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othermod
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February 1, 2017 1:55 am  

I'm setting this thread up so we all can find the best composite LCD controllers.

I know that you guys are buying various 4.3" LCDs, and they all have different boards. I'm hoping everyone can post an image of your LCD controllers and a link to the place where you purchased the LCD.  

This is going to help people find LCDs to buy, and it will help people modify the LCDs they already purchased.

Here are the rules for this part of the forum:

  • Make only one reply showing your controller board
  • Show/explain what you did to get it to work at 5v using only the one reply
  • Please tell us where you got the LCD and when you ordered it
  • If anyone has questions, please start a thread outside of here. We need to keep this clean
  • Don't use this thread to ask for help getting your LCD working. Use the support thread.

The support thread is here:

http://othermod.com/community/hardware/composite-lcd-controller-board-support

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sonicmule
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February 2, 2017 12:59 pm  

Here's my board in situ running perfectly at 5volts (buck converter removed).

Got it from eBay

http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/4-3-TFT-LCD-Car-Rear-View-Reversing-Color-Monitor-DVD-VCR-For-Backup-Camera-/282213022333?hash=item41b534fa7d:g:0CIAAOxy3NBSoBm3

I did purchase another display, which worked ok at 5volts, but the display had a poor viewing angle.

Also, I found these config.txt settings got the best display on the 480 x 272 panel especially on the console screen.

disable_overscan=0

overscan_left=-14
overscan_right=-4
overscan_top=-16
overscan_bottom=-26

framebuffer_width=480
framebuffer_height=272

sdtv_mode=0
sdtv_aspect=3

 


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othermod
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February 5, 2017 9:18 pm  

OK so I ordered a new LCD and it's different than any past ones, so here it is for you guys. I purchased a ton of these last week from a guy that isn't selling them anymore, so I can't give you a link.

SAM 0755

This one does not work at 5v at all. It works differently than any I've seen before. The buck converter drops the voltage directly to 3.3v and skips 5v entirely. Normally in a situation like this, the board will still work at 5v because the buck can drop 5v to 3.3v just the same as it drops 12v to 3.3v. Unfortunately this buck converter is trash and cannot manage that. To top it off, there is no writing on the chip, so I can't even hunt down a datasheet.

I verified the 3.3v output by putting 12v to the board and using a voltmeter at the pins of the buck and at various points around the board (on the diodes and inductors mostly) to look at voltages.

Putting 5v to the buck would have fried the board. 

SAM 0756

I ripped a bunch of components off to look at the traces and figure out the path of the power. I determined that the converter was indeed dropping directly to 3.3v, and that the output was going out to the inductor at the top (the round component labeled 100)

SAM 0756red

So here is the final result. The only component that actually needs to be removed is the inductor at the top right labeled 100. Taking it off will completely disconnect the buck converter circuit. Attach 3.3v to the part circled in red and attach the GND to the normal point as before.

To generate the 3.3v, you're going to need a buck converter. I'm currently designing one made for this purpose.

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othermod
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February 5, 2017 10:15 pm  

Here is another one. I bought this one a long time ago and I don't remember where I got it from.

SAM 0758

This one has another variation of the 1509, and it works a little differently than normal. This buck drops the voltage to 5v normally, so we just have to bypass it entirely

SAM 0761

I verified the 5v output by putting 12v to the board and using a voltmeter at the pins of the buck and at various points around the board (on the diodes and inductors mostly) to look at voltages.

I looked at traces to figure out the path of the power. I verified that the converter was dropping to 5v, and that the output was going to the inductor at the top (the round component labeled 470)

SAM 0761red

So here is the final result. I recommend removing the inductor and 8-pin buck converter at the top right. I always remove the diode too because they are useful for other projects. Attach 5v to the part circled in red and attach the GND to the normal point as before.

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othermod
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February 7, 2017 1:36 am  

And another one. Can you guys tell that I've been working really hard to find an LCD I can stock? I'm sorry I can't give links for you to purchase these. I ordered most of these around the middle of last year.

SAM 0765

This is another one with a junk buck converter that drops directly to 3.3v. 5v cannot be applied to this one.

SAM 0768

The process starts by removing the inductor at the top right. It's the round one labeled 330.

