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Old 03-31-2008, 11:38 PM   #1
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Digital Picture Frame as Auxiliary Status Display?

Hi - I built a Linux htpc and I would like to setup some sort of auxiliary display so I don't have to turn-on the TV to see status information such as:
-music track info
-a message to indicate that the pc is recording video

Naturally, I want something cheap and simple.

I looked at 2 line USB displays etc, and rejected them because they are too small to see.

I was wondering if I can use a digital picture frame to display info via USB? I have never had a digital picture frame. Does anybody know if these frames will accept a picture via USB for immediate display?

As I would only send very infrequent information to the display, I was thinking a picture frame would work well.

Also, if anybody else has any other ideas that are cheap and simple, please let me know.

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As far as I am aware, the digital picture frames all appear as USB storage devices where you dump some images for the frame's processor to render on the LCD. Certainly, all of the ones I have used (and own) work this way, you can't show any "live" images on them.

Your best bet might be to get a smallish (7 inch or so) VGA display and use that. A lot of the smaller screens also have touch screens as they are used in mobile applications like car computers. You could also use a small LCD TV and a composite video adapter in the PC, which would be cheaper.


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