16*2 Character LCD
LCD Display Mode: STN, Positive, Transflective
Display Color: Deep Blue/ Yellow Green
Viewing Angle: 6H
Driving Method : 1/16 duty, 1/5 bias
Back Light : Yellow-Green LED backlight
Outline Dimension: 80*36*15.8 MAX
Hook everything up EXACTLY like in this picture from the Arduino page:
Now load the "Scroll" Example from Arduinos LiquidCrystal Library.
Change these two lines
now upload it to your Arduino and watch your display fire up!
You may have to adjust the potentiometer a little if you can't see anything.
As an alternative to the potentiometer you can connect the Vo pin of the LCD with any available PWM-output (I use pin 9) and add the following code in the setup() section:
replace CONTRAST with the value of your choice. Values around 10-20 give a nice bright output.
(thanks for above tutor from DedeHai)