Panaplex display history

tony duell ard at
Sun May 31 01:01:10 CDT 2015

> And the annoying and inconsistent use of incandescent bulbs for the power indicator and optical tape detector in 
> the 9830 . . when the main display is LED.

Indeed. I had to replace the former (but not the latter) in my 9830. I am told the LDR in the tape sensor can
give trouble too, and it is a lot harder to find an indentical replacement for that than for the bulb. 

Another oddity is that the 9830 has the power-on indicator (a bulb and series resistor across the 5V line) 
whereas the 9810 and 9820 don't. In all cases the display is driven by firmware so it is blanked under
certain conditions so it's not that you can use the display as a power-on indicator on the smaller machines.

I like the power-on indicator of the 9815. It's a few ICs to display a row of dashes across the display when 
the display is not in use for displaying a number. 


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