I’m afraid I can’t go into specific detail on my project, but from a display perspective my application is to be a relatively simple UI platform.

 


From: gumstix-users-bounces@lists.sourceforge.net [mailto:gumstix-users-bounces@lists.sourceforge.net] On Behalf Of Fabio Miguez
Sent: Tuesday, June 05, 2007 9:59 PM
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Subject: Re: [Gumstix-users] ACX705AKM display connection

 

Hi mark,

Thanks for all the info, it's worth gold!

May I ask what application you intend to use this for?

Best regards,

On 6/5/07, Heilpern, Mark <mark.heilpern@authentec.com> wrote:

Hi Fabio,

 

The connector the display plugs into is epoxy'd to my breakout-vx, so it can't move around and break a connection loose. The connector is the Digikey part referenced on the wiki.

 

The picture shows not just one board, but a stack. From bottom to top: the NetCF-vx, Verdex, and Breakout-vx; I've attached a set of headers to the breakout-vx; as delivered it's full of through holes. In this picture I only have the console attached (using an Acroname converter to translate TTL to RS-232), but in normal use I use a number of the other signals, including SSP and various GPIOs (which, in my case, are used to control a fingerprint sensor). These pictures show wires heading off the top of the shot; these are attached to a dual voltage power supply, providing the 3v and 4v voltages needed by the display; this connection will be replaced with regulators which will be epoxy'd to the breakout near the power supply terminal.

 

I haven't looked at the display bleed issue yet; this is a side project currently so low on my list of priorities.

 

Getting Qtopia on the Gumstix was mostly easy. The configuration and build was smooth. The "make install" copied many items that shouldn't go on the target (and, in the case on a 32Mb flash image, would not all fit), so I had to do some manual installation. I set my install path to "/qt", letting everything go there on my host system. Then I went in and manually pruned many things; the biggest benefit came from pruning fonts. Once it was where I wanted, I created a tar, ssh'd it to the /tmp directory on my Verdex, and extracted it where it needed to go. Finally I mv'd all the libraries to /lib.

 

Regarding VNC, I don't have X on the Verdex, but if I did (or if I had vncserver), what you're describing would be more accurate. In the Qtopia case though, Qtopia provides the (limited) window management, and it requires that the first app started be run as a server (using the –qws command line option). To send the image to a VNC viewer, I have to explicitly run that first app with "-display VNC:0" also (and I had to configure Qtopia for VNC support: -qt-gfx-vnc). Running the server like this means the image will not show up on the frame buffer / physical display at all, that it is only viewable via a VNC viewer. So, essentially you're correct, under VNC its "just like it was a screen attached to it".

 

At CTIA, I saw Trolltech's booth and they had a Greenphone (which runs Qtopia) and simultaniously had a VNC view on a larger screen. Under X-Windows this can be done using X11vnc, but I have no idea how they did this under Qtopia. I would like to though.

 

 


From: gumstix-users-bounces@lists.sourceforge.net [mailto:gumstix-users-bounces@lists.sourceforge.net] On Behalf Of Fabio Miguez
Sent: Tuesday, June 05, 2007 7:21 AM


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Subject: Re: [Gumstix-users] ACX705AKM display connection

 

Hey Mark,

I am surprised no one replied to this message yet.  I guess not many people in this list are interested in screens as much as I am! :)

Thanks for the pictures!

Is that connector, at the end of the screen ribbon cable, just resting on top of your gumstix?  It almost looks like that connector is part of the gumstix itself.

Since I have little knowledge of gumstix, here are some elementary questions.  What board is the one shown on the picture?  What are the connections at the bottom of the board, are those GPIOs?  What do you use those for in your case?

Have you been able to solve the bleed problem on the screen?  And how hard was it to get Qtopia on a gumstix?  Finally, how does the VNC app work, it actually allows you to see X running on the verdex just like it was a screen attached to it?

Sorry for so many questions, but you got me all excited about this screen!!!

On 5/31/07, Heilpern, Mark < mark.heilpern@authentec.com> wrote:

I've got some pictures online…

 

http://www.heilpern.com/gumstix/image1.jpg

http://www.heilpern.com/gumstix/image2.jpg

http://www.heilpern.com/gumstix/image3.jpg

 

These are 3002x2000 images, around 3MB each. Probably only the first and third images are interesting. The first shows the full setup, where the second is zoomed in on the screen. The second came out darker though, and the screen content is more clear in the first image. The third image is the same Qtopia application (gradients) running on the Gumstix but displaying to a VNC server, as viewed on a Windows machine.

 

Since the application is designed for a much larger screen area, I don't expect it to look great on the 240x160 display, but I don't think that's the cause of the bleed that's visible in these images. Probably a frequency configuration issue?

 


From: gumstix-users-bounces@lists.sourceforge.net [mailto:gumstix-users-bounces@lists.sourceforge.net] On Behalf Of Heilpern, Mark
Sent: Wednesday, May 30, 2007 12:53 PM


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Subject: Re: [Gumstix-users] ACX705AKM display connection

 

I snapped one prior to my last email, but the picture came out terribly (on a mobile phone camera, under poor lighting). If I can get a shot that shows things better I'll post a link.

 


From: gumstix-users-bounces@lists.sourceforge.net [mailto: gumstix-users-bounces@lists.sourceforge.net] On Behalf Of Fabio Miguez
Sent: Wednesday, May 30, 2007 8:49 AM
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Subject: Re: [Gumstix-users] ACX705AKM display connection

 

Hi Mark,

 

Any chance you could get a couple of pictures of the screen at work?

 

Thanks,

 

On 5/29/07, Heilpern, Mark <mark.heilpern@authentec.com > wrote:

I got the display to light up with recognizable data… it's far from good looking (or even usable), but it's recognizable.

 

The test program is a Qtopia demo application, "gradients". I've run this program against a VNC buffer to make sure it runs and it looks perfect in VNC – except the application is much larger than 240x160, so it might not be a good test case. The physical display shows the upper left of what I expect to see, and the colors are more or less what I expect… the problem is the screen has a large amount of horizontal jump, like a clock isn't at the right frequency… this leads to a fair amount of pixel bleed towards the right.

 

I set the registers according to the script at http://docwiki.gumstix.org/Display#Setting_up_the_Sony_ACX705AKM_on_gumstix.

 


From: gumstix-users-bounces@lists.sourceforge.net [mailto:gumstix-users-bounces@lists.sourceforge.net ] On Behalf Of Jozsef Lenart
Sent: Saturday, May 26, 2007 4:13 AM
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Subject: Re: [Gumstix-users] ACX705AKM display connection

 

 

2007/5/26, Fabio Miguez <fabiomiguez@gmail.com >:

Hi Mark,

How's this going?


I'm doing the same work with the same components too. Yesterday night i've wired the frontlight and it works (from 6V, 15mA). Hopefully today i'll do the rest and show some pictures on it.
Good luck!


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