OLED Display, Sense or Nonsense

Oled Display voor en achter aanzicht

I am regularly asked whether I also supply Goteks with OLED Display.

The answer to that is quite short: No 🙂

Why not ? :

The OLED Display
As it is used to be built into a Gotek Floppy Disk emulator, it is not originally intended for that, it is intended to be mounted as a display on top of an Arduino, for example.
The Gotek drive is suitable for an OLED Display or (with some minor adjustments) to control an LCD display.
Unfortunately, the Gotek housing does not provide for the standard placement of a display other than the alphanumeric 3 digit display, which means that you will have to adapt the housing in all cases.
The current opening must be made wider (file or mill) so that the entire display is visible.
On the inside of the housing, a number of parts have to be cut or cut.
The new display must then be glued in place with, for example, hot glue (be careful not to get any glue threads on your display.
There are a number of things that come pretty close, the place where you glue for example, if you glue somewhere on the top your lid won't close anymore.

When everything is ready, you have a result that is Mwoh at best, because the display is behind the surface.
This allows you to see every burr, unevenness and especially every deviation if the hole is not exactly square.

All in all, it's quite a lot of work, and the result is far from optimal in my opinion.
It would be so much nicer if the display would be 2-3 mm high, for example, so that it fits better with the front.

Furthermore, the OLED displays are very fragile, it regularly happens that turning or moving too much causes a break in the flat cable, with the result that the display goes black and can no longer be brought to life.

Nonetheless: from a practical standpoint it can be a very useful addition, especially for devices where the drive with the front mounted toward you (synths, samplers, Amiga 2000, MSX 8250 so just to name a few)
Then you see namely the file you select directly on the OLED Display, and in combination with a Rotary Encoder you then have a lightning-quick selection option.

I sell tested built-in sets for those who want to try it themselves, you only have to adjust the housing yourself and glue the display in place.

See below some examples of what it can look like, depending on how precise you are you can also get a better result, but on average it will look something like this I'm afraid 🙂

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