28. February 2014 by Peter
Before I bought the OpenCockpits FMC kit I was also looking at different options for a screen. The PSone is a well known solution. But it also requires a used unit that you have to dismantle. Furthermore as it is used who knows if it is a faulty unit you buy from across the globe and compared to other screens it is a bit expensive.
But when I was looking I realized that I had no idea what dimensions to look for. I knew wide-screens was a no-go. It had to be 3:4-ratio. But which sizes?
Now I ended up with the PSone screen, but in case other builders ends up in the same situation I will provide you with the dimensions here (all are give/take some mm’s):
– A –
The visible screen area on the FMC / The transparent part when viewed from the front is 78mm x 103mm (HxW). So you screen should be larger than this.
– B –
On the backside there is a mounting hole in the FMC-kit where the screen should fit. The mounting hold is 96mm x 119mm (HxW). Your screen – including brezel/frame – should be smaller than this.
– C –
As reference the PSone screen is 93mm x 115mm (HxW).
This is after you have stripped the screen.
Hopefully this will make it easier to search on eBay for a screen that uses a newer technology than the s-video solution.
As I also mention in FMC Part 8 I gave up getting my PSone screen working and ordered this screen from eBay. In case the link is broken I bought the AT050TN22 screen and the “KYV-N2 V1” driver board as a bundle.
Most FMC-tutorials mention the PSone screen as the way to go. But that most have been many years ago. Nowadays you can get a new screen must cheaper than your average used PSone screen on eBay. And you can get the screen with VGA, DVI and/or HDMI input. Using the PSone you have to go through quite a hazzle to get it working with signal converters or soldering wires on to the circuit board.