908:3318.0006: hiddev0,hidraw5: USB HID v2.01 Device [BUILDWIN BL206v1.0.0] on usb-0000:00:1a.0-1.6/input0

If the dpf is detected but not claimed by usbhid just try to use restore.py and ignore hiddetach.

superelchi



Edited 2 time(s). Last edit at 08/01/2012 02:50AM by superelchi.
Re: LCD screen for your dockstar (cheap! <$5)
August 01, 2012 10:21PM
zoolander Wrote:
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...
...
...
> So my question is, did anyone succeed to compile
> latest lcd4linux with DPF support?
>
> Thanks for your replies ...
...
...

This may be a late reply as I was not following this forum for a while but I managed to compile version 1192 back in April
Here is some info.
As I remember, I was also having issues with libdpf.

Unfortunately, the DPF driver in lcd4linux supports only one font at the moment (6x8), I find it too small and very hard to read.

Roman



Edited 1 time(s). Last edit at 08/01/2012 10:59PM by RomanG.
Re: LCD screen for your dockstar (cheap! <$5)
August 05, 2012 04:38AM
@superelchi

Thanks for adding my model to the repo, I've tested a clean checkout and it works as expected (:

After some additional testing I've cleaned up the contrast a bit in lcdinit.s... screen looks much better IMHO. Inspiration came from abeyerr_black + trial and error. Here's a patch, hope inline is okay

--- lcdinit.s.old	2012-08-05 03:21:29.222999970 -0700
+++ lcdinit.s	2012-08-05 03:13:16.085999960 -0700
@@ -163,6 +163,14 @@
 	lcall	X1702
 	mov	a,#0x2c
 	lcall	X1702
+;
+; initial contrast
+;
+	mov	a,#0x25
+	lcall	X1702
+	mov	a,#0x38
+	lcall	X170c
+;
 	ret
 
 X16ec:	mov	r5,a

btw, does anyone know how I can get permission to edit the wiki at http://picframe.spritesserver.nl ? Currently it lists coby 151bw as unsupported... I would like to update some pages to mention dpf-ax where appropriate. It took me a long time to find my way here, and I'd like to save someone else the hassle!

Working great though, thanks again guys

Mrlinux

PS:

I've also been wondering.. is there's a "setpic" equivalent for dpf-ax? I would like to be able to send individual images to the picframe. I can't seem to find a way to do this.

I've been looking at dpflib, and the source for lcd4linux, st2205term and setpic... thinking I could make a basic tool for this, but I don't know much about image processing.



Edited 1 time(s). Last edit at 08/05/2012 06:13AM by mrlinux.
Re: LCD screen for your dockstar (cheap! <$5)
August 05, 2012 06:08AM
@Mrlinux

Send an email to Sprite, the wiki owner from this form: http://spritesmods.com/?art=contact&subj=picframewiki.

Could you also explain how you worked out the best possible contrast?
Re: LCD screen for your dockstar (cheap! <$5)
August 05, 2012 06:57AM
@ax206geek

I sent sprite a message, thanks!

As far as the contrast goes, I took the initial contrast code from lcdinit.s of abeyerr_black, adjusted the lcalls to work with my firmware, and tried it. It was extremely washed out... so from there it was trial and error adjusting the second mov. If the black is too bright, the value is too high... if the white is too dark, the value is too low. I tried adjusting the first mov a bit but I had trouble discerning a difference there, although it seemed like there were some "wrong" values. I'll try looking into that some more eventually. for now, 0x25 works

The testscreen under setup (disp firmware) was very helpful. I thought about looking through the original firmware to find the initial contrast there, but to be honest, the default contrast on the original firmware wasn't quite right anyway.

Mrlinux
Re: LCD screen for your dockstar (cheap! <$5)
August 05, 2012 08:36AM
mrlinux Wrote:
-------------------------------------------------------
>
> The testscreen under setup (disp firmware) was
> very helpful. I thought about looking through the
> original firmware to find the initial contrast
> there, but to be honest, the default contrast on
> the original firmware wasn't quite right anyway.
>
> Mrlinux

The next revision of identify.py will find & extract the inital contrast value and init from the original fw automatically.
For the coby_151_bw it looks like this:
	mov	a,#0x25
	lcall	X1707
	mov	dptr,#X1677
	mov	a,r3
	dec	a
	movc a,@a+dptr
	lcall	X1711
	ret
;
X1677:
        .db 	0x25,  0x27, 0x29, 0x2b, 0x2d, 0x30, 0x35, 0x3a, 0x40, 0x45, 0x4a, 0x50, 0x55, 0x5a, 0x60, 0x65

