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Wrap-around and scrolling support for LCDs
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Wrap-around and scrolling support for LCDs

by sridhar_rajagopal on Thu May 30, 2013 12:55 pm


I had updated the to include support for automatically wrapping around longer text, and also added a new method for scrolling arbitrary length text from right to left (just call lcd.scrollingMessage("This is a really long message that will scroll slowly from left to write") ), when doing my Instructable for a Raspberry Pi Stock Ticker (see ... store-LCD/).

I also added code to make it work with my 8x2 (that looks like a 16x1) surplus store LCD.

I thought the changes might interest others working with LCDs too, so I'm sharing it here. It would not allow me to upload a .py file, so I've renamed them to .txt - don't forget to rename to .py!

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Re: Wrap-around and scrolling support for LCDs

by adafruit_support_mike on Thu May 30, 2013 3:38 pm

Thank you! I'm sure that will get a lot of use.
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Re: Wrap-around and scrolling support for LCDs

by TheSlider on Tue Oct 22, 2013 12:47 pm


Thank you a lot sridhar_rajagopal, this works fine with an lcd screen i recovered from an old printer, it's a 1x16 characters lcd with 14 pins (14x1, no backlight), a VHX1610A.

I initially used this tutorial from Mikey Sklar to wire everything up but used a resistor instead of a potentiometer (no need to adjust) and noticed the lcd didn't display the test correctly as It's considered to be 2 lines of 8 chars just like you (2x8). See here for more info :

I wish the Adafruit_CharLCD api was updated on github to provide support for these characteristics. Initializing with lcd.begin(16,1) or lcd.begin(8,2) gave the same result (only shows the first 8 chars for each "line").

Note : Please use spaces instead of tabs in the code and be consistent !
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