How to Use a 16X2 LCD Display With an Arduino, TI Launchpad, or Breadboarded MSP430




About: Electronics are a newly re-found hobby for me. I'm not an engineer - I'm an ordinary guy who likes to tinker with electronics in his free time. You can see more about my projects at

In this video instructable, I show how to hook a cheap 16X2 LCD display up to an Arduino, then a TI Launchpad MSP430 running Energia, then a breadboarded MSP430.  

These displays are cheap - I got mine for $2.26 shipped on eBay.  They only require 6 i/o pins from your microcontroller, and are compatible with EVERYTHING since they use the HD44780 controller.

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    7 Discussions


    5 years ago on Introduction

    I think Instructables should ban using instructables to promote YouTube videos. I say in a kind and gentle voice.

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    meanpcLectric Wizard

    Reply 6 years ago on Introduction

    It's good practice to deenergize any circuit when working on it, if you can. I tend to throw caution to the wind when I'm working on 5V stuff.