Smoothie support for the RoMax LCD

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Smoothie support for the RoMax LCD

Postby bdjohns1 » Thu Jun 26, 2014 8:38 am

Question for folks - I know the smoothieboard supports the reprapdiscount graphical LCD. Does it support the 4-line LCD that came with our Rostocks? I assume the wiring will be the same as the GLCD, so it's just having the right configuration.

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Re: Smoothie support for the RoMax LCD

Postby Broose » Thu Jun 26, 2014 8:53 pm

Here's a link to supported panels: http://smoothieware.org/panel
I have a viki I'd like to use which is an I2c interface that doesn't work well with Smoothieboard. Here is a link to using a cheap arduino nano to convert an I2C or parallel interface to SPI interface needed for Smoothie: http://smoothieware.org/panel

Does the RoMax LCD panel have a parallel, SPI, or I2C interface? Not sure myself.

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Re: Smoothie support for the RoMax LCD

Postby bdjohns1 » Thu Jun 26, 2014 11:31 pm

Broose wrote:Here's a link to supported panels: http://smoothieware.org/panel
I have a viki I'd like to use which is an I2c interface that doesn't work well with Smoothieboard. Here is a link to using a cheap arduino nano to convert an I2C or parallel interface to SPI interface needed for Smoothie: http://smoothieware.org/panel

Does the RoMax LCD panel have a parallel, SPI, or I2C interface? Not sure myself.


I think it's the same interface type as the GLCD, same pinout, etc. Just a different screen layout needed obviously.

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Re: Smoothie support for the RoMax LCD

Postby Polygonhell » Fri Jun 27, 2014 12:10 pm

I believe, and I'd have to check to be sure it's a 4 bit parallel interface to the LCD. Not SPI or I2C.

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Re: Smoothie support for the RoMax LCD

Postby Broose » Sat Jun 28, 2014 9:20 pm

I was able to get the Viki LCD panel I had to work on the Smoothieboard with wolfmanjm's universal panel adaptor using a Sainsmart Nano (left of photo) I'm currently unable to read the SD card on the panel but can read the card on the smoothieboard.
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Re: Smoothie support for the RoMax LCD

Postby mhackney » Sat Jun 28, 2014 10:05 pm

Broose, the current firmware will not allow you to use both the cards on the smoothie and on the panel. It's one or the other. I decided to just use the card on the smoothie, seemed the easiest thing to do.

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Re: Smoothie support for the RoMax LCD

Postby Broose » Sat Jun 28, 2014 10:23 pm

Mhackney- thanks for the answer on the dual SD cards - I was just asking this question on the IRC channel!

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Re: Smoothie support for the RoMax LCD

Postby Jimustanguitar » Fri Mar 13, 2015 11:01 am

bdjohns1 wrote:
Broose wrote:Does the RoMax LCD panel have a parallel, SPI, or I2C interface? Not sure myself.

I think it's the same interface type as the GLCD, same pinout, etc. Just a different screen layout needed obviously.


So with the recent flood of Smoothies ( https://groups.google.com/d/msg/deltabo ... 7mUJhLxvYJ ), has anyone else delved further into getting the "regular" RepRapDx LCD to integrate with the Smoothie? I'm hoping that this works and is a non-issue. The Smoothie documentation only lists the graphic LCD panel, so It's not clear to me whether this would require an "intermediate" Ardiono to adapt data flavors or not.

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Re: Smoothie support for the RoMax LCD

Postby drunkenmugsy » Fri Mar 13, 2015 11:31 am

This is what will keep me from getting a smoothieboard right off. Better docs on the LCD panel...

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Re: Smoothie support for the RoMax LCD

Postby mhackney » Fri Mar 13, 2015 11:40 am

I'm running the RepRapDiscount graphic LCD controller on mine. They/Uberclock now sell a very nice adapter specifically for this controller. And you can get it and the LCD with the 25% discount now until the end of March. I bought 2 of everything!

The GLCD works great, has a nice menu structure. I had to jury rig mine according to the wiki but now with the adapter it is plug and play. I'm converting all of my printers to Smoothie. It has produced noticeably better prints on my mini kossel and I can't wait to get it on the Rostock Max. I won't be able to run the Kraken but I've not had great luck with greater than 2 extruders - a nozzle is always leaking or dragging. I'm looking forward to the Cyclops.

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Re: Smoothie support for the RoMax LCD

Postby Jimustanguitar » Fri Mar 13, 2015 2:06 pm

I took advantage of the Smoothie promotion as well.

I do intend to retrofit one of my Smoothie's into the Max, and was hoping to retain the existing (non-graphic) LCD. That's the nature of my question.

