LCD's such as this work perfectly when the control signals are 3.3Volt, in fact just 2.0 Volt is enough.Tom Lewis wrote: I also bought a £1.66 LCD Moduel display, because it was dirt cheap and uses "HD44780" which I saw some tutorials used, alas it is 5V.. Ebay Link I would love for this to be my first project, getting this LCD to display some text, Is it possible with the kit that I bought? I have read online that its dangerous playing with anything that isn't 3.3 volts as it could fry the pi, I haven't got a clue where to start!
Opinion is divided on autoranging multimeters. Personally I don't like them - I prefer something that makes you stop and think about what you're going to measure.Tom Lewis wrote:I also picked up a cheapo mulimeter, its soo cheap and crappy Im kind of wishing I bought a better one that could automatically select the correct setting for me
+1babbage wrote:This may be a controversial suggestion in a Pi forum, but trying to take myself from exactly the same position, I have found getting an Arduino kit is the way to go. If you're in the UK Earthshine electronics and Oomlout both do great starter kits, there are loads of tutorials available and plenty of books too.
The support eco-system for Ardunio is far in advance of this type of thing for the pi in this respect (as you would expect, they have a large head start) and the knowledge gained on the Arduino is transferrable.
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