The default contrast value for this display is 8 ( = r3 in above code). So the correct value for your display would be 0x3a. But your value of 0x38 is close enough. :-)

I'm currently changing the code to initialize the contrast for all displays to the default value at startup and make the contrast adjustable by the user (like brightness). Unfortunately for this to work I have to extract the contrast code from the original fw and change the "lcdinit.s" and some more for all supported dpfs...

superelchi
Re: LCD screen for your dockstar (cheap! <$5)
August 05, 2012 07:48PM
Following up on my recent post, I checked what I did back in April in order to compile lcd4linux, build 1142 with mpd plugin.
While running ./configure, I was getting error message:
...
...
checking for mpd_newConnection in -llibmpd... no
configure: WARNING: libmpdclient.h header not found: mpd plugin disabled
configure: WARNING: get libmpdclient.h from http://www.musicpd.org/libmpdclient.shtml
configure: WARNING: and copy those 2 files in the lcd4linux directory.
...
...

Copying libmpdclient.h and libmpdclient.c in to ./lcd4linux directory (as suggested by the error message) or in to ./lcd4linux/libmpd directory did not help.
What I did on the end, I edited configure file and disabled check for libmpd. Then I was able to compile lcd4linux with mpd plugin.

Did anyone try to compile one of the latest builds, i.e. 1191?
This should have patches already applied but is missing libdpf libraries.

Roman
Re: LCD screen for your dockstar (cheap! <$5)
August 08, 2012 12:13AM
So I decided to write a setpic-like utility for sending still images to dpf-ax frames. It supports png, jpg and gif formats, although gif is untested. It supports automatic resizing, either preserving aspect ratio or filling the frame. I also threw in a mode to fill the screen with a solid RGB color.

This is definitely a work in progress but I thought I'd share anyway. I wrote it mainly because I need the practice. In other words, I won't take responsibility if anything catches on fire. I still have a bunch of stuff I want add to this, like a simple text display mode and some other still-image related things. Maybe a way to pipe in images, who knows...

Oh and I'm calling it dpfsend for now, in case I add support for st2205/ax203 frames. A lot of the code comes from st2205term as it is. Build instructions in README

http://db.tt/68JZ8cA5

Mrlinux
Re: LCD screen for your dockstar (cheap! <$5)
August 08, 2012 10:13PM
-------------------------------------------------------
> zoolander Wrote:
> --------------------------------------------------
> -----
> ...
> ...
> ...
> > So my question is, did anyone succeed to
> compile
> > latest lcd4linux with DPF support?
> >
> > Thanks for your replies ...
> ...
> ...
>

zoolander, if you apply this patch dpflib_python_lcd4linux.patch on to existing dpf-ax package, and then run installation script build-dpf-lcd4linux.sh, it will install build 1184 of lcd4linux, with mdp and you will get scalable fonts as well.
Much easier to read than original 6x8 font

Roman
Attachments:
open | download - DPF.jpg (572.8 KB)
Re: LCD screen for your dockstar (cheap! <$5)
August 09, 2012 07:26AM
@RomanG: Thanks for your lcd4linux patch. I'll try it out on both my Pi and dockstar.
@MrLinux: Thanks for your dpfsend program. I'll try it out on both my Pi and dockstar.
Re: LCD screen for your dockstar (cheap! <$5)
August 09, 2012 07:29AM
superelchi Wrote:
-------------------------------------------------------
Unfortunately for this
> to work I have to extract the contrast code from
> the original fw and change the "lcdinit.s" and
> some more for all supported dpfs...

If you need help to do some of the more tedious work, perhaps you could describe what needs to be done and some of us can try to help - provided we are up to the task as many of the enhancements you are doing are beyond my capability to emulate but I greatly appreciate everything you have done so far to make hacking of the ax206 frames so much easier for all of us :)
Re: LCD screen for your dockstar (cheap! <$5)
August 09, 2012 08:35AM
Hi ax206geek,

It is not my patch, I just searched the internet and found thread at OpenWrt forum with same problem as mine.
I was pointed to the patch by user irimi over at OpenWrt forums, so credit should go there.

