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Article ID: 175537

Article Last Modified on 1/11/2001



APPLIES TO

  • Microsoft Visual Basic 5.0 Professional Edition
  • Microsoft Visual Basic 6.0 Professional Edition
  • Microsoft Visual Basic 5.0 Enterprise Edition
  • Microsoft Visual Basic 6.0 Enterprise Edition



This article was previously published under Q175537

SUMMARY

LED.EXE is a Visual Basic control that emulates a light-emitting diode display, such as those found in digital clocks and meters. The user can either assign a Value to the LED, which will be displayed, or the user can actually assign a ValueMask to the LED, which allows for turning on individual segments of the LED. You can turn on any of the seven individual segments to allow you to display letters or numbers.

The project for this control can be downloaded from the Visual Basic Owner's site at http://premium.microsoft.com/download/vbasic/led.exe. Only registered users of Visual Basic can access this site.

MORE INFORMATION

The following is an excerpt from the readme.txt shipped with the sample that covers some of the technical details of this sample.

Definitions

The following properties are available with the LED control:

  • LEDColorOn - Assigns the OLE_Color that will be used for the LED segments that are on.
  • LEDColorOff - Assigns the OLE_Color that will be used for the LED segments that are off.
  • ShowBorder - A Boolean that indicates whether or not to draw a border around the control.
  • ShowDecimal - A Boolean that indicates whether or not the decimal indicator is on or off.
  • ShowDigit - A Boolean that indicates whether the entire LED should be on or off. Setting this to False will provide a "clear" LED, with all segments being set to off.


NOTE: This does not effect the decimal; use the ShowDecimal to turn the decimal off.

  • Value - An integer that holds the value of the LED. If ValueIsMask is set to False, then the range of Value is 0 to 9. If ValueIsMask is set to True, then the range of Value is 0 to 127.
  • ValueIsMask - A Boolean that indicates whether the Value property will be used as a single-digit to display on the LED, or that Value is actually a binary-mask, indicating which segments on the LED are to be "turned on".

LED Display

This is a diagram of the "mask values" for the LED:

          ---1---
         |       |
         |       |
         8       16
         |       |
         |       |
          ---2---
         |       |
         |       |
         32      64
         |       |
         |       |
          ---4---
                

To create a "unique" display, just add up the numbers for the segments that you want turned on, set ValueIsMask to True, and assign the value to Value. A few examples would be:

      A      123
      C       45
      E       47
      F       43
      H      122
      -        2
      _        4
                


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