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Old 01-21-2009, 10:19 AM   #11 (permalink)
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Backlight brightness has several settings - click the center button to cycle through them.

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yup, i found that. that picture above is just playing with the contrast. not brightness
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Hey that looks pretty cool. Id like to see it in the car.

If you want it brighter than the brightest stock setting, go into the code for the brightness settings list. Add a 255 to the end of the list, thatll give you the maximum brightness for the LCD. If thats too bright, change it to something in between 128 and 255. I had to add a 255 for the blue screen mpguino in my van. You can also remove settings from the list if you will not be using them.

As for the steering wheel controls pic, its a photochop. But it is something I considered doing and would have worked. It is a Gen 1 6000 STE button set, cut into 3 pieces, with a fiberglass surround. Then the wiring spliced onto the Gen 2 controls and radio. I would keep it Gen 1 except the Gen 1 radios only came in red backlight for Pontiac, Id prefer a radio in white backlight, probably from a Buick. I had all the parts and a spare APV steering wheel to make sure it would fit and work. I still might try it someday. I retrofitted stock STE controls in both my 6000 wagons. Below is the stock Gen 1 pod.

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thanks for the info! im going to try that when i get home. i know nothing about programming. i have forgotten everything i learned in Q-basic. ha, yea. long ago.
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"Brightness 3" in the 0.74 code is 50% brightness (128). Range is 255(off) to 0(100%). Code has:

Brightness 0 = 255 (off)
Brightness 1 = 214 (15%)
Brightness 2 = 171 (33%)
Brightness 3 = 128 (50%)


If you change the line in the code:
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byte brightness[]={255,214,171,128}; //middle button cycles through these brightness settings
so that the "128" is only "1" (delete the two and the eight), that'll give you 99.6% maximum brightness - and man, is that ridiculously bright!

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Ahh ok, I am using v.70 for my guinos. dcb must have changed it around in a later release. Yes it is extremely bright, but is the only way we can see the blue display in the daytime. For night it is the opposite, I had to use 10 (245 on the later code). Compare that to the display I used in my Celeb, I leave it at 15% all the time and it is perfect.
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ive got mine to 100% brightness now. looks really good. ill place it next to my monsoon deck to show how much they look alike. and to see how it looks in direct light.
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put it inside the car with the monsoon and gauges lit up. looks really good. matches perfect. just need to dim the contrast a bit. well see how it looks in the daylight when i get around to it. at the appropriate time too.

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That is VERY nice. I find that I like 65 for my contrast setting, but it doesn't take much for me to have things clearly visible. default is 90. If you click the left and right buttons, you can get into "setup" without needing to connect to PC and adjust.

But you knew that, as you've adjusted before.

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