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I got a 2 digit 7 segment display from a washing machine that shot craps. Of course I took it apart and saved all electronics and wiring :). The display only had 8 pins to control all the segments. After some experimenting I finally got it to work. 3 of the pins were cathode and 5 pins were anode. I had made an 8x10 led matrix that was on Instructables. I started using that code to help me with the code for this instructable.

Step 1: Parts Needed:

1 - 2 digit 7 segment display with 8 pins

1 - Arduino board

1- 74HC595 shift register

1 - CD4017BE decade counter

3 - 2N3904 transistors

wires

breadboard

Step 2: The Layout

I am not an expert with Fritzing but attached is the layout. At the top right of the diagram are the 8 wires that are connected to the display. I could not find a Fritz symbol for the display I have so use your imagination.

I took out all resisters. The numbers were not as bright with resisters in the layout. I also do not have any capacitors. I am not sure where these should go but I am open to suggestions.

Step 3: Step 2 - Understanding the Layout and How to Set Up the Arrays

It is a little hard to explain how I set up the arrays but if you look at the attached hopefully you can understand what I did. The program scans 3 rows at a time.

1st scan will scan the 3 rows and the first column

2nd scan will scan the 3 rows and the 2nd column

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5th scan will scan the 3 rows and the 5th column

All together the program will scan 15 values. These values will determine which number gets lit up.

If I don't want that segment to light up I put a zero in the array. If I want a segment to light up then I have to put in the correct value.

To light up any segment in the 1st column I would enter a 1 in the array in the appropriate row.

To light up any segment in the 2nd column I would enter a 2 in the array in the appropriate row.

To light up any segment in the 3rd column I would enter a 4 in the array in the appropriate row.

To light up any segment in the 4th column I would enter a 8 in the array in the appropriate row.

To light up any segment in the 5th column I would enter a 16 in the array in the appropriate row.

<p>Cool project. Thanks or sharing.</p>

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