2. Driving the LCD screen User Guide

Driving the LCD screen

After CPU Info LCD screen is correctly inserted into the Raspberry Pi, you need to install the driver. The user can display information such as CPU occupancy, Memory occupancy, CPU temperature,etc. 

1. Install the wringPi library

CPU Info LCD screen is used for data communication through the GPIO port of the Raspberry Pi, so we must install the wiringPi library file.

Enter the following command to install the wringPi library. Users who have already installed the wiringPi library can ignore this step.

cd ~

git clone git://git.drogon.net/wiringPi

cd wiringPi


2.Install Drive

2.1 Transfer the driver file to the Raspberry Pi

You need to install the SSH Secure Shell Client tool on your computer. After connecting to the Raspberry Pi, transfer the cpu_show_v3.zip package from this folder to the pi directory of the Raspberry Pi.

As shown blew, drag and drop cpu_show_v3.zip directly into the Raspberry Pi system.

Download: cpu_show_v3.zip

2.2 Extract file

Open the Raspberry Pi terminal and find the cpu_show_v3.zip file.

Enter command:


Enter command:

unzip cpu_show_v3.zip

2.3 Enter the program folder

Enter command:

cd  ~/cpu_show_v3/cpu_show


2.4 Compile file

Enter command:

cc -o cpushow pcd8544_rpi.c PCD8544.c  -L/usr/local/lib -lwiringPi

Check again with the ls command, cpushow has become an executable file.

cc is the compile command, -o is the compile parameter, cpushow is the generated program name, pcd8544_rpi.c and PCD8544.c are the source files in the current directory, -L/usr/local/lib and -lwiringPi are referenced libraries file.

2.5 Running procedure

Enter command:

sudo ./cpushow

The system will jump out of the current CPU temperature value and display the following on the CPU Info screen.

3. Set the system to automatically start the program when booting

Enter command to create startup script start.sh

nano /home/pi/cpu_show_v3/start.sh


Enter following content in the start.sh:


cd /home/pi/cpu_show_v3/cpu_show



After enter is complete, we need to press ctrl+X, then we need to press “Y” to save, then we need to press“Enter”on the keyboard.


Next, we need to create a new boot program:

Input the following command to open the .config folder:

cd /home/pi/.config


Create a new autostart folder and ignore this step if it already exists:

mkdir autostart


Input the following command to enter the autostart folder:

cd autostart


Create self-starting shortcut:

nano start.desktop


Then,we need to enter the following:

[Desktop Entry]




After enter is complete, we need to press ctrl+X, then we need to press “Y” to save, then we need to press“Enter”on the keyboard.

Exec = the path to the startup script.

Since this self-starting method needs to be started after the desktop is started, the startup will be slower.

If it is found that it cannot be self-started after adding, please check if there is a # in front of hdmi_force_hotplug=1 in the /boot/config.txt file.

If there is a # number, we need to delete the # . As shown below.

4.Restart Raspberry Pi

Enter command:

sudo reboot

After restarting, the CPU Info LCD will display the Raspberry Pi usage time, CPU usage, Memory occupancy, and CPU temperature. As shown in the figure blew.

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