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Hello!

I just bought this Arduino Mega with LCD shield from eBay.

I'm not sure how I could use the free pins that the shield doesn't use:



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The pins on the side, I used long headers found in stackable shields and bent them 90 degrees.

As the TFT is attached to the shield ( mine is separate and plugs into shield ), you might have to solder some wires onto the header tops of the shield. A 40 pin 90 degree male header is useful for this.
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You could use a breakout shield like this one.
http://www.crossroadsfencing.com/BobuinoRev17/

I just ordered another batch of connectors last night, will have more kits ready to send out when parts arrive in a week or so.
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Thanks for answers, I was actually thinking using of those header things before I posted this topic.
Good to see someone else has used the same way, even though it doesn't feel the right way to do it.

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Right angle header also available
http://www.pololu.com/catalog/product/967
Might have to slide the plastic out a touch on the pins so they don't interfere with the female header.
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Thanks for all help!

I bought few types of headers and will probably make a "stand" for the lcd from them.
I also bought those cool right-angle headers, just if I ever need any. smiley-grin
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I use an 20 cm 40 pin cable I bought on the internet... Not Ebay. It's female to female and on one end I use a male to male gender bender. I took the Elecfreaks shield and removed the pins that I could and replaced them with the stackable headers... It works well But better I think when my shield from Crossroads arrives.

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Will ship in a few days - waiting for next batch of connectors to arrive.  Lot of Mega/Due screw shield interest the last few days - 8 of next 14 lot already sold!
Thinking about ordering another batch of connectors before the current batch even arrives to get ahead.
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yeah,i think so, It works well But better I think when my shield from Crossroads arrives.thank you
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