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Re: Smoothie support for the RoMax LCD

Postby imyz » Fri Mar 27, 2015 3:29 pm

Yes! Success! I was able to do it. :)
Use this code to make the panel work with Smoothie: https://github.com/cyberbsd/universal-panel-adapter

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Re: Smoothie support for the RoMax LCD

Postby RMLynch » Sat Sep 26, 2015 9:42 am

I too have the Full GLCD for both of the Smoothie's I'm using, however until I design a nice front mount to use the GLCD (with other controls mounted as well) I'd like to have a nice finished look to the front of the Rostock MAX v2.

In the link you provided here https://github.com/cyberbsd/universal-panel-adapter just exactly what did you use for the "config" file?

Could you maybe post the code for the LCD Section of the "config" file for the SmoothieBoard to use the stock LCD display on the RMAX v2 please?

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Re: Smoothie support for the RoMax LCD

Postby KAS » Sat Sep 26, 2015 11:49 am

This is what I'm using with the GLCD on the v2, works just fine.

http://repables.com/r/523/


I'd recommend picking up the SD Card extender. I'm using this one: http://www.ebay.com/itm/151286913715?_t ... EBIDX%3AIT

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Re: Smoothie support for the RoMax LCD

Postby RMLynch » Fri Oct 30, 2015 10:26 am

KAS wrote:This is what I'm using with the GLCD on the v2, works just fine.

http://repables.com/r/523/


I'd recommend picking up the SD Card extender. I'm using this one: http://www.ebay.com/itm/151286913715?_t ... EBIDX%3AIT


Thanks for the link on the front mounting plate for the GLCD! Looks very clean!

I'd love to use something like that SD Card Extender, but my version of the Smoothieboard has a MicroSD Card slot. Not a regular SD Card slot.

I can't seem to find a MicroSD Card Extender.

EDIT: I found one here and here from the same seller as the link you provided.
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Re: Smoothie support for the RoMax LCD

Postby KAS » Fri Oct 30, 2015 2:47 pm

RMLynch wrote:
KAS wrote:This is what I'm using with the GLCD on the v2, works just fine.

http://repables.com/r/523/


I'd recommend picking up the SD Card extender. I'm using this one: http://www.ebay.com/itm/151286913715?_t ... EBIDX%3AIT


Thanks for the link on the front mounting plate for the GLCD! Looks very clean!

I'd love to use something like that SD Card Extender, but my version of the Smoothieboard has a MicroSD Card slot. Not a regular SD Card slot.

I can't seem to find a MicroSD Card Extender.


EDIT: I found one here and here from the same seller as the link you provided.



The extender above is for the one on the GLCD. It wont meet up to the slot on the left of the LCD mount. I don't think smoothie recommends using that one (on GLCD) to print from, but It's working for me and I don't want to mess with the micoSD with the config on it.

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Re: Smoothie support for the RoMax LCD

Postby RMLynch » Fri Oct 30, 2015 9:49 pm

KAS wrote:
The extender above is for the one on the GLCD. It wont meet up to the slot on the left of the LCD mount. I don't think smoothie recommends using that one (on GLCD) to print from, but It's working for me and I don't want to mess with the micoSD with the config on it.


Ah OK...

That makes a lot more sense now! Plus it answers another question I was wondering about. If the GLCD SD Card slot worked properly. That's good to know.

I might get the MicroSD Card Extender as well for the Smoothieboard port to have it outside the case for easy access to the "config" file in the event of corruption. Could always try it?
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Re: Smoothie support for the RoMax LCD

Postby Jimustanguitar » Mon Jan 11, 2016 4:49 pm

mhackney wrote:Broose, the current firmware will not allow you to use both the cards on the smoothie and on the panel. It's one or the other. I decided to just use the card on the smoothie, seemed the easiest thing to do.


How do you switch back and forth?

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Re: Smoothie support for the RoMax LCD

Postby mhackney » Mon Jan 11, 2016 4:52 pm

Painfully! That's one reason I've switched to Duet and dc42 of RepRapFirmware.

To switch - I configure and compile 2 versions, 1 with Polygonhell's branch with calibration and everything turned off and the other with everything I need turned on from the main repository. Then you flash the version you need. There is a lot of friction in this process (at least for me). With dc42 I run a calibration whenever I want and it is so fast that I find I do it very often.

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Re: Smoothie support for the RoMax LCD

Postby Eaglezsoar » Tue Jan 12, 2016 1:28 pm

mhackney wrote:Painfully! That's one reason I've switched to Duet and dc42 of RepRapFirmware.

To switch - I configure and compile 2 versions, 1 with Polygonhell's branch with calibration and everything turned off and the other with everything I need turned on from the main repository. Then you flash the version you need. There is a lot of friction in this process (at least for me). With dc42 I run a calibration whenever I want and it is so fast that I find I do it very often.

If you convert everything to smoothie you will have a lot of the Duets laying around. Email me if you want to sell one.


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