Has anyone figured out a way to use an external display?

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Seeker
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Has anyone figured out a way to use an external display?

Post by Seeker »

Just wondering as technology has progressed so much since the Z88's launch If anyone has figured out or found an aftermarket device to offer a display out?
I know the Z88 itself doesn't offer much in expandability, but just wondering.
SHZ88
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Re: Has anyone figured out a way to use an external display?

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Good evening Seeker,

I have not yet tried it out, but the following site has software you can download to your PC and use this as a gateway to a monitor.

http://privat.bahnhof.se/wb782177/z88/z88-xcon.htm

Regards
SH
Jbizzel
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Re: Has anyone figured out a way to use an external display?

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An FPGA version of the Z88 is being developed, and also a core if this work for the spectrum next / n-go

It will work with a VGA monitor at a 600x400 aspect ratio I believe.

Apart from that, the answer is no.
Seeker
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Re: Has anyone figured out a way to use an external display?

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SHZ88 wrote: Sun Apr 25, 2021 1:44 am Good evening Seeker,

I have not yet tried it out, but the following site has software you can download to your PC and use this as a gateway to a monitor.

http://privat.bahnhof.se/wb782177/z88/z88-xcon.htm

Regards
SH
Thanks, this sounds very promising!
Jbizzel
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Re: Has anyone figured out a way to use an external display?

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What might be possible is to use a raspberry pi as a driver for a suitable screen.

To get a screen wide enough though, it would probably have to be two screens side by side.

Any thoughts on this?

The FPGA work outputs VGA. Could this be replicated in a raspberry pi interface? I am just spitballing here.
Seeker
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Re: Has anyone figured out a way to use an external display?

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Couldn't you just get a VGA to whatever adapter? You'd get HDMI...etc..
Jbizzel
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Re: Has anyone figured out a way to use an external display?

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You want an external display as in a monitor? Not a replacement screen for the computer?
Seeker
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Re: Has anyone figured out a way to use an external display?

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Yes, external screen.
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