Roman
Re: LCD screen for your dockstar (cheap! <$5)
August 09, 2012 11:26AM
Here is my very crude script that pulls everything together and installs build 1184 of lcd4linux with mpd plugin.

The lcd4linux install script from dpf-ax package is configured such that it installs DPF driver only.

If you are running multiple displays on your dosckstar like me (I have one graphic dpf display and one 4x20 character USB2LCD display running at the same time), you will need to comment out last script call and edit build-dpf-lcd4linux.sh sript so that it builds with all drivers.

around line 49....
...
./configure --with-drivers=DPF
...
should be changed to:
...
./configure --with-drivers=all
...
and then run build-dpf-lcd4linux.sh manually.


Here is the script:
#!/bin/bash
# very crude script that pulls everything together and installs 
# build 1184 of lcd4linux with mpd plugin and patch for scaleable fonts

PREREQUISITES='pkg-config aclocal automake autoconf'

for i in $PREREQUISITES; do
        if [ -z `which $i` ]; then
                echo missing tool "'$i'". Please install package.
                err=1
        fi
done

if [ $err ]; then
        echo "Error, cancelling"
        exit
fi

# download and untar dpf-ax tools

curl http://dpf-ax.svn.sourceforge.net/viewvc/dpf-ax/trunk/?view=tar | tar -zxv
cd trunk

# this part takes for a while on dockstar, aside from building custom
# firmware for your dpf, it is needed to build libdpf library and module
make

# download patch for mpd plugin and scaled fonts for dpf
wget http://sourceforge.net/p/pydpf/code/ci/1b10e3224801f9ed1874c52acaa6b98be9f66aae/tree/distributions/pydpflib/dpflib_python_lcd4linux.patch?format=raw -O dpflib_python_lcd4linux.patch

# patch files
patch -p1 < dpflib_python_lcd4linux.patch

# Run lcd4linux installation script
# The lcd4linux installation script from dpf-ax package is configured such that it installs DPF driver only.
# If you are running multiple displays on your dosckstar, you will need to comment out last script call below
# and edit build-dpf-lcd4linux.sh sript so that it configures build with all drivers.

# around line 49 of build-dpf-lcd4linux.sh sript
# change from
# ./configure --with-drivers=DPF
# to:
# ./configure --with-drivers=all
# and then run build-dpf-lcd4linux.sh manually.

./build-dpf-lcd4linux.sh

Roman
Re: LCD screen for your dockstar (cheap! <$5)
August 10, 2012 07:20AM
ax206geek Wrote:
-------------------------------------------------------
>
> If you need help to do some of the more tedious
> work, perhaps you could describe what needs to be
> done and some of us can try to help - provided we
> are up to the task as many of the enhancements you
> are doing are beyond my capability to emulate but
> I greatly appreciate everything you have done so
> far to make hacking of the ax206 frames so much
> easier for all of us :)

Thanks. With my skill to write instructions this would take more time than doing it myself. ;-)
But your help will be needed when I'm ready - the init routines for almost all dpfs will be changed. Because I have access only to a small number of the supported dpfs, everybody is invited to test the new fw and report problems!
Also I'm missing the dump of the original fw for the dpf "avlabs_avl969s". Could you upload it? Its needed for extracting the contrast settings.

superelchi



Edited 1 time(s). Last edit at 08/10/2012 07:21AM by superelchi.
Re: LCD screen for your dockstar (cheap! <$5)
August 10, 2012 07:44AM
@superelchi:
Here's the uploaded firmware. Original avlabs firmware for avl969s

@RomanG:
Thanks for the configure script.
Re: LCD screen for your dockstar (cheap! <$5)
August 11, 2012 11:34AM
A partner in the Forum Tododream has purchased this Frame and can not get it to work.
Anyone know what Firm is needed?

Regards
Re: LCD screen for your dockstar (cheap! <$5)
August 11, 2012 07:18PM
@gabychan, you have to upload the original firmware or use python identify.py yourself to identify the needed firmware.
Re: LCD screen for your dockstar (cheap! <$5)
August 12, 2012 01:35AM
ax206geek Wrote:
-------------------------------------------------------
> @gabychan, you have to upload the original
> firmware or use python identify.py yourself to
> identify the needed firmware.


Thanks going to wait if the friend gets a copy of the original firm, to continue.

