I finally found a 16×2 LCD screen at a reasonable price. It was 5.5$ from an electronics store that is not specifically targeted towards robotics. I can’t explain myself why stores that are targeting robotics or are even based around the arduino platform sell such a device for 15$ or worse. I mean you can get these things on Ebay for less than 3$. I understand that stores are meant to produce profit, but this is ridiculous.
Anyway, the one I bought is a Raystar RC1602B-GHY-CSXD, one of the green ones with a yellow backlight. It has 16 pins and it seems to be compatible with the Hitachi HD44780 driver. Well, it is, since it worked!
I simply followed the guide at arduino.cc, here’s the link. (if you follow the graphical representation it will make connecting the wires faster)
Also, here’s the datasheet for the LCD.
I struggled a bit to make it work, since I don’t have some “modular” connectors, and I couldn’t bother to solder some wire there. I have to find a way to make it easily connectable so I can learn more by prototyping. I mainly envision constructing an Arduino by myself and use it with the LCD screen in a practical project.
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- Using an HD44780 character LCD with the Raspberry Pi (hackaday.com)