Greetings all - This is my first post to Hackaday, although I have been visiting the site for years..
Let me first start off by giving you a basic idea of what I have and what I'd like to accomplish:
Recently, I bought a portable dvd player from a 2nd hand electronics shop for $7.00...I didn't have any plans for it when I purchased it...just saw a $7 price tag and a lot of useful components. I got to thinking about it, and the screen is actually pretty nice on this thing so I figured I could make a handheld system of sorts.
As a bonus, the unit has a built in USB-input and Media Card Reader, which I figured might be helpful for what I'd like to do...which is essentially use the LCD screen, the usb and card readers and the main driver chip from the dvd unit to build some sort of handheld emulation device.
I understand that I would have to load new firmware or some sort of Linux based system on the driver chip itself and I was wondering if anyone could get me going in the right direction with this.....Is there a way to install linux to a component such as a portable dvd player?
What would be the most efficient, productive way to go about this? I really want a multi-platform, handheld emulation device...and I don't want to buy one. I'd like to make it myself.
Here are the specs to the portable dvd player:
(I'd also like to know anything I can about this device's board, their website lists minimal info. I emailed them to see if they will send me a more detailed spec sheet just about the board, etc)
-7” Widescreen LCD 180° Swivel Display
-USB Input Compatible
-SD/MMC/MS Card Reader Compatible
-Disc Format: DVD/VCD/CD/SVCD/
-Resolution: 480 x 234
-Screen Mode: 16:9 and 4:3
-Built-in Lithium Rechargeable Battery
-Power AC Adapter for Home Use
-12 Volt DC Adapter for Car Use
-Audio/Video Output Jack
-Full Function Remote Control
-UL or ETL Approved Adapter
(literally the only information about this product given on the company's website)
ANY help would be appreciate greatly - - Thanks!