You can see the thread here

Regads
Re: LCD screen for your dockstar (cheap! <$5)
August 12, 2012 12:17PM
gabychan Wrote:
-------------------------------------------------------
> A partner in the Forum Tododream has purchased
> this
> [url=http://www.focalprice.com/ED022W/24_LCD_Scree
> n_Square_Shaped_Digital_Photo_Frame_with_USB_Slot_
> White.html#.UCWEfKCojgs][b]Frame[/b][/url] and can
> not get it to work.
> Anyone know what Firm is needed?
>
> Regards

I have exactly the same frame from Focalprice, works fine with focal_landscape.bin firmware.

Roman
Re: LCD screen for your dockstar (cheap! <$5)
August 15, 2012 07:59AM
ax206geek Wrote:
-------------------------------------------------------
> @RomanG: Thanks for your lcd4linux patch. I'll try it out on both my Pi and dockstar.
> @MrLinux: Thanks for your dpfsend program. I'll try it out on both my Pi and dockstar.


Hi ax206geek,
Did you try to install it on your PI?
I tried on mine (under Raspbian as well as Debian) but I am running in to strange issue.
While building dpflib it fails with the following error:
make -C ../dpflib install DESTDIR=..
make[1]: Entering directory `/usr/src/trunk/dpflib'
cc -Wall -fPIC -I../include -g   -c -o dpflib.o dpflib.c
In file included from dpflib.c:14:0:
dpf.h:7:17: fatal error: usb.h: No such file or directory
compilation terminated.
make[1]: *** [dpflib.o] Error 1
make[1]: Leaving directory `/usr/src/trunk/dpflib'
make: *** [fwload] Error 2

All required headers are in the ./src directory but somehow compiler does not "see" them.
I tried to modify the Makefile and modified compiling flags from
CFLAGS = -Wall -fPIC -I../include -g
tp
CFLAGS = -Wall -fPIC -I../include -I../src -g
but it did not solve the issue.
Any ideas?

Roman
Re: LCD screen for your dockstar (cheap! <$5)
August 15, 2012 09:28AM
The missing usb.h is part of the libusb development (header) files.
An
apt-get install libusb-dev
may do the trick.

superelchi
Re: LCD screen for your dockstar (cheap! <$5)
August 15, 2012 06:37PM
superelchi Wrote:
-------------------------------------------------------
> The missing usb.h is part of the libusb
> development (header) files.
> An
> apt-get install libusb-dev
may do the
> trick.
>
> superelchi

I was not sure since the dpf-ax/source directory contains usb.h as well.
After few trials I managed to install it on raspberry pi running Debian wheeze (works on Raspbian too, instructions below were modofied to reflect the necessary steps).
I was not able to compile firmware, but since my LCD is already hacked, I did not need it.

Installation was done on fresh Debian wheeze as well as latest Rasbian. For Debian wheeze, order of installation is not important, but for Raspbian, it is recommended to follow instructions below.

run
sudo apt-get install subversion
sudo apt-get install bison autoconf automake1.10 libtool libgd2-noxpm-dev libgd2-noxpm libibus-1.0-dev libusb-dev libssl-dev python-dev libc6 libncurses5-dev libx11-dev libmpdclient-dev libusb-1.0-0-dev libftdi-dev gettext

Note: You may not need all the above libraries, if you are compiling only DPF driver.
I was compiling all drivers so some additional libraries were required.

For Raspbian:
In order to instal Small Device C Compiler, sdcc, the sources.list in /etc/apt needs to be modified. Add following lines in to your /etc/apt/sources.list
deb http://ftp.ca.debian.org/debian wheezy main non-free
deb-src http://ftp.ca.debian.org/debian wheezy main non-free

then run:
sudo apt-get update
sudo apt-get install sdcc

After subversion is installed (along with dependencies) modify the sources.list back to the original state by commenting out two added lines.
# deb http://ftp.ca.debian.org/debian wheezy main non-free
# deb-src http://ftp.ca.debian.org/debian wheezy main non-free

What I found , when installing on Raspbian, was that if I changed the sources.list before installing subversion, svn command would throw error 'Illegal instruction'. So the order of installation and sources.list file modification is important.


