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  • Touchscreen Overlay Review

    As linked in this thread, I acquired a 19" Touchscreen overlay to put into my next jukebox build. I said that I'd give people my "review" of it.

    First off at $100.00 BIN price compared to other auctions it was too cheap to ignore and I snapped it up. The transaction and payment was flawless and my package arrived exactly 7 days later via Fedex.

    I have to say they took great care with the packaging as essentially this unit is a piece of glass being shipped from China. Check out the box as delivered



    and opened with my precious inside it:



    And heres my precious:



    This system is essentially the touch module part of a touchscreen. The idea is that you sacrifice a normal LCD monitor to overlay this on. Your not really sacrificing it as all your doing is taking the bezel off and placing the overlay on it. The unit is supplied with the overlay, modded USB cable, cable extension and the logic pcb.

    Heres a picture of the monitor I'm using. It's a Samsung 19" LCD. Nothing special but VGA and Digital, though that doesn't mean much as it's going into a jukebox.



    The bezel has those friction type plastic slots. A small screw-driver fixed that up pronto.



    I carefully removed the protective plastic sheets from the touchscreens glass overlay. I then cleaned it off with a bit of Iso Pro and a soft cloth making sure to include the actual monitor. Can't have any smears or bits of dust in the way

    Once happy with the clean I placed the overlay on top and centred. This photo still has the protective sheeting on it.



    Okay, the ribbon cable to the logic board needed some clearance so I carefully cut out a section of the bezel to give it room and filed it smooth incase any adverse vibration or movement wore through it. you can see the slot I made in the following image. It can't be seen from the front and once mounted hidden:



    Look at the gap between the back of the monitor and the bezel. The overlay is about 1.5-2mm thick. I "could" force the bezel into place but the extra force and tension would either have broken the overlay or at best stressed it enough that an overzealous push at some time would have cracked it. So once I secure the bezel there will be about a 3-4 mill space around the entire edge of the monitor. This apparently is quite common and theres not a lot you can do about it. I'd appreciate any tips on the best method of securing it. So far I'm favouring gaffer tape

    The suppliers recommend that you use double-sided tape to secure the logic board to the back of the monitor. I'll worry about that once I'm ready to mount it inside a carcass.

    Heres the screen with it bezel back on top:



    Okay enough photos and onto installation. The unit comes with a disc containing drivers, software and manuals in Chinese and Chinglish. first and foremost do NOT bother with the instructions. They are in Chinglish and for a completely different model. For instance it's for a serial port, CRT model!

    The software you want is in the folder called "Driver of resistive" It's called Touchkit and seems to do the job. Your supposed to plug the hardware in first before the software can see it. It has a relatively straightforward calibration routine with basic and advanced options.

    I had some issues with installing it initially as Windows just refused to see it. I strongly suspect I have a suspect USB cable but I can replace that fairly easily. Now it sees it every time but further testing will be required.

    One concern I had was I hit the net to see if there were newer drivers and software as these are dated from 2005. The chipset on the logic board and software is copyrighted to these people:

    http://www.eeti.com.tw/

    Now click on the Urgent Announcement: http://home.eeti.com.tw/web20/URG.html and you be greeted with more Chinglish talking about conterfeit products.

    The 2 photos displayed are NOT the same as the one I have but I wouldn't be surprised if this was also a counterfeit. I just hope that mine does not suffer similiar symptoms as described. For further info apparently the REAL manufacturers have a local authorised distributor but I shudder to think at their prices as none were listed:

    http://www.entechelectronics.com.au/

    As to performance, I need to tweak it a little or at least try. I haven't had a lot of opportunity to really put it through its paces. In skjukebox it's perfect as there aren't a LOT of areas that require touch input. I have been giving freejuke a whirl though and whilst it's mostly damn good, the screen does have issues with the alpha slider on the right. This is placed right near the ribbon cable for the logic board and "might" have something to do with it. I';ll need to browse th freejuke support forums to see if it's common. I mean it works but control is not very precise. The rest of the functionality is great and very feature rich which the screen seems to handle quite well.

    So all up although I'd like to give it a good week of testing, I'd say go for it as this price. Time will tell if the unit lasts or not though.