SAM 0768   Copy

Once the component is removed, you need to connect 3.3v to the pad circled in red.

To generate the 3.3v, you're going to need a buck converter. I'm currently designing one made for this purpose.

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othermod
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February 7, 2017 1:48 am  

This LCD is a little different from the others. The LCD is 50-pin instead of the normal 40-pin. Other than that it works the same.

SAM 0770

This one drops 12v down to 5v using the standard 1509 buck.

SAM 0773

The best move here is to remove the buck and the inductor (circle component labeled 101). As usual, I also removed the diode since the board doesn't need it anymore.

SAM 0773   Copy

Attach 5v to the pad circled in red and you're up and running.

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othermod
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February 7, 2017 1:54 am  

One more, then I'm calling it a night. This one actually arrived completely dead and the 5v modification brought it back to life. I assume the buck was defective.

SAM 0774

This is another that uses the 1509 buck to drop 12v to 5v. 

SAM 0777

Again, the best move here is to remove the buck and the inductor (circle component labeled 101). I went ahead and removed the diode.

SAM 0777   Copy

Attach 5v to the pad circled in red.

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dlarts
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February 10, 2017 6:20 pm  

Hi,

this is my lcd controller board:

1   unmodded

I ordered it from aliexpress.com but I noticed later, that it's resolution is only 320x240, so maybe I will order another one with a higher resolution. The buck converter on this board drops the voltage down to 3.3v, so I have to use a buck converter to convert from 5v to 3.3v. I removed some more unneeded components, the diode next to the +12v connection, the capacitor (47 35V VT) next to the diode, the buck converter and the coil (101) on the bottom left of the picture. You have to connect the regulated 3.3v to the old connection of the coil and then the lcd works fine with rasperry pi zero.

 

 

Finished mod:

2   modded

Macro of the buck converter:

0   buck converter

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dorxx
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April 28, 2017 8:20 am  

Hello,

this is my lcd-controller board which I ordered for Version 3. Can anyone please tell me if I have to change anything?

IMG 20170425 111444 min min

unspecified

Here is a macro of the buck converter.

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othermod
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April 28, 2017 6:44 pm  

I'm trying to keep this thread clean. This should have gone into the support thread.

Anyway, once you get it working please edit your post and show what you did, where you got it, etc.

All you should need to do is remove the diode labeled M7 and solder a jumper between the two pads where M7 sits (you can also just solder a jumper across without removing M7 if that's easier). The inductor appears to be large enough to handle the amperage at 5v, so I doubt it needs to be replaced.


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Ereas
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May 3, 2017 8:47 am  
Posted by: dlarts

 

Hi,

this is my lcd controller board:

1   unmodded

I ordered it from aliexpress.com but I noticed later, that it's resolution is only 320x240, so maybe I will order another one with a higher resolution. The buck converter on this board drops the voltage down to 3.3v, so I have to use a buck converter to convert from 5v to 3.3v. I removed some more unneeded components, the diode next to the +12v connection, the capacitor (47 35V VT) next to the diode, the buck converter and the coil (101) on the bottom left of the picture. You have to connect the regulated 3.3v to the old connection of the coil and then the lcd works fine with rasperry pi zero.

 

 

Finished mod:

2   modded

Macro of the buck converter:

0   buck converter

   

Hello dlarts,

please can you help with with just clarification what is connected to diode place and the GND to capacitor place? Do you think its posible to use 3v3 output from the raspi?

thanks in advance

Pavel

PS: I know that its probably bad place for question but i think it could help lot of people if its clarified

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johnny87
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June 14, 2017 8:02 pm  
Posted by: othermod

One more, then I'm calling it a night. This one actually arrived completely dead and the 5v modification brought it back to life. I assume the buck was defective.

SAM 0774

This is another that uses the 1509 buck to drop 12v to 5v. 

SAM 0777

Again, the best move here is to remove the buck and the inductor (circle component labeled 101). I went ahead and removed the diode.

SAM 0777   Copy

Attach 5v to the pad circled in red.

Ok this is the closest that you have published to what I have. I just got this in the mail from you today. In your post you removed the component circled in white, but on mine you removed the component circled in red. Also, I dont have the connector I circled in blue. What do I need to do, and where do I attach the wires? See attached

lcd1
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