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MACH F: Display decisions

OK, so I did some measurements this morning. It's not going to fit.

You see, the case I got for the MACH F has two exposed bay slots. One is the 5.25" bay, which is occupied by the DVD-ROM. That leaves the 3.5" bay, for which I have acquired a nifty plexiglass bayfront in 'smoke'-color. I had originally planned to have 7 7-segment displays in there, plus the IR-receiver. I'd have two numbers for the track display, and a time display of h:mm:ss.

However, I can only fit 6 numbers plus the IR-receiver in there. Basically, I have three choices:
- Use 2 numbers for the track display, and 4 numbers for the time. This means that I'll get an 'overflow' on the time when a movie lasts longer than 100 minutes. It also means I won't be able to initialise the display to say 'HELLO' at startup.
- Use 5 numbers for the time, and one number for the track. Accept the overflow at track number 10.
- Use 5 numbers for the time and one number for the track. If there's an 'overflow', then alternate the track display with the tens and the ones every second. (So, if the track number is 25, one second the track display will say '2', the next it will say '5'.)

I'm gravitating towards the third option. Any opinions?
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