For Debian wheeze:
You can directly install sdcc without any modification of sources.list
run:
sudo apt-get install sdcc



Here is modified script, difference between this one and the one I posted previously is that this one builds only libdpf library from dpf-ax package and does not attempt to build firmware (I was getting lot of errors):

#!/bin/bash
# tested on raspberry pi running debian wheeze
# very crude script that pulls everything together and installs
# build 1184 of lcd4linux with mpd plugin and patch for scaleable fonts
# does not build firmware for hacking dpf-ax206 frame, only libdpf library

PREREQUISITES='pkg-config aclocal automake autoconf'

for i in $PREREQUISITES; do
        if [ -z `which $i` ]; then
                echo missing tool "'$i'". Please install package.
                err=1
        fi
done

if [ $err ]; then
        echo "Error, cancelling"
        exit
fi

# download and untar dpf-ax tools

curl http://dpf-ax.svn.sourceforge.net/viewvc/dpf-ax/trunk/?view=tar | tar -zxv
cd trunk/dpflib

# this part takes for a while on dockstar, aside from building custom
# firmware for your dpf, it is needed to build libdpf library and module
make

cd ..
# download patch for mpd plugin and scaled fonts for dpf
wget http://sourceforge.net/p/pydpf/code/ci/1b10e3224801f9ed1874c52acaa6b98be9f66aae/tree/distributions/pydpflib/dpflib_python_lcd4linux.patch?format=raw -O dpflib_python_lcd4linux.patch

# patch files
patch -p1 < dpflib_python_lcd4linux.patch

# Run lcd4linux installation script
# The lcd4linux installation script from dpf-ax package is configured such that it installs DPF driver only.
# If you are running multiple displays on your dosckstar, you will need to comment out last script call below
# and edit build-dpf-lcd4linux.sh sript so that it configures build with all drivers.

# around line 49 of build-dpf-lcd4linux.sh sript
# change from
# ./configure --with-drivers=DPF
# to:
# ./configure --with-drivers=all
# and then run build-dpf-lcd4linux.sh manually.

red='\033[31m'
yellow='\033[33m'
NC='\e[0m' # No Color


echo ""
echo -e "${yellow} The lcd4linux installation script from dpf-ax package is configured such"
echo -e " that it installs DPF driver only. If you are running multiple displays on"
echo -e " your dosckstar or Pi, you will need to edit ${red}build-dpf-lcd4linux.sh ${yellow}sript"
echo -e " so that it configures build with all drivers."
echo ""
echo -e " Around line 49 of build-dpf-lcd4linux.sh sript change line from:"
echo -e " ./configure --with-drivers=DPF"
echo -e " to:"
echo -e " ./configure --with-drivers=all"
echo ""
echo -e "Would you like to modify ${red}build-dpf-lcd4linux.sh ${yellow}script? [Y/n]${NC}"
read answer
if [[ $answer == "Y" || $answer == "y" || $answer = "" ]]; then

sudo nano ./build-dpf-lcd4linux.sh
fi

./build-dpf-lcd4linux.sh

Roman



Edited 2 time(s). Last edit at 08/16/2012 06:04AM by RomanG.
Re: LCD screen for your dockstar (cheap! <$5)
August 16, 2012 06:48AM
And here are pictures showing system statistics and mpd player status...



Edited 1 time(s). Last edit at 08/18/2012 04:10PM by RomanG.
Attachments:
open | download - RPI.jpg (579.2 KB)
open | download - RPIsmall1.JPG (63.6 KB)
Markus
Re: LCD screen for your dockstar (cheap! <$5)
August 18, 2012 03:11PM
Hello RomanG,

would you please post your RPi lcd4linux.conf ? Thanks.
Re: LCD screen for your dockstar (cheap! <$5)
August 18, 2012 04:13PM
Markus Wrote:
-------------------------------------------------------
> Hello RomanG,
>
> would you please post your RPi lcd4linux.conf ?
> Thanks.

Hi Markus,
Here is the config file for system statistics.
Roman
Attachments:
open | download - dpf.conf (5.5 KB)
Markus
Re: LCD screen for your dockstar (cheap! <$5)
August 20, 2012 11:10AM
Thank you very much for sharing!!!
Alex
Re: LCD screen for your dockstar (cheap! <$5)
August 22, 2012 08:23AM
Does anyone have any recommendations for an lcd if I haven't got one yet? I have a dockstar that is sitting around and think this might be useful for it.
Re: LCD screen for your dockstar (cheap! <$5)
August 23, 2012 06:18AM
@Alex:

http://picframe.spritesserver.nl/wiki/index.php/DPF_with_AppoTech_AX206 has a list of supported DPFs but you have to take some risk as the shipped frame may not be an exact match even if previously the merchant shipped a compatible frame.
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