    Feel free to ask questions and I'll try and sort it out. I also took more video but couldn't be arsed converting and uploading it

    Cheers,
    Brad
    Last edited by Brad; 30th September 2008, 08:52 PM. Reason: typos
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  • #2
    nice review! i am wanting to get 1 of these! thanks!!
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    • #3
      Originally posted by shooter View Post
      nice review! i am wanting to get 1 of these! thanks!!
      ORSM review... I have one in my jukebox (under construction, but almost complete) but I am running partytime jukebox software and all works fantastic.
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      • #4
        Nice review.. I agree the drivers suck hard. I got a better set that are in English with better utilities.. I'm sure if you Google you can find em. I got them with my 7" touch panel kit. It's the exact same thing only the panel size is bigger.. The software does the same thing. I've been using mine for a few years now. Hasn't skipped a beat. They are pretty accurate too. If you try, it's possible to fit the little curcuit board inside the screen bezzel so it won't get damaged. You can see that in the video.


        Here's another small video I took.. Better res this time of the jukebox running Partytime.. PS: This is a 17" Screen I'm using here.

        [ame="http://au.youtube.com/watch?v=XBb_BUD1EF0"]YouTube - My Home-Made Jukebox playing Partytime Jukebox[/ame]
        Last edited by Nidzdotnet; 1st October 2008, 12:47 PM.

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        • #5
          You mention that its a resistive touch screen.. Its a long shot but try THESE drivers perhaps..

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          • #6
            Thanks guys. I'll give the ELO drivers and google a shot for something a little newer. I can't say that It's bad, I'd just like to be able to tweak it a little more is all.

            Cheers,
            Brad
            My Projects - Space Invaders Bartop, Williams A-Go-Go, Galaxian Bartop, Jukebox Kiosk 1&2, Jukebox Kiosk 3, Virtual Minipin, Generic Upright, MultiCab, Rampage,

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            • #7
              If I can remember, I'll upload the ones I'm using. They seem to work good. They have the 4 point adjustment utility and other things you can do. Beep on touch and you can turn it off etc..

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              • #8
                Originally posted by Nidzdotnet View Post
                If I can remember, I'll upload the ones I'm using. They seem to work good. They have the 4 point adjustment utility and other things you can do. Beep on touch and you can turn it off etc..
                Same as the one I'm using, it's just 3 years old. I'd appreciate a newer copy for sure!

                Cheers,
                brad
                My Projects - Space Invaders Bartop, Williams A-Go-Go, Galaxian Bartop, Jukebox Kiosk 1&2, Jukebox Kiosk 3, Virtual Minipin, Generic Upright, MultiCab, Rampage,

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                • #9
                  So, all in all do we rush out and buy one of these 19" overlays..? I'd prefer a 19" touch to the 15" that I'm playing with..

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                  • #10
                    I scored a 19" CRT with touchscreen build into/onto it.
                    Is this the same thing? It has a cable coming off from it to connect to something, a bit like a serial cable.

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                    • #11
                      Yep - same thing but a CRT..

                      You will need to work out what type of touch screen it runs, could be ELO, 3M etc..

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                      • #12
                        Groovy, thanks Dylan.

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                        • #13
                          Originally posted by WOKA View Post
                          So, all in all do we rush out and buy one of these 19" overlays..? I'd prefer a 19" touch to the 15" that I'm playing with..
                          Read my second last sentence ya slacker

                          If I needed it I would buy another one. It seriously makes my 15" touchscreen look like a toy. I mean this screen looks BIG.

                          Brad
                          My Projects - Space Invaders Bartop, Williams A-Go-Go, Galaxian Bartop, Jukebox Kiosk 1&2, Jukebox Kiosk 3, Virtual Minipin, Generic Upright, MultiCab, Rampage,

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                          • #14
                            I have just purchased a 19" touch screen through virtual village & I must say Im mighty impressed with it all.

                            They are easy to install, well packaged & super fast postage. I ordered it NYE & it arrived in 5 days from China. Excellent service given the time of year.

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                            • #15
                              How much was it landed? Did they have other